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Inside the First Amendment 50 years ago, Bruce’s arrest no joking matter

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Posted: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 10:15 am

The First Amendment is serious – except when it’s not.

Comedian Lenny Bruce, a hero of stand-up comedy, was arrested April 3, 1964 — 50 years ago — in New York City during his act for saying profane words on stage. Bruce’s routine was mild in comparison to what today’s comedians say on stage — but at the time, it meant a series of confrontations with local police in various cities.

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