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Lenny Bruce

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Lenny Bruce

American comedian, social critic and satirist add

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1925.

Countries: United States (52%), (13%), California (11%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Bob Fosse, California, Dustin Hoffman

Linked to: Wellington C. Mepham High School, Associated Press, Comedy Central, NPR




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Lenny Bruce was born in 1925 add something


After spending time working on a farm, Bruce joined the United States Navy at the age of 16 in 1942, and saw active duty during World War II aboard the fighting in Northern Africa, Palermo , Italy in 1943 and Anzio, Italy in 1944 add something


This led to his Dishonorable Discharge in July 1945 add something


He had an affair with the jazz singer Annie Ross in the late 1950s add something


Starting in the late 1950s, other unissued Bruce material was released by Alan Douglas, Frank Zappa and Phil Spector, as well as Fantasy add something


Bruce met his future wife, Honey Harlow, a stripper from Baltimore, Maryland, in 1951 add something


Bruce's early comedy career included writing the screenplays for "Dance Hall Racket" in 1953, which featured Bruce, his wife, Honey Harlow, and mother, Sally Marr, in roles; "Dream Follies" in 1954, a low-budget burlesque romp; and a children's film, "The Rocket Man", in 1954 add something


In 1953, Bruce and Harlow eventually left New York for the West Coast, where they got work as a double act at the Cup and Saucer in Los Angeles , California add something


In late 1954, Bruce left Strip City and found work within the San Fernando Valley at a variety of strip clubs add something


Honey and Lenny's daughter Kitty Bruce was born in 1955 add something


Hefner had long assisted Bruce's career, featuring him in the television debut of "Playboy's Penthouse" in October 1959 add something


Emil Richards - In 1959 he moved to Los Angeles where he worked with the Paul Horn Quintet, Jimmy Witherspoon, the Shorty Rogers Big Band, Don Ellis, Lenny Bruce and Lord Buckley.


Portnoy's Complaint - And the book's narrative style, a huge departure from the stately, semi-Jamesian prose of Roth's earlier novels, has often been likened to the stand-up performances of 1960s comedian Lenny Bruce


Stand-up comedy - The 1960s had seen the satire boom, including the creation of the club, The Establishment, which, amongst other things, gave British audiences their first taste of extreme American stand-up comedy from Lenny Bruce


Bruce was arrested again in 1961, in Philadelphia , for drug possession the same year, and again in Los Angeles , California, two years later add something


" Two later records were produced and sold by Bruce himself, including a 10-inch album of the 1961 San Francisco performances that started his legal troubles add something


On February 3, 1961, in the midst of a severe blizzard, he gave a famous performance at Carnegie Hall in New York add something


He was banned outright from several U.S. cities, and in 1962 was banned from performing in Sydney, Australia add something


His 1964 conviction in an obscenity trial was followed by a posthumous pardon, the first in New York state history add something


Serialized in "Playboy" in 1964 and 1965, this material was later published as the book "How to Talk Dirty and Influence People" add something


In April 1964, he appeared twice at the Cafe Au Go Go in Greenwich Village, with undercover police detectives in the audience add something


Manhattan D.A. Richard Kuh, with Bruce and club owner Howard Solomon both found guilty of obscenity on November 4, 1964 add something


Bruce was sentenced, on December 21, 1964, to four months in a workhouse; he was set free on bail during the appeals process and died before the appeal was decided add something


Bruce did have a famous performance at the Berkeley Community Theatre in December 1965 add something


Whitey Mitchell - After 1965 he largely ceased playing jazz and moved to Hollywood on advice from Lenny Bruce and André Previn to pursue a career as a television writer


By 1966 he had been blacklisted by nearly every nightclub in the United States, as owners feared prosecution for obscenity add something

Lenny Bruce died in 1966 add something


His last performance took place on June 25, 1966, at The Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco , on a bill with Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention add something


Bruce was the subject of the 1974 biographical film "Lenny" directed by Bob Fosse and starring Dustin Hoffman , and based on the Broadway stage play of the same name written by Julian Barry and starring Cliff Gorman in his 1972 Tony award winning role add something


Bob Fosse - Fosse went on to direct "Lenny" in 1974, a biopic of comic Lenny Bruce starring Dustin Hoffman


Irene Ryan - In 1975 the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship was won by student/actor Talbot Perry Simons who performed in the stage production of "Lenny" written by Julian Barry about the life of comedian Lenny Bruce


Valerie Perrine - In 1975, Perrine was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress and the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Actress and won the Best Actress *award at the Cannes Film Festival for her role as comedian Lenny Bruce's wife, stripper Honey Bruce, in Bob Fosse's "Lenny"


Marvin Worth - In 1975, Worth brought the story of Lenny Bruce to Broadway in the production "Lenny", which won a Tony *award for its star, Cliff Gorman


Jack Hill - While a student, he played in a symphony orchestra that performed for the soundtracks of "Doctor Zhivago" and "The Brothers Karamazov", and he arranged music for burlesque performers; through this he met comedian Lenny Bruce, who daughter Kitty Bruce would act in Hill's 1975 film "Switchblade Sisters"


Steve Allen - One notable program, which Westinghouse refused to distribute, featured Lenny Bruce during the time the comic was repeatedly being arrested on obscenity charges; footage from this program was first telecast in 1998 in a Bruce documentary aired on HBO


Eddie Izzard - Izzard portrayed comedian Lenny Bruce in the 1999 production of Julian Barry's 1971 play "Lenny"


On December 23, 2003, 37 years after his death, New York Governor George Pataki granted Bruce a posthumous pardon for his obscenity conviction add something


Ronald K. L. Collins - In 2003, Collins and David Skover successfully petitioned the governor of New York to posthumously pardon Lenny Bruce


In 2004, Comedy Central listed Bruce at number three on its list of the 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All-Time, placing above Woody Allen and below George Carlin add something


George Carlin - In 2004, Carlin placed second on the Comedy Central list of the 100 greatest stand-up comedians of all time, ahead of Lenny Bruce and behind Richard Pryor


"Lenny Bruce: 13 Days In Sydney" A study of Bruce's ill-fated September 1962 tour down under add something


Lee Gordon (promoter) - The tape was rediscovered in 2011 in the possession of Australian singer "Little" Sammy Gaha, and was reportedly donated to the Lenny Bruce audio collection at Brandeis University


In 2017, "Rolling Stone" magazine ranked him third on its list of the 50 best stand-up comics of all time add something


Luke Kirby - In 2017, Kirby joined the cast of the Golden Globe nominated The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, an original series from Amazon, as legendary comedian Lenny Bruce