Director Bob Fosse (ALL THAT JAZZ) tackles the story of groundbreaking and controversial stand-up comedian Lenny Bruce (Dustin Hoffman, THE GRADUATE). The film takes a faux documentary approach to recapping the rise and fall of the funny man, who pushed the boundaries of what could be said on stage in an effort to expose American hypocrisy.
In the interviews, Lenny’s drug-addicted wife Honey (Valerie Perrine, SUPERMAN), his manager Sally Marr (Jan Miner, MERMAIDS) and his smarmy agent Artie Silver (Stanley Beck, WHO KILLED TEDDY BEAR) reminisce over the life and career of Bruce, who died of a drug overdose right before he was to go to jail. Bruce was a genius who bordered on madness. His obsession with the stage and pushing the boundaries of social norms to make his point, lead him to cult fame, but also down a path of paranoia-fueled drug abuse.