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Well Worth Reading
, October 27, 2003
I would recommend this book. The content of this book appeals to many people. Anyone interested in comedic history, a satire perspective, social empowerment and "toilet jokes", would get a kick out of this personal peek into secrets behind Lenny Bruce. I enjoyed this book for its humor and social analysis, as well as for the other interests listed previously.
This book is a lesson behind the acceptance and progression of comedic subject matter and language. The language used in this book could be described as crude or obscene, but I would describe as uncensored. Lenny reflects on culture and uses comedy as his outlet. Lenny wrote how he spoke. The text is a hilarious ramble of important events in his life. His commentary is as true and relevant now as it was forty years ago. It provides an education on the journey to become a stand-up comedian, promoting social empowerment and the struggle of being an individual at all costs. Lenny revolutionized stand up comedy, opening door for others in the comedic field. He wasn't afraid to talk about what no one else would, race, sexuality, religion, etc. Lenny didn't allow anybody else's standards determine the content of his performances.
How to Talk Dirty ... is a window into the past and the social standards of the time. When this book isn't making you think it will make you laugh. It contains bits that Lenny developed, some of his crazy scams, excerpts from his performances, as well as a transcript from a court trail against his use of obscenities, Lenny adds his humorous opinions in the text.