HOLLYWOOD – Denis Leary announced he is going to play Bill Hicks in Richard Linklater’s new biopic.
Actor and comedian Denis Leary today announced he would be playing cult comic Bill Hicks. Boyhood director Richard Linklater’s new film will chart the short career of the influential stand up who died in 1994 at the age of 32.
Denis Leary spoke EXCLUSIVELY with the Studio Exec about his new film:
I’ve always admired Bill from afar. He’s a real icon for guys like me. We came from different places. I’m from Boston. And he isn’t. And of course, our careers took different trajectories. I became massively successful and he died.
How did you prepare for the new role?
Well, it isn’t exactly a new role. I’ve been playing Bill Hicks for pretty much my whole career. No Cure for Cancer, that was basically a rehearsal for this film. I even said to Richard, rather than shoot new scenes for the parts where I’m doing stand up as Bill, we can just edit in excerpts from my shows. Cut out the bits that are Louis CK and we’re good.
Are you excited to work with Richard Linklater?
Definitely. You see he’s the kind of director who always likes to have a touch of the authentic in his movies. The way he uses time in the Sunset films and the Boyhood and all that. And he’s also good at those films which you’re not sure are supposed to be funny or not, like Bernie. And that’s a bit like my stand up as well.
Bill Hicks will be released in 2020.
CALL ME LUCKY – REVIEW – The guy from Police Academy 2 makes one of the best documentaries of the year.
Bobcat Goldthwait’s documentary Call Me Lucky is a personal and loving tribute to acerbic political comedian and personal friend Barry Crimmins. Haling from a little known suburb of New York State, Skaneateles – “the name comes from an old Indian word meaning: Beautiful Lake Surrounded by Fascists”, Crimmins notes – Crimmins carved himself a role as stand up and comedy club manager, setting up first in his home town and then in Boston. Nurturing such talents as Goldthwaite himself, Steve Wright, Tom Kenny (who went on to Spongebob fame) and many others, Crimmins was a powerful personality, caring for the talent with great generosity but at the same time being highly critical and demanding of comedians to excel themselves. He was particularly cutting of the kind of homophobic, misogynistic schtick which passed for edgy in Reagan’s America. His own routines were couched in an angry and well informed satire that, along with his often uncompromising socialist principles, put him at odds with the audiences of the day, anticipating the cult status of the likes of Bill Hicks and Hicks-clone Denis Leary.
If Crimmins’ political comedy was the only topic of the documentary, Call Me Lucky would already have earned its right to exist in uncovering an under-appreciated American artist and social activist. However, in 1992, Crimmins went on stage and delivered a monologue that recounted his own experience of being raped as a child. Many of his best friends didn’t know anything about it and the public revelation was a watershed for Crimmins, as he decided to confront his demons and specifically the abuse going on via the chat rooms of the nascent internet. His activism took him all the way to Washington where he gave testimony at a Senate hearing and was instrumental in educating the legislators about an issue that no one wished to talk about. Call Me Lucky is the tale of a survivor, an activist and a brilliant comic talent. It will turn many people on to the work of Barry Crimmins and his status as a true American hero.
HOLLYWOOD – Amy Schumer has bought the skeleton of beloved comedian, Bill Hicks, during a private auction at Christie’s.
In what was described as a ‘tense and dramatic’ exchange, Schumer outbid Dave Chappelle and walked away with the bones for the princely sum of $3.5 million.
Denis Leary, the former owner of Hicks’ corpse, said he was pleased Bill had gone to Schumer:
“I love Amy, we’re cut from the same cloth,” said Leary:
I’ve kept Bill in the lounge of my Malibu beach house for over 20 years. I figured the least I could do for the guy was to stuff him and put him on display for the macabre amusement of my friends. After all, I owe everything I have to him, including several pieces of bespoke furniture I had fashioned out of his skin.
According to an anonymous source, Schumer has a secret history of purchasing the remains of dead comedians:
Early last year she bought the heart of Gary Shandling for $800,000. I was present and it was a strange old affair. As soon as Gary passed, Amy appeared at the side of his bed with her own private team of surgeons. One hour later, she was consuming his heart during a make-shift voodoo ceremony in the corner of the room. Apparently you can only steal the comedian’s powers if the heart is still fresh.
It is not known what Amy plans to do with Hicks’ skeleton but yesterday her neighbour complained on Twitter that she could hear the “Sound of cracking bones and the smell of cooked bone marrow coming from over the fence.”
HOLLYWOOD – On the twentieth anniversary of Bill Hicks‘ death, one time comedian and present day ‘actor’ Denis Leary finally admitted to stealing the visionary comedian’s act.
A tearful Leary telephoned the Studio Exec office early this morning:
All right, Jesus Christ, I did it, I stole Bill’s act. Now please tell me where my dog is.
He’s safe. Now tell us why? Why did you steal his act?
I wasn’t original. I had nothing. I saw Bill and I thought that was good. I mean he was edgy and he was funny and I loved his anger. So I thought, why not? No Cure for Cancer was just me doing Bill. I made it a bit more right wing, took out much of the real political stuff which I can’t say I ever understood. Oh and I never did his bit about people selling their souls to Satan if they do advertising. I mean I do adverts and it isn’t like I’m some soulless prick, is it now?
I liked you in Amazing Spider-Man.
Thank you. I really think that part showed my talent as a serious actor. I mean once Bill was gone, how could I continue doing stand up. There were no more jokes. I tried copying Seinfeld but it just wasn’t the shame. I mean Seinfeld without Seinfeld isn’t really funny. In fact Seinfeld with Seinfeld isn’t great shakes either.
You were friends with Bill Hicks.
Yeah, until he heard No Cure for Cancer. Then he wouldn’t speak to me. I was worried about him suing me but, well, there’s no cure for cancer. I didn’t mean that to be joke. I’m sorry. Look, I’ve told you what you want. Please can I have my dog back? Please. Hello? Hello? MIMSEY!!!!
Denis Leary is currently appearing in Ice Age 5.
RIP Bill Hicks.
HOLLYWOOD – David Zucker – director of such brilliant films as Airplane! and such dire posthumous-smelling tripe as An American Carol – today announced the formation of the Conservative Comedy Club, an organisation which will seek to redress the liberal/left wing bias in the chuckle farm.
Everyone thinks conservative aren’t funny,’ said Zucker. ‘They think we’re a bunch of bigoted fearful haters, who consider Bill O’Reilly an intellectual. But that just isn’t true. The first bit I mean. we’re hilarious. I mean look at Sarah Palin.’
The CCC was welcomed by its charter members Kelsey Gramner and Adam Sandler:
It’s about time that we had someone championing the ‘Right’ to be funny. Did you see what I did there?
For years, there has been a tendency to think of incisive and funny comedy of having almost inevitably an open minded liberal bias. Despite the best efforts of Andrew ‘the Dice’ Clay, many of the best comedians – Lenny Bruce, Bill Hicks, Louis CK, George Carlin, John Stewart, Bill Maher, Sarah Silverman, and Jerry Sienfeld – come from liberal or radical left wing backgrounds, or – like Chris Tucker, Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor – are black. Zucker says:
The CCC will be a place where John Ratzenberger and Kelsey Grammer can sit down and share a joke without being accused of endorsing homosexuality or a Cheers spin off.