How to Talk Dirty and Influence People
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.
Praise for How to Talk Dirty and Influence People
"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.”
Spectrum Culture, 10/11/16
“Sheds light on the mind behind some of the most controversial comedy routines of the mid-20th century.”