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Toronto: “I’m Not a Comedian ... I’m Lenny Bruce” comes to Toronto June 21-25

Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Teatron Toronto Jewish Theatre is proud to present the Canadian Premiere of I’m Not A Comedian…I’m Lenny Bruce from June 21-25, 2023 at Meridian Arts Centre. Directed by Tony Award winner Joe Mantegna (Criminal Minds, The Simpsons), I’m Not A Comedian…I’m Lenny Bruce is written by and stars Ronnie Marmo (General Hospital).

I'm Not A Comedian...I'm Lenny Bruce is a one man theatrical show that chronicles the life and death of the most controversial, and undisputed comedic legend of all time...Lenny Bruce. Ronnie Marmo’s exploration of the brilliant life and legacy of Lenny Bruce paints an intimate portrait of the ground-breaking comic whose outspoken views about sex, religion and power structures made him a target for censors. His passion for free speech led to several obscenity charges and arrests, all the way to the Supreme Court. His freestyle comedy and irreverent social commentary left a lasting impact that paved the way for many comedians who followed. With the blessings of the Lenny Bruce Foundation and Bruce’s daughter Kitty Bruce, Marmo's portrayal brings the notorious funny man to life with all the electrifying, insightful and comedic brilliance of the one and only Lenny Bruce.

Ronnie Marmo (Playwright and Actor) has starred in more than 60 feature films and television shows. He also starred in “Ammore E Malavita (Love and Bullets),” an Italian musical film which won the David di Donatello for Best picture (the Italian equivalent to an Academy Award). Other credits include “Back In The Day”, “Deuces Wild”, “Crocodile Dundee in LA,” “West Of Brooklyn,” “Pizza With Bullets,” “Truck 20’s Location,” “Death Of A Tree,” “Irish Eyes (aka Vendetta),” and “Limbo Lounge.” He has guest starred in several hit television shows including “JAG” and “The Young and The Restless.” He was nominated for Best Supporting Actor by the Indie Soap Awards for his role as Crotch in the series, “Adults Only.” Marmo enjoyed a three-year run on ABC’s “General Hospital” as Ronnie Dimestico. On stage, he has starred in more than 40 plays. Marmo recently completed the audiobook in which he portrays Lenny Bruce in Lenny’s autobiography, “How to Talk Dirty and Influence People.” He also serves as the Artistic Director of Theatre 68 in Los Angeles and New York City.

Joe Mantegna (Director) was awarded the Tony and Joseph Jefferson Award for his acclaimed performance as Richard Roma in David Mamet's Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Glengarry Glen Ross.” Some of Mantegna’s film and television highlights include: “House of Games,” “Searching for Bobby Fisher,” “Godfather III,” his Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated role of Dean Martin in “The Ratpack,” his Emmy-nominated role of Pipi Delana in “The Last Don” and the voice of Fat Tony on “The Simpsons.” For two seasons Mantegna starred in the critically acclaimed CBS drama “Joan of Arcadia”. Mantegna has also lent his voice to the Disney/Pixar film “CARS 2” and continues his 23-year run as Fat Tony on “The Simpsons.” In April of 2011 Mantegna received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Currently Mantegna stars as FBI Special Agent David Rossi in season thirteen of the hit CBS Drama “Criminal Minds” and continues his hosting and producing duties for six seasons on “Gun Stories” for the Outdoor Channel. His newest collaboration is “Hollywood Weapons: Fact or Fiction?”.

Teatron Toronto Jewish Theatre brings great Jewish stories to life with a variety of contemporary, traditional and musically themed performances. Our goal is to create a total theatre experience where our audience members can immerse themselves in the magic of live stage productions. We encourage the development and presentation of new Canadian plays with Jewish themes and welcome artists and audiences from diverse backgrounds to be part of our productions.

Teatron Toronto Jewish Theatre presents

I’m Not A Comedian…I’m Lenny Bruce

June 21-25, 2023


Meridian Arts Centre, Greenwin Theatre

5040 Yonge Street Toronto

Ticket are $56 including HST and $48 for groups of 10+

Available by calling 416-366-7723 or visiting