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Sam Kinison: Outlaws of Comedy (2005)

1 Star (out of 4)

Requiem for a Screamer

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Buy Sam Kinison: Outlaws of Comedy on DVD.

When Sam Kinison (1954-1992) first appeared on those Rodney Dangerfield comedy specials on cable in the mid-1980s, I immediately glommed onto him. I taped the specials and memorized his routines, even attempting to emulate his raspy, explosive scream. I thought he was the freshest, funniest comic around. Unfortunately, the magic did not last long. Kinison rocketed to stardom and easily fell into the usual glitzy showbiz trap. This 1990 San Francisco concert catches him at a low point, when he was into drugs, booze and whores. His entire 45-minute act consists of his attacking anyone who has said anything bad about him in the press. There is not a single joke. It's an ugly, unfunny show with bad sound to boot. Two years later, Kinison had cleaned up his act and even proposed marriage when he was killed by a drunk driver. Former San Francisco morning radio talk show legend Alex Bennett appears, introducing the show.

DVD Details: This new DVD from Geneon comes with a Sam Kinison bio and photo gallery.

Starring: Sam Kinison
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 45 minutes
Date: July 29, 2005

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