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Sam Kinison: Why Did We Laugh? (1998)

An examination of the career of the late comedian Sam Kinison.

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A few years after San Kinison died in their arms, his brother and his best friend join comedians to talk about his life and humor. In 1978, after a divorce, Kinison gives up revival-style preaching to pursue comedy full time. He performs in Houston for several years, then goes to L.A. where he's a maitre d' for the Comedy Store, rarely getting on stage. Then, Rodney Dangerfield gives Sam six minutes on an HBO special, and he's a star. Between the commentary and analysis by Pryor, Miller, Tenuta, Leno, and others are long clips from Kinison's interviews on Larry King Live and from his loud, raunchy, angry, sacred, and profane performances: rock and roll meets standup. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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We laughed because we just had to...
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His comedy came from the heart and so was authentically funny. Don't get hung up on the language, get into the idea of laughing at the human frailties and contradictions we live with yet never acknowledge openly. The early material shown in contrast to his HBO specials shows the growth of his "comedic genius" as his brother (the narrator) states. The clips of his preaching show where his energy originated. If you once deeply believed in something, you are able (as Sam did) to skewer it most effectively. Sadly, the hidden irony of the movie is that DNA testing shows that Sam apparently fathered a child with the wife of one of the primary storytellers (Carl LeBove, his "best friend") but this is nowhere mentioned.


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