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Saturday, August 16, 2003
Brian Logan has a piece in Thursday's Guardian on Dwight Slade. Much of it focuses on the late Bill Hicks, who was a childhood friend and comedy partner of Slade. Particularly interesting:
Slade isn't surprised that his adolescent performances with Hicks have become the stuff of comedy legend. "When Bill got on stage," he says, "it was as if nothing had ever been on that stage before. People were absolutely sucked into him, and the rest of the show was forgotten." So what was Hicks's secret? "He knew that there was absolutely no point in pandering to the audience. And that, if you're going to be a creative artist, what people really wanted to see was you. They wanted to see your truth - whatever that truth happened to be."A performance by Hicks at his peak was a grand emotional ride that takes a lot out of you but gives back much more in rewards.
dwightslade.com is tribute site to Slade.