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Lenny Bruce

Datum narození: 13. říjen 1925
Datum úmrtí: 3. srpen 1966

Lenny Bruce, rodným jménem Leonard Alfred Schneider byl americký stand-up komik. Jeho rodiče se rozvedli, když mu bylo pět let. V roce 1942, když mu bylo šestnáct let, se stal členem námořnictva Spojených států amerických a aktivně sloužil na lodi USS Brooklyn během druhé světové války. Po návratu zahájil v New Yorku svou kariéru komika. Později byl obviněn z obscenity na pódiu a byla mu odebrána licence pro vystupování v newyorských klubech. Za to se mu v roce 2003 posmrtně omluvil newyorský guvernér George Pataki. Své poslední vystoupení měl v červnu 1966 v sanfranciském klubu Fillmore West, kde vystupoval s hudebníkem Frankem Zappou. Zemřel v srpnu téhož roku ve věku čtyřiceti let. V letech 1951 až 1957 byla jeho manželkou striptérka Honey Harlow, s níž měl jedno dítě − dceru Kitty, která se narodila roku 1955.

Citáty Lenny Bruce


„Kdyby bílá Amerika jen jeden den říkala pravdu, její svět by se zhroutil.“

„There are never enough 'I love you's.“


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

„If you can't say "Fuck" you can't say, "Fuck the government.“

„If Jesus had been killed twenty years ago, Catholic school children would be wearing little electric chairs around their necks instead of crosses.“

„The 'what should be' never did exist, but people keep trying to live up to it. There is no 'what should be,' there is only what is.“

„The only honest art form is laughter, comedy. You can't fake it... try to fake three laughs in an hour -- ha ha ha ha ha -- they'll take you away, man. You can't.“

„Satire is tragedy plus time. You give it enough time, the public, the reviewers will allow you to satirize it. Which is rather ridiculous, when you think about it.“ The Essential Lenny Bruce: his original unexpurgated satirical routines


„Liberals can understand everything but people
who don't understand them.“

„I am influenced by every second of my waking hour.“ How to Talk Dirty and Influence People

„Take away the right to say ‘fuck’ and you take away the right to say ‘fuck the government.“

„If you live in New York, even if you're Catholic, you're Jewish“


„There is only what is and that's it. What should be is a dirty lie.“ How to Talk Dirty and Influence People

„I won't say ours was a tough school, but we had our own coroner. We used to write essays like "What I'm Going to be If I Grow Up“

„You are a white. The Imperial Wizard. Now, if you don't think this is logic you can burn me on the fiery cross. This is the logic: You have the choice of spending fifteen years married to a woman, a black woman or a white woman. Fifteen years kissing and hugging and sleeping real close on hot nights. With a black, black woman or a white, white woman. The white woman is Kate Smith. And the black woman is Lena Horne. So you're not concerned with black or white anymore, are you? You are concerned with how cute or how pretty. Then let's really get basic and persecute ugly people!“

„People are leaving the church and going back to God.“

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