Lenny at The Library Pick in LA Weekly

In conjunction with the American Library Association’s annual Banned Books Week, held every September, Beth Lapides hosts Lenny at the Library, a panel discussion on one of the most controversial comedians of all time, Lenny Bruce. Lapides, creator of the comedy and storytelling series UnCabaret, will muse on the outlaw stand-up comic with fellow comedian Andy Dick, as well as Paul Krassner, editor of Bruce’s 1965 autobiography, How to Talk Dirty and Influence People; Merrill Markoe, co-creator of Late Night With David Letterman; Kliph Nesteroff, author of the 2015 book The Comedians: Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels and the History of American Comedy; and Robert Weide, director of the excellent 1998 Oscar-nominated documentary Lenny Bruce: Swear to Tell the Truth, which featured Krassner as well as Bruce’s ex-wife, Honey, and daughter, Kitty. 

LA CULTURE HOUND – UnCabaret: Fifty Years After Lenny Bruce’s Arrest

Lenny Bruce, Mae West and George Carlin fought the battles and paved the way for new generations of comedians, storytellers and social satirists holding a mirror to a society that is uncomfortable looking at itself. It if hadn’t been for their guts and fearless commitment to the truth the brilliant and profane artists of UnCabaret would likely get hauled away and thrown into the clink.