San Francisco Off Broadway July 31, 1964 10:12 p.m.; August 1, 1964 10 p.m., 11:25 p.m.

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dc.creator Bruce, Lenny
dc.date.accessioned 2016-10-07T16:14:29Z
dc.date.available 2016-10-07T16:14:29Z
dc.date.created 1964-07-31
dc.date.created 1964-08-01
dc.identifier.other LB_62a
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10192/33054
dc.description.abstract Presented here is a digital version of a recording of three Lenny Bruce performances at the Off Broadway club in San Francisco. The first is on July 31, 1964 at 10:12 p.m. Bruce begins by riffing with some audience members about razor blades and how he has never re-used them (unlike his father), even when he was poor. He talks about how, in light of his recent legal troubles, he's tried to understand the prosecutors. He says law enforcement will take obscene words literally. He got in trouble for part of his bit The Reason We Left England, which he now does and explains. The use of the word fuck in the bit just means reject, it has no prurient connotation, and it was taken out of context in his trial for obscenity. He notes the difference in the secular and the Catholic definitions of obscenity. He does his bit The Christian God Has a Face, the Jewish God Doesn't. He talks about other countries' views of American race relations and does I've Never Been Inside a Negro's House. He does his bit on Barry Goldwater and his Jewish roots: that once he's elected president, he'll take off his mask and reveal himself as a Jewish pornographer. He talks about the double standard in depicting sex vs. violence. He does The Origin of Bestiality Laws. Because of problems with audio quality, the rest of this section in indistinct. A new set starts, from August 1, 1964 at 10 p.m. He talks about how, in light of his recent legal troubles, he's tried to understand the prosecutors. He says law enforcement will take obscene words literally. He does The Best Man in the Tribe (St. Paul). He notes the difference in the secular and the Catholic definitions of obscenity. He does his bit The Christian God Has a Face, the Jewish God Doesn't. He does Filipinos. He mentions his obscenity trial in New York (the Café Au Go Go trial), which is still in progress. He says got in trouble for part of his bit The Reason We Left England, which he now does and explains. The use of the word fuck in the bit just means reject, it has no prurient connotation, and it was taken out of context in his trial for obscenity. He says about himself, It may go through your mind, is that this guy's mission, to take us to Valhalla in a garbage truck? Why is he so hell bent on saying fuck you all the time? He does Are There Any Niggers Here Tonight? He does his bit on Barry Goldwater and his Jewish roots: that once he's elected president, he'll take off his mask and reveal himself as a Jewish pornographer. He does People Don't Talk That Way to Judges. He talks about other countries' views of American race relations and does I've Never Been Inside a Negro's House. He does Goldwater Talks to Negroes. He talks about prejudice against people with Southern accents, and Melvin Belli's experience of being considered effete in Texas (at Jack Ruby's trial). He imagines Oswald coming back to life and plugging Ruby like a movie gangster. He does Men Are Carnal, Bestiality Law, Custody/Get Even, Deny It and Hotels Are Dirty. The set ends. A new set begins, from August 1, 1964 at 11:25 p.m. Bruce talks about the mixed reaction he got during the first show. He says three guys at the previous night's show were obviously law enforcement. He talks about how, in light of his recent legal troubles, he's tried to understand the prosecutors. But this doesn't make sense to him that a supposed transcript of a tape that has been deemed inaudible can be entered as evidence in a trial. He mentions the obscenity trial Jacobellis v. Ohio. He notes the difference in the secular and the Catholic definitions of obscenity. He talks about how the Yiddish approach to language is different. He does his bit The Christian God Has a Face, the Jewish God Doesn't. He says more about his trial and obscenity. He does Dick Gregory and I've Never Been Inside a Negro's House. He mentions an FBI raid in Harlem and talks about the general fear of that black men and white women will have sex. The file ends during the set. There are problems with audio quality on this file. The same performance is presented with better audio on files LB_27a and LB_27b.
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 1:36:11
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 San Francisco Off Broadway July 31, 1964 10:12 p.m.; August 1, 1964 10 p.m., 11:25 p.m.
dc.type sound recording
mods.name.lcnaf Bruce, Lenny


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