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Sam Kinison

Sam Kinison

Samuel Burl Kinison (December 8, 1953 – April 10, 1992) was an American stand-up comedian and actor. A former Pentecostal preacher, he performed stand-up routines that were characterized by an intense sudden tirade, punctuated with his distinctive leaning forward scream, similar to charismatic preachers. Initially performing for free, Kinison became a regular fixture at the Comedy Store where he met and eventually befriended such comics as Robin Williams and Jim Carrey. Kinison's comedy was crass observational humor, especially towards women and dating, and his popularity grew quickly, earning him appearances on Late Night with David Letterman and Saturday Night Live. Kinison died in 1992 due to internal injuries after an automobile crash in California. Kinison received a Grammy nomination in 1988 for the single "Wild Thing" from his Have You Seen Me Lately? Album, and a posthumous win in 1994 for Best Spoken Comedy Album, Live from Hell.
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