Is Alex Jones actually Bill Hicks repackaged?
Watching Bill Hicks in action we see a man who was brilliant, hillarious, vulgar, cynical, and quite unfriendly to the anything stupid, especially pancake waitresses and televangelists.
What happened in the repackaging, during the brief 2-3 year gap between Bill punching out at the end of the day shift, and Alex punching in for the night shift?
- Did he put a new mask on, while looking down his nose at patriotism and religion? Is it truly just a new gig, and nothing more?
- Did he use the new persona as a means of escape from his cynicism? Did the new image give Bill a freedom he had desired, to throw off the sardonic wit, and be free from the demand to be funny?
- Did he, somewhere along the way have an actual Damascus Road experience? Did Bill begin to see the world differently in his later years than during his standup comedy years? Things don’t look the same to me now as they did in my twenties and thirties.
Honestly, the religious types Bill mocks are people that give me the creeps, too. And I know that the things I thought and said before I came to grips with the claims of the Gospel would look pretty bad the the people who know me today.
During the later years of his comedy act, Bill shifted towards a more serious criticism of society. He somehow morphed into a mix of Will Rogers, Mark Twain, Richard Prior and George Carlin. And he began looking at what a cool gig Rush Limbaugh had.