Lenny Bruce Audiorecordings

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Lenny Bruce Audiorecordings


Leonard Alfred Schneider (October 13, 1925 – August 3, 1966), better known as Lenny Bruce, was a comedian, author, and social critic, whose corrosive and transgressive satire as well as his boldness in pushing the envelope of the laws of obscenity have made him an iconic figure in American culture. In 2014, Brandeis University acquired the Lenny Bruce collection from his daughter, Kitty Bruce, with a generous grant from the Hugh M. Hefner Foundation. This collection contains several dozen recordings on reel-to-reel audio and compact cassette tapes, all of which have been digitized thanks to a grant from The GRAMMY Foundation® Grant Program. Information about and brief clips of the majority of these recordings can be found below.

These recordings are from the personal collection of the Bruce family​,​ and some of this material has been previously released in edited form. Most of these recordings are of Lenny Bruce’s stand-up comedy performances, and many are whole or partial recordings of the same performance (with variations in audio quality), or combination clips from various performances. Some of the recordings are of a personal nature, such as the “phone letters” and private conversations between Bruce and his friends and family.

The full recordings are available at Brandeis University’s Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department. To set up an appointment, please contact us here: ascdepartment@brandeis.edu.

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Material in this collection​ ​may be protected by copyright and other rights. Please contact the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University.

All rights reserved, Kitty Bruce.

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