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When you think of controversial comedy icons, George Carlin and Richard Pryor are often the first names that come to mind. But among the ranks of those legendary comics belongs Sam Kinison: the irreverent, bombastic son of a Pentecostal preacher who himself dabbled in preaching between the ages of 17 and 24.

The fire-and-brimstone style he employed during his preaching days served him well in his stand-up acts, which were often characterized by abrupt shouting and howling.

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Kinison gives us a taste of this style in his hilarious cameo as a history teacher in the classic comedy “Back to School,” starring Rodney Dangerfield, who actually helped Kinison break into the comedy scene in 1985.

Going from calm and collected to Vietnam-driven hysteria, Kinison, who was tragically killed in a car accident back in 1992, gives a glimpse into the politically incorrectness that helped influence an entire generation of comics.

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