Bernie Travis stars as the late Lenny Bruce, the controversial and profane stand up comic. Bruce divides his time between the sleazy, smoke filled nightclubs and courthouses when he is charged with violating obscenity laws in several states. The battles moralistic lawyers, shady club owners and drugs. The acid tongued comedian confides in girlfriend Iris McCabe (Coutney Sherman) as his legal and drug problems increase his paranoia. He refuses to concede to those who would limit his right to free speech. A powerful scene is his arrest in a New York club that is a prelude to his death by a heroin overdose.