Friday, April 1, 2011

Sam Kinison: Family Entertainment Hour (1991)

Featuring: Sam Kinison.

Warning: This will only be available to stream until April 15th so act fast!

We here at Netflix Stream (well, me) believe, nay, we know that Sam Kinison is one of the top five stand-up comedians of all time. At a time when comics like Jay Leno and Jerry Seinfeld were putting asses in seats with clean, observational humor a preacher named Sam Kinison burst onto the stand-up scene and completely blew the lid off of the mother and changed stand-up comedy forever. You say you like the anger of Lewis Black? The vulgarity of Lisa Lampenelli? The willingness to confront people with sexuality like a Russell Brand?

Well, they can all pretty much suck Sam Kinison's cocaine covered d***. Don't get me wrong, those are all funny comedians in their own right but they each ripped a single page out of Kinison's playbook while Kinison wrote the whole damn thing. In Family Entertainment Hour we get Sam as the f****** rock star he became later in his career (Netflix says this was released in 1987 but it was really released in 1991). When he enters accompanied by two young ladies on leashes wearing next to nothing you immediately realize that this isn't family entertainment at all. Sam riffs on topics like rap music, religion, sex, women, drugs and the legal issues he was having because of them. I will say that I think his earlier stuff was better but this was still damn funny and if you're a fan of stand-up comedy you definitely need to check this out right now.

To add this to your Netflix queue click here. 

This movie will stop streaming on Netflix 4/15/11.

The Standard 5:

Why is it in your queue? Sam Kinison is a f****** genius.

Is it artsy? Not at all.

What stood out the most to you? Kinison encouraging troubled veterans to assassinate rappers with Ice-T in the audience.

What mood should I be in to watch this movie? Looking to laugh your ass off.

What rating did you give it on Netflix? 4 Stars. 

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