Lenny Bruce's NOTMILK routine.
Lenny Bruce was more than a stand-up comic. He was a
revolutionary who spoke against the world's hypocrisy.
Here's Bob Dylan's 1981 eulogy.
"Lenny Bruce is dead but his ghost lives on and on. Never
did get any Golden Globe award, never made it to Synanon. He
was an outlaw, that's for sure. More of an outlaw than you
ever were. Lenny Bruce is gone but his spirit's livin' on
Here's what Lenny said about milk in February of 1961 at
(AN IMAGINARY DIALOGUE BETWEEN LENNY AND HIS MOTHER)
"Milk is bad for you. Yeah, that's another thing. Milk for
ten years has been getting stabbed. Mucus free diets.
Flemmo. Yeech. Don't drink milk.
Milk is good for you.
No it's not. It's not good for you. You've been lying all
these years, ma. It's bad for you. And spinach gives you
cancer. That's why you're all literally eating this
food...conditioning. It's all on your plate. Eat it all."
Lenny was a man before his time. The audience laughs
continuously through this "live" routine. The "mucus"
reference hit the strongest nerve and got the biggest laugh.
Everybody knew the truth in 1961, just as everybody knows
the truth now. We laugh at those things which touch closest
to the bone.
(Thanks to Mark Hertzberg for sending us a cassette copy of