History Creator / LennyBruce

15th Sep '17 7:06:43 PM dlchen145
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Lenny Bruce was a controversial stand-up comedian and social critic. Active from the late 40s through the mid 60s, it's his 60s stuff that made him (in)famous. During this era, clean-cut, family-friendly comedy was the norm. Lenny's stand-up was confrontational, profane, unforgiving and uncompromising and paved the way for modern comedy. Bruce was an influence on [[Creator/GeorgeCarlin some]] [[Creator/RichardPryor other]] [[Creator/BillHicks specific]] comedians. He wrote an autobiography that was serialized in ''Magazine/{{Playboy}}'' called ''How to Talk Dirty and Influence People''.

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Leonard Alfred Schneider (October 13, 1925 August 3, 1966), better known as Lenny Bruce Bruce, was a controversial stand-up comedian and social critic. Active from the late 40s through the mid 60s, it's his 60s stuff that made him (in)famous. During this era, clean-cut, family-friendly comedy was the norm. Lenny's stand-up was confrontational, profane, unforgiving and uncompromising and paved the way for modern comedy. Bruce was an influence on [[Creator/GeorgeCarlin some]] [[Creator/RichardPryor other]] [[Creator/BillHicks specific]] comedians. He wrote an autobiography that was serialized in ''Magazine/{{Playboy}}'' called ''How to Talk Dirty and Influence People''.
6th May '17 4:58:51 PM maxwellsilver
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-> "He sure was funny/and he sure told the truth/and he knew what he was talking about"
-->-- Music/BobDylan's "Lenny Bruce"
5th May '17 12:53:44 PM eroock
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->"Lemme tell you the truth. The truth is... what is. And what "should be" is a fantasy -- a terrible, terrible lie that someone gave the people long ago."

->"Take away the right to say 'fuck' and you take away the right to say 'fuck the government'".
-->--''Lenny Bruce''

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->"Lemme ->''"Lemme tell you the truth. The truth is... what is. And what "should be" is a fantasy -- a terrible, terrible lie that someone gave the people long ago."

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->''"Take
away the right to say 'fuck' and you take away the right to say 'fuck the government'".
-->--''Lenny Bruce''
government'".''
-->-- '''Lenny Bruce'''
11th Jan '17 12:51:45 PM x_countryguy
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* ReturningWarVet: He joined the Navy during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII at 16 and served aboard the light cruiser USS ''Brooklyn'', fighting in North Africa and Palermo in 1943, and Anzio in 1944. In May 1945, be dressed up in a WAVES uniform for a comedy show, and landed in hot water with his superiors (who apparently didn't get the joke). To spite them, he convinced the doctors he had homosexual urges, which resulted in a dishonourable discharge in July 1945, which he appealed and had changed to an honourable discharge because he never committed or confessed to any breach of naval regulations.

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* ReturningWarVet: He joined the Navy during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII at 16 and served aboard the light cruiser USS ''Brooklyn'', fighting in North Africa and Palermo in 1943, and Anzio in 1944. In May 1945, be he dressed up in a WAVES uniform for a comedy show, and landed in hot water with his superiors (who apparently didn't get the joke). To spite them, he convinced the doctors he had homosexual urges, which resulted in a dishonourable discharge in July 1945, which he appealed and had changed to an honourable discharge because he never committed or confessed to any breach of naval regulations.
26th Oct '15 9:32:32 AM Discar
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!!! ''The Sick Tropes of Lenny Bruce'':

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!!! !! ''The Sick Tropes of Lenny Bruce'':
17th Aug '15 10:19:21 AM maxwellsilver
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->"Lemme tell you the truth. The truth is... what is. And what "should be" is a fantasy -- a terrible terrible lie, that someone gave the people long ago."

