Who would’ve thought that a producer who has made a career working on reality shows like The Bachelor, High School Reunion and Cookin’ with Coolio, would have such a healthy respect for one of the comedy world’s most influential figures. But the fact is, Elan Gale is clearly passionate about the late Lenny Bruce. And to prove it, his long-in-the-making documentary Looking For Lenny will hit the digital marketplace March 9, most notably though Netflix.
According to the film’s official site, Looking For Lenny is an” in-depth, controversial documentary that uses Lenny Bruce’s legacy to explore the present condition of the fear of words and expression. It also tackles the issue of new limitations that the government and society are placing upon freedom of expression in the artistic and political discourse. It speaks directly to recent attempts by political figures to instill fear into American society by labeling, manipulating, and inflaming people’s fear of the spoken word.”
To illustrate to viewers the magnitude of Bruce’s career, Gale (writer/director/producer) and co. sat down with a formidable list of comedians, including Jim Norton, Lisa Lampanelli, Sandra Bernhard, Roseanne Barr, Jeff Ross, Richard Lewis, Robin Williams, Christopher Titus, Phyllis Diller, Mort Sahl, Shelley Berman, Jonathan Winters, Rob Riggle, Lewis Black, Robert Klein, Andy Kindler and more– not to mention other influential folks like punk legend and spoken word performer Henry Rollins, Laugh Factory owner Jamie Masada, Hugh Hefner and porn legend Ron Jeremy.
For now, let’s check out the trailer and then peep five additional clips featuring Lampanelli, filmmaker Troy Duffy, Bernhard, comedian Jay Davis, and former New York governor George Pataki. Enjoy!