During the course of a career, Lenny Bruce challenged the sanctity of organized religion and other societal and political conventions; he widened the boundaries of free speech. Although Bruce died when he was only forty, his influence on the worlds of comedy, jazz, and satire are incalculable. Finally available as an audiobook 50 years after Bruce's Death, How to Talk Dirty and Influence People is read by Ronnie Marmo, who currently plays Bruce in the premiere season of the one-man show"I Am Not A Comedian... I'm Lenny Bruce," directed by Joe Mantegna. How to Talk Dirty and Influence People remains a brilliant existential account of his life and the forces that made him the most important and controversial entertainer in history.
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About the Author
Lenny Bruce (1925-1966) was a stand-up comedian, social critic, satirist, and screenwriter. His 1964 trial for obscenity (and posthumous pardon) is seen as a landmark for freedom of speech in the United States.
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Only a book by the muse of comedy could come close to helping younger comedy students to understand the background of the grandfather of alternative Stand-up. This novel gives clear insights into Bruce's background, relying on a number of experiences, some gained whilst young, others in the Navy. Whilst elucidating on the generic source of his material, he does not inform on the painful aspects of later relationships, entertaining with trial script, legal arguments and observation. Little comment does he provide on his addictions in his life, but buy the book and see the film for that! A must for any comedy historian!