Video: Leonard Cohen In The Movies – Recitation Of “What Am I Doing Here” In Dynamite Chicken

According to Wikipedia,

Dynamite Chicken is American comedy film from 1971, starring Richard Pryor. “A contemporary probe and commentary of the mores and maladies of our age… With shtick, bits, pieces, girls, some hamburger, a little hair, a lady, some fellas, some religious stuff, and a lot of other things” boasts the films opening titles. An American film from 1972 involving Richard Pryor, and partly funded by and featuring John Lennon and Yoko Ono. It is a collection of subversive comedy sketches and routines relating to the peace movement. Many famous figures appear as themselves in the film, including Joan Baez, Lenny Bruce, Leonard Cohen, Allen Ginsberg, Jimi Hendrix, B.B. King, Malcolm X (from archival footage), Andy Warhol, Al Capp, Muddy Waters, Sha Na Na, Al Goldstein and Yoko herself.


Leonard Cohen’s contribution to the movie is a one minute recitation of “What Am I Doing Here” from Flowers for Hitler accompanied by a black and white photo of Cohen.

Leonard Cohen and Allen Ginsberg in “Dynamite Chicken” 1971

Credit Due Department: The final two images of the Dynamite Chicken DVD were contributed by Dominique BOILE

Note: Originally posted Oct 21, 2014 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric