The funnyman was caught up in a legal battle after chef Missy Chase Lapine filed suit against him for mocking her during an appearance on David Letterman's U.S. chat show in 2007.
Seinfeld was adamant his remarks were covered by free speech as detailed in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and he was relishing the prospect of a legal battle similar to legendary stand-up comedian Bruce's clashes with authority in the 1960s over his obscenity-laden routines.
But the case was dismissed by a judge in New York last month (Feb11) because it was clear Seinfeld was joking during the TV interview.
Continue reading: Jerry Seinfeld Relished Court Battle Over Chef's Lawsuit
The family of legendary funnyman Lenny Bruce is putting the comic's keepsakes up for auction to raise cash for a women's shelter that bears his name.
Rare memorabilia from his estate, including letters, one of his trademark trench coats and his typewriter will go under the hammer on what would have been the late comedian's 84th birthday (13Oct09).
The auction, which will benefit shelter Lenny’s House, will take place on the comic's official website and run until 28 October (09).
Famous fans and friends of Bruce, including Elizabeth Taylor, Chris Rock, Hugh Hefner and Yoko Ono, have also contributed items for the auction.
Continue reading: Bruce Memorabilia To Be Auctioned To Fund Women's Shelter
Diamond was desperate to land the lead role in the 1974 drama Lenny and reportedly performed a successful screen test in which he "transformed" into the controversial funnyman.
David Wild, author of Diamond's biography He Is... I Say, tells gossip column Page Six, "In just a few seconds, he somehow transformed himself into a believable dirty-mouthed, Constitution-defending comedian."
The part ultimately went to Dustin Hoffman, who scored a Best Actor Academy Award nomination for his portrayal of the comic.
Continue reading: Diamond Auditioned For Lenny
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I have seen probably fifty documentaries in my time. I have reviewed four of them. Only two of the documentaries I have ever seen have been able to engage me like Lenny Bruce: Swear to tell the Truth did.
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While Rollins, who is also an author and actor, found inspiration in the work of late, foul-mouthed comic Lenny Bruce, it was Cosby who taught him that comedy didn't have to be peppered with bad language.
He says, "Cosby was huge to me as a kid. He was clean humour so there was no cussing, he was telling stories about the old neighbourhood, about all the kids.
Continue reading: Rollins: 'Cosby Turned Me On To Comedy'
The LOST HIGHWAY star compares his devotion to Davis' album BITCHES BREW to his cocaine addiction and believes that he owes his prolific comic career to Bruce.
The 64-year-old says, "I never heard anything like Lenny Bruce before and I remember thinking, 'If this is comedy, then what the f*** am I doing?' So I played his record over and over, every night
Continue reading: Davis And Bruce Changed Pryor's Life
Late comedian Lenny Bruce has been pardoned for an obscenity conviction, 37 years after his death.
The comic was convicted in 1964 of "giving an obscene performance" at the CAFE AU GO GO in New York, and died two years later, aged 40, of a drug overdose.
Yesterday (23DEC03), Governor GEORGE PATAKI said the pardon represented the city's commitment to Americans' constitutionally guaranteed right to free speech.
Continue reading: Lenny Bruce Posthumously Pardoned
The trio were arrested as part of a police drugs raid on Bruce's Hollywood home, where the comic had been shooting up just minutes earlier - after a night out with his new pals.
A sober Sharif decided to use his phone call to call legendary Tinseltown producer Sam Spiegel and ask for help.
Continue reading: Sharif And O'Toole's Wild Night With Lenny Bruce
Legendary guitarist Keith Richards despises gangsta rap, and hopes it passes like another silly trend.
The veteran performer, known for his wild ways and legendary tolerance for substances, is convinced rap's roots lie with Bo Diddley and older Jamaican styles.
Richards, currently touring on the ROLLING STONES' FORTY LICKS bus, explains, "I think of (gangsta rap) like the hula hoop, as a fad. With the baseball caps and the baggy pants - I just got bored with what they were saying.
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