Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Carnegie Hall Concert
Genres: Special Interest, Pop
Back when it took a computer the size of the Pentagon to do long division, Lenny Bruce was the personification of hypertext, connecting ideas through puns, jokes, impressions, and the weaving together of complex tales. As ... more »
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Back when it took a computer the size of the Pentagon to do long division, Lenny Bruce was the personification of hypertext, connecting ideas through puns, jokes, impressions, and the weaving together of complex tales. As Don Friedman says in his spoken introduction to this prestigious gig by America's (then) "nastiest" nightclub standup act, it's not Bruce that's nasty per se, but society. And while that's true, Bruce was dirty--a master of filth, from sexual innuendo to dirty words. In addition to all that heavy stuff, he gives you everything that was totally funny in second grade and still is, including the shaggy-dog story. Sure, there's a lot going on; you have to listen to it a dozen times to get the hushed-breath synaptic leaps uttered in between the big jokes that aim for the bleacher seats. This set is Lenny Bruce in rare form, at his most soberingly funny. --Mike McGonigal
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Funny, even today.
David C. Mason | Muncie, IN United States | 01/19/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Hmmm, I was just reading the review by the guy who says that MAYBE Lenny Bruce is funny to people born before 1960. Maybe he is. I was born in 1975 and purchased this album when I was 19. It was funny then and it is funny now. Yes, there is a LOT of social commentary, and Lenny certainly focused on current events which dates the album, but seldom do I find myself not being able to follow his humor. Lenny Bruce is not a comic for the intellectually challenged. He was quick, improvisational in nature, and at times brilliant. Listening to one of his live performances requires your undivided attention, like great jazz or classical music, to truly appreciate. If you want jokes jokes about dad making breakfast and babies being born, go listen to Cosby and Pryor, they ARE great, but when I want my gray matter tickled along with my funny bone, I go to Lenny Bruce. To those of us who do appreciate Lenny Bruce he was more than just an important and influential comedian, he was a prophet and a sage; still is. But along the way, if you have the guts, the brains, the honesty to listen, you WILL laugh, because Lenny Bruce is a very funny (if dead) man."
M' Lords and Ladies of the Royal Court....
Eddie Landsberg | Tokyo, Japan | 08/05/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Lenny Bruce has become such a cultural icon, a lot of his wit and genius have been burried beneath the "isms" - - that is to say, many people are more likely to know his face, even life story, than have actually heard his message or truly understand what he was about and even when we do, its almost as if we're no longer part of his audience... we're sort of listening to his routines the same way people rewind that tape of the Kennedy assasination and play it over and over again... its not Kennedy they're interested in seeing... its the conspiracy and what's hidden beneath the surface - - not what's there.A fan of Lord Buckley, Bruce's mentor, it was inevitable after hearing schticks like "Psychopathia Sexualis" (on the Beat Generation boxed set)and hearing his gay Lone Ranger routine, I finally decided to bang my head against the wall, try to forget all the biographical/historical propaganda rammed down my throat and try to relive his routines. I found them to be incredibly engaging, thought provoking, at times rambly and self centered, at other times hillarious. In fact, in many ways, Bruce surpassed his mentor, especially in his abililty to bring a wide array of strange and twisted charactors to life... from his Yiddish accents to American icons and authority figures. Lord Buckley was moreso Lord Buckley and his imagination, whereas Bruce had a knack with charactors.His routines are great and absorbing. He draws you into his world and holds you. Though perhaps a product of the beat generation, and later the hippies, his style of intellectual comedy holds well today, surpassing the times, and making much of the comedy one sees and hears today seem superficial.Long live Bruce and Buckley ! ! !"
Lenny Bruce, Junkie Socrates, Burlesque Poet, Genius
John Rudolf | Colorado Springs, Colorado United States | 04/12/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you wish to glimpse into a mind that could veer in the course of one performance (in one minute, sometimes!) from the hilarity of the burlesque that has been a joy to humanity from its birth, to the poetry of compassion and insight into the profound of a great poet, to the moral anguish of Auchwietz and Hiroshima, and the love of a father, brother, friend in a private moment, then listen to the words of this inimitable performer and creator."