Director Ted Balaker once told this site Lenny Bruce will not be allowed to enter the university campus today.
And the director of “Can We Take a Joke? correct.
Bruce never held back. As a result, he finds himself constantly jailed, hunted by the police to follow his every question and died at the age of 40 from a drug overdose.
The comedian’s barless stick, which handles sacred cows with humor and insight, has made him a legend. Every political comedian is indebted to Bruce Lee.
Except that brutal honesty is no longer allowed on college campuses. Just ask Nimesh Patel, an Indian-American comic has Columbia University concert ended abruptly after he told a joke that the show organizers didn’t like.
Or Jerry Seinfeld, the celebrity won’t come close to a college gig because students today cry “racism! sexist! and so on.” on the tamest bits.
Ronnie Marmo, the actor who played Bruce in the one-man show, should know better than most performers why Bruce Lee matters and how conservatives are defending freedom of expression. in the modern era.
Except he appears 0-2 on both turns.
Marmo spoke to the freelance New York Daily News about her show, “I’m not a comedian… I’m Lenny Bruce.” The long-running play, which returns to the East Coast this month, is directed by veteran actor Joe Mantegna.
However, the show will be a little different this time around. The part where Marmo, in terms of characters, used the word N is now gone. Bruce won’t use that word now, actor stated.
Marmo added that he’s not afraid of Cancel Culture or liberal attacks on the show, although progressives would be quick to protest against “I’m Lenny Bruce” if he uttered the word on stage.
“I realized that there is a balance between being an artist and telling the truth, and not being harsh on the world I live in.”
Bruce Lee’s entire career disagrees with that sentiment, and the actor who brought him into life should know it. If Bruce were to risk going to jail for telling what he wanted to tell, he would certainly be up against the Cancel Culture types of his desire to restrict art.
It got worse.
Marmo says he wants to introduce Bruce’s legacy to free young people. He alleged using the n-word would attract more racists to the show than his preferred demographic.
Because, as everyone knows, racists will line up to watch any show that uses the n-word once. Happens all the time. Then they left, in an instant, the geese walking towards the foyer in their red MAGA hats.
Marmo then turned his back on the group that is now defending Bruce’s legacy of free speech.
“The people on the right are shouting ‘Fuck you! First Amendment! Freedom of speech! I’ll say what I want ‘… those people think I’m doing the show for them… Lenny is rolling around in his grave. “
Marmo says he interrupted his own performance once when he felt part of the crowd were laughing at Bruce’s raw material for the wrong reasons.
“I paused for a moment and said, ‘Stop laughing. “
Imagine a performer convincing the crowd not to laugh at his or her show, a show based on a comedy legend. Obviously you don’t have to imagine.
If Bruce rolls around in his grave, those aren’t the reasons Marmo suggests.
Here, comic Eddie Izzard explains why Bruce is important both then and now.
“He died for us to give us freedom of speech,” Izzard said. Someone should tell Marmo before his next gig.