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Sam Kinison - 20 years in hell

HenroidHenroid NobodyNowhere fastRegistered User regular
edited April 2012 in Social Entropy++
This upcoming Tuesday, the 10th of April, is going to be the 20th anniversary of Sam Kinison's death. Which means he died probably before some forumers here were even born.

I can't say I grew up listening to his comedy. Shit, I was only seven years old when he died. My first memory of him was the news that he had been killed in a car wreck. But from that moment on I would watch his comedy (and few films) whenever possible. The guy was hysterical. He was known for a few things; a former minister, ex-wives, a wild lifestyle, and SCREAMING HIS FUCKING LUNGS OUT. To the media at large he was very much an immoral bad boy. But really if you listened to anything he would say when not performing his act, he was a gentler guy than he appeared.

If you need a summary of things, uh, here:



Most people probably know him from this:



They've been running a week long special on the Howard Stern channels on satellite radio for Sam Kinison, featuring all his appearances on the show (goddamn there's a lot), intercut with some bits he did from his stand-up. For as loud and crazy he seemed, he was really cutting it back the last couple of years of his life. Or trying to. He had relapses with alcohol and coke and all, but he knew what was right. And ironically, some other fucker buzzed out of his mind ended up killing him, rather than Kinison dying of his own crazy life. Ain't that some shit.

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  • Riggs BlitzkriegRiggs Blitzkrieg Registered User regular
    That's where I knew him from. Old Howard Stern replays when he would visit and that really old infomercial selling his videos.

    Crazy big presence on stage

  • LadaiLadai Registered User regular
    That's where I knew him from. Old Howard Stern replays when he would visit and that really old infomercial selling his videos.

    Crazy big presence on stage

    Yep, that was pretty much my exposure to him as a kid.

    The one line from that infomercial that I can still remember is, "Any man who's been married more than twice can be a tour guide in hell."

    Don't know why that's stuck with me.

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  • HenroidHenroid Nobody Nowhere fastRegistered User regular
    I think his ex-girlfriends / ex-wives stuff was his best, by a long shot. I remember that line, Ladai, but I can't remember the infomercial.

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  • SliderSlider Registered User regular
    I remember him.

    He screamed a lot.

  • DruhimDruhim Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited April 2012
    Kinison was an interesting dude and a good comedian that too many people dismissed just because he'd shout and swear.

    Druhim on
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  • LTMLTM Registered User regular
    Kinison is a guy who doesn't get enough posthumus acclaim. He is basically all that was good and bad about the 80s rolled into one glorious fireball of a life.

  • StaleStale Registered User regular
    he spent a lot of his minister career around near my hometown. So as I grew up I got to watch his career take off. I remember very clearly the day he died.

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  • HenroidHenroid Nobody Nowhere fastRegistered User regular
    Druhim wrote: »
    Kinison was an interesting dude and a good comedian that too many people dismissed just because he'd shout and swear.

    It's really weird listening back to content from the late 80's, when I was too young to be aware of anything, and hearing about the shit that shocked society. And these days, that stuff is by and large just accepted.

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  • ZonugalZonugal Freelance Bio-Exorcist Adam Maitland's Model TownRegistered User regular
    I think Dan Fogler wants to play him in a biographical film.

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  • LTMLTM Registered User regular
    Henroid wrote: »
    Druhim wrote: »
    Kinison was an interesting dude and a good comedian that too many people dismissed just because he'd shout and swear.

    It's really weird listening back to content from the late 80's, when I was too young to be aware of anything, and hearing about the shit that shocked society. And these days, that stuff is by and large just accepted.

    2 Live Crew is my go-to example for this.

  • HoukHouk Nipples The EchidnaRegistered User regular
    Sam Kinison was one of my mom's favorite comedians, so I got to hear him a lot in the house growing up.

    I liked him a lot and was pleasantly surprised when I saw him pop up in Back to School (which I didn't see till yeeeaars later on Comedy Central)

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  • weather man bobweather man bob Registered User
    Wasn't he that ex preacher who became a coke head and fucked prostitutes and made a shitty music video?

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  • WuShockWuShock Left Defenseman On your blue lineRegistered User regular
    When I was young my parents had HBO and I would check the listings and wait until they went to bed and sneak down to watch stand-up specials. Kinison was one of my favorites. I always loved his energy. Other comics always seemed like they were hedging on their personality, hiding. Sam never hid. I needed that back then.

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  • DruhimDruhim Registered User, ClubPA regular
    Wasn't he that ex preacher who became a coke head and fucked prostitutes and made a shitty music video?


    Aren't you that tired, bitter goose who rarely has anything relevant to add?

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  • MulletudeMulletude Glorious Leader! Registered User regular
    The screaming thing with Sam seems like all he does unless you sit and listen to his stuff. It's there but it's not his whole routine. I love Rawdog on Sirius. Hear a lot of his stuff on there.

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  • HunterHunter Chemist with a heart of Au Registered User regular
    The greatest impression of Sam Kinison ever. I saw this guy at a comedy club, and he puts most other impersonators to shame

  • NewtronNewtron Registered User regular
    edited April 2012
    There's only two things I remember about Sam Kinison:

    The wife stuff, and the fact that I remember seeing a few cartoons reference him and his yelling.

    Sure brings back that 80s feeling though. Damn.

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  • UrielUriel Registered User regular
    I only really remember this:

  • ShortyShorty JUDGE BROSEF Registered User regular
    edited April 2012
    it irritates the fuck out of me that bill hicks and sam kinison died young but dickheads like carlos mencia will probably live to be a thousand

    Shorty on
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  • NewtronNewtron Registered User regular
    edited April 2012
    Mitch Hedberg, John Belushi, Chris Farley, etc, etc

    What is it about comedy?

