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Sam Kinison
Sam Kinison.jpg
Sam Kinison on the cover of Rolling Stone
Born December 8, 1953(1953-12-08)
Yakima, Washington, U.S.
Died April 10, 1992 (aged 38)
Needles, California, U.S.
Medium stand-up, television, music
Nationality American
Years active 1978 - 1992
Genres Black comedy, Satire, Observational comedy, Insult comedy
Subject(s) human sexuality, current events, American politics, pop culture, religion
Influences Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor
Influenced Bill Hicks, Jeff Duran, Chris Rock, Jim Carrey, Joe Rogan, Tom Rhodes, Dez Reed, Pauly Shore
Website SamKinison.org

Samuel Burl "Sam" Kinison (December 8, 1953 – April 10, 1992) was an American stand-up comedian and actor. Kinison was known for his intense, harsh humor. A former revival-style preacher, he performed stand-up routines that were most often characterized by an intense style, similar to revival preachers, punctuated by his trademark scream.

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Early life

Born in Yakima, Washington, Kinison was the son of Marie and Samuel Kinison, Pentecostal preachers.[1] His father pastored several churches around the country, receiving little income. Sam later attended high school in East Peoria, Illinois. He also lived in Tulsa, Oklahoma for a while with his parents. He followed in his father's footsteps as a Pentecostal preacher before becoming a comedian. Recordings of his sermons reveal that he used a "fire and brimstone" style, punctuated with shouts similar to the ones he would later use in his stand-up routines. He attended Pinecrest Bible Training Center in Salisbury Center, New York.[2] After he and his first wife were divorced, he abandoned preaching and took up comedy as a profession.

Career

Sam Kinison began his career in Houston, Texas, where he performed in small clubs. It wasn't until his appearance on HBO's Rodney Dangerfield's Ninth Annual Young Comedians Special in the summer of 1984 that he became a well known comic. His appearance on the special is widely considered to be his breakthrough performance. Later, during Kinison's appearance on Late Night with David Letterman, Letterman's introduction of Kinison warned his audience: "Brace yourselves. 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".

Kinison made his big screen debut in Rodney Dangerfield's 1986 film Back to School, playing a short-tempered professor.

Kinison 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.[3]

In 1988, Kinison recorded a novelty version of The Troggs' "Wild Thing", which appeared on his album Have You Seen Me Lately? The record didn't make the Billboard Hot 100, but the video was a hit on MTV, as it featured cameos of Rodney Dangerfield, as well as many well-known rock musicians, including Steven Tyler and Joe Perry from Aerosmith, Slash, Billy Idol, Steve Vai, Dweezil Zappa, Richie Sambora, and Tommy Lee, and a raunchy "roll on the mat" dance with Jessica Hahn. Also in 1988, Kinison appeared in the music video for the Bon Jovi single "Bad Medicine".

Kinison appeared in the memorable episode It's a Bundyful Life: Part 2 (1989) of Married with Children, as Al Bundy's guardian angel, who shows him what life is like without him born. (a take off of It's a Wonderful Life).

During one notable The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson performance, he 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 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 comedienne Judy Tenuta to the point of driving her off the show. His most notorious stunt resulted in an on-air feud with Stern: he 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 savaged 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.

Stern and Kinison eventually made up and paired on Stern's pay-per-view special, U.S. Open Sores. In the early-1990s, Stern purchased the movie rights to Kinison's biography 'reported[4] that HBO would make Brother Sam with Kinison being played by Dan Fogler.

In 1991, Kinison starred in the Fox Network TV show Charlie Hoover, in which he played the inner voice of the title character, appearing as a 12" man. The show lasted only seven episodes before being canceled.

