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Not counting his performance at Carnegie Hall, Lenny Bruce is recorded here unedited. Bruce once said "I'm not a comedian, I'm Lenny Bruce," and The Berkely Concert is true to that statement. Bruce brilliantly explores the paradoxes of the American legal system, celebrity, and advertising, and performs his classic routine "Religions Inc." Being well-versed in the American legal processes and during his battles with the Supreme Court will certainly enhance your understanding of the material. The album pales in comparison to the Carnegie Hall concert, but remains an important document of his groundbreaking comedy.


Born: 13 October 1925 in Mineola, NY

Genre: Comedy

Years Active: '50s, '60s

When once asked to describe jazz, trumpet legend Miles Davis sarcastically but saliently replied, "You can sweat it down to four words: Louis Armstrong and Charlie Parker." Applying that same old-school, new-school trailblazer to comedy is somewhat more problematic. A number of great early comics could stand in for the Armstrong entry, among them Charlie Chaplin, Groucho Marx, Jack Benny, and George Burns. But in choosing the "Charlie Parker of comedy," by that meaning the one who blazed the modern-day...
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