“I Am Sam Kinison”, a documentary celebrating the life of the audacious, charismatic, bawdy, fearless, raw and immense talent who changed the face of comedy, will make its debut on Spike TV on Tuesday, December 19 at 10:00 pm ET/PT.
A special uncensored version one time only directly following at 12:00 am midnight.
The film comes from Derik Murray who has previously brought to the screen the lives of such iconic figures as Heath Ledger, JFK Jr., Chris Farley, Steve McQueen, Johnny Cash, Bruce Lee and Evel Knievel.”Our mission was to delve deep into the complicated life of a man who commanded the stage like no other,” stated Producer Derik Murray, “Sam’s life ranged from the restrained to the excessive, the comedic to the tragic, and from the sublime to the ridiculous. It is quite the ride.”
Close friends and family including Jay Leno, Corey Feldman, Bob Saget, Joe Rogan, Bill Burr, Tommy Chong, Rudy Sarzo, Ron Jeremy, Charlie Sheen, Argus Hamilton, Jimmy Shubert, Dan Barton, Felicia Michaels, Joey Gaynor, Judy Tenuta, Steve Epstein, Lue Deck, Bill Kinison, and Sherry Kinison will talk about the legend of Sam. The documentary will also include performance clips featuring his signature barrage of shrieking and misanthropic riffing. The doc will cover Sam’s life from his beginning as Pentecostal preacher to drawing 80,000 rabid fans in Giants Stadium, and his untimely death when his car was hit by a drunk driver in 1992.
In an unrelated project, Steve Lamar, announced today the release of his new book, “SAM and ME: The Week I Spent A Year With SAM KINISON” exclusively at Amazon.com. Lamar tells the true story of his small-town Texas childhood, his escape to Hollywood at the age of 17, and the crazy week he spent with comedian, Sam Kinison, after discovering him at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles before he became a comic legend. “Discovering and working with Sam was one of the highlights of my television career. Being in a room with just me, Sam Kinison and Robin Williams – that was one of the highlights of my life, even though Robin thought I was going to kill him,” Lamar said.
Lamar started out in television as a personal driver, and then production assistant, for Emmy Award winning television writer/producer/director Tom Patchett, and later as associate producer of the hit sitcoms ALF and Boy Meets World. The book released on October 31, 2017.