Lenny Bruce was a stand-up comedian with a knack for political satire and “blue comedy” that could even make an adult film star blush. More often than not, his free-wheeling style of stand-up landed him in trouble with the law—and, worse yet, his wife.

But beneath the veneer of this carefree comedian, lurked a deeply troubled individual.

1. He Was Forever Young

Lenny Bruce was destined to be as reckless with his life as he was with his comedy. On one chilling occasion, while referencing his struggle with addiction, he said, “I’ll die young, but it’s like kissing God”. Sadly, those words would become more prophetic than he realized.

Each chapter of his life proved more harrowing than the last—and it all began with his childhood.

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