March 9, 2012
-- Lenny Bruce broke all taboos in revealing societal hypocrisy and paved the way for comedians like Richard Pryor and George Carlin. “There are words that offend me,” said Lenny in one of his television appearances. “Segregation is one.”
This thought-provoking documentary not only looks at Bruce’s influence and legacy, but also offers a rare glimpse of the man behind the mythology. Interspersed with archival footage from his appearances on the Steve Allen Show and audio-clips of some of his most famous bits are interviews with the likes of Mort Sahl, Phyllis Diller, Lewis Black, Richard Lewis, Sandra Bernhard, Jonathan Winters, Robert Klein, Shelley Berman and others.
Looking for Lenny brings Bruce’s comedy into present-day relevance by comparing his use of language and the issues he addressed with the recent controversies surrounding Michael Richards and Don Imus.
Looking for Lenny was screened at Paris Beat Generation Days in April 2011 and opened the Toronto Jewish Film Festival in May 2011. The film’s launch on VoD marks the first time the film is available to the general public in the United States.