Bill Hicks

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    January 1, 2014

    Three Little Birds: Songs for New Families and a New Year

    In 2013, some friends of ours shared with us the good news they'd be having their first child. They are excellent people, so we were very happy for them and the kid they'd soon welcome. I've been a dad nearly half my life now (yikes), but the only bit of wisdom I shared with them was to listen to ... More >>

  • Culture

    June 27, 2013

    The 2013 Houston Web Awards: The Best Of Online Houston

    Fox26 newscaster Isiah Carey got over his embarrassment and learned to embrace the power of social media. He’s among this year’s winners, all creative users of the latest technology.

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
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    January 23, 2012

    Enjoy Your Lunar New Year With Some Of Music's Greatest Butts

    According to Chinese reckoning, today marks the lunar new year. It's the Year of the Dragon. Specifically, the Year of the Water Dragon, which I'm told will bestow a peaceful energy on the coming year, favoring the ideals of negotiation and forward thinking. I know, right? BOOORING. We Americans kn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2011

    Clouds Are Ghosts: Harbinger Heralds Brilliance

    We got into the Clouds are Ghosts while deconstructing their band name. It was clear when we heard their work that the band was good, we compared them to Legendary Pink Dots and the Irrespressibles and that is some of our highest praise. The only problem we ever had with their output was that the wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2011

    Comedy Open Mike Monday at Sherlock's

    ​The bathroom attendant at Sherlock's singing along to this song on the radio while I used the urinal was one of the more intimate non-sexual moments of my year so far. Here I was trying to piss, and there he was, earnestly expressing himself by the sink and waiting to hand me a paper towel. A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2011

    Montrose Classic: Monday Night at Cecil's

    It was a Monday night, and I was on the patio of Cecil's with a couple of friends. I looked toward the open part of the porch and saw two young men embrace. At first I thought the white guy with the shaved head was trying to express his affection for his skinny black friend by lifting him off the gr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2011

    Who Is The Best Comedian Out Right Now?

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday that isn't a national holiday (or thereabouts), Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. Photo illustration by John Seaborn Gray​This Week's Panel: Bun B, Renzo, Kyle Hubbard, Mr ... More >>

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    July 28, 2011

    Pop Rocks: The Time Has Come, The Walrus Said, To Feed Hugh Hefner To Sharks

    Hef's gonna need a bigger boat.​As you may have heard, Shark Week kicks off Sunday on the Discovery Channel. The seven days of (decreasingly) informative marine documentaries and (increasingly) lurid reenactments of REAL LIFE ATTACKS and exposing DEADLY WATERS and what not provide a welcome br ... More >>

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    April 21, 2011
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    March 24, 2011
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    March 8, 2011

    We Get The Celebrity Offspring We Deserve

    ​You always want to be careful when writing about children. Not only because they're the future, as Whitney Houston and Bill Hicks once told us, but because it isn't exactly sporting to use your big person vocabulary and rhetorical arsenal to tee off on someone who hasn't yet been beaten into ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2011

    Idol Beat: Goodbye, You Lizard Scum

    ​I know the episodes of American Idol I'm watching were filmed months ago, and that what I'm seeing is not taking place in simulcast with this week's...Snowphoon (seriously, do you know how hard it is to come up with a quasi-humorous pun for blizzard anymore?). Even so, it's hard not to recall ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2010

    Vanilla Ice And 11 Other Artists Dallas Can Keep

    ​Tomorrow night at 2016 Mainstage, Houston gets to relive its (our?) dark white-rap past when Dallas native Vanilla Ice hits the stage at the venue formerly known Sammy's On Main. Yes, that Vanilla Ice, from our haughty neighbors to the north who can do no wrong in the eyes of Texas Monthly. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2010

    A Preview Of The 2010 WorldFest, And A Chance To Win Big And See Stuff For Free

    The 43rd annual WorldFest kicks off this Friday. The "fiercely independent" film festival is one of the oldest international fests in the country, and the oldest independent festival in the world. Many directors you may have heard of received their first awards here, including Steven Spielberg, Joh ... More >>

  • Music

    September 10, 2009

    Ghosts of Washington Avenue

    Noise goes whistling through the scenester artery's music venue graveyard.

