His comedy was a reflection of his idols, S. J. Perelman and George Kaufman; humorists who didn’t want to subvert American society but to enjoy its nonsense.
While George Carlin became famous for addressing the censorship of words, he deserves our recognition for assailing the more insidious suppression of ideas.
A new documentary contrasts the free speech ethos of Lenny Bruce with the anti-comedy attitudes on today’s campuses.
Many people reacted negatively to President Obama’s recent use of the “n-word” in an interview. But Lenny Bruce would have been proud.
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