Picks and Pans Review: Louder Than Hell

updated 03/02/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/02/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

Sam Kinison

Kinison, 32, is the Peoria-born comedian who was censored on Saturday Night Live for mentioning drugs without being sufficiently disapproving. And that's the least of his sins. His material ranges from obscene to vulgar to blasphemous to irredeemably, all-around tasteless. All of it is punctuated with frequent roars of anguish. What's scary is that he is often very funny, in part because of his uncivilized conduct. Not much on this album—recorded live at clubs from Waltham, Mass. to San Francisco—can be printed in a family magazine. It might be a little too strong for Perverts and Pagans Monthly for that matter. When in a bit on Dr. Ruth he refers to her as a "psychobitch," he is lightening up. Then there's his routine on why Christ wasn't married (his wife would never have believed him when he came home after three days and explained he had been resurrected) and another on world famine, in which he blames the starving Africans for living in the desert in the first place. All this may sound like raving madness. It probably is raving madness, but it's a kind of comic genius too. (Warner Bros.)

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