With a comedy act that included passionate, biting and hilarious attacks on consumerism, conservative christians and the banality of mainstream American culture, the controversial comedian Bill Hicks was never going to find it easy to fit in with the network T.V. establishment.
He believed in expressing uncomfortable truths and once described himself as “Chomsky with dick jokes”. But did he really deserve to be have his entire routine cut from David Letterman’s Late show in 1993, allegedly in a covert bid to protect advertising revenue, at a time when Hicks was dying of cancer?
If the allegations that Letterman had Bill Hicks silenced were true, then it would make it one of the most misguided cases of t.v. censorship ever. And if Letterman really felt so bad about banning him, why did it take him 16 years to finally broadcast the withdrawn film segment and give a public apology on his show?