Chicago Gate of Horn December 9, 1962

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dc.creator Bruce, Lenny 2016-10-07T16:14:12Z 2016-10-07T16:14:12Z 1962-12-09
dc.identifier.other LB_26b
dc.description.abstract Presented here is a digital version of a recording of the last part of a Lenny Bruce performance at the Gate of Horn club in Chicago on December 9, 1962. This is the first set of the night. It is a continuation from file LB_26a. 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. Referring to a current event the Green County, Pennsylvania, mine explosion of Dec. 6, 1962 he asks if the miners are still trapped and does an extended bit imagining the mine scene as a media circus in which the press and sponsors try to exploit the disaster. He notes how more audience members are walking out. He then does his Transylvania bit, into Airplane Glue, into an interview with George Washington, who reveals that he's a Jew and that Martha is a lesbian. He does a bit on King Kong and Tarzan. He makes noises with a hairpin (which he gets from a woman in the audience) and a piece of paper. Via a dramatization of how his father used to hit him, he says he became acutely attuned to his father's moods, and this in turn made him very sensitive to the moods of audience members ( I know when you're bugged, I know when I'm boring, I know when I'm offensive ). He talks about his father's generation's view that obscene words should be taboo. He reflects on Tab Hunter's arrest for allegedly having hit his dog. He thinks the slang used by black gay men is beautiful, while the double-entendres used by comics such as Belle Barth are a complete bore. He wonders what the female role in a gay relationship is and imagines that they have attributes in common with a traditional heterosexual wife. He returns to his present predicament, and says that one night he's going to get on stage and shoot himself in the head with a .45 then after he recovers and goes back on stage and does it again, some guy will say, Every time I see him it's the same shit. He ends by telling a joke about performers and the people they have one-night stands with. The tape ends during an exchange between Bruce and Gate of Horn owner Alan Ribback about Jackie Mason having just criticized censorship (this was witnessed by Ribback, but it's unknown whether it was live or on television or radio). Bruce says Disgusting He can't defend me because he doesn't approve of me. This performance continues on file LB_52a.
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 30:50
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.title Chicago Gate of Horn December 9, 1962
dc.type sound recording Bruce, Lenny

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