Friday, February 4, 2011
Tell em Len ol chap!
“All my humor is based upon destruction and despair. If the whole world were tranquil, without disease and violence, I’d be standing on the breadline right in back of J. Edgar Hoover.” -Lenny Bruce
Arrested in 1951 for "Impersonating a priest". He was soliciting donations for a leper colony in British Guiana. Sounds about right from this potty mouth.
I was telling my Pops one day about my Abbie Hoffman itch and he responded with "..If you like him you should check out Lenny Bruce. He makes Abbie look like a puff..." (for lack of a better term) Well I finally did. Very different walks of life but they both had the same purpose. They shook things up a bit and threw American values right back in the face of the Americans that were playing the luke warm game. Using the word Jackoff is offensive but posting pictures of women and young children slaughtered in a newspaper or magazine isn't? They forced America to look at themselves. He was crude, an addict and married to a stripper. That kind of train is bound for madness not glory (sorry Woody Guthrie), but I believe in his methods for shoving peoples hypocrisy right back in their face. I respect that. Dead at 40 from an over dose is unfortunately the norm for these types of lunatics but at the same time that is how you leave behind a legacy.
Thanks Pops, you are just as crazy as Lenny but in a much cooler James Bondish kinda way. Love you.