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Brother Sam: The Short, Spectacular Life of Sam Kinison

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Brother Sam: The Short, Spectacular Life of Sam Kinison

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Bill Kinison, Steve Delsohn

We gave it an A-

Robin Williams called him “a comedy combination of Chuck Yeager and Evel Knievel.” Until his death at 38, former preacher Sam Kinison was one of America’s foulest and funniest stand-ups, as the many quotes in Brother Sam: The Short Spectacular Life of Sam Kinison demonstrate. Fierce comedy makes enemies, and Kinison’s enemies made strange bedfellows: the religious right loathed his blasphemy, and militant gays sent death threats and reportedly sprayed his audience with acid. He battled friend Howard Stern and foe Whoopi Goldberg, and his often stormy relationship with Jessica Hahn (no stranger to ex-preachers) led to more tensions than friendship. Brother and manager Bill (with Steve Delsohn) candidly details Sam’s life of uncontrolled booze and drugs (including the autopsy traces of marijuana, codeine, Valium, Xanax, and cocaine), fast money, women (strippers, wives, and others), and a career that lurched like a rocket piloted by a drunk. No one can explain genius, but Bill provides pungent insight into his enigmatic, infuriating, and — above all — funny brother. A-