Recently I came across a video the features clips of Dane Cook and Carlos Mencia that, besides using audio of Hicks railing against mediocrity (and the New Kids), invokes a quote from Bill Hicks about bad comedy. The quote is written as this:
Unlike many people, I do not think comedy is for ‘escaping from the daily grind of reality to kick back and not think for awhile. To just laugh at some… jokeblower like [Dane Cook]...
Wow. From reading the quote, it looks like Hicks saw Dane Cook and dismissed him. Generally when you put something in [brackets] like that, that means the quoted said “him” and you put the person’s name in for clarification.
Not here. Here’s the actual quote:
Unlike many people, I do not think comedy is for ‘escaping from the daily grind of reality to kick back and not think for awhile. To just laugh at some… jokeblower like Carrot Top. (To me, Carrot Top is the comedy equivalent of a streaker. Remember streakers? “Hey, there’s a nude guy running by!... wow… OK, anyway, what were we talking about?”)
The original context is here.. (This is the only result in Google for the actual quote.) It’s from the book “Love All the People” which collects Bill Hicks’ letters. So Hicks is not even being quoted here - he’s quoting a phrase from a person writing a letter to him.
Would Hicks not like Dane Cook? I could easily see that. But am I wrong in seeing that there’s a bit of gap between Dane Cook and Carrot Top? Comedy snobs, are there levels of your contempt?