Sam Kinison - Breaking the Rules
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I have the tape, but I was glad that it came out on DVD. First off, the picture looks really good. It was a pretty old performance, too. And there's some cool extras. Like never before seen material, which is really hillarious. This is a must-have if you love Kinison.
This is a great performance. Through yelling and engergetic story-telling he talks about marriage, drugs, being arrested (thanks to his ex-wife), pleasing women (in a way I cannot describe on this site,) and much, much more. He's always able to make me laugh, even if I feel guity afterwards.
Sam was a true genius. It's too bad he's not around. So many talented people have died to quick and left us all too soon. Kinison was a one-of-a-kind, and no one will ever be able to duplicate him. That IS a fact.
We miss you, Sam! R.I.P.
He was so successful with Rodney's shows that that HBO gave him his own night, which is the main feature of this DVD. It's classic Kinison and no topic is taboo. It's pretty crass and if you are easily offended, it's not for you. His highlights include a very funny rant about being dead (and I'll go no farther, but trust me, it's a blast).
The main program, which was filmed in 1987, runs about 50 minutes is fun. However, also included are bonus clips of Sam doing standup what appears to be several years later (I couldn't find anything that stated the year it was done). Here you can see what the life of excess drugs and booze had done to Sam. He looks worn out, strung out and burned out. He's not funny. In fact, his rants are more filled with hate than humor, in particular one related to Jerry Lewis and his "Kids" with muscular dystrophy. And there aren't a whole lot of laughs from the crowd. It's a sad commentary on the man's life that I question why it was put on the disc.
But, if you liked Sam, you'll enjoy reliving a few minutes of the glory days of his humor.
If you are a Sam Kinnison fan you need to get this DVD. If you like in your face unbridled humor you have to get this DVD.
We were not disappointed, nor was I disappointed upon just receiving a copy of the video today.
This was early in his popularity, just after "Back To School" and he is particularly raucous and loud in this video. He was still at his peak as a "Wild Man",
still doing drugs (oh...THEY SEE THROUGH ME! OH! OH! OH!)and obviously pretty fresh from his breakup (I WAS MARRIED FOR 2 YEARS! HELL WOULD BE LIKE CLUB MED! OH! OH!)
But there is utter brilliance behind the screaming. His treatment of religion is one("Think Jesus is coming back?" Jesus - "Yeah I'm coming back. As soon as I CAN PLAY THE PIANO AGAIN I'LL BE RIGHT BACK!").
Another is his skit about sending food to the homeless in the African Sahara ("Stop sending these people food. Send them U-Hauls! Nah! Send me. Everybody on board! We'll make one trip. See this stuff! (he is scooping up imaginary SAND) "Nothing grows in this S---! Nothing's gonna grow in this S---! Get your kids, get everyone aboard! I'll take you where the FOOD IS!!!! You live in a F------ Desert!")
This video could not possibly disappoint a Sam fan.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I had been looking for this one for years as HBO special. Glad to learn its real title and see this comic genius at work. Sam will scream for you as he explores dating... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bradford E. Randolph
Ah..ahhhhhhhh.........I want you.....Sam!!!!! Wish you were still here my man!!!Published 2 months ago by Ricky Short
Not my cup of tea. He would have been funny but I found his material offensive personaly. He definitely shows intelligence in his act, but too bitter and angry for me. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Hope54
Pretty funny. Typical crazy sam. I always kept waiting for his head to pop from all the yelling. It's definitely old footage. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Shaun K.