(Mahatma Kane Jeeves, U.S. screenwriter, and Eddie Eddie. Egbert Sousé (W.C. Fields), The Bank Dick, remark to a bartender (Shemp Howard) to get an extra-strong drinkknown as a "Mickey Finn"Mfor unsuspecting bank examiner Mr. Snoop (Franklin J. Pangborn) (1940).)
Today's comedian has a cross to bear that he built himself. A comedian of the older generation did an "act" and he told the audience, "This is my act." Today's comic is not doing an act. The audience assumes he's telling the truth. What is truth today may be a damn lie next week.
(Lenny Bruce (1925-1966), U.S. satirical comedian. "Performing and the Art of Comedy," The Essential Lenny Bruce, ed. John Cohen (1967).)