Lenny Bruce: The Making of a Prophet

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Lenny Bruce was the most controversial comedian of the 20th century, and William Karl Thomas was his only writing collaborator, a collaboration that lasted ten years from before Bruce’s rise to international fame until the night he died. Together they crafted the milestone comedy material in Bruce’s pioneering first three comedy albums, wrote three screenplays too controversial to ever make it to the screen, and fought the good fight for First Amendment Rights in which Bruce’s trials have become milestone court cases. Before there was a George Carlin or a Richard Pryor, Lenny Bruce paved the way for a performer to tell the truth about sex, politics, and religion, but he did so at the cost of political, religious, and police harassment, and he did so with his mother, Sally Marr, his manager who was the first to recognize his talents, Frank Ray Perelli, and his collaborator, William Karl Thomas as his only allies who hung in from beginning to end. Thomas’ poignant memoir of their story (in the words of The Manchester Guardian) “reads like a Bogart script” and is illustrated by his photography from Bruce’s album covers and stills from his cinematography of their film pilots. If you love Hollywood’s Golden Era and how creative and courageous minds work, you gotta love this torrid twisted tale of “Lenny Bruce: The Making of a Prophet.” In addition to this memoir, Thomas’ biographical works include “The Genteel Poor,” a childhood memoir of growing up in the Gulf Coast town that Tennessee Williams lived in and wrote about and which Hurricane Katrina almost obliterated in 2005. Also a biography, “A Place For Us,” the inspiring story of Wendy Wolf, a polio survivor whose life illustrates the challenges of opportunity and acceptance people with disabilities face and the triumphs and successes this extraordinary woman achieved. Thomas' work spans the high points of the 20th century, even his fiction which is noted for its historical accuracy and includes “The Josan and the Jee,” a Korean war novel; “Cleo,” a civil rights era novel; The Piano Man, about a colorful collection of entertainers and hedonistic fun lovers in New Orleans French Quarter during the 1950's; and “Hollywood Tales from the Outer Fringe,” an anthology of 12 short stories about the little people in 1950's Hollywood who serve the 'A' list celebrities. His latest work, “Immortal,” is a science fiction trilogy laid a millennium into the future when three alien archeologists attempt to determine how humanity self destructed themselves and their planet and review the turning points of human evolution and earth’s civilizations. Details and excerpts of all his work can be found on Amazon.com and the publisher’s website; http://www.mediamaestro.net/books.htm.

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This book focuses on the creative process and motivations of Lenny Bruce, and the professional and personal closeness of the author make this book more intimate and incisive than previous works about this most controversial comedian of the century.

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This is in part my rebuttal to other works about Lenny by authors who never knew him and focused on his substance abuse, rather than the substance of his socially revolutionary material. This also attempts to recognize the contributions of three "straight" people in Lenny's life who made it possible for this gifted comic to be heard: Sally Marr his mother, Frank Ray Perelli who was the first to recognize Lenny's talent and helped refine it to a level that others could recognize, and myself who added to their efforts a discipline and objectivity that Lenny found difficult to maintain. It is a confession of all our frailties, and a plea to seek the truth not in unobtainable perfection, but in the best that each of us has to offer.

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