Chicago Gate of Horn December 9, 1962; San Francisco Off Broadway 1964; date, location unknown; Zeidler & Zeidler commercials

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dc.creator Bruce, Lenny
dc.date.accessioned 2016-10-07T16:14:05Z
dc.date.available 2016-10-07T16:14:05Z
dc.date.created 1962-12-09
dc.date.created 1964
dc.date.created Undated
dc.identifier.other LB_11
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10192/32993
dc.description.abstract Presented here is a digital version of a recording of portions of three Lenny Bruce performances and of commercials conceived and recorded by Bruce. The first performance is at the Gate of Horn club in Chicago on December 9, 1962. The recording begins while the set is in progress (this is a continuation of the performance on LB_13 and LB_32a; this part of the performance can also be heard on LB_32b). Bruce continues talking about jury selection for his obscenity trial in San Francisco. He talks about the abundance of police cars in front of the Gate of Horn at the previous night's performance. He reads an item about a dishwasher from the Gate of Horn who had been arrested (probably on suspicion of drug possession). He relates portions of the exchange between Gate of Horn owner Alan Ribback and a policeman that took place after the December 4 show at which Bruce and some audience members were arrested (it was the midnight performance, therefore technically during the early hours of December 5). He notes that because the charge was contributing to the sexual delinquency of a minor, since a minor was present at the show, he has lost bookings in New York. He says he has sold his house, and his money is gone. He says he was arrested by people who purport to speak for Catholics, but they don't. Bruce occasionally talks to a Sam in the audience; this is likely Samuel Friefeld, the attorney originally retained to represent Bruce and Ribback in the obscenity case. The recording abruptly switches to a different performance, in progress, that most likely takes place in 1964 because of the references to Lyndon Johnson and Barry Goldwater. The place is unknown; it is possibly the Off Broadway club in San Francisco. Bruce contends that much of his legal trouble in the preceding four years has been because of his material on religion. He says there's a big difference between Christians and Jews, and that the attempt at brotherhood has done harm. But he praises the Catholic point of view on censorship because it has a clarity that the secular legal view lacks. The recording ends abruptly, then continues (it may be the same performance, or yet another performance). He talks about Las Vegas and the things he did to get thrown out of the city, first during a Shecky Greene show, then during a Pearl Bailey show. He then refers favorably to Shelley Berman and unfavorably to Alan King, George Gobel, Pinky Lee, Bert Parks and Alexander King. The recording ends abruptly. The last section is a series of commercials, and possibly outtakes from commercials, for the Los Angeles men's clothing store Zeidler and Zeidler. Some feature an unidentified woman. In one take, Bruce acts the part of a salesman for Kay's department store trying to sell a stereo to a girl and two young boys. The last take is a man-on-the-street bit with Bruce interviewing people about the tearing down of the Garden of Allah Hotel in Los Angeles. One interviewee says he's a hairdresser, another says he was Baby Jackie in Fatty Arbuckle movies.
dc.description.abstract Full length copies of the recordings are available for use in the department. Please contact the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University for more information.
dc.description.sponsorship Funded in part by a grant from the GRAMMY Foundation®
dc.format.extent 31:41
dc.format.mimetype mp3
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Lenny Bruce Collection
dc.rights 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.
dc.subject.lcsh Bruce, Lenny
dc.subject.lcsh Comedians -- United States
dc.subject.lcsh Stand-up comedy -- United States
dc.subject.lcsh Jewish comedians -- United States
dc.subject.lcsh American wit and humor
dc.subject.lcsh Comedy -- Social aspects
dc.subject.lcsh American political satire
dc.title Chicago Gate of Horn December 9, 1962; San Francisco Off Broadway 1964; date, location unknown; Zeidler & Zeidler commercials
dc.type sound recording
mods.name.lcnaf Bruce, Lenny
mods.date.keydate 1962-12-09
mods.note.funding Funded in part by a grant from the GRAMMY Foundation ®
mods.date.nonkey 1964


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