Theatre 68
North Hollywood

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“I AM NOT A COMEDIAN…I’M LENNY BRUCE” Starring Ronnie Marmo Directed by Joe Mantegna A One Man Show chronicling the life and death of the most controversial comedian of all time… Lenny Bruce. Busted for obscenity, Lenny fought for freedom of speech all the way to the Supreme Court. He accidentally died of an overdose in 1966, while out on appeal. For Mature Audiences: Nudity!

The show has EXTENDED through MARCH 2018

Performances are WEDNESDAYS 8PM or 10PM and Sunday 3PM (or where noted)



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"BWW Review: I AM NOT A COMEDIAN - I'M LENNY BRUCE Will Open Your Eyes to his Comedic Genius and Dedication to Free Speech The World Premiere of "I AM NOT A COMEDIAN...I'M Lenny Bruce" starring the incomparable Ronnie Marmo as the legendary comedian, directed by multi award winning Joe Mantegna, is now playing through July 29, 2017 at Theatre 68, 5112 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood, CA. 91601. The show chronicles the life and death of the most controversial comedian of the mid-20th Century who was busted for obscenity and fought for freedom of speech all the way to the Supreme Court. He accidentally died of an overdose in 1966, while out on appeal, an event which is staged as the opening and closing on the play. Be forewarned, the courageous Marmo appears totally naked in both scenes! An undisputed comic legend, Lenny Bruce was one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. His life and work have had an impact on poetry, politics, music, film and comedy from Don Rickles to Richard Pryor and Chris Rock, and any other comedian who is now free to speak his/her mind without fear of legal retribution thanks to Bruce challenging our First Amendment freedom of speech rights. Lenny's tempestuous personal and professional life which Marmo embodies with his body, heart and soul, was marked by great passion and great pain, thanks to his unwavering commitment to free speech, which led to numerous obscenity charges and arrests."

"Ronnie Marmo brings the ground-breaking standup comic legend Lenny Bruce back to scabrously funny, heartbreakingly poignant life in I Am Not A Comedian … I’m Lenny Bruce,"

"Director Joe Mantengna establishes a seamless flow of story and comedic performance, utilizing Theatre 68’s stage area to optimum effect. Texturing the proceedings are the lighting, production, and sound designs of Matthew Richter."

"Directed with GRITTY FOCUS by actor Joe Mantegna (TV’s Criminal Minds), the delicate balance between actor and director is strongly felt here. Not usually a big fan of “one-actor” productions, but now and then one comes along that I feel puts the audience in a focused and appreciative trance throughout. This is one of those magical times!"


“’I’m Not A Comedian…I’m Lenny Bruce” Is A Fantastic & Dynamic One Man Show at Theatre 68!” THE GEEK AUTHORITY - Lorenzo Marchessi
Theatre 68 in North Hollywood has brought an amazing and colorfully entertaining one-man show that explores the inner thoughts of a legendary comic performer and it’s done with amazing style and panache – it’s called “I’m Not A Comedian…I’m Lenny Bruce”.Staring Ronnie Marmo as Lenny himself – it was both an exciting and truly an audience immersive experience. Ronnie brings this real feeling person to life. The humor, the confusion and often his inner thoughts (often very funny) to life with such charm and pace – your will forget you are not ‘really’ watching the actual Lenny Bruce. I was impressed with the attitude and light-heartedness of the various points in Lenny’s life that Ronnie really enveloped and made compassionate, and above all, fun for the audience. It’s a truly tour de force performance for Ronnie. If you didn’t know, he was born Leonard Alfred Schneider (Birth October 13, 1925 and died August 3, 1966), better known by his stage name “Lenny Bruce”, was a Jewish-American stand-up comedian, social critic, satirist who was renowned for his open, free-style and critical form of comedy which integrated satire, politics, religion, sex, and vulgarity. It was his 1964 conviction in an obscenity trial was followed by a posthumous pardon, the first in the history of New York State, by then-Governor George Patak back in 2003. He paved the way for future outspoken counterculture-era comedians, and his trial for obscenity is seen as a landmark for freedom of speech in the United States.
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