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How to Talk Dirty and Influence People is an autobiography by Lenny Bruce, the scathing social satirist and comedian, who died in 1966 at age 40 of a morphine overdose. In it is the course of his career that began in the late 1940s, challenging the sanctity of organized religion and other societal and political conventions he perceived as having hypocritical tendencies, and widening the boundaries of free speech. His performance is intensely controversial for both the subject matter and the vocabulary employed, and his fight for the freedom of expression makes it possible for the work of subsequent generations of provocative performers. 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." Autobiography (from the Greek auton, self, bios, life and graphein, write) is biography, the writing of a life story, from the viewpoint of the subject. ... Lenny Bruce being searched by a policeman Lenny Bruce (October 13, 1925 – August 3, 1966), born Leonard Alfred Schneider, was a controversial American stand-up comedian and satirist of the 1950s and 1960s. ... List of satirists below - writers, cartoonists and others known for their involvement in satire - humourous social criticism. ... A comedian (also comedienne, female) is a person who attempts to make people laugh through a variety of methods, normally through joke telling, or a stream of funny banter. ... 1966 was a common year starting on Saturday (link goes to calendar) // Events January January 1 - In a coup, Colonel Jean-Bédel Bokassa ousts president David Dacko and takes over the Central African Republic. ... Morphine (INN), the principal active agent in opium, is a powerful opioid analgesic drug. ... A drug overdose occurs when a chemical substance (i. ... // Events and trends The 1940s were dominated by World War II, the most destructive armed conflict in history. ... Churchianity is a negative description of organized religion that characterizes it as emphasizing the institutional forms of Christianity (traditions, rituals, committees, and programs) and omitting the actual gospel teachings of Jesus Christ that forms the basis of Christianity. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Freedom of speech is the right to freely say what one pleases, as well as the related right to hear what others have stated. ... A controversy is a contentious dispute, a disagreement over which parties are actively arguing. ... Freedom of speech is the right to freely say what one pleases, as well as the related right to hear what others have stated. ... Ralph J. Gleason (1917-1975) was an influential American jazz and pop music critic. ... For the Taboo party game, see Taboo (game). ...

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Influence - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (421 words)
Influence is a term that refers to the ability to indirectly control or affect the actions of other people or things.
How to Talk Dirty and Influence People is the autobiography of comedian Lenny Bruce.
Influence was a Dick Tracy comic book villain who wore hypnotic lenses in order to force his victims to do his bidding.
Lenny Bruce - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1908 words)
After spending time working on a farm with a family which provided the stable surroundings he needed, Lenny joined the US Navy at the age of 17 in 1942, and saw active duty in Europe until his discharge in 1946.
Later in his semi-fictional autobiography How to Talk Dirty and Influence People, he revealed that he had made approximately $8,000 in three weeks, sending $2,500 to the leper colony and keeping the rest.
At the request of Hugh Hefner, Bruce (with the aid of Paul Krassner) wrote his autobiography, which was serialized in Playboy in 1964 and 1965, and later published as the book How to Talk Dirty and Influence People.
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