Friday, December 8

Happy Birthday

Dmitri Kasterine photo

Samuel Burl Kinison
December 8, 1953--April 10, 1992

"You're five feet away. Give the kid a fuckin' sandwich!"


Anonymous said...

I should have known, lo these many years ago, that my ex-wife would become my ex, when one of Sam's routines had me screaming with laughter and she said "that is not funny!"

Oh, and happy birthday to James Thurber: If not actually disgruntled, he was far from being gruntled.

Norbizness said...

He may have had the single greatest cameo in a movie... his crazed professor in Back to School:

Is she right? 'Cause I know that's the *popular* version of what went on there. And a lot of people like to believe that. I wish I could, but I was *there*. I wasn't here in a class room, hoping I was right, thinking about it. I was up to my knees in rice paddies, with guns that didn't work! Going in there, looking for Charlie, slugging it out with him; While pussies like you were back here partying, putting headbands on, doing drugs, and listening to the goddamn Beatle albums! Oh! Oh! OHHHHHHHHHHHH!

James Briggs Stratton "Doghouse" Riley said...

Comedian's comedian, man. I think his brilliance was overshadowed by the power of his stage persona to some extent.

I don't remember the venue, except that I saw it on teevee and it was shortly after he'd gained some measure of fame: he came out and whispered into the mike, "Nobody told me I'd have to scream like that every night. AHH! AHHHHHH!"

Anonymous said...

he was like richard pryor because his comedy came from a raw place. he was working with a lot of demons. and his cause of death -- killed by a drunk driver about a year after he got sober, btw -- is ironic, or something like that.