Hamlet of Hicksville miffed by De Niro smear in 'The Comedian'

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Residents in the Hamlet of Hicksville are not pleased with Robert De Niro.

In his new film "The Comedian," De Niro's character describes Hicksville as a place full of inbreeding and crystal meth.

The dialogue has some residents reeling. At the Empire Diner in the heart of Hicksville, neighbors eating lunch weren't happy with the characterization.

"Robert De Niro knows as much about Hicksville as he knows about good acting," one resident suggested.

Residents argue Hicksville has lots to offer including great shopping and dining, beautiful churches and homes, and the biggest train station on the Island.

The hamlet's history dates back to the 1600s when the area was settled by Quakers, and famous Hicksvillians include actress Lorraine Bracco, "Long Island Medium" Theresa Caputo, and the Piano Man himself, Billy Joel.

The next time De Niro wants to knock Hicksville, longtime residents like Dr. Dean Hart say he should think twice. "I understand you want to make a joke, but Robert De Niro is not known for his comedy," Hart says.

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