Courage

by Tom Swift

Miriam “Midge” Maisel: “Do you love it?”

Lenny Bruce: “Do I love what?”

Midge: “Comedy. Stand-up. Do you love it?”

Lenny Bruce: “Seriously?”

[Midge nods]

Lenny Bruce: “Well, I’ve been doing it awhile. Let’s put it like this. If there was anything else in the entire world that I could possibly do to earn a living, I would. Anything! I’m talking dry cleaners to the Klan, crippled kid portrait painters, slaughterhouse attendant. If someone said to me, ‘Leanord, you can either eat a guy’s head, or do two weeks at the Copa,’ I’d say, ‘Pass the fucking salt.’ It’s a terrible, terrible job. It should not exist. Like a cancer. And God.”

Midge: “But do you love it?”

[Lenny shrugs]

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (2017)