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2009

    Houston 101: Where Comedy Greats Got Their Start

    ‚ÄčIn the late 1970s, the explosion of stand-up comedy that eventually led to every half0sized burg having a strip-mall Laff Pit or Jokey McGags, complete with a bare-brick background, had yet to happen.Stand-up clubs outside of LA and New York were few and far between. That started to change in 197 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2009

    This Week In Deliciousness

    First, let's have a round of applause for Robb Walsh and Katharine Shilcutt, the glue holding Eating Our Words together. Without them, we'd have had three articles this week, one of them about places you can't actually eat at anymore. Robb started us out with a piece on a little BBQ joint close to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2009

    Bill Hicks, Still Dead 15 Years Later

    Wholly influential and ridiculously honest stand-up comic Bill Hicks died fifteen years ago today, succumbing to lung cancer. Ironically he had always opined that that was how he would meet his end. Smoking seemed to be his obsession and he was rarely seen onstage not puffing away. The comedian move ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 19, 2008

    Katt Williams

    This pint-sized comedian continues his crude crusade with It’s Pimpin’ Pimpin’ Tour

  • Music

    June 19, 2008

    God, Texas and Tom Waits

    Tom Waits may not come from around here, but a good chunk of his favorite music does

  • Music

    May 15, 2008
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    March 27, 2008

    Chris Rock

    The comedy giant rolls through Houston

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    February 21, 2008

    Joe Rogan

    The host of Fear Factor and Man Show won’t let stealing slide

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    September 20, 2007

    Henry Rollins

    Former Black Flag frontman keeps the mike, loses the band

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    September 20, 2007

    Stand-Up for Peace

    Local comedians offer comic relief to those still frustrated with the war in Iraq

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    August 2, 2007

    Chris Porter

    This Last Comic Standing star recalls the late, great Bill Hicks

  • Dining

    June 14, 2007



  • News

    May 24, 2007

    Funny Business

    Once upon a time Houston was a hot spot for comedy clubs. Now it's anybody's guess on who'll turn out on any given night

  • Dining

    January 25, 2007

    The Improv's

    Cape Cod

  • Dining

    August 10, 2006

    Bellini Martini

    River Oaks Lounge

  • Music

    July 20, 2006

    RIP, Syd. And RIP, 'Cid.

    A psychedelic pioneer and the drug that helped do him in are both sorely missed

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    May 25, 2006
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    January 19, 2006
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    December 2, 2004
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    October 14, 2004

    Screen Playing

    Hollywood mixes and mingles at the Austin Film Festival

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    October 23, 2003

    Rat Pack Redux

    The Whiskey Brothers ring the old-school bell

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    August 21, 2003

    Comic Prophet

    A televised tribute to a Houston comedy legend

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    June 19, 2003

    Comic Confidence

    Michael Colyar will make you laugh

  • Music

    October 24, 2002

    Greg Wood

    Ash Wednesday (Stag)

  • Music

    August 30, 2001


    Houston's Toe Jam watches quietly as its 15 minutes tick by

  • Best of Houston

    September 21, 2000
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    July 20, 2000

    James Pineapple Esq. Is Dead!

    But his creator, comic James Ladmirault, lives on

  • Music

    June 1, 2000

    Local Rotation

    I-45 Lost Between the Lines

  • Music

    September 23, 1999


    Local Music News

  • Calendar

    September 2, 1999

    Houston, Humor Hotbed

    Houston Comedy Festival

  • Music

    February 16, 1995
  • Culture

    June 2, 1994

    The Laugh Goodbye

    Finally, Houston pays homage to its comic boy genius

  • News

    March 24, 1994
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    March 10, 1994

    Death of a Comic

    Bill Hicks wasn't Houston's most famous funnyman, just the most important

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