“No sympathy for the devil; keep that in mind. Buy the ticket, take the ride…and if it occasionally gets a little heavier than what you had in mind, well…maybe chalk it off to forced conscious expansion: Tune in, freak out, get beaten.”
― Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Last night I watched the sobering documentary on the infamous American comedian Lenny Bruce called, Swear to tell the truth. It was disturbing to see him persecuted and harassed by the police and judicial system in the US because of his anti Catholic rhetoric.
It occurred to me after watching a lot of Lenny’s material here and on you tube that ‘comedy’ seems only truly savored in the era it is performed. Lenny’s material was undoubtedly cutting edge for its time, but I didn’t find it hilarious or particularly poignant. Comedy in general doesn’t seem to age well unless there is a personal connection to the artist and era it was communicated. I even noticed my favorite sit com ‘Seinfeld’ is beginning to age as its social commentary is becoming less and…
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