The first national appearance of Lenny Bruce was on this episode of Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts, originally broadcast on April 18, 1949. A perfect example of how a comedian evolves. Bruce was a rookie, in the game for about eighteen months. No hint of subversion, commentary or brilliance here - just a moderately talented mimic. Whether you're Lenny Bruce, George Carlin, Richard Pryor or Louis CK - everyone has gotta start somewhere - and that somewhere is usually the vista of the lousy. A fascinating nugget of history.
Listen to Lenny Bruce on Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts.