Sam Kinison
American comedian
Sam Kinison
Samuel Burl "Sam" Kinison was an American stand-up comedian and actor. Kinison was known for his intense, harsh and politically incorrect genre humor. A former Pentecostal preacher, he performed stand-up routines that were most often characterized by an intense style, similar to enthusiastic preachers, punctuated by his trademark scream. He died in a car accident on April 10, 1992.
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Photos: Linkin Park brings A Thousand Suns tour to The Joint - Las Vegas Sun
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It's in the music, for sure: The Sam Kinison screams and gentle melodies, the soft piano refrains and paint-peeling guitars. But it goes beyond that to their deft use of technology while warning about its misuse in their lyrics
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LIFESTYLE INTERVIEW: RICK SIEGEL - Buzzine
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Let's go meet him: Aaah, it's Sam Kinison. Let's get friendly with this guy. I've never heard of him, but boy is he funny… Who's the guy with the strange haircut who comes into the Improv with a paper bag and says he's gonna live at this fleabag hotel
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SAN BERNARDINO: Riverside resident brings laughs to festival - InlandSoCal.com
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Fox cites among his comedic influences Tim Allen, Richard Pryor, Sam Kinison and Rodney Dangerfield. He said he was lucky to not only work with Dangerfield, but to be his friend. Fox appeared in numerous specials with the famous comedian and even
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Motley Crüe Honored at Sunset Strip - RollingStone.com
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If Sam Kinison was alive, he'd be fun. I think it'd be cool as shit if Keith Richards would. Yeah, man, I've hung out with him and Ronnie Wood a couple of times. One time in particular just absolutely blew my mind, when Mötley Crüe was opening for the
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Side Splitters Welcomes Carl Labove and More - Broadway World
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Carl is one of the original Outlaws of Comedy with Sam Kinison. His energetic fast-paced comedy has been seen on Comedy Central, the Tonight Show, Seinfeld, and Roseanne. He has graced the big screen in Pauly Shore is Dead, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective,
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Punk Rock Comedy Tour Comes to Northside - Cincinnati CityBeat
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With shaved head and black leather jacket-T-shirt-jeans wardrobe, McClellan looks like Michael Chiklis channeling the Sam Kinison's rage and Lewis Black's outrage. He's quick to clarify the frequent Kinison comparison. “It's flattering, but I don't
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This Day in Music Spotlight: The Troggs Make Everything Groovy - Gibson
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Though the tune would later be recorded by everyone from Jimi Hendrix to Sam Kinison, The Troggs' version remains the standard by which college freshmen still vomit and pass out on a Friday night. Follow Gibson on Facebook and Twitter for guitar
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Stage: Comedian Dwight Slade - San Antonio Express
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Slade is also a survivor of Sam Kinison's Comedy Outlaws. Fine print: 8 pm Thursday-Sunday (plus late shows at 10:15 Friday-Saturday) at Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club in Park North Plaza, Loop 410 at Blanco Road. $15. 210-541-8805, www.lolsanantonio.com
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@Osamainhell Tells Us How To Run A Fake Twitter Feed - Fast Company
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... about there being a local Patch editor in hell or about Bill Keller being an Internet troll and have a core group of people find that really funny than dumb it down and have Osama talk about smoking pot with Bob Marley or drinking with Sam Kinison
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Ghost hunter wants to hear your Route 66 scary tale - Kingman Daily Miner
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Here is a taste of one of the stories that will appear in the book: Comedian Sam Kinison died in an automobile accident in 1992 on his way to perform in Laughlin. He and his wife were married five days before the accident on US 95
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Stealing jokes isn't funny, unless your audience doesn't care - Montreal Gazette
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After having performed and then recorded a Sam Kinison bit on his first French DVD, Haïssable, Ward realized what he'd done. With the help of a few fans. "What pissed me off is that I didn't even realize that I was stealing a joke
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Norm Macdonald still glad to be offensive - Boston Herald
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You've cited your late friend, comic Sam Kinison, as a great influence. When I was starting, my biggest influence was Bill Cosby. My act was perfectly clean and incredibly generic and then one night Sam was talking to me and he said, “Your act is real
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Carlos Mencia - The Dreamcatcher of Comedy - SanDiego.com
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CM: I remember talking to Sam Kinison about all that stuff, and Kinison was like, 'Just do your thing. If Mitzi's giving you spots, do them. She wanted me to do puppets and I wouldn't do that, but she gave me all the spots I needed bro.' and I'm like,
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Documentary shows highs, lows of comedian Bill Hicks - STLtoday.com
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Sam Kinison copied his delivery. Denis Leary lifted his jokes. And when Hicks poured political outrage into the cauldron, the reverberations reached England, where he was hailed as a new George Carlin or Richard Pryor. Because the film relies so
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Sam Kinison
    THIRTIES
  • 1992
    Age 38
    On April 10, 1992, Kinison died at the age of 38 after his white 1989 Pontiac Trans Am was struck head-on on U.S. Route 95, north of Interstate 40 and around 15 miles northwest of Needles, California, by a pickup truck driven by 17-year-old Troy Pierson, who had been drinking alcohol.
