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Bill Hicks deserves a monument in Houston, DAMMIT

Bill Hicks deserves a monument in Houston, DAMMIT
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The folks who organize FPSF are a sordid and disparate group of people who come from every different age and background. ( It may be a fact that we collectively have more felony convictions than college degrees.) But there is one commonality between all of us: We are all admirers of late great Houston comic-philosopher legend Bill Hicks. Hicks is one of the world’s most influential comics and the closest thing to a philosopher to ever come out of Houston. While in high school at Stratford, Hicks would sneak out at night to perform at downtown Houston comedy clubs. Yet despite being world renowned, there does not stand a single monument to this native son. We want David Adickes to build a statue of Bill Hicks and erect it AT ELEANOR TINSLEY PARK park as a tribute to the man who taught us to laugh at the absurd, question the dominant paradigm, and stick it to the man with a smile while chuckling. Help us spread the word about this. Donate to the cause.Tell your city council member that you support a Bill Hicks statue at Eleanor Tinsley Park. We will soon release donation and cost information on this project. STAY TUNED.

  • Kevin K

    I came late into this discussion because I became a belated fan of Bill Hicks in 2013 after viewing his Relentless clip in Youtube. He is the epitome of stand up comics and deserves a monument in Houston, UK and any other place his influence was felt. In fact why not demolish an “alleged” pedophile Woody Allen’s life-size statue in Spain and replace it with Hicks instead!

  • Tim N

    This is an awesome idea! Summerfest was a major success! Long live Free press!

  • Astra Lena

    This is great!

    Is there a direct link to contribute to the funding?

  • http://billhicksfans.com Lee Swain

    This post was featured today on the official BillHicksFans.com website.

    Thanks

  • Debbie Marquess

    Bill Hicks is still a force that nobody has even come close to matching. Unfortunately his words are still relevant, especially in politics. That is sad for us, we haven’t made things better at all. As Bill Hicks puts it, “People it’s time we Evolve.”
    However nobody wants to put forth any effort.

  • Danny Yarborough

    Wow!! this is really serendipitous that I read this posting!! David Addicks was my dad’s best friend!! That would be absolutely phenomenal if he could do it! I am a long time comic myself and it would just be so special to see a huge statue of the legend Bill Hicks!! I love going to see David’s statue of the Beatles they are just amazing!! I really hope this happens! Keep me posted on further details I would love to some how be involved!! I started my creative journey in Houston at the Laff Stop and so it continues to be the place where not only I grew up but, the spawn for the trajectory of my life!

  • tino

    dear god please don’t let david addicks build a statue of bill and put it where anyone can see…

  • omar

    you took the words right out of my mouth Rmon

  • RamonLP4

    In response to “Don’t make me laugh” (AKA “i’m to pussy to post my name.” ) I will respond to two stupid ass points you make.

    PART I – Water (or Learn how to read, dumbass)

    “Well, not until I paid $2 a bottle for water on a 94-degree day. Seems kind of odd to have over a 100% markup on such a necessary item in the Houston heat, especially when you consider that I saw at least 4 young festival attendees showing severe signs of heat exhaustion and dehydration. I bet they wish they would have given you the extra 35 bucks for the “fancy-pants” tickets! Lesson learned!”

    Had you bothered to read the website or ask people at the festival you would know that water was provided for free by the festival. Here is the quote from the FAQ page:

    “As per requirements by the City of Houston, no water, or any other liquid or food is admitted. There will be plenty of water available for free and for sale. Empty camel packs or reusable non-glass water THERMOSES are allowed and can be filled once in the fest, but must be proved empty upon entrance. Again, no outside food or drinks, including no water or water bottles, sealed or unsealed.”

    OH wait, we failed to account for stupidity when we put the festival together. Our bad.

    PART II

    “Seriously, to pay the bills you needed six MAJOR corporate sponsorships?”

    I answer your question by reposting this sentence from you – ” I shuddered at the ticket prices when I first heard of them.” Imagine how much more you would have shuddered without those sponsors. If you want there to be no sponsors the prices would go up exponentially. You can’t have it both ways, dumbass. Welcome to the economics of hosting big festivals.

    Look Hicks is a great guy, a big influence, and I even met the guy ages ago and he was great individual but Hicks’ world view was also a product of his not having been a commercial success. Remember, he went to LA and got a part in a sitcom pilot that thankfully never took off ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHdEs21B4SE ). Had the show been a success, I tend to wonder how different he would have turned out as a performer but the fact remains that it would have been supported by sponsors if it had.

    Tell you what, don’t watch broadcast television. It’s free because of sponsors put that money up front. Don’t watch PBS or listen to NPR becasue they have sponors. Don’t listen to KPFT becasue some business caters their fund drives and they get a nice little mention on the air for their work.

    So, if you want to be religious about it, I invite you to only purchase, cosume, and support only items with no trace whatsoever of sponsorship in them. Don’t use Google, don’t read the newspaper, don’t go to a movie theatre that has previews, etc.. Walk the walk fool, then I will give two shits about your absolutist stance.

  • Don’t make me laugh…..

    Bill Hicks was the man, but “the folks who organize FPSF” have no business recommending any statue displaying the likeness of Bill Hicks. Case in point:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDW_Hj2K0wo

    I understand that for some reason the organizers felt it necessary to add major-label music stars to the bill. I shuddered at the ticket prices when I first heard of them. Then, I saw the lineup. While none of the top-billing artists receive much of my time or any of my money, I can understand why it might be expensive to lure them to Houston to perform outside during the month of June.

    Then……I saw the sponsor list.

    Jeep
    Chipotle
    Budweiser
    Playstation
    IKEA
    Red Bull

    Seriously, to pay the bills you needed six MAJOR corporate sponsorships? All of which have global advertising campaigns targeted directly at the core audiences of musicians headlining the festival?

    I got in when an unused ticket crossed my path, you didn’t get any of my money. Well, not until I paid $2 a bottle for water on a 94-degree day. Seems kind of odd to have over a 100% markup on such a necessary item in the Houston heat, especially when you consider that I saw at least 4 young festival attendees showing severe signs of heat exhaustion and dehydration. I bet they wish they would have given you the extra 35 bucks for the “fancy-pants” tickets! Lesson learned!

    Congratulations, you have taken something that could have been special and made it a cheap derivative of ACL, Coachella, Warped Tour, Lollapalooza, etc.

    To cleanly paraphrase the words of the great Bill Hicks,

    “Quit Putting A Dollar Sign on Everything on This Planet!”

  • Brian Cook

    Bill Hicks is my hero…..i first heard him when i was in jr high school….it was on TOOL’s Aenima…then i bought a cpl of his cds….dangerous and arizona bay….life changing…..gave me the courage to speak my mind, and to be a better person….i feel like we all got robbed by his death, and a statue is a wonderful idea…..when we saw the tribute at the fest it gave me chills….i couldnt believe bill was being played to all those people…made me happy….thanks guys…lets get this statue built!!

  • Jeff

    Great idea. Do it. Bill Hicks is one of the greatest comedians of all time.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dustinleesmith Dustin

    GREATEST. IDEA. EVER.