Death

On April 10, 1992, six days after he married his girlfriend Malika Souiri, Sam Kinison was killed when his white 1989 Pontiac Turbo Trans Am was struck on U.S. Route 95, four miles (6 km) north of Interstate 40 and several miles west of Needles, California, by a pickup truck driven by a 17-year-old male who had been drinking alcohol.[5][6] His wife survived the accident. Kinison was later found to have traces of cocaine, prescription tranquilizers, and codeine in his bloodstream.[7]

Kinison is interred with family members at the Memorial Park Cemetery in Tulsa, Oklahoma. His grave marker includes an unattributed quote, "In another time and place he would have been called prophet."[8]

Cultural legacy

In music

  • Rapper Esham samples Kinison on the song "How Do I Plead to Homicide," included on his album Judgement Day.
  • A rant from Sam Kinison is featured in the song "The Kid Goes Wild" from the band Babylon A.D. The song appears on the Robocop 2 movie soundtrack.
  • A rant from Sam Kinison is also featured in the song "Still Running' from the band Chevelle, on the album This Type of Thinking (Could Do Us In).
  • Heavy metal band Anthrax sampled one of Kinison's famous screams in their 1987 song "I'm the Man".
  • Toward the end of the Digable Planets' 1993 song "Time and Space (A New Refutation Of)," rapper Doodlebug (Craig Irving) remarks that "My throat doesn't feel like Sam Kinison's must have after a show," a reference to the Planets' smooth and restrained—that is, very un-Kinison-like—style of rapping.
  • Rap group Insane Clown Posse mentions Sam Kinison in their song "Fearless" stating "I'd let Sam Kinison borrow my car if he was still around".
  • Rap group Twiztid mentions Sam Kinison in their song "Meat Cleaver" stating "The bottom line is we twisted like Sam Kinison's back, after the car wreck".
  • 90's indie band The Wonder Stuff dedicated a song to Sam Kinison on their 1993 album 'Construction for the Modern Idiot'. The unlisted 13th track is called 'Something for Sammy '. The song is mainly an instrumental apart for the lyric at the end "There are better necks to break and better cars to crash".
  • Pop singer Kylie Minogue samples an act by Kinison on her single "What Do I Have To Do".
  • He was also in Mötley Crüe's "Kickstart My Heart" music video as the Dr. Feelgood car driver.
  • He was also featured in the beginning of Bon Jovi's "Bad Medicine" music video.

On film and television

Discography

  • Louder Than Hell (1986)
  • Have You Seen Me Lately? (1988)
  • Leader of the Banned (1990)
  • Live From Hell (1993)

Videography

  • Breaking The Rules (2001)
  • Unleashed (2009)

Filmography

TV appearances

References

External links


Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

Sam Kinison was a famously loud tent-show preacher-turned-comedian.

