How To Talk Dirty And Influence People

An infuriated Lenny Bruce is arrested on an Obscenity charge in the early 1960's.

Leonard Alfred Schneider (October 13, 1925 – August 3, 1966), was better known by the stage name Lenny Bruce. Lenny was a Jewish-American comedian and a sharp social critic of 1960's culture in America.

By his own account in his book How To Talk Dirty And Influence People published in 1962, Bruce served in the U.S. Navy and as a Merchant Marine in WWII. There, his experiences shattered his former comfortable and sheltered hypocrisy of being a kid raised by women, his mother and his aunt, in the Big City.

In the Navy, Bruce did his best to earn a Dishonorable Discharge - which was eventually granted to him in 1945.

As a comedian in the 50's and early 60's, he became legendary in his own short lifetime. His arrest and conviction in an obscenity trial for using vulgar language in his night club act, was later followed by a posthumous pardon, the first in New York state history.

Sadly, Bruce was found dead in August of 1964 in his Hollywood apartment. The official cause of death was "acute morphine poisoning caused by an accidental overdose."

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