New York City The Den 1959

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dc.creator Bruce, Lenny 2016-10-07T16:14:19Z 2016-10-07T16:14:19Z 1959
dc.identifier.other LB_43a
dc.description.abstract Presented here is a digital version of a recording of a portion of a Lenny Bruce performance at The Den club at the Duane Hotel in New York City in 1959. The exact date is not known. Bruce is known to have had engagements at The Den in April and during the fall of 1959. The recording starts with the show in progress. Bruce identifies in the audience jazz musician J.J. Johnson, and someone from the magazine Downbeat. He had just seen the first show at the Copacabana, and met the owner Jules Podell. He uses some of his bits about Mafia-connected club owners to describe Podell. He says that his manager, Jack Sobel, had left the GAC agency and then gone back to it, and that three old-fogey GAC agents had been at the Copa checking out singer Jackie Paris. He says these are the showbiz types who oppose smart comics like Mort Sahl. Bruce reads from and ridicules New York Morning Telegraph columnist Burt Boyar's pan of his act. He does some of his bit How to Relax Your Colored Friends at Parties, to prove that Boyar misinterpreted it as racist. He repeats a bit that had offended the writer, saying Sophie Tucker's pianist Ted Shapiro procures Las Vegas busboys to have sex with Sophie. He laughs at how New York sportscaster Bill Stern has turned out to be a junkie. He talks about a jazz show he went to at the Paramount in Brooklyn and how Miles Davis (known for keeping his back turned to the audience) farts at the crowd. He cautions that jazz is getting too much of a snob appeal, and gives examples of how any great art form reaches the people without being told to reach them, including the paintings of Gauguin and the music of Leonard Bernstein and Thelonious Monk. His plan is to gather the greatest jazz writers and perform for them: his instrument would be a wad of money. He does some of his bit on Leopold and Loeb, then interacts with what seems to be a group of cadets in the audience (he had earlier referred to Don Winslow, a comic book hero who's in the Navy). He does some shtik with a cadet's sword. He apparently puts on a cadet's white jacket, because he then says Fuck Good Humor! He spins a scenario of a Jewish boy visiting home from military school, using corny Yiddish theater stereotypes: the boy has become too good for his fawning Jewish parents. This turns into a similar movie parody using the celebrity couple of Jewish musician Buddy Bregman and Italian actress Anna Maria Alberghetti, each talking with their bigoted mothers. He does his bit of George Washington interviewed by Mike Wallace. He recalls when he did shows at a low-rent Brooklyn club, The Rex. The recording ends in the midst of his bit White Collar Drunk. During this set, Bruce mentions the musicals "Once Upon a Mattress" and "Destry Rides Again," both of which opened in New York in the spring of 1959 and continued into 1960. The performance on this file is also on file LB_17a.
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 30:32
dc.format.mimetype mp3
dc.language English
dc.language.iso eng
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.title New York City The Den 1959
dc.type sound recording Bruce, Lenny 1959
mods.note.funding Funded in part by a grant from the GRAMMY Foundation ®
dc.description.almad yes

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