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Sam Kinison: Breaking the Rules -- 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


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17 April 1987 (USA) See more »
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Sam Kinison ... Himself
Denise Gallup ... Herself (uncredited)
Dian Gallup ... Herself (uncredited)

Hugh M. Hefner ... Himself (uncredited)

Directed by
Walter C. Miller 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Sam Kinison 

Produced by
Elliot Abbott .... producer
Bill Kinison .... executive producer
Michael Petok .... associate producer
Film Editing by
Brent Carpenter 
Production Management
Gregory Sills .... executive in charge of production
Art Department
Gabrielle Raumberger .... graphics
Sound Department
Joe Kendall .... audio assist
Paul Sandweiss .... audio
Camera and Electrical Department
Joe Angelo .... video tape operator
Fred McKinnon .... lighting director (as Red McKinnon)
Other crew
Katie Elliott .... production assistant
John B. Field .... video
Deborah Liebling .... associate director (as Debbie Liebling)
Dency Nelson .... stage manager
Roberta Savold .... production assistant
Bob Suszynski .... spiritual therapist


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50 min

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Kinison's breakthrough, 2 August 2004
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

In Kinison's TV breakthrough, following appearances on Rodney Dangerfield's specials, he talks about Jesus, the dangers of marriage (twice, ahhh!), and the joys of women. Also included are two of Kinison's finest bits, both funny and, indeed, smart- the first is his teaching about how to make the woman you love or want to love happy (a.k.a. 'the alphabet'). The second is a bit on a news story where some men were let into a morgue, and something, err, unpleasant occurred. So, sit back, maybe crack open a beer, and learn why Kinison is still mentioned as being one of the most influential, true, and outrageous comedians from the 80's and early 90's. A

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