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For fans of comedy, Sam Kinison needs no introduction. His scathing comedy tackled tough topics no other comedian dared to touch. Fed up and disenfranchised with his career as a Pentacostal preacher, Sam left the ministry to try his hand at comedy. Almost immediately, and thanks in part to the foresight of Rodney Dangerfield who showcased Sam on an HBO special, his piercing scream, extreme humor and irreverent take on life attracted attention. Containing rare, early footage of Sam preaching and performing stand up at the world famous Comedy Store, the Award Winning "Why Did We Laugh" tells the story of a comedic genius who touched a deeper chord in people than most entertainers. Sadly, Sam was taken from us far too early, yet leaving us with a lasting and unique legacy.

  1. Larry Carroll

    Director, Writer

  2. Sam Kinison

    Writer

Top Billed Cast

  1. Beverly D'Angelo

    Beverly D'Angelo

    Herself

  2. Rodney Dangerfield

    Rodney Dangerfield

    Himself

  3. Larry King

    Larry King

    Himself

  4. Bill Kinison

    Himself

  5. Sam Kinison

    Sam Kinison

    Himself (archive footage)

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Sam Kinison: Why Did We Laugh?
Sam Kinison: Why Did We Laugh?

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  • January 1, 1998
    Theatrical

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Original Language English

Runtime 1h 30m

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