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In honor of American: The Bill Hicks Story: The ten best Bill Hicks jokes (NSFW)

Regardless of the fact Bill Hicks is often cited by current comics as one of their biggest inspirations, he was relatively unknown when he was alive, and even after dying in 1994 at the young age of 32, he remained overlooked by the public at large. To shed a bit of light on his comedy genius, the documentary film American: The Bill Hicks Story takes a look at what Hicks left behind, both through interviews and his life story. But what it's missing is a bunch of clips of his comedy, so we went ahead and tallied up ten of our favorites below.

10. Rush Limbaugh

Had Hicks lived long enough to witness Limbaugh's pain-killer addiction, we can only imagine what he could have come up with, but his image of Limbaugh in a tub getting shit on by Barbara Bush might be one of his most offensive and weird jokes out there.

9. Terminally Ill Stunt People

The basic premise of this one is pretty simple: if you're about to die from a terminal disease, you might as well go out with a bang and be in the movies. Makes sense to us. Grandma can finally get beat up by Chuck Norris.

8. Positive drug stories

This is one of the better examples of Hicks' meshing of comedy and philosophy -- it also tosses in his thoughts on drugs and the nature of reality to boot.

7. Childbirth

Hicks' take on the phrase "childbirth is a miracle" turns into a crazy rant on single mothers, children and parents in general. He even manages to segue no-smoking flights into a rant on children. Serious skills at work here.

6. Creationism

This one is great because it nails a few of Hicks' best one-liners in one bit. He tackles the updated Bible in modern English, wearing crosses, creationists, JFK and more. It's also a great example of how Hicks was one of the best at dovetailing his jokes together in a way that felt natural.

5. Mandatory marijuana

Bill Hicks started as a pro-drug comedian and, after he quit doing drugs, he was still a pro-drug comedian. The rant above features a whole slew of his drug related material, but his idea of mandatory marijuana toward the end is one of our favorite ideas of his.

4. Reading

Back in the '80s, there was this fear that television would take over the world and everybody would stop reading. Now it's the Internet and Hicks' attempting to answer the question of "why are you reading?" is just as relevant.

3. On Jay Leno

This is another one we'd like to have seen updated if Hicks were alive today. It's nice to know that Leno was viewed as a dumbass long before the whole Conan O'Brien thing -- and it was perhaps the Doritos commercial that sparked his whole downfall.

2. Gays in the military

It's strange that after all these years, gays in the military are still a topic for comedians to riff on. There has been little variation on the themes Hick's presents here, namely, "if you're dumb enough to join the military, you should be allowed to join."

1. It's just a ride

What made Bill Hicks different from other comics was his mixture of philosophy and comedy. Case in point, he would often end his set with what was eventually dubbed, "It's just a ride," a non-joke that tried to sum up why we're on this planet in a short two minute sketch.