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->"Lemme tell you the truth. The truth is... what is. And what "should be" is a fantasy -- a terrible, terrible terrible lie, lie that someone gave the people long ago."
17th Aug '15 10:18:59 AM maxwellsilver
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* ReturningWarVet: He joined the Navy during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII at 16 and served aboard the light cruiser USS ''Brooklyn'', fighting in North Africa and Palermo in 1943, and Anzio in 1944. In May 1945, be dressed up in a WAVES uniform for a comedy show, and landed in hot water with his superiors (who apparently didn't get the joke). To spite them, he convinced the doctors he had homosexual urges, which resulted in a dishonourable discharge in July 1945, which he applied and had changed to an honourable discharge because he never committed or confessed to any breach of naval regulations.

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* ReturningWarVet: He joined the Navy during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII at 16 and served aboard the light cruiser USS ''Brooklyn'', fighting in North Africa and Palermo in 1943, and Anzio in 1944. In May 1945, be dressed up in a WAVES uniform for a comedy show, and landed in hot water with his superiors (who apparently didn't get the joke). To spite them, he convinced the doctors he had homosexual urges, which resulted in a dishonourable discharge in July 1945, which he applied appealed and had changed to an honourable discharge because he never committed or confessed to any breach of naval regulations.



* WholesomeCrossdresser: Several stories state that, while in the Navy, he would wear a WAVES uniform to get a discharge. In actuality, he only wore one once for a comedy bit for his shipmates, then claimed to have homsexual urges to spite his commanding officers (who had ordered an evaluation), which resulted in a dishonourable discharge (later changed to honourable due to a lack of any misconduct). According to Larry Gelbert (writer/producer of ''Series/{{Mash}}''), Klinger was based on the stories.

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* WholesomeCrossdresser: Several stories state that, while in the Navy, he would wear a WAVES uniform to get a discharge. In actuality, he only wore one once for a comedy bit for his shipmates, then claimed to have homsexual urges to spite his commanding officers (who had ordered an evaluation), which resulted in a dishonourable discharge (later changed to honourable due to a lack of any misconduct). According to Larry Gelbert (writer/producer of ''Series/{{Mash}}''), ''Series/{{MASH}}''), Klinger was based on the stories.stories.
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22nd Mar '15 6:59:42 AM Mdumas43073
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* {{Biopic}}: Bob Fosse directed one of Bruce in 1974. Bruce was played by Creator/DustinHoffman, in a role that earned him an Oscar nomination.

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* {{Biopic}}: Bob Fosse directed one of Bruce one, simply called ''Lenny'', in 1974. Bruce was played by Creator/DustinHoffman, in a role that earned him an Oscar nomination.
1st Nov '13 6:50:10 PM JIKTV
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* {{Biopic}}: Bob Fosse directed one of Bruce in 1974. Bruce was played by DustinHoffman, in a role that earned him an Oscar nomination.

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* {{Biopic}}: Bob Fosse directed one of Bruce in 1974. Bruce was played by DustinHoffman, Creator/DustinHoffman, in a role that earned him an Oscar nomination.
1st Nov '13 3:46:32 PM JIKTV
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!!His work and life displayed examples of:

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!!His work and life displayed examples of:!!! ''The Sick Tropes of Lenny Bruce'':



* ReturningWarVet: He joined the Navy during WorldWarII at 16 and served aboard the light cruiser USS ''Brooklyn'', fighting in North Africa and Palermo in 1943, and Anzio in 1944. In May 1945, be dressed up in a WAVES uniform for a comedy show, and landed in hot water with his superiors (who apparently didn't get the joke). To spite them, he convinced the doctors he had homosexual urges, which resulted in a dishonourable discharge in July 1945, which he applied and had changed to an honourable discharge because he never committed or confessed to any breach of naval regulations.

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* ReturningWarVet: He joined the Navy during WorldWarII UsefulNotes/WorldWarII at 16 and served aboard the light cruiser USS ''Brooklyn'', fighting in North Africa and Palermo in 1943, and Anzio in 1944. In May 1945, be dressed up in a WAVES uniform for a comedy show, and landed in hot water with his superiors (who apparently didn't get the joke). To spite them, he convinced the doctors he had homosexual urges, which resulted in a dishonourable discharge in July 1945, which he applied and had changed to an honourable discharge because he never committed or confessed to any breach of naval regulations.
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