I understand how influential he was, but I still can't get into his stand-up. He was incredibly grating to me.
I think the grating
part would have been intentional.
But it's all contextual...real "alternative" humour no longer exists...it's all
Chris Rock can entertain as many stadiums of Joe lunchboxes and suburban house fraus with as many "pussy" jokes as he likes...he'll never do anything important, and never have to worry about spending time in Rikers.
Lenny was never funny because
he talked dirty. Lenny Bruce didn't tell "jokes". Lenny Bruce didn't have an on-stage "persona". He never catered to an audience. Lenny made you see the satire in hypocrisy.
As someone once said...was Lenny Bruce funny? Doesn't matter...he was important.