Sam Kinison


Sam Kinison Trivia


  • Trivia

    • Sam made his network television debut on Late Night with David Letterman on November 14th, 1985.

    • Sam dated director/star Penny Marshall in 1987.

    • Sam was offered a supporting role in Jumpin' Jack Flash (1987) but Whoopi Goldberg was opposed and had the offer withdrawn.

    • Sam was originally considered for the main role by the producers of Beetlejuice (1988) but his agent never told him of their interest.

    • One of Sam's favorite routines during concerts was to call an audience member's ex-lover, especially one that had cheated, and have the conversation played over the intercom for the entire audience, with him screaming at them for their infidelity.

    • Sam wrote and performed in two HBO specials that were among the highest rated in their history, "Breaking All The Rules" in 1987 and "Family Entertainment Hour" in 1990.

    • Sam had 4 comedy albums made from recordings of his concerts, "Louder Than Hell" (1986), "Have You Seen Me Lately?" (1988) and "Leader of the Banned" (1990), with "Live From Hell" (1993) being released after his death.

    • Sam learned to play guitar, to shame his step-father who had mentally abused him growing up.

    • Sam's manager was his brother Bill, who was also a minister.

    • Sam was arrested at an airport for having a loaded gun in his luggage, which was placed there by a vengeful girlfriend to whom he had previously confessed that he was having an affair, before leaving for the flight.

    • Sam had a personalized license plate for his car that read: "EX-REV."

    • Sam was a very generous tipper, often tipping 100% of his check.

    • Sam's stage screaming was sampled in the heavy metal group Anthrax's song, "I'm The Man."

    • Sam's "monument" in Needles, CA was shown the 2005 film "Domino." However, there is no real monument to him there, what was shown was a foam prop piece.

    • Sam dated the porn star Seka during the 1980s, and she can be seen making an appearance with him on-stage at the end of an episode of "Saturday Night Live," that he hosted.

    • Sam impressed Blackie Lawless, the lead singer for the heavy metal group W.A.S.P., so much that Lawless wrote a song "Animal(F____ like a beast)" based on his hearing Sam compare his ex-wife to a "beast."

    • Sam had a scene filmed for Three Amigos (1986) where he played a Mexican bandit, that was cut. Sam believed that Chevy Chase was behind the removal, and that he was jealous of how Kinison had several scene-stealing moments in Back To School (1986) as an overzealous history teacher of Rodney Dangerfield's character.

    • Sam was forced to leave preaching after his first divorce, a taboo in the Pentecostal Church for clergy.

    • Sam did a monologue in the song "The Kid Goes Wild" for the rock group Babylon A.D.

    • Sam was very close friends with Howard Stern.

    • Sam recorded a number of songs as well as music videos, including remakes of The Rolling Stones' "Under My Thumb" and The Troggs "Wild Thing."

    • Sam's favorite movie was North By Northwest (1959) and he would often have it playing in his make-up room/travel trailer.

    • Sam was in mind for the lead role of Al Bundy in 'Married ... With Children, but he turned it down. He later guest-starred as Al's guardian angel.

  • Quotes

    • Sam Kinison: I look for women I know are gonna bust me up good. Come on, man, who can resist that? Who can resist that emotional pain? Yeah, they all have the same line, they're so sweet: 'I'm not gonna hurt you like all the others. Really I'm not. I'm gonna introduce you to a whole new level of pain!'

    • Sam Kinison: Rock Against Drugs, what a name. Somebody was high when they came up with that title. It's like Christians Against Christ. Rock created drugs!