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4.0 out of 5 stars Both Funny and Sad, July 12, 2004
This review is from: Sam Kinison - Breaking the Rules (DVD)
No comedian ever made me laugh as much as Sam Kinison did the first time I saw him perform on a Rodney Dangerfield special. The infamous Ethiopian UHaul rant is probably the funniest bit I have ever seen. His appearances on Rodney's other shows were generally pretty terrific as well as well as his turn in "Back to School".
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.
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