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Sam Kinison

Kinison (left) with Rodney Dangerfield
Birth name Samuel Burl Kinison
Born (1953-12-08)December 8, 1953
Yakima, Washington, United States
Died April 10, 1992(1992-04-10) (aged 38)
Needles, California, United States
Years active 1978–1992
Genres Black comedy, satire, observational comedy
Subject(s) Human sexuality, current events, American politics, religion
Spouse Patricia Adkins (m. 1975; div. 1980)
Terry Jean Marze (m. 1981; div. 1989)
Malika Marie Souri (m. 1992)
Children 1
Website samkinison.org

So many people counted on me to be the party, I had to move far enough away that they wouldn't want to drive there.
Sam Kinison
I'm not going to give up the shock part of my comedy.
AIDS is a horrible disease, and the people who catch it deserve compassion.
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My view of life is, 'If you're going to miss Heaven, why miss it by two inches? Miss it!
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Real comedy doesn't just make people laugh and think, but makes them laugh and change.
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I'm so tired of men who are afraid to hurt women's feelings.
Obviously I'm not a role model for impressionable youth.
Folks, I've been straight for seventeen days... Not all in a row.
In the 1990s, it's OK to do comedy about the Chernobyl disaster or the Space Shuttle blowing up. It's acceptable to ridicule the Pope or the President of the United States, but God forbid you do a joke… about gays. The gay community is the last sacred cow in this society.
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I guess my main influences are Jesus, rock 'n' roll and ex-wives. In that order.
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Everything can be satirized.
I've never been against women. That anti-feminist rap is bogus. I think men should be nice to women, buy them diamonds.
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If I get married again, I want a guy there with a drum to do rimshots during the vows.
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Jesus is still up in Heaven, thumbing through his Bible, going 'Where did I say build a water slide?'
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I don't deny my life-style is occasionally pretty wild.
It was great to be the rock comic, the shock comic. But after you've played Giants Stadium with Bon Jovi in front of 82,000 people, after you've done the 'Wild Thing' video with Jessica Hahn and every rock band from hell, you're not gonna top that.
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I'm a comedian, and my comedy has never endorsed violence towards gays.
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So many of these comics are just frustrated singers or actors – they want to get a gig doing a sitcom. It's paint-by-the-numbers comedy, lame joke-telling. They're drawn to it as a career move.
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It was like going to church, except Ozzy Osbourne was there.
Jim Bakker. He's lost everything, he's ruined. And the worst thing of all he still has to wake up to her!
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I want to show people that there's a side of myself other than just the outrageous comedian.
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Anyone can go out on stage and start beating people over the head with rubber chickens. That'll get people's attention.
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I don't worry about terrorism. I was married for two years.
Just because I do a few comedy bits about gay people, that does not mean I'm out there promoting some anti-gay cause.
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I'd rather entertain people than offend them.
You don't know what a rough crowd is. If all I have to do is go make people laugh, that's nothing. Let me tell you what a tough crowd is. A tough crowd is going to a morning service and you got six people there and you gotta pat your house payment. That's a tough crowd.
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I'm responsible. I even did a commercial for MTV saying how I was going to register to vote. And I still haven't.
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I started saying things in church that didn't meet with a lot of approval – like 'Jesus isn't coming back.' They started throwing Bibles.
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When has stand-up comedy been kind to anyone? It goes after anyone who's the target. Comedy attacks, man.
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I have lived a carnal life.
I'm attracted to heartbreakers.
I guess they're tough jokes. But there's lots of things you either laugh or cry at. And you just can't cry.
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I got divorced, which was not a good thing for a revivalist minister. It did not go down well. I'd already been banned from a couple churches for my jokes. So one day I woke up and decided it was time to start living for myself.
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If I've learned one thing, it's 'don't tell the truth.' Lies keep you together.
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Society needs a couple of vents that say what you're not supposed to say.
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Rage only works if it is justified. That's the trick with rage. You gotta have a reason to be mad.
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Stand-up comedy is an art form and it dies unless you expand it.
What am I responsible for? Who am I responsible to? Everybody? How come when Archie Bunker nailed everybody, it was funny – but when I do it, it's not?
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Not that I want to put the entire rap music style down – I just don't like it. And I know somewhere there's gotta be another guy like that. There's gotta be a guy just like that – just like me. There's gotta be somebody, somewhere… Maybe, maybe an assassin type.
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Every generation has someone who steps outside the norm and offers a voice for the unspeakable attitudes of that time. I represent everything that's supposed to be wrong, everything that's forbidden.
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With any other celebrity, people come up and say, 'Hey, I really like your work.' But with my fans, when they see me, they don't even say hello. They just go, 'AWWWWWGHGHHHGHGHRRR!'
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