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Lenny Bruce, Comedian

Lenny Bruce

"How To Talk Dirty & Infuence People"

Lots of people talk dirty, but Lenny Bruce was one of the first to elevate it to an art form. The subjects of Lenny Bruce's humor were the same themes as the beat writers - sex, drugs, crime and jazz. While the beat writers saw themselves as "writers", Lenny Bruce was a "performer". He was the stand up comic at swank nightclubs in New York City and often appeared on the same bill as famous jazz musicians.

The beat writers had a "story" to tell in their books and poems. Lenny Bruce had a few jokes to tell. In their own way, each was influenced by Afro American culture, black music, jazz and black humor. The beat writers sought to combine words, rhythm and body language expressed in words. Jack Kerouc's writing style was based on improvising it once from the gut and that's it - no read writes, no second thoughts about he wrote. Lenny Bruce comedy routines broke down barriers and artistic and socials barriers along with Bill Cosby, Eddie Murphy, Red Foxx and Moms Mabely.

Lenny Bruce was arrested for heroin use and turned his arrest into a Greek tragedy of off the wall humor about what's wrong with America. While no place is perfect, America has become a much more tolerant and open society, thanks in part to one vulgar, out cast comedian - Lenny Bruce.


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