Lenny Bruce Impersonator Misses Whole Point Of Lenny Bruce

Director Ted Balleker once told this site that Lenny Bruce would not be allowed on college campuses today.

And director, “Can we take a joke? Right.

Bruce never backed down. As a result, he found himself in prison over and over again, pursued by cops who were watching all his pranks and died at the age of 40 from an overdose.

The comedian who deals with sacred cows with humor and insight has made him a legend. Every political comedian owes it to Bruce.

Except this kind of brutal honesty is no longer allowed on college campuses. Just ask Nimesh Patel, an Indian-American comedian whose Columbia University show ended abruptly after he told a joke that the show’s organizers didn’t like.

Or Jerry Seinfeld, who famously wouldn’t come near a college party because today’s students are crying “Racism! Sexism! Etc.” On the most wonderful bits.

Ronnie Marmo, the actor who portrays Bruce in a one-man show, should know better than most why Bruce is important and how conservatives defend free speech rights in the modern era.

Except that it shows 0-2 in both cases.

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Marmo spoke to the liberal New York Daily News about his show, “I’m not a comedian…I’m Lenny Bruce.” The long-running show, which returns to the East Coast this month, is directed by veteran actor Joe Mantegna.

The show will be a little different this time. The part where Marmo, in his character, uses the N word is now over. The actor claims that Bruce won’t use that word now.

Marmo added that he’s not afraid to cancel culture or liberal attacks on the show, although progressives would quickly rally against “I’m Lenny Bruce” if he uttered the word on stage.

“I realized there is a balance between being an artist and telling the truth, and not being silent about the world I live in.”

Bruce’s entire career doesn’t get along with that sentiment, and the actor who brings him back to life must know that. If Bruce risked imprisonment for telling the parts he wanted to tell, he would surely stand up to the kinds of culture eager to limit his art.

It gets worse.

Marmo says he wants to introduce Bruce’s legacy to young liberals. He claims that using the n-word would attract more racists to the show than his favored demographic.

Because, as everyone knows, racists will line up to watch any show that uses the n-word once. It happens all the time. Then they leave, en masse, as a goose heads towards the hallway in red MAGA hats.

Marmo then turns his back on the group currently protecting Bruce’s legacy of free speech.


“People on the right who shout ‘Fuck you!'” First Amendment! freedom of expression! I’ll say what I want “…these people think I’m going to make the show for them…Lenny is rolling in his grave.”

Marmo says he interrupted his own show once when he felt parts of the audience were laughing at Bruce’s raw material for the wrong reasons.

“I stopped the sting and said, ‘Stop laughing.'”

Imagine an entertainer lecture audiences don’t laugh on his show, a lecture based on a comic legend. You don’t have to imagine it, apparently.

If Bruce is rolling in his grave, it’s not for the reasons Marmo suggests.

Here, comedian Eddie Izzard explains why Bruce is so important then and now.

“He died in order to give us free speech…” says Izzard. Someone has to tell Marmo before his next performance.

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