HARVARD SQUARE COMMENTARY

October 13, 2008
Wisdom from Polonius

Lenny Bruce
October 13, 1925 - August 3, 1966


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.


The liberals can understand everything but people who don’t understand them.


Satire is tragedy plus time. You give it enough time, the public, the reviewers will allow you to satirize it. Which is rather ridiculous, when you think about it.


Today’s comedian has a cross to bear that he built himself. A comedian of the older generation did an “act” and he told the audience, “This is my act.” Today’s comic is not doing an act. The audience assumes he’s telling the truth. What is truth today may be a damn lie next week.


Miami Beach is where neon goes to die.


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