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Lenny Bruce being arrested for obscenity at Chicago's Gate of Horn, 1962. Following close behind: a young George Carlin.

"If I do a disgusting show, or use any disgusting words -- or I just could be talking about pork -- that's my right, you see, as an American citizen," comic Lenny Bruce said decades ago.

Famously, not everyone agreed with him. But these days -- thanks in large part to guys like Bruce and Richard Pryor and George Carlin and countless others whose in-your-face musings challenged laws and the status quo when doing so was actually dangerous (career-wise or worse), anything goes.

Not surprisingly, just as there are folks who love horror flicks that cause fetal curling and vivid nightmares, there are fans of raw and raucous comedy that aims to rattle sensibilities as much as entertain. If you're in the mood for that sort of fare and don't want to drop big bucks, "The Nasty Show" at Chicago's Laugh Factory comedy club (3175 N. Broadway) might just have what you seek.

Featuring comics Liza Treyger, Danny Kallas, Tristan Triptow and Aaron Weaver, it takes place again Saturday, February 23 at 10 p.m. 18 and over only, please.

Warning: The following clip contains material that may not be suitable for everyone:


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