“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
Bruce arrested for "obscenity" four timesThere were no taboos in his biting satire, in subject matter or choice of words. It was his language--specifically “four-letter” words that sometimes had up to twelve--that got him in trouble with the law. Arrested on “obscenity” charges four times between 1961 and 1964, Lenny Bruce was naïve in believing that the First Amendment would protect him and his act.
“If Jesus had been killed twenty years ago, Catholic school children would be wearing little electric chairs around their necks instead of crosses.”--Lenny Bruce