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 Kinisonâ€™s social and cultural impact on comedy. Between their commentaries is a string of some of Kinisonâ€™s greatest stand-up moments allowing him to be remembered as the one-of-a-kind act that he was. â€œI miss my dad and I miss Sam Kinison. I really wish I could show him what Iâ€™ve done, because he had so much to do with it,â€ 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 â€œWild Thingâ€ 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, Kinisonâ€™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 â€˜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 HBOâ€™s Young Comedians Special hosted by Rodney Dangerfield.