Therefore, here I go:
“Problem? I haven’t got a problem. I’ve got fucking problems. Plural.”
-Tim Roth (I think)
But for my purpose here tonight, I wish to discuss just the one. (It is My Blog after all, ain’t it?)
My ‘Tonight’s Problem’ concerns the fascination I hold for Lenny Bruce.
Now, for those of you who care not for Lenny, check out some of my other stuff which is about as far removed from Lenny as one could ever get: On a jet ski—or on a plane—or on a train—or in an automobile, or on an underwater water ski–actually a prototype that never went anywhere important.
For the rest of you who graciously humor me, here goes:
I am posting this video simply because it is the only one out there of Lenny before he died. And in point of fact, the only one ever done, aside from his very early days before he hit his stride (shit like Steve Allen, etc). This is most definitely not Lenny at his best.
One commenter on YouTube summed it up nicely:
“Just for starters, this isn’t Lenny at his peak…he’s just rushing through his most famous bits, like so many classic rock bands do with THEIR greatest hits…At this point in Time, he had about a year to live…there aren’t enuff characters remaining for me to list all the comics who owe their careers to Lenny…”
–Andrew Geshen (Via YouTube)
Honestly, I can not say it better than Mr. Geshen did above.
What I can say is this:
I have a problem with Lenny Bruce.
And admitting that should make all the difference.
Please watch and comment, if you want to.
P.S. I would be doing a disservice, and remiss, if I did not include the last two minutes of his act:
“I never met a Dyke I didn’t like.”
And ya know what? Neither did I, now that I ponder on it.