If you were to ask 10 comics who their favorite comedian was, their immediate answer may differ. But if you to ask who was the comic that broke down barriers that enabled them to stand up on that stage and tell jokes for a living, the answer would remain pretty universal… Lenny Bruce.
Despite his death in 1966, Bruce’s legacy has been only gotten larger. Whether it be books, a film starring Dustin Hoffman, a documentary, a rave-reviewed stage play, or an Emmy-winning portrayal by Luke Kirby on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, what Lenny Bruce did for comedy remains in a league of its own. There is a reason why Bruce is regarded as “the ultimate counterculture stand-up.” Now on June 26th Comedy Dynamics, in association with the Lenny Bruce Memorial Foundation, will release the first “approved official release” of Lenny Bruce is Out Again.
Initially released in 1964 as a private pressing by Bruce himself via Phil Spector’s label, the recording is technically considered a private release – even including his home address on it at the time of pressing. The album is a collection of different recorded sets and shows the comedian at his most raw and unfiltered as his legal and drug woes continued to mount and led to his death by drug overdose in 1966.
Out Again gives you a glimpse inside the mind of one of the greatest and strongest comedic voices of the 20th century. For any fan of Lenny Bruce, this is definitely something you won’t want to miss. Since this is a release of an album that’s already existed, you can give it a listen before them. The label also set up this landing page for you to preview the material.