(clears throat)
Oh, l would say, uh...
Let's see, he was busted
at least nine or ten times.

Twice for possession of narcotics,
and three, four times for obscenity.

Ladies and gentlemen, Lenny Bruce.

Did you know that Eleanor Roosevelt
gave Lou Gehrig the clap?

''What'd he say? Jesus, does he
have to get that low for laughs?''

''What's the point?
That's really bad taste.''

The point... the point is
the suppression of words. Now, dig.

Here it is, 1 964, and yet every doctor
l know tells me that a certain disease

is on its way to becoming an epidemic
again, when everybody knows

that one shot in the ass'd knock it out.
And yet there it is, VD,
right up there with the top ten.

Why? Because nobody talks about it.
Nobody even wants to say the word.

lf the community chest
hits on you, do you say

''Excuse me, how much of my dollar
is going for the clap?''

(chuckles) l don't think you do.
What we have to do is talk about it.

What we really need is to get
some of our national heroes

to admit they've had it.