AMERICAN: The Bill Hicks Story, Because You Need To Know Who He WasBrent Rose4/29/12 8:00pm90EditPromoteGo to permalink Lenny Bruce. George Carlin. The giants of big-idea comedy. Bill Hicks? His name is right up there with them, but most people haven't heard of him. Part comedian, part philosopher, part preacher, his stand-up stood in a class by itself.