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  • YOU FUCKING WHORE!!! You used me! You never loved me! I hope you slide under a gas truck and taste your own blood! DIE! DIE! DIE! I want my records back! I want my fucking records back!
    • Louder Than Hell.
  • The Russians haven't been to the moon. You know why? Because they're space pussies... You really want to impress us? Bring us back our FLAG, asshole!"
    • Live from Hell.
  • This man had to be Captain Kangaroo for over thirty FUCKING YEARS! No scandal, no controversy, drank a lot. You would too. I don't think he knew the show was going to go thirty fucking years. "Goddamn it, I'm fucking Captain Kangaroo. Thought the fucking gig would last two or three years, I didn't think I'd spend my whole fucking life as Captain Kangaroo! I was an actor, I was in the Actor's Studio, I wanted to do Death of a Salesman, I wanted to play Willy. My God, I'm Captain KANGAROO!"
    • Live from Hell.
  • I would like to sing a song for my buddy Rodney, whose girl Laverne broke his heart and let him down; but what Rodney doesn't know, he's got every reason to feel so low, 'cause, Rodney, she fucked everyone in this fuckin' town. YOU FUCKING WHORE!!! You used Rodney, you never loved Rodney! Remember when Rodney went to the ball game? You had your own ball game! You fucked the whole fire department! You were the fire, you fucking bitch — they had to use your fucking hose! Oh yeah, you fucked a butcher because he said he had the biggest salami in town! I know all about you! You read Moby Dick because you thought there was dick in it! It was the only book you read; you ended up sucking the book! I was best friend, you sucked my dick, I felt guilty — how come you didn't feel guilty?! 'Cause you don't feel anything, you fucking whore! OH, OH, you oughta die, die, you fucking bitch! DIE!!! DIE, YOU WHORE! DIE DIE DIE DIE!!! How's THAT Rodney, ya feel any better!?
    • Singing a "torch song" for Rodney Dangerfield on Opening Night at Rodney's Place.
  • "Here's my man! It doesn't have to stay out and party with his guys!" "Here, let me see that...It doesn't seem to be able to pick up the fucking check, does it?"
    • A woman and her husband arguing about a vibrator, Sam Kinison: Banned
  • "I just got shot in the ass with an infected load of semen! Who's the smart-ass?"
    • Leader of the Banned
  • "They beat us, they beat us, they made us do their BLOW!
    • A captive in a "Drug War" POW camp, Leader of the Banned
  • Today we're going to try and say his name...OH! OHHH! Can you even say a part of his name--OH! OHHH!"
    • One of Sam's ex-wives on a psychiatrist's couch, Louder than Hell
  • Oh, God, will you SHUT UP! GODDAMMIT, WILL YOU SHUT YOUR FUCKIN' MOUTH! YOU'RE HIS WHORE! OH! OHHHH!
    • from "Sexual Diaries, Have You Seen Me Lately?
  • Well, life was tough, but at least I was able to live it out and I was able to face death and not be afraid. Well, now I'm ready to go to Heaven and be with Jesus, and...hey? Hey, what's this? Oh, God it feels like a man's DICK IN MY ASS! Oh, GOD!!! I'M DEAD!!! Oh, you mean life keeps on fucking you even after you're dead? Oh, it never ends! OH! OHHH!!!
    • from "Parties With the Dead," Have You Seen Me Lately?
  • Fuckin' album sold two million records with a song called "Suck My Dick"! Like the guy got up one morning and went, "you know, today I wanna write a song. Today I want to write a love song. I want to write a song that tells how a woman and a man feel when they meet each other for the first time and they fall in love; I want to put into words feelings that men have always had, but they've never been able to express. All right, I think I'll call this song..." [Pauses, then the audience yells "Suck My Dick"]
    • from "Rap Sucks," Live From Hell
  • You'd have done her. You'd have been just like JFK, you'd have been there in the Oval Office, Marilyn across the desk, your dick up her ass, lookin' out at the Washington Monument going, "you know, it doesn't get much better than this, doesn't it? President of the United States, dick in Marilyn Monroe, my finger on the fucking button telling the fucking Russians to get their missiles out of Cuba in twelve hours. IT DOESN'T GET BETTER THAN THIS"
    • from "J.F.K.," Live From Hell
  • I didn't think it was that big of a fucking deal, there's bigger news stories happening. There's a guy in Milwaukee with heads in his icebox, but our top story is: Sam Kinison missed the Joan Rivers Show. It's like I'm the only guy in show business that's fucked up recently. There's a couple guys that, I think, have like outdone me a little bit. Like Rick Fucking James, for starters. I missed a show, I didn't torture a woman with a fucking base pipe, I'm not out on $500,000 bail. I'm not Billy Preston, who's going "ah, donde esta la fiesta?" How about Axl Rose, who has a warrant out for his arrest in the state of Missouri for inciting a riot, $300,000 worth of damage, 60 people injured, and I MISSED A SHOW!
    • from "I Missed the Joan Rivers Show," Live From Hell
  • Sam: We want to bring him out. Here he is, Mr. Doug Bady, ladies and gentlemen. Doug Bady, the littlest fucking Outlaw, here he is! Oh, he's drinking a beer. That's alright. I'm just not used to seeing one of Jerry's Kids with a fucking beer, but... Doug Bady, a man that loves Jerry Lewis, appreciates what Jerry has done. And Doug, Jerry Lewis, isn't he wonderful?
    Doug: Fuck him!
    Sam: Jesus Christ, man, what are you saying?
    Doug: He's a piece of shit, he's never done anything for me.
    Sam: You can't...you can't say this about Jerry Lewis in Las Vegas on the telethon weekend!
    Doug: Why not? He's never done anything for me, thirty years he's been running the telethon!
    Sam: What are you saying?
    Doug: That son of a bitch! He hasn't done a goddamn thing for me!
    Sam: Jerry Lewis has never done a thing for you?
    Doug: No! He's been doing this goddamn telethon for thirty years now, he's made, what, two or three billion dollars...
    Sam: Who gave him the beer? WHO GAVE HIM THE BEER?!
    Doug: ...I haven't seen dime one!
    Sam: Get him out of here, he's fucking drunk! Get him out of here! He hates Jerry Lewis, never did a fucking thing...you little bitter BASTARD! YOU'RE BITTER! Take his ass off my stage! Fuckin' BEAT HIM, BEAT HIM!!! TAKE HIS CHAIR! BEAT HIS LITTLE BITTER FUCKING ASS!
    Doug: Actually, what I meant to say was...I love Jerry. Great guy.
    • Leader of the Banned
  • Jesus' Wife: "And where have YOU been for the past three days, Mr. Winemaker?"

