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I Am Sam Kinison (2017)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 19 December 2017 (USA)
I Am Sam Kinison is a feature-length documentary film exploring the life and legacy of shock comic Sam Kinison, a former Pentecostal preacher turned stand-up comic who repurposed his ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Dan Barton
Bill Burr
Tommy Chong
Lue Deck Lue Deck
Steve Epstein Steve Epstein
Corey Feldman
Joey Gaynor Joey Gaynor
Argus Hamilton Argus Hamilton
Ron Jeremy
Bill Kinison Bill Kinison
Sam Kinison ... (archive footage)
Sherry Kinison Sherry Kinison
Jay Leno
Felicia Michaels
Ted Nugent
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I Am Sam Kinison is a feature-length documentary film exploring the life and legacy of shock comic Sam Kinison, a former Pentecostal preacher turned stand-up comic who repurposed his pulpit-honed chops to the brazen rock 'n roll world of MTV-era comedy. Following a steep trajectory to fame, excess, despair and near-redemption, Sam meets a sudden and early death when struck by a drunk driver in 1992. Using extensive clips from his comedy specials that cover some of his favorite topics including marriage, women, homosexuality, God, religion and world hunger Sam tells much of his story himself in a barrage of comedic feints and blows, shrieking and misanthropic riffing. Added perspective is provided by a dynamic cast of friends, family, fellow comics and celebrity party-mates, augmented by animated sequences that illustrate and add color to energetic and often hilarious interviews. Key interviews include the inspired storytelling of Jay Leno, Bill Burr, Ted Nugent, Charlie Sheen, Joe ...

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Excellent Documentary on the Controversial Comic
23 April 2018 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

I Am Sam Kinison (2017)

**** (out of 4)

This excellent documentary takes a look at the life and career of controversial comic Sam Kinison who formed a new style of comedy and road the success to the highest of levels. We get interviews with his brother Bill, Corey Feldman, Jay Leno, Ron Jeremy, Charlie Sheen, Ted Nugent, Tommy Chong and many others as they discuss what made Kinison who he was.

Whether you're new to the man or if you know everything there is to know about Kinison, you'll certainly be entertained by this documentary that has plenty of wonderful stand-up material as well as interviews that the comedian gave throughout his short life. There's a lot of really great material here that shows what made Kinison such a dynamic force and how his life was just as loud as his energy.

Throughout the first portion of the film you get to learn about his life before fame including his time working as a preacher. From here we learn about his slow rise to fame and how drugs became a major player in his life as he was constantly doing things that would kill most people. Of course, the sad thing about Kinison's life is that it ended so soon and not how most people expected.

The interviews here are quite excellent and they certainly add a lot of entertainment tot he picture. They were also very touching when it came to them discussing the comic's death and you can tell that it still sticks with most of those who knew the man.


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