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Short Takes: Kinison Dry but Still Raunchy

From Times Wire Service
Originally printed in The Los Angeles Times
Tuesday, March 27, 1990

CINCINNATI — Raunchy rock ‘n’ roll comedian Sam Kinison says he quit drinking because he is getting too old to keep ignoring his health.

“Yeah, I’ve cleaned up my act a little bit,” Kinison told The Cincinnati Enquirer in an interview published today. “Turning 36, partying too much and grabbing my heart made me think, it’s time to be good.

“I wanted to hold out at least until the turn of the century.”

But tempering his alcohol intake isn’t part of a mellowing trend for the heavyset comic known for his manic, screeching style and often explicit commentary.

He plans to belt out his remake version of “Wild Thing” with the band L.A. Guns here Thursday night.