Denis Leary and Bill Hicks were friends until Leary's No Cure for Cancer, which featured jokes suspiciously similar to Hicks' material. That prompted Hicks to steam, "I stole his act. I camouflaged it with punch lines, and to really throw people off, I did it before he did." Hicks' death from cancer prompted the industry joke, "Why is Denis Leary a star while Bill Hicks is unknown? Because there's no cure for cancer." The Rescue Me star may never shake the reputation, but worse comics have succeeded despite even more blatant lifts. Besides, he sang "Asshole," a great song--even if Louis C.K. claims the idea was his. Leary performs 8 p.m. Thursday at the Nokia Theatre in Grand Prairie. Tickets are $49.50 to $59.50. Call 214-373-8000 or visit ticketmaster.com.
Thu., April 9, 8 p.m., 2009