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Monday, November 06, 2006

I always knew I didn't like Bill Maher

His most famous line ever, the "outrageous" one that got him fired from ABC:

We have been the cowards, lobbing cruise missiles from 2,000 miles away. That's cowardly. Staying in the airplane when it hits the building, say what you want about it, it's not cowardly.

Bill Hicks, his final show:

I love that, too, how everyone in the government media called it a cowardly act on the Iraqians part, because some Iraqian guy was going to drive a Toyota car bomb and blow himself up in the process of trying to kill the President of the United States, because that's all they can really do since we're the imperialist rulers of Ze New Vorld Ordeh. And we called that a cowardly act. Meanwhile, we're launching cruise missiles 200 miles away from floating iron islands. Who are the cowards again?

I don't think that joke appeared on any of the official albums, only a bootleg of that last show, and of course Hicks died not long after, all of which probably explains why Maher felt so free to rip him off so blatantly.


  • At 12:26 PM, Blogger Solomon Grundy said…

    er, who's bill hicks?

  • At 1:27 PM, Blogger Antid Oto said…

    Here's the Bill Hicks MySpace page, which has some clips.

  • At 2:18 PM, Blogger Solomon Grundy said…

    Oh yeah, I recognize him. He sounds bipolar.

  • At 3:57 PM, Blogger Phoebe Evergreen said…

    I think that is a perfectly honorable bit of plaigarism.

  • At 4:45 PM, Blogger Solomon Grundy said…

    Yeah, I never heard of Bill Hicks, but I remember the Maher moment well. That's the only way it was ever going to infiltrate the collective consciousness.

    Plus, don't comedians steal each others' jokes all the time? He should probably have given Hicks a shout out in subsequent interviews et al, but it wasn't his grace, kindness, and humility that got him his own show. Egomaniacs rule the world.

  • At 7:32 PM, Blogger Antid Oto said…

    I seem to remember someone getting real pissed off when someone else stole all his stories and put them in a book.


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