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Sam Kinison: Why Did We Laugh? (1998)

R | | Documentary, Biography | TV Movie
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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Fair, if incomplete biography
3 August 1999 | by See all my reviews

For fans of Sam's work, this film provides insight into the mind and art of one of the most off-the-wall comedians to come along since Lenny Bruce. It includes some good footage of Sam's early careers, but the viewer is left with as many questions as answers. Interviews with notables such as Jay Leno and Richard Pryor provide some needed depth. For those who appreciate "extreme" humor, I would recommend this one.


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