Lenny Bruce, the irreverent comic who died in 1966, is back – bigger in this life than in his own.

This past summer, HBO aired “Lenny Bruce: Swear to Tell the Truth,” the Oscar- and Emmy-nominated documentary by Robert Weide. Meanwhile, a revised version of Julian Barry’s 1971 play “Lenny” opened in London. Much of the same interest in the life and legend of the taboo-breaking stand-up comedian prompted Court-TV and E-TV! to release their own so-called documentaries a few months back. Even the Museum of Television and Radio recently had a Bruce exhibit, a rare collection of TV performances. So too, there have been new Bruce stories in numerous papers and magazines ranging from The Washington Post to Variety.