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Lenny Bruce

Birthdate: 13. October 1925
Date of death: 3. August 1966

Leonard Alfred Schneider , better known by his stage name Lenny Bruce, was an American stand-up comedian, social critic, and satirist. He was renowned for his open, freestyle, and critical form of comedy which integrated satire, politics, religion, sex, and vulgarity. His 1964 conviction in an obscenity trial was followed by a posthumous pardon, the first in the history of New York state, by then-Governor George Pataki in 2003.Bruce is renowned for paving the way for future outspoken counterculture era comedians, and his trial for obscenity is seen as a landmark for freedom of speech in the United States. In 2017, Rolling Stone magazine ranked him third on its list of the 50 best stand-up comics of all time. Wikipedia

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„Every day people are straying away from the church and going back to God.“

—  Lenny Bruce

Variant: Every day people are straying away from the church and going back to God.

„Clean to you, schmuck, but dirty to the Latins!“

—  Lenny Bruce

Context: You can't put tits and ass on the marquee!... Why not?... Because it's dirty and vulgar, that's why not!... Titties are dirty and vulgar?... Okay, we'll compromise. How about Latin? Gluteus maximus, pectoralis majors nightly... That's alright, that's clean, class with ass, I'll buy it... Clean to you, schmuck, but dirty to the Latins!

„I am influenced by every second of my waking hour.“

—  Lenny Bruce, book How to Talk Dirty and Influence People

Source: How to Talk Dirty and Influence People

„I want to perform an unnatural act.
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—  Lenny Bruce

Lenny as the Lone Ranger, in Thank You Mask Man' http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0121802/

„Let me tell you the truth. The truth is what is, and what should be is a fantasy. A terrible, terrible lie that someone gave to the people long ago.“

—  Lenny Bruce

as quoted by Paul Krassner in Lenny Bruce: Swear to tell the truth 1998 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0175844/

„If I get busted in New York, the freest city in the world, that will be the end of my career.“

—  Lenny Bruce

Lenny Bruce http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/3345229.stm

„Life is a four-letter word.“

—  Lenny Bruce

Lenny Brucehttp://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/5241370.stm

„The role of a comedian is to make the audience laugh, at a minimum of once every fifteen seconds.“

—  Lenny Bruce

referred to by Paul Krassner in Lenny Bruce: Swear to tell the truth 1998 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0175844/

„I'm not a comedian. I'm Lenny Bruce.“

—  Lenny Bruce

as quoted by Paul Krassner in Lenny Bruce: Swear to tell the truth 1998 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0175844/

„In the Halls of Justice, the only justice is in the halls.“

—  Lenny Bruce

Lenny Brucehttp://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/5241370.stm

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