    More Details Hide Details The pickup truck crossed the center line of the roadway and went into Kinison's lane. At the time of the collision, Kinison was traveling to Laughlin, Nevada to perform at a sold-out show. Kinison was found lying between the seats of his car at the scene of the collision. He was not killed instantly; according to his brother. His brother and the others begged him to lie down and he did with his best friend, Carl LaBove, who had been in the following van, holding his head in his hands. At first it looked like Kinison had suffered no serious injuries, but within minutes he suddenly said to no one in particular, "I don’t want to die. I don’t want to die." LaBove later said, "it was as if he was having a conversation, talking to someone else, some unseen person." Then there was a pause as if Kinison was listening to the other person speak. Then he asked "But why?" and after another pause LaBove heard him clearly say: "Okay, okay, okay.’ LaBove said, "The last ‘okay’ was so soft and at peace. Whatever voice was talking to him gave him the right answer and he just relaxed with it. He said it so sweet, like he was talking to someone he loved." Kinison then lost consciousness. Efforts to resuscitate him failed. Kinison died at the scene from internal injuries.
  • 1990
    Age 36
    In 1990, Souiri alleged she was raped by a man Kinison had hired as a bodyguard that same day, while Kinison was asleep in the house.
    More Details Hide Details The bodyguard stated that the sex was consensual; the jury deadlocked in the subsequent trial and the charges were later dropped.
  • 1989
    Age 35
    Also during 1989, he lent his voice to the song "The Kid Goes Wild" by the band Babylon A.D.; the song was heard (briefly) in the movie RoboCop 2, but not the portion featuring Kinison's voice.
    More Details Hide Details Kinison also appeared in the Mötley Crüe music video for their hit single "Kickstart My Heart". During one notable Tonight Show performance, Kinison delivered what began as a straightforward version of Elvis Presley's "Are You Lonesome Tonight? ", which descended into angry ranting during the spoken breakdown, and then segueing back into a straightforward sung ending. Some of Kinison's most notable spontaneous moments came during his frequent appearances on The Howard Stern Show. He made an angry phone call on-air to Bobcat Goldthwait, and he embarrassed comedian Judy Tenuta to the point of driving her off the show. His most notorious stunt resulted in an on-air feud with Stern. Kinison made an on-air promise to bring to the show members of the band Bon Jovi, with whom Stern was feuding, but they did not show up, nor did Kinison. Stern's reaction was swift and vindictive, and Kinison eventually apologized, but not before comedian Gilbert Gottfried and Stern ridiculed an emotionally charged phone call between Stern and Kinison, in which both stars used the words "man" and "dude" so often that the playback was used as a bit on the show.
  • 1988
    Age 34
    Also in 1988, Kinison appeared in the music video for the Bon Jovi single "Bad Medicine".
    More Details Hide Details Kinison appeared in the episode "It's a Bundyful Life: Part 2" (1989) of Married... with Children, as Al Bundy's guardian angel, who shows him what life would be like without him born (a sendup of It's a Wonderful Life).
    In 1988, Kinison recorded a novelty version of The Troggs' "Wild Thing", which appeared on his album Have You Seen Me Lately?
    More Details Hide Details The video was a hit on MTV. It featured a cameo by Rodney Dangerfield and Jon Bon Jovi, and starred many well-known rock musicians of the time, including Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Jonathan Cain and Deen Castronovo of Bad English, Richie Sambora and Alec John Such of Bon Jovi, Slash and Steven Adler of Guns N' Roses, Rick Marty of Alice Cooper, Tommy Lee of Mötley Crüe, C.C. DeVille of Poison, Rudy Sarzo of Quiet Riot, Billy Idol, and Ratt, as well as a raunchy "roll on the mat" dance with Jessica Hahn.
  • 1986
    Age 32
    Kinison made his film debut in Rodney Dangerfield's 1986 film Back to School, playing short-tempered Contemporary American History professor Dr. Terguson, who also happened to be a Vietnam veteran.
    More Details Hide Details He was associated with the Los Angeles rock music scene and was occasionally accompanied by a touring band. He also gained a reputation as having a prodigious appetite for drugs and alcohol.
  • 1985
    Age 31
    Later, during Kinison's appearance on Late Night with David Letterman in 1985, Letterman's introduction of Kinison warned his audience, "Brace yourselves.
    More Details Hide Details I'm not kidding. Please welcome Sam Kinison." Kinison played on his former role as a Bible-preaching evangelist, taking satirical and sacrilegious shots at the Bible, Christianity and famous Christian evangelist scandals of his day. Kinison's daring comedy helped shoot him to stardom. On several videos of his stand-up routines, a shot of his personalized license plate reveals the words "EX REV."
    His big break came on HBO's Rodney Dangerfield's Ninth Annual Young Comedians Special in the summer of 1985.
    More Details Hide Details After noting the performance of Bob Nelson, reviewer Stephen Holden of The New York Times wrote, "the most interesting of the other eight comedians is the savagely misogynistic Sam Kinison. Mr. Kinison specializes in a grotesque animalist howl that might be described as the primal scream of the married man."
  • TWENTIES
  • 1980
    Age 26
    In 1980, Kinison moved to Los Angeles hoping to find work at The Comedy Store, but was first employed as a doorman.
    More Details Hide Details He soon developed a cocaine habit, quickly progressing to the freebase form, and struggled to make a foothold in the business until his brother moved to Los Angeles to help manage his career.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1953
    Born
    Born on December 8, 1953.
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