Jesus Christ: "It's okay, I'll tell you...Not that's important or anything, but I was DEAD!!! I'M IN A FUCKIN' GRAVE OUTSIDE OF TOWN! I'M FIGHTIN' DEATH, HELL, DECOMPOSURE! I'M CHANGIN' SPIRITUAL FORM, ABOUT TO ENTER THE KINGDOM OF GOD, AND I GO "WAIT A SECOND! I GOTTA GO BACK BECAUSE SHE DOESN'T KNOW WHERE I'VE BEEN!"

--the argument Jesus Christ has with his wife following his return home after the Resurrection, Louder than Hell

1985 HBO Special

  • You want to help world hunger? Stop sending them food. Don't send them another bite, send them U-Hauls. Send them a guy that says, "You know, we've been coming here giving you food for about 35 years now and we were driving through the desert, and we realized there wouldn't BE world hunger if you people would live where the FOOD IS! YOU LIVE IN A DESERT!! UNDERSTAND THAT? YOU LIVE IN A FUCKING DESERT!! NOTHING GROWS HERE! NOTHING'S GONNA GROW HERE! Come here, you see this? This is sand. You know what it's gonna be 100 years from now? IT'S GONNA BE SAND!! YOU LIVE IN A FUCKING DESERT! We have deserts in America, we just don't live in them, assholes!"
    • On the starvation in Ethiopia.
    • As seen in his first appearance on Letterman.
  • Lick the alphabet. It makes you appear creative, it's an easy diagram to remember, it's like "aaaaa.... beeeee.... ceeee." She's think you're from fuckin' Europe or somethin: "OH GOD, WHERE'D YOU LEARN THAT, OHHH," and you're going "A, B, C, D, E, F, G."
  • We don't WANT to drink and drive ... But there's no other way to get the fucking CAR back to the HOUSE!! How are we supposed to get fucking home??!!
  • [Rock Hudson] was on his deathbed, going, "It was that last fucking dick... god DAMN it, why did I suck it, WHY DID I SUCK IT!?!? I was ahead of the game, Mister! Million of dicks, never had a problem before--dick, dick, dick, suck, suck, suck; dick, dick, dick, suck, suck, suck. Never had a problem--IT WAS THAT LAST GODDAMN DICK!!!"
  • I was MARRIED for TWO FUCKING YEARS! Hell would be like Club Med!
  • How does a guy look at another guy's hairy ass, and find love?
  • There's always 30 or 40 Christians standing around, saying, "It's a shame that he has to die." And Jesus is saying, "Well, maybe I wouldn't have to if somebody would get a ladder and pair of pliers!!"
  • The Police report said they stabbed this guy 51 times....bludgeoned him in the head with a heavy object 13 times and they shot him twice....so I figure this guy's by the door on the way out going....YOU DON'T HAVE TO LEAVE YET, DO YOU?!....YOU HAVEN'T SHOVED A CHAINSAW UP MY ASS YET!....MY HEAD'S STILL ON MY TORSO!!....I'M GLAD YOU FUCKERS CAN HANDLE YOUR HIGH!!....

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