Sam Kinison’s “Back From Hell: A Tribute To Sam Kinison” premieres on Comedy Central on November 13th, DVD in stores on November 16th

The biggest names in comedy will pay tribute to the legend that is Sam Kinison. The special, Back From Hell: A Tribute To Sam Kinison will premiere on Comedy Central on Saturday, November 13th.

The special features some of the biggest names in comedy as they discuss the life of Kinison and his contribution to the comedy world. The likes of Chris Rock, Denis Leary, Norm MacDonald, George Lopez, Lewis Black, Kathy Griffin, and Richard Belzer offer up insight about Kinison’s social and cultural impact on comedy. Between their commentaries is a string of some of Kinison’s greatest stand-up moments allowing him to be remembered as the one-of-a-kind act that he was. “I miss my dad and I miss Sam Kinison. I really wish I could show him what I’ve done, because he had so much to do with it,” says Chris Rock.

After the special premieres, Back From Hell: A Tribute To Sam Kinison will be released uncut and uncensored on DVD via Comedy Central on Tuesday, November 16th. Bonus features include stories from The Comedy Store in Los Angeles with comedians Pauly Shore, Marc Maron among others; a Live “Wild Thing” performance and the original music video of the song; and additional classic Kinison stand-up.

Kinison brought an unseen intensity to the table that captivated audiences nationwide and left them appalled and crying with laughter. A Pentecostal minister before turning to comedy, Kinison’s preacher style stand-up was a rare thing of disgusting beauty that is still missed today. With a reputation as a world class party animal, he was deemed the “Rock n’ Roll Comedian” and transformed himself into one of the most successful and influential stand-ups of the ‘80s and early ’90s. Tragically, Kinison died in a car crash on the way to a performance in 1992.

Check out a classic Kinison appearance, from HBO’s Young Comedians Special hosted by Rodney Dangerfield.


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  1. I am sorry but I NEVER found Kinison funny. I don’t understand all of this talk of how he was a comedic genius. Nothing he ever said sounded original or insightful to me. His whole schtick was simply to scream his punch line. Why would that make him a comedic genius?

    I guess some people hated him. My wife was deeply offended by some of his jokes. I never hated him I just found him plain boring like the 3 Stooges. I guess I need someone with some wit or real insight behind their jokes to interest me

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