Kinison Is Back. Aaaaaaaaaagh!

Sulfurous Sam died last year, but his comedy style shrieks on

Could there be poetic justice for the bard of black humor? Yes, and of a kind he might have appreciated. Sam Kinison, the frenetic comedian whose very mildest joke was a recommendation that his audience "drink and drive," was killed in California last year when a 17-year-old with a lot of beer cans in his vehicle smashed into Kinison's car. Witnesses said the teen surveyed the carnage and woozily exclaimed, "God! Look at my truck!" As for Kinison, a former Pentecostal minister turned scourge of all things decent, he seemed to be in an urgent discussion with the Almighty. "But why?"...

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