Ten years ago, Bill Hicks, a Texan ''comic's comic,'' died of cancer at age 32, and since then his legend as a biliously sharp truth teller has only grown. In three stand-up concerts from the early '90s collected here, he profanely attacks his favorite topics religion, sex, drugs, and politics with an angry skeptic's wrath. (Though sometimes his heartfelt indignation makes him cross the line from relentless probing to self-indulgent ax grinding.) But it's remarkable how relevant his material remains as seen in Bill Hicks Live, especially his rants against Bush Sr. and the first Iraq war; a few updated names and you'd think he was still alive, writing comedy.
EXTRAS An insightful 40-minute documentary on Hicks' life has a quote from Brett Butler that sums him up beautifully: The preaching comedian, who fervently railed against fundamentalism, actually ''wanted to be Christ at his angriest.''