Lenny Bruce smoking a cigarette

^ Lenny Bruce in an undated pre-1960 promo shot. PHOTO CREDIT: All rights reserved by Kitty Bruce | Courtesy of the Robert D. Farber University Archives and Special Collections Department, Brandeis

Free-speech pioneer. Satirist. Cultural Icon.

Comedian Lenny Bruce’s legacy was the focus of a two-day conference held Oct. 27-28, 2016, in Goldfarb Library at Brandeis University.

"Comedy and the Constitution" marked the formal opening of the collection of archival material that the university acquired from Bruce’s daughter, Kitty Bruce, with a generous grant from the Hugh M. Hefner Foundation.

Questions? Email bruceconference2016@brandeis.edu.


Christie Hefner, Trustee of the Hugh M. Hefner Foundation, founder of Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Awards, member of board of directors of the Center for American Progress Action Fund, former chairman and CEO of Playboy Enterprises, Inc., former Brandeis University Trustee, Brandeis University alumna

Kitty Bruce, daughter of Lenny Bruce and founder of The Lenny Bruce Memorial Foundation

Lewis Black, critically acclaimed stand-up, actor and author

Recordings of portions of the conference are available here.


“Comedy and the Constitution” was generously sponsored by
The Hugh M. Hefner Foundation
Arlan Ettinger, Guernsey's
American Studies Program, Brandeis University
Louis D. Brandeis Legacy Fund for Social Justice
Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University
Office of the Provost, Brandeis University
The ACLU Foundation of Massachusetts

and the following units of Brandeis University:
Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences
Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies
Department of English
Department of History
Department of Sociology
Journalism Program