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PXHOmnibusThursday, March 9, 19899
Kinison and Co. KO Scope crowd with tiumLor
By PAUL STEWART
He rants and raves, clutching the
microphone as he swaggers across
the stage. His free hand Is clenched
in a fist of rage as he screams into
the microphone. And the audience
Axl Rose? No, just a night with
Sam Kinison as he and the Outlaws
of Comedy played to a crowd of
about 5,000 last Saturday night at
the Norfolk Scope.
The Outlaws of Comedy Alan
Stephan, Jimmy Schubert, Mitchell
Walters and Carl LeBove - opened
in sequence for Kinison. They were
all fine comedians who were
worthy of headlining any night
dub, though they did have their
"When l was in high school" said
opening comic Stephan, "all I had
was a pencil and the kid next to
me. If he had applied himself, I
could have been somebody."
He was funny, but though his
material was good, he sometimes
lacked adequate delivery in his
seven- to eight-minute act it was
easy to see why he was the
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. Tuesday, March 28 7-9am
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opening of the Farmer's Market.
As always, all products are locally grown 8c
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To spruce up your yard, you'll find
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Throughout the year, we'U offer the finest
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Some items not available on Tuesday.
Schubert and Walters both
performed well. But by the time
Walters was midway through his
act, l began to notice a pattern,
it seemed as if they all based a
good deal of their comedy on jokes
at the expense of women:
LeBove was not much different
in this aspect either. Though he
was a good storyteller, he seemed
to rely upon this angle of comedy
too. I laughed heartily at ail four,
but l would have enjoyed comics
with more original material, rather
than disciples of Kinison's.
Kinison, who has the ability to
offend more people in one hour
than l can in 2,000 words, took the
stage after a 30-minute intermis
sion. As usual, he wore his trade
mark trenchcoat and beret.
Not wanting to disappoint
anyone, he opened his act by
assailing those who criticized him
for making fun of homosexuals.
They cited that his assertions
about AIDS were medically
"I dont write fing prescrip
tions, I tell jokes," Kinison screamed
in his defense.
And that he did for nearly an
hour, with the venom of a rattles
nake. His topics covered a wide
range: the aforementioned gay
bashing, his usual misogynistic
humor, how to obtain alcohol past
the legal hour limit.
His act was tight and he had it
down pat. Though he claims to live
a life of reckless abandon, he has
become not only a top comedian,
but a good performer as well.
There was no recklessness evident
in his act.
But with such a precision per
formance Kinison seemed to have
lost some of his edge. There were
no jokes about Cod in his act
(unusual for him) which I cannot
help but feel he omitted because
he was in the midst of the Bible
Belt. He also seemed to be looking
towards his right constantly, as If
awaiting cues from his crew.
Yet the jab of his humor was
as effective as a Mike Tyson punch.
He sets you up against the ropes
with the story line and then KO's
you with the punch line.
Because his material was new,
the show was not a redundancy
if one owned either of his two
albums, "Louder Than Hell," and
"Have You Seen Me Lately?"
Kinison closed his act by asldng
a male member of the audience
for the name and phone number
of one girl that "really made your
life hell." He then had a telephone
brought on stage with the phone
call being played over the PA
system. His act ended with him
screaming sexual epithets and
other profanities at the recipient
of the phone call on behalf of the
member of the audience. Disap
pointingly, he did not perform
Kinison's approach to comedy is
much like heavy metal's approach
to music if one does not appre
ciate it for its intrinsic simplicity,
then surely one can understand its
"I'm just trying to represent
family entertainment," says Kin
ison. "Something that would bring
a tear to old Walt Disney's eye."
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