Roundup: Lenny Bruce Archive Formally Opens at Brandeis University
Lenny Bruce was legendary for his brilliant, satirical, obscenity-laced comedy. He was a champion of free speech, and he paid a heavy price for it. In 1962, Bruce was arrested in San Francisco for using an obscene word for a sex act in one of his stand-up routines. The judge in the case warned Bruce against using that same word in the show. So instead, in a performance that night, he used the phrase “blah blah blah.”
In 2014, Hugh Hefner’s foundation provided a grant that allowed Brandeis University to acquire Lenny Bruce’s archive. The collection was officially opened at the end of last week.
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Reports from Opening
Brandeis Celebrates Official Opening of Lenny Bruce Collection (via Brandeis U.)
A Comic Connection: Hugh Hefner and Lenny Bruce (via Brandeis U.)
Lenny Bruce Collection Finding Aid (via Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections)
“Comedy and the Constitution”: The Legacy of Lenny Bruce
How To Talk Dirty and Get an Exhibit at Brandeis (via Boston Globe)
Lenny Bruce’s Papers are Coming to Brandeis (July 29, 2014)
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