“Lenny Bruce Tries to do a Clean Show” from “Lenny” (1974) dir. Bob Fosse

From Bob Fosse’s terrific, but sad biopic of the late comedian Lenny Bruce comes this scene where Lenny (played by Dustin Hoffman) attempts to do a stand-up routine without saying a certain word that got him arrested a few nights earlier. As he points out, the routine is far dirtier without the bad word than with the word. A funny and clever way to make a very crucial point … that the truth, as ugly as it may be at times, is far less offensive than the lie that’s often used to mask the truth.

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