Looking for Lenny

Synopsis: Looking for Lenny is an in-depth, controversial documentary that uses Lenny Bruce's legacy to explore the present condition of the fear of words and expression. It also tackles the issue of new limitations that the government and society are placing upon freedom of expression in the artistic and political discourse. It speaks directly to recent attempts by political figures to instill fear into American society by labeling, manipulating, and inflaming people's fear of the spoken word.
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Elan Gale
Production: Gravitas
 
IMDB:
6.1
NOT RATED
Year:
2011
65 min
Website
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But not always.

Because you really didn't

know for sure

what was going to happen

on the night you went.

He was irreverent,

an individualistic,

and wasn't trying

to please anybody.

And people said

"too smart for the room.

Too dirty,

too this or that."

We were all

on the high wire.

We worked

without a net.

If I hired them,

then I put 'em on stage,

let them do

what they want to do.

You hired them

because you had faith

in what they

were doing.

So then don't tell them

what to say

and what not to say,

it's not my business.

If it wasn't for

Lenny Bruce,

you wouldn't have

Richard pryor

or George carlin.

You wouldn't have

these guys.

He really opened the doors

to what is today modern comedy.

He kicked that door down.

And as a result

usually it's the first guy

through the breech

that takes all

the bullets.

[Radio static]

Two persons really helped

Lenny Bruce during his career.

One in the press

and one on t.V.

Hugh Hefner

and Steve Allen,

were both very important

in Lenny Bruce's career.

Ladies and gentlemen,

here is a very

shocking comedian,

the most shocking comedian

of our time,

a young man who

is skyrocketing to fame,

Lenny Bruce.

Here he is.

[Audience applauds,

music plays]

[Gold]

He came from vaudeville,

that was the interesting thing,

and his mother, you know,

grew up in vaudeville,

and he grew up

in vaudeville.

And he just totally

bucked that trend

of, like,

ba-dum-bum jokes

and setup punch line,

"take my wife,"

and to get up there

and start talking

about yourself,

and to get really deep

and personal,

and talking about the world

you're living in,

and politicians

and racism

and class, it's like,

that's unbelievable.

Lenny went beyond

what any other mainstream

comics had done at the time.

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Elan Gale

Elan Gale (born October 27, 1983) is a television producer, best known for his work on the series The Bachelor. He has also produced The Bachelorette, Bachelor Pad, Bachelor in Paradise and High School Reunion. more…

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