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I’m Not A Comedian…I’m Lenny Bruce

From 39 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

About the show

Ronnie Marmo stars as the legendary comedian Lenny Bruce in this solo show, which ran for 110 performances in Los Angeles. Directed by Tony Award winning stage actor, film and television star, Joe Mantegna. More…

This look at the life and battles of the groundbreaking comedian not only draws from his many court battles championing the freedom of speech but also includes many of Bruce's original comedic bits and insights from his own writings.

1h 30m | Already closed | The Box (Lower E Side)

Member Reviews (39)


Great acting, Absorbing, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Intelligent
Avg Score

Clever, Funny, Great staging, Overrated

See it if You want some good comedy. To learn a little as bout lenny Bruce. Had some sad moments.

Don't see it if If you do not like comedy or shows with cursing.

Absorbing, Intelligent, Bawdy (but not obscene), Great acting

See it if u want a 1st Amendment lesson via a well-researched, creatively-presented bio-drama of the troubled, controversial, pioneering comedian.

Don't see it if u expect to laugh a lot. [Marmo recreates some funny routines, but the focus is on Bruce's late-stage career, hindered by drugs & the law.]

Also Note: Although the Off-Broadway run officially ended, I saw an "encore... Read more Read less

Didn’t learn much

See it if You want to see a one person play where the actor tries to re-create Lenny Bruce is life

Don't see it if You are a big fan of Lenny Bruce and know a lot about him. You won’t learn anything new

Also My plans fell through and I took a chance on this one. I was not plann... Read more Read less

Funny, Entertaining, Thought-provoking

See it if If you are a Lenny Bruce fan, if unique stories of social unfairness and political incorrectness interest you.

Don't see it if If you do not like Lenny Bruce, if you are offended by political incorrectness or explicit sexual talk.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Raunchy, Riveting

See it if you are interested in finding out more about the life of Lenny Bruce, enjoy a well acted,intense biographical study, don't mind vulgarities

Don't see it if not interested in Lenny Bruce,are offended by strong language, once not permitted on stage

Also Bruce was a pioneer in the area of free speech comedy, punished for on... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Slow, Depressing

See it if you'd like to see a fine actor completely immersed in the difficult life of Lenny Bruce

Don't see it if you're hoping to see Bruce's energy and comedy recreated, an ambitious undertaking that isn't quite achieved; if you want upbeat/uplifiting.

Also The focus on Bruce's issues rather than his comedy, on his drug and fa... Read more Read less

Edgy, Overrated, Raunchy, Thought-provoking, Profound

See it if You always wanted to see Lenny Bruce in person and never did

Don't see it if If you are offended by all things Lenny Bruce. It’s quick dark

Relevant, Intense, Intelligent, Great acting, Edgy

See it if The show takes a hard look at Lenny's Bruce's fight with obscenity laws & addition battles. Outstanding performance by Ronnie Marmo.

Don't see it if Offended by 'bad' language and frank sexual references.

Edgy, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy comedy and what Lenny Bruce fought for regarding freedom of speech and intimate details of his tragic life.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy a mixture of comedy and drama, coarse language, or a storyline based upon factual events.

Well staged, Edgy, Terrific portrayal, Raunchy, Disappointing

See it if For a taste of the life & style of a comedy trailblazer who burned a path for Carlin, Pryor, U can hear the poetry in his sets.

Don't see it if Language & nudity offends U. Seems comedy doesn't age well. Great acting, but routines that shocked & brought belly laughs, fell to silence.

Clever, Great acting, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Raunchy

See it if you are a fan of Lenny Bruce, or of stand up comedy with a critical edge, you'll enjoy this one-man interpretation of LB's life.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy edgy and at times raunchy cultural criticism

Must see, Profound, Relevant, Riveting, Great acting

See it if You want to see the brilliant actor channel Lenny Bruce and be deeply moved from laughter to tears in a lovely setting at the Cutting Room.

Don't see it if You have no desire to know more about legendary ahead of his time Lenny Bruce.

