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Vaudevisuals Bookshelf – “How to Talk Dirty and Influence People”

LENNY BRUCE – HOW TO TALK DIRTY AND INFLUENCE PEOPLE

During the course of a career that began in the late 1940s, Lenny Bruce challenged the sanctity of organized religion and other societal and political conventions; he widened the boundaries of free speech. Critic Ralph Gleason said, “So many taboos have been lifted and so many comics have rushed through the doors Lenny opened. He utterly changed the world of comedy.”

Although Bruce died when he was only forty, his influence on the worlds of comedy, jazz, and satire are incalculable. How to Talk Dirty and Influence People remains a brilliant existential account of his life and the forces that made him the most important and controversial entertainer in history.

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REVIEWS:

“I read this book for the first time when I was twelve years old. It made me want to be in showbiz, have a lot of sex, and be Jewish. I’ve rethought that last one.”

Penn Jillette, author of God No!

“If there was a God, then he sent down Lenny Bruce to create the art form of modern stand-up comedy. He sought the truth fearlessly and hilariously until his tragically muffled First Amendment rights surely enabled his dying for our sins.”

Richard Lewis, author of The Other Great Depression

“Outside every American comedy club, there ought to be a statue of Lenny Bruce—the type of big bronze statue that commemorates and immortalizes heroes…Bringing Bruce’s ideas and stories to a new generation might just be the next best thing to erecting those bronze statues.”

Playboy Magazine – August 2016

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John Leo and Andy Sapora hosting 'tinydangerousfun'.John Leo and Andy Sapora hosting ‘tinydangerousfun’.

Alexander Spitfire warmed up the house with his fire eating.Alexander Spitfire warmed up the house with his fire eating.

Agnes Olmstead nerds the house out with her burlesque routine.Agnes Olmstead nerds the house out with her burlesque routine.

Rush Hicks made the audience cringe with his sideshow antics.Rush Hicks made the audience cringe with his sideshow antics.

Becca Bernard gets her finger stuck in the fan during her fashion show.Becca Bernard gets her finger stuck in the fan during her fashion show.

John Leo and Andy Sapora joke with one another.Andy Sapora ices John Leo‘s ear. 

John and Andy offer the audience 'cookies'.John and Andy offer the audience ‘cookies.’

The 13th Act was incredible.The 13th Act was incredible.

Bobby Phobia buys a 'mail order' trick and performs it for the audience.Bobby Phobia buys a ‘mail order’ trick and performs it for the audience.

Michelle Mazzarino talks with the audience about life's issues.Michelle Mazzarino talks with the audience about life’s issues.

Malia Walsh performs amazing hula hoop act.Malia Walsh performs amazing hula hoop act.

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