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Travelling or based outside United States? Video availability outside of United States varies. Sign in to see videos available to you. Rentals include 30 days to start watching this video and 7 days to finish once started. Close Menu. I Am Sam Kinison is a feature documentary exploring the life and legacy of shock comic Sam Kinison, a former Pentecostal preacher who repurposed his pulpit-honed chops for a wild career that shattered the status quo and changed comedy forever. More purchase options. By ordering or viewing, you agree to our Terms. Sold by Amazon. Customers who watched this item also watched.
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. A brother recalls the excessive and flamboyant life of the late comedian who died in an April car crash, portraying Kinison's checkered early years, his road to fame and fortune, and his personal struggles.
A former Pentecostal preacher , he performed stand-up routines that were characterized by an intense style, similar to charismatic preachers, punctuated by his distinctive scream. Kinison had two older brothers, Richard and Bill, and a younger brother, Kevin. His parents divorced when he was 11 and his brother Bill went to live with his father while Sam stayed with the rest of his family against his protestations. Bill described this as the root of much of Sam's anger. Kinison and his brothers emulated their father by becoming Pentecostal preachers. He preached from the age of 17 to 24 and recordings of his sermons reveal that he used a " fire and brimstone " style, punctuated with shouts similar to the ones he would later use in his stand-up routines. His brother Bill, however, noted that "ironically, he had no stage presence" and he was not very successful at making money from preaching.