He was famous for his open, free-style and critical type of comedy which integrated politics, religion, sex, and vulgarity. His early comedy career included writing the screenplays for Dance Hall Racket in 1953, Dream Follies and The Rocket Man in 1954. He also released four albums of original material on Berkeley-based Fantasy Records; with rants, comic routines, and satirical interviews on the themes that made him famous:jazz, moral philosophy, politics, patriotism, religion, law, drugs, abortion, the Ku Klux Klan and Jewishness.
With Lenny's growing fame, he appeared on the nationally televised Steve Allen Show, where he made his debut with an unscripted comment on the recent marriage of Elizabeth Taylor to Eddie Fisher. He also gave a famous performance at Carnegie Hall in New York which was recorded and later released as a three-disc set, titled The Carnegie Hall Concert.
Lenny also have a lot of struggles in his personal life. It was was marked by substance abuse and promiscuity. His 1964 conviction in an obscenity trial was followed by a posthumous pardon, the first in New York State history. This trial was viewed as a landmark trial for freedom of speech in US. He also have been arrested numerous times which led to his downfall and rendered him nearly unbookable and later on blacklisted by nearly every comedy club in America. In 1966, Lenny Bruce was found naked and dead of a morphine overdose on his toilet in Hollywood Hills.