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  • Sep 01, 2021

    excellent documentary - I want to watch it again but now impossible to find streaming or dvd ?

    excellent documentary - I want to watch it again but now impossible to find streaming or dvd ?

  • Mar 15, 2006

    [b][size=5]“The [color=Yellow][i]what should be[/i][/color] never did exist, but people keep trying to live up to it. There is no [i][color=Yellow]what should be[/color][/i], there is only [color=Yellow][i]what is[/i][/color].”[/size][/b] [center][img]http://recollectionbooks.com/bleed/Encyclopedia/BruceLenny/lenny_bruce.jpg[/img] [/center] [size=4] [/size] [QUOTE]Stand-up comics can say pretty much anything these days -- no matter how obscene or offensive their material - thanks in no small part to Lenny Bruce. In the late 1950s and early '60s, the iconoclastic comedian often found himself in trouble with the law for saying whatever was on his mind. "There really are very, very few topics or very, very few ways of speaking about those topics that comedians are not allowed to do today in the private comedy club, and that's thanks to Lenny," says David M. Skover, co-author of The Trials of Lenny Bruce, The Fall and Rise of an American Icon. Bruce faced prosecutors in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York. Skover says that while Bruce's cases never went to the Supreme Court, the comedian played a key role in the free-speech movement. "His obscenity story changed the First Amendment environment... in a very practical way." After Bruce's death of a morphine overdose in 1966, "the very idea of prosecuting a comedian for off-color language ended," Skover says. "Thus, it's really Lenny's legacy that he opened up the comedy club as the greatest free speech zone in America." Bruce was a tireless defender of free speech and the First Amendment, Collins says. Bruce also was also an amateur lawyer who tried to defend himself in court and paid heavily for defying authority. Skover says Bruce dared to "speak the unspeakable" about race, religion, sexuality and politics. "He was lampooning the establishment by revealing hypocrisies at every turn and, as Lenny's bit proved, he considered hypocrisy to be the greatest of sins. He never held back in what he said or how he said it. And that's really why he was prosecuted."[/QUOTE]

    [b][size=5]“The [color=Yellow][i]what should be[/i][/color] never did exist, but people keep trying to live up to it. There is no [i][color=Yellow]what should be[/color][/i], there is only [color=Yellow][i]what is[/i][/color].”[/size][/b] [center][img]http://recollectionbooks.com/bleed/Encyclopedia/BruceLenny/lenny_bruce.jpg[/img] [/center] [size=4] [/size] [QUOTE]Stand-up comics can say pretty much anything these days -- no matter how obscene or offensive their material - thanks in no small part to Lenny Bruce. In the late 1950s and early '60s, the iconoclastic comedian often found himself in trouble with the law for saying whatever was on his mind. "There really are very, very few topics or very, very few ways of speaking about those topics that comedians are not allowed to do today in the private comedy club, and that's thanks to Lenny," says David M. Skover, co-author of The Trials of Lenny Bruce, The Fall and Rise of an American Icon. Bruce faced prosecutors in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York. Skover says that while Bruce's cases never went to the Supreme Court, the comedian played a key role in the free-speech movement. "His obscenity story changed the First Amendment environment... in a very practical way." After Bruce's death of a morphine overdose in 1966, "the very idea of prosecuting a comedian for off-color language ended," Skover says. "Thus, it's really Lenny's legacy that he opened up the comedy club as the greatest free speech zone in America." Bruce was a tireless defender of free speech and the First Amendment, Collins says. Bruce also was also an amateur lawyer who tried to defend himself in court and paid heavily for defying authority. Skover says Bruce dared to "speak the unspeakable" about race, religion, sexuality and politics. "He was lampooning the establishment by revealing hypocrisies at every turn and, as Lenny's bit proved, he considered hypocrisy to be the greatest of sins. He never held back in what he said or how he said it. And that's really why he was prosecuted."[/QUOTE]