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  • NewtronNewtron Registered User regular
    edited April 2012
    Oh I know.

    Drugs.

    Someone get Mencia a bag. (or is it a gram? an ounce? Whatre some drug measurments?)

    Newtron on
  • AssuranAssuran Is swinging on the Spiral Registered User regular
    Shorty wrote: »
    it irritates the fuck out of me that bill hicks and sam kinison died young but dickheads like carlos mencia will probably live to be a thousand

    +1.

    During Bush II's presidency, you could listen to Bill's standup from during Bush I's term and you'd swear he was talking about current events.

    Bill didn't die to self destruction, like some of the others you mentioned. Cancer killed him.

    Also, I will never forgive myself for passing up the chance to see Mitch right before he died at the Funnybone in Columbus. I figured I'd just catch him the next time, and he was dead like two weeks later, IIRC.

  • HenroidHenroid Nobody Nowhere fastRegistered User regular
    Mulletude wrote: »
    The screaming thing with Sam seems like all he does unless you sit and listen to his stuff. It's there but it's not his whole routine. I love Rawdog on Sirius. Hear a lot of his stuff on there.

    Oh cool I'm not the only person who listens to that station. :^:

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  • HenroidHenroid Nobody Nowhere fastRegistered User regular
    Newtron wrote: »
    Oh I know.

    Drugs.

    Someone get Mencia a bag. (or is it a gram? an ounce? Whatre some drug measurments?)

    Bullshit it's drugs, because Kinison was killed by some other fuckhead. Though they did find cocaine on his possession. IRRELEVANT THOUGH

    Also Greg Giraldo is another comedian we lost early.

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  • ShortyShorty JUDGE BROSEF Registered User regular
    Newtron wrote: »
    Oh I know.

    Drugs.

    kinison died in a car crash

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  • NewtronNewtron Registered User regular
    I meant in general.

    Although I could argue that kinison died due to a drunken teenager, so died of drugs by proxy.

  • HenroidHenroid Nobody Nowhere fastRegistered User regular
    That kid sucks. Worst teenager ever.

    It's fucked up. Kinison's last appearance on the Stern Show in 1991 (December) was him on the phone and Richard Simmons was in studio. There was talk of Kinison going into Richard's program. Would've been great to see how that turned out.

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  • nevilleneville The Worst Gay (Seriously. The Worst!)Registered User regular
    Shorty wrote: »
    it irritates the fuck out of me that bill hicks and sam kinison died young but dickheads like carlos mencia will probably live to be a thousand

    Mencia's deal with the devil is Legend.

    (see what i did there)

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  • GoatmonGoatmon Registered User regular
    Henroid wrote: »
    Newtron wrote: »
    Oh I know.

    Drugs.

    Someone get Mencia a bag. (or is it a gram? an ounce? Whatre some drug measurments?)

    Bullshit it's drugs, because Kinison was killed by some other fuckhead. Though they did find cocaine on his possession. IRRELEVANT THOUGH

    Also Greg Giraldo is another comedian we lost early.

    WHAT oh fuck no. :(

    This is the first I've heard of that, that guy ruled. Dammit.

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  • HenroidHenroid Nobody Nowhere fastRegistered User regular
    Goatmon wrote: »
    Henroid wrote: »
    Newtron wrote: »
    Oh I know.

    Drugs.

    Someone get Mencia a bag. (or is it a gram? an ounce? Whatre some drug measurments?)

    Bullshit it's drugs, because Kinison was killed by some other fuckhead. Though they did find cocaine on his possession. IRRELEVANT THOUGH

    Also Greg Giraldo is another comedian we lost early.

    WHAT oh fuck no. :(

    This is the first I've heard of that, that guy ruled. Dammit.

    He died like a year and a half ago, I think it was sleeping pill related. It bummed me the fuck out. The day it happened Jon Stewart kinda gave a eulogy at the end of TDS.

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  • BucketmanBucketman Dyslexic Puppy Skraggle RockRegistered User regular
    I always wonder what comedy gold we would have if we still had Kinison and Farley with us.

    Kinison had a good presence and was a really funny guy

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  • ShortyShorty JUDGE BROSEF Registered User regular
    chris farley

    he was funny

    but I'm not lamenting that one

    dude lived hard and the bill came

    which sucks, don't get me wrong

    I guess what I'm trying to say is that his act wasn't exactly rife with incisive social commentary and so I find it hard to be all "man I wish he was alive"

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  • GoatmonGoatmon Registered User regular
    I don't know, I think we all would benefit from knowing the life of a man who lives in a van

    down by the river

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  • Dead LegendDead Legend Registered User regular
    oh my god you guys

    sam kinison

    i love y'all

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  • DruhimDruhim Registered User, ClubPA regular
    If it was a choice between Kinison and Farley surviving, I'd choose Kinison without any hesitation whatsoever.

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  • Raijin QuickfootRaijin Quickfoot I got the shotgun, you got the briefcase It's all in the game though, right?Registered User, ClubPA regular
    Did Farley ever do standup? Chris Farley was an amazing physical comedian but there wasn't much else going on there.

  • cadmunkycadmunky One hand on the bottle, The other a shaking fist.Registered User regular
    First time I saw kinneson was on a Rodney Dangerfield HBO special, the first of many he did, I think. But that first show introduced a lot of surprising names. I'm sure it's on YouTube somewhere.

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  • HenroidHenroid Nobody Nowhere fastRegistered User regular
    Did Farley ever do standup? Chris Farley was an amazing physical comedian but there wasn't much else going on there.

    I don't think he did. If so he certainly wasn't notable for it.

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  • The Lovely BastardThe Lovely Bastard Registered User regular
    I always wished I could see a long conversation between bill hicks, george carlin, sam kinnison, and lenny bruce

    Sometimes I think I need to make an art film about this

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