January 28, 2022

Roundup: Lenny Bruce Archive Formally Opens at Brandeis University

From WBUR:

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.

Listen to Report/Interview

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)

Additional Coverage

“Comedy and the Constitution”: The Legacy of Lenny Bruce

How To Talk Dirty and Get an Exhibit at Brandeis (via Boston Globe)

From 2014

Lenny Bruce’s Papers are Coming to Brandeis (July 29, 2014)

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