I met Bill Hicks early in his career. It was before Bill was totally on fire and shaking up the world. I had seen him a time or two before and for some reason no one I knew could make it to the show. I distinctly remember sitting front and center at Fat Dawgs in Lubbock, Texas. At the time no one knew how a comedy club should even be set up, so “front and center” was a good fifteen or twenty feet back from the stage, as if it were a live rock show. Read and see more after the break.