Entertaining, Riveting

See it if you appreciate history of comedy. It's a tragic story told beautifully.

Don't see it if it's not a comedy show. But at times very funny.

Intelligent, Well-researched, Provocative, Fast-paced, Well-acted

See it if you are a Lenny Bruce fan - this is as close to actually seeing him perform as you'll ever get.

Don't see it if you'd be unable to sit through reenactment of Lenny Bruce material that uses obscenities, the n-word & racial slurs to make a social point

Also Extremely well researched; I've read just about every Lenny Bruce bio ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious, Funny, Intelligent

See it if You are interested in what makes someone funny and how the same things destroy him.

Don't see it if If four letter words upset you. Well if they do, you better not talk to anyone in 2018

Clever, Ambitious, Funny

See it if You want an empirical demonstration of the importance of free speech, not just an academic exposition.

Don't see it if You believe that words have an intrinsic power to hurt, and not, as LB put it, that it's the suppression of the word that gives it its power

Also The show takes a different approach than the 1974 film. I enjoyed both... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Clever, Ambitious, Edgy, Great acting

See it if You are a Lenny bruce fan or want to know his story.

Don't see it if You can't take a disturbing true life story or you don't appreciated a one man show.

Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Intense

See it if You want to see a terrific portrait of a performer who was way before his time performed with great, forceful acting in a fabulous venue.

Don't see it if You are turned off by Lenny Bruce and obscenities

Thought-provoking, Relevant, Engaging

See it if You are a Lenny Bruce fan. Such a joy just to hear his words again.

Don't see it if You are easily offended.

Slow, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Dated

See it if Looking for a good overview of Lenny Bruce's career and later downfall.

Don't see it if If you are easily offended by language or racial humor. But rather tame relative to today's comics.

Also Bit disappointed; missed some of the energy and roughness of his perfo... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Edgy, Funny, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if You're interested in first amendment rights and satire.

Don't see it if You're prudish and close minded about our hypocritical & pious culture

Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining

See it if You like and are interested in Lenny Bruce, enjoy a snack and drink with your show, want to travel back in time a little.

Don't see it if You want to learn something new about Lenny Bruce, don't like shows in clubs, don't find Bruce interesting or funny.

Also This play shows how much the world has changed since Lenny Bruce's lif... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Great acting, Great staging, Edgy, Too long

See it if If you have always been curious about the life of Lenny Bruce and you want to see some bravura acting.

Don't see it if If you don't like the potential of interaction with the actor and you want fluffy fun,

Also This show was good but could be great with some editing. Some of the s... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Great acting, Riveting, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to learn more about Lenny and delve into issues of his time

Don't see it if You think your going to a light comedy show

Also It is a nightclub format so you can purchase food and drink We felt ob... Read more Read less

Intelligent, Edgy, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you like intense shocking stories and like the humor of Lenny Bruce

Don't see it if hard and sometimes profane language bothers you

March 27th, 2019
“Directed by Joe Mantegna, Marmo does an excellent job of mimicking the star's twitchy physicality and the hipster attitude that smoothed over his Long Island accent as he recreates legendary performances...Presents a fine overview of the man's professional highs and lows and illuminates what mad...
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November 4th, 2018
for a previous production "Despite a structural conceit that establishes the action as an exercise in deterministic tragedy, the show lacks propulsive energy. It isn’t very funny, either, which may have something to do with Bruce’s material: It’s simultaneously ahead of its time and dated...Much of the standup in 'I’m Not...
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October 27th, 2017
for a previous production “This perfectly inflected performance is expertly directed by Mantegna...When Marmo picks up a mike to re-create excerpts from Bruce's routines, the result compares favorably with existing footage of the comic in action...Marmo's Bruce is equally unsparing in confronting his own failures as a hus...
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November 4th, 2018
for a previous production "Heartfelt, provocative, yet disappointingly conventional tribute...Bruce was unquestionably a boundary-pusher, which is why it is somewhat disappointing that Marmo and director Joe Mantegna lean on many of the same tropes found in nearly every fringe festival solo show...It helps that Marmo is a...
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