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The hungry i was a legendary San Francisco nightclub operated in the mid-1950s and early 1960s by Enrico Banducci at 599 Jackson Street in the North Beach district. The hungry i was instrumental in launching the careers of singer Barbra Streisand and comedians Lenny Bruce, Mort Sahl, Jonathan Winters, Woody Allen, Dick Cavett, Phyllis Diller, the Smothers Brothers, and Joan Rivers. Poet Maya Angelou began her career at the hungry i as an attractive young ersatz Caribbean singer. This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... Enrico Banducci was the legendary North Beach San Francisco impresario who operated the hungry i nightclub and launched the careers of Lenny Bruce, Mort Sahl, Bill Cosby, Jonathan Winters, and Barbra Streisand, as well as countless folk singers. ... Filbert Street with St. ... Barbra Joan Streisand (born April 24, 1942) is an Academy Award-winning American singer, theatre and film actress, composer, liberal political activist, film producer and director, and she is a wonderful person. ... Lenny Bruce (October 13, 1925 – August 3, 1966), born Leonard Alfred Schneider, was a controversial American stand-up comedian, writer, social critic and satirist of the 1950s and 1960s. ... Time Magazine, August 15, 1960 Morton Lyon Sahl (born May 11, 1927) is a Montreal-born actor/comedian/humorist credited with pioneering a style of stand-up comedy that paved the way for Lenny Bruce, Nichols & May, Dick Gregory, and others less famous. ... Jonathan Winters (born November 11, 1925 in Dayton, Ohio) is an American comedic actor. ... Woody Allen (born Allen Stewart Konigsberg on December 1, 1935) is a three-time Academy Award-winning American film director, writer, actor, musician, comedian and playwright. ... Dick Cavett in 1974 Richard Alva Cavett (born November 19, 1936) is an American television talk show host known for his conversational style of in-depth and often serious issues discussion. ... Phyllis Diller (born Phyllis Ada Driver on July 17, 1917) is an American comedian who is considered one of the pioneers of female stand-up comedy. ... The Smothers Brothers are an American musical-comedy team, formed by real-life brothers Tom and Dick Smothers. ... Joan Rivers (born June 8, 1933) is an American comedian, talk show host, businesswoman, and celebrity. ... Maya Angelou (born Marguerite Johnson April 4, 1928) is an American poet, memoirist, actress and an important figure in the American Civil Rights Movement. ...

The hungry i was launched by Eric "Big Daddy" Nord, who sold it to Banducci in 1950. How the club's name came about is something of a mystery. According to one story, the lower-case "i" was meant to represent "intellectual." Banducci swore that it was literally Freudian and was short for "the hungry id." In another story, the sign was not finished in time for the club's opening, and next-day reviews in the San Francisco papers cemented the name for all time. In another story, artist Mark Adams came up with the name. "It (the lowercase 'i') designated the first-person singular, with all of its various cravings," he explained in a 1985 interview. [1] Eric Nord (1920 - 1989), also known as Eric “Big Daddy” Nord, was born Helmuth Pastor in Krafeld, Germany. ...

The hungry i and Banducci were also instrumental in the careers of actor/comic Ronnie Schell, comic Bill Cosby, and minister Malcolm Boyd. Musically, the Kingston Trio recorded two famous albums at the hungry i [2], including the first live performance of their version of The Lion Sleeps Tonight. Tom Lehrer's final satirical album, That Was The Year That Was (1965), was also recorded there, as well as The Limeliters' Our Men In San Francisco album. Ronnie Schell is a U.S. actor and stand-up comedian. ... William Henry Bill Cosby, Jr. ... Malcolm Boyd is an American minister, activist, spoken-word artist, and author. ... The Kingston Trio is an American folk group, perhaps the single most prominent one. ... The Lion Sleeps Tonight began as a 1939 African popular music hit Mbube that, in modified versions, also became a hit in the US and UK. Mbube (Zulu for lion) was first recorded by its writer, Solomon Linda, and his group, The Evening Birds, in 1939. ... Tom Lehrer in 1960. ... The Limeliters are a folk music group formed in July, 1959 by Louis Gottlieb (bass), Alex Hassilev (baritone), and Glenn Yarborough (tenor). ...

Vince Guaraldi of Peanuts TV show fame, folksinger Glenn Yarbrough, the Gateway Singers, and comedians Godfrey Cambridge and Professor Irwin Corey were also given career boosts from their appearances at the hungry i. Vince Guaraldi (July 17, 1928 - February 6, 1976) was an American jazz musician and pianist best known for composing music for animated adaptations of the Peanuts comic strip. ... Glenn Yarbrough (January 12, 1930—) is an American folk singer. ... Godfrey MacArthur Cambridge (February 26, 1933 - November 29, 1976) was an African-American comedian and actor, who was especially popular in the late 1960s and early 1970s. ... Professor Irwin Corey is an American comic and film actor whose slogan is The Worlds Foremost Authority. He accepted the National Book Award Fiction Citation on behalf of Thomas Pynchon for Gravitys Rainbow in 1974. ...

Legend has it that a teenaged Streisand begged Banducci for a single night at his nightclub, insisting that she'd one day be a huge star despite never having appeared anywhere at the time. Banducci went with this totally unknown singer, and the result was so good that she was held over for two months of shows, attracting nationwide acclaim.

When the comedy and folk music scene wilted in the mid-1960s with the rise of hard rock and Vietnam war protests, Banducci closed the club and sold its name to a topless club at another location nearby at 546 Broadway, where the name doubtless still draws in unwary tourists interested in history. Banducci and many of the club's performers reunited in 1981 for a memorable one-night performance, captured in the nationally televised documentary hungry i Reunion, produced and directed by Thomas A. Cohen. Opposition to U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War began slowly and in small numbers in 1964 on various college campuses in the United States. ...

An exhibition on the history of the hungry i opened March 28, 2007 at the San Francisco Performing Arts Library (www.sfpalm.org) and is on view until August 25, 2007. Alumni who performed at the hungry i during its heyday -- as well as club owner Enrico Banducci -- gathered for an opening celebration March 27th. Among those reminiscing on their time at the club were Orson Bean, Shelley Berman, Father Malcolm Boyd, Travis Edmonson, Tom Lehrer, The Kingston Trio, Mort Sahl, Ronnie Schell, Ernie Sheldon, and Glenn Yarbrough.

External links

  • Interview about the 2007 hungry i exhibit, currently running at the San Francisco Performing Arts Library & Museum

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Hungry ghost - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (547 words)
In the Roman religion, hungry ghosts of a family's ancestors figured in the festival of Lemuria; it was the duty of the pater familias to appease the larvæ of his ancestors with an offering of beans.
The same understanding has Buddhism, where Hungry Ghosts (pretas) have their own realm in the Wheel of Life and are depicted as teardrop shaped with bloated stomachs and necks too thin to pass food such that attempting to eat is also incredibly painful.
A festival is held to honor the hungry ancestor ghosts and food and drink is put out to satisfy their needs.
hungry - definition of hungry in Encyclopedia (297 words)
The term is commonly used more broadly to refer to cases of widespread malnourishment or deprivation among populations, usually due to poverty or adverse agricultural conditions; see famine and malnutrition for a discussion of this.
The term hungry is commonly used simply to mean being ready for a meal.
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, "842 million people worldwide were undernourished in 1999 to 2001, the most recent years for which figures are available" and the number of hungry people has recently been increasing.
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