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Sam Kinison: Breaking the Rules (1987)

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Fans old and new have cause for celebration with the release of Sam Kinison: Breaking All The Rules, HBO Special. Along with being voted onto Comedy Central's All-Time Top 20 Stand-Up Comedians list and VH-1's Top Comedians list, Sam seemed to be in a whole other class by himself. This comedy special will blow away the Kinison fan, and will be a must-have collectible. "Sam was the cuddly anti-Christ..." - Robin Williams. "Sam scared the hell out of you...and was the funniest comedian..." - Jay Leno. "Sam took no prisoners..." - Richard Pryor. "Sam was an absolute comic genius..." - Rodney Dangerfield. "Sam's humor was based on truth and pushed the envelope like no other..." - Larry King. "Sam's voice was the voice of outrage..." - Tim Matheson. "Sam was one of our generation's greatest stand-up comics..." - Howard Stern. "Sam was one of my all time favorite comics..." - Johnny Carson. "Sam was outrageous, bright and absolutely screamed the truth..." - Tom Lykis Written by Anonymous

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6 November 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I don't think I've ever laughed harder than the first time I heard Sam Kinison's 1993 CD "Live From Hell." Indeed, to this day, I chuckle every time I think about the Captain Kangaroo, rap music and Kurds routines on that brilliant album. Feeling down and in need of some yuks the other night (and let's face it, who COULDN'T use some more laughs in his or her life?), I threw on Sam's DVD "Breaking the Rules," and am pleased to report that this HBO special, filmed in 1987 before a Hollywood audience that included Hugh Hefner, had me tearing up with laughter within 10 minutes. This DVD is well named; Sam does break the rules and push the proverbial envelope, here as always; nothing is off limits, and topics such as Jesus' wife, the importance of lies in marriage, and homosexual necrophilia are sure to be offputting to many. The majority, I have a feeling, will be cheering and roaring with laughter. Sam's act is as un-PC as it gets, but Lordy, is it ever funny! He even tells us, in one hilarious routine, of his surefire method of pleasing a woman orally; a technique that I personally can't wait to try! I might add that this DVD's bonus footage shows Sam in Vegas some four years later, more manic than ever (how did the man ever perform without a constant influx of Ricolas?); his rants on gerbils in this segment is particularly hilarious. Yes, the world surely did lose a brilliant comedic voice when Sam was taken from us in 1992. If laughter is the best medicine, then Sam was one of our most gifted surgeons. At least, he sure knew how to operate on MY funny bone! This DVD cheered me up on a glum night, and I can think of no higher praise for a comedian.


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