Lenny Bruce

Comedian and Social Critic
Born Oct 13, 1925

Leonard Alfred Schneider, better known by the stage name Lenny Bruce, was an American comedian, social critic and satirist. His 1964 conviction in an obscenity trial was followed by a posthumous pardon, the first in New York state history. He was renowned for his open, free-style, dangerous and critical form of comedy which integrated politics, religion, and sex.… Read More

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1925 Birth Born on October 13, 1925.


1942 16 Years Old After spending time working on a farm, Bruce joined the United States Navy at the age of 16 in 1942, and saw active duty during World War II aboard the fighting in Northern Africa, Palermo, Italy in 1943 and Anzio, Italy in 1944.
1945 19 Years Old 1 More Event
In May 1945, after a comedic performance for his ship-mates in which he was dressed in drag, his commanding officers became upset. … Read More


1947 - 1951 2 More Events
1953 27 Years Old Bruce and Harlow eventually left New York in 1953 for the West Coast, where they got work as a double act at the Cup and Saucer in Los Angeles, California. … Read More
1954 28 Years Old Bruce left Strip City in late 1954 and found work within the San Fernando Valley at a variety of strip clubs. … Read More
1955 29 Years Old Honey and Lenny's daughter Kitty Bruce was born in 1955. He had an affair with the jazz singer Annie Ross in the late 1950s. In 1959, Lenny's divorce from Honey was finalized. … Read More


1959 33 Years Old …  Hefner had long assisted Bruce's career, featuring him in the television debut of Playboy's Penthouse in October 1959. … Read More
His growing fame led to appearances on the nationally televised Steve Allen Show, where he made his debut with an unscripted comment on the recent marriage of Elizabeth Taylor to Eddie Fisher, wondering, "will Elizabeth Taylor become bar mitzvahed?" On February 3, 1961, in the midst of a severe blizzard, he gave a famous performance at Carnegie Hall in New York. … Read More
1962 36 Years Old On December 5, 1962, Bruce was arrested at the legendary Gate of Horn folk club in Chicago. … Read More
In April 1964 he appeared twice at the Cafe Au Go Go in Greenwich Village, with undercover police detectives in the audience. … Read More
1965 39 Years Old Bruce did give a famous performance at the Berkeley Community Theatre in December 1965. … Read More


Increasing drug use also affected his health. By 1966 he had been blacklisted by nearly every nightclub in the United States, as owners feared prosecution for obscenity.
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