If Sam Kinison was alive today, he would have turned 60 years old. Before Kinison became famous for his politically incorrect and intense humor, he was the son of a Pentecostal preacher. He even followed in his father’s footsteps and preached himself from the ages of 17-24. He struggled to make a living as a preacher, divorced his wife and began performing standup comedy in Houston.
After appearing on Rodney Dangerfield’s Ninth Annual Young Comedians Special, Kinison started to become well known. He quickly became one of the most popular and controversial comics in the country and released numerous specials, appeared in the film Back to School and released a popular music video for the song “Wild Thing.” On April 10, 1992, Kinison was killed in a car crash with a drunk driver. To celebrate his life, here are some of his iconic moments. Since it’s Kinison, many of these videos have NSFW language.
To go into the audience on a network television debut takes some pretty big balls. You can tell that Kinison had some preaching experience when you watch this clip. You can also tell that he had a couple tumultuous marriages.
Boy, does Sam Kinison have an issue with marriage. It may be hard to relate to if you’ve never been married, but every guy can relate to the part about Jesus’ wife not liking his disciples. Every guy has a friend that his girlfriend will hate.
This is a clip from the hilarious movie Back to School. It’s kind of like Billy Madison but with Rodney Dangerfield, college and a Kurt Vonnegut cameo. If you wish the Vietnam War hadn’t ended so soon and like nuclear war, you’d love Sam Kinison as your teacher.
Sam says a lot of things that he doesn’t like about the woman in this song, but he does love her. That’s sweet. He also has a woman gyrating in an actoagon. And he gets to hang out with Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Steven Adler, Bon Jovi and Tommy Lee.
This may be one of the more controversial opinions that Sam had. But Ice T thinks it’s funny, so it’s probably OK.