Bill Hicks

Tullamore fundraiser to pay tribute to legendary comedian Bill Hicks

An annual tribute to the late comedy legend Bill Hicks will take place this Friday (February 25), upstairs in Fergies Bar, Market Square, Tullamore. The event will raise money for Family Carers Ireland.

Hicks, who grew up in Texas, is regarded as one of the greatest stand-ups of all time. He died of pancreatic cancer in 1994, aged just 32, but his original and darkly hilarious social commentary continues to attract an audience.

Johnny Keenan, Offaly promoter of comedy, spoken word, music and song, has being spreading the good word of Hicks since he undertook the promotion of 'A Public Members Bill' in 2014.

Bill's brother Steve picked up on the event in Kilkenny, and thanked Keenan and crew for keeping the spirit and memory of his brother alive.

Steve joined the event when it peaked in 2020, in Dublin, and most of the performers that will take to the stage this Friday haven't performed since that night.

Hosted by The Laughing Stock Comedy Club, the event is very much-anticipated and takes place on the eve of the 28th anniversary of Hicks' passing on February 26, 1994.

"Respected for his honesty and hilarity, Hicks is considered the comedians comedian," Johnny explained. "He continues to inspire artists who are in contact with their mind, heart and soul."

The event in Tullamore this Friday will see the performance of original comedy, poetry, music and song, with door and raffle receipts going to Family Carers Ireland.

Tickets are €15 and can be bought from the Family Carers Ireland office on Market Square, Tullamore. Doors will open at 8pm, and the show will start at 8.30pm.