Is Craig Ferguson the heir apparent to Bill Hicks?

Is Craig Ferguson the heir apparent to Bill Hicks?

One of the interesting things about Craig Ferguson is that, not only does he semi ad-lib his way through extremely funny...


One of the interesting things about Craig Ferguson is that, not only does he semi ad-lib his way through extremely funny monologues most nights, he also periodically injects his humor with life or history lessons. He did this one night when he started the Late Late Show by explaining, in a very succinct manner, why everything sucks in our world today.

He breaks it down to one main thing, the deification of the young (and stupid). He points out that this has never occurred before in human history to our knowledge. I'm not entirely sure if he is exactly right, but I definitely think he is on to something. We need as a culture to value age and experience more than we do. Instead we worship youth and good looks too much. It's left us very unhappy. It struck me as I watched this video that Bill Hicks is in heaven smiling somewhere knowing that someone is carrying on his legacy of glorious subversion. As a matter of fact I thought I was watching one of his old videos as I enjoyed Craig's rant. "Quit putting a dollar sign on everything on this fucking planet!"



Also, I highly recommend this documentary of Edward Bernays, the nephew of Sigmund Freud, who invented the profession of Public Relations. It will illuminate things to a great extent.

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My name is John Boitnott and I am a tech writer and digital media consultant. I write for Inc.com, Entrepreneur, Business Insider, USAToday and others. I have held dozens of positions at various TV newsrooms in the state of California. I worked in TV news from 1994 to 2009. I was a web editor for years at KNTV, the NBC station in the San Francisco Bay Area. held freelance writing positions at KGO, KRON and KPIX in San Francisco as well. I worked as a radio anchor, assignment desk manager, reporter, editor and producer at KEYT in Santa Barbara for 10 years.

COMMENTS

  1. Elizabeth

    September 6

    Interesting that you should say so. In an old interview, asked about influences, he said something to effect that there had been a comic named Bill Hicks whom he infinitely admired. I'd never heard of him, was off to find him and was quite amazed! Yes, as he frequently says, not entirely insincerely, Carig Doesn't Give A Rat's Ass -- let's get this acronym DGARA in common usage! It's another word for freedom ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. admin

    September 6

    Craig is great because he spoon feeds Hicks' ideas to a mass audience each night in a kind of subliminal way. ๐Ÿ™‚

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