(Eric Molinsky)

Fifty years ago this Friday, an up-and-coming comedian stepped onto the stage at Carnegie Hall for a midnight concert. You might recognize his schtick …

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But as Liel Liebovitz argues in tomorrow’s Vox Tablet episode, Lenny Bruce’s act was not an act at all. It was a rambling, ranting form of prophecy, and while he’s been dead for 45 years, now, in the age of Facebook and Twitter, we need him more than ever.