My history hero: Sam Kinison (1953-92)

Stand-up comedian Omid Djalili explains why he admires a controversial comic

Comic Sam Kinison

This article was first published in the March 2015 issue of BBC History Magazine 

Sam Kinison (1953-92) was a larger-than-life American stand-up known for his intense, provocative, politically incorrect humour. The son of a Pentecostal preacher, he too began life as a preacher before taking up comedy. He died aged just 38 after his car was hit by a pickup truck being driven by a drink-driver. He was married three times.

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