Tag Archives: The Coolest People in Comedy

David Bruce: The Coolest People in Comedy — Critics, Death, Easter, Education

Critics • Elaine May went backstage to see Dudley Moore after a Broadway performance of Beyond the Fringe and told him, “I loved the show.” When Mr. Moore, who was in a mood for receiving lots of reassurance, asked her if … Continue reading

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David Bruce: The Coolest People in Comedy — Clothing, Competition, Critics

Clothing • Groucho Marx once knew a comedian named Doc Rockwell who took an odd approach to saving money. He used to buy several new suits at one time to get a discount, then he would wear a suit for a … Continue reading

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David Bruce: The Coolest People in Comedy — Children, Christmas, Clothing

Children • Like father, like son. When comedian Robin Williams was a boy, he had a large collection of various kinds of toy soldiers, and he would engage the soldiers in time-machine battles. For example, he would pit World War II … Continue reading

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Dvid Bruce: The Coolest People in Comedy — Children

Children • Some people are fortunate in that they know what they want to do at an early age. When she was six, lesbian comedian Liz Feldman saw a Purim play at her synagogue in which her 11-year-old sister played Queen … Continue reading

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David Bruce: The Coolest People in Comedy — Automobiles, Beauty, Children

Automobiles • When he was a teenager, Soupy Sales used to double-date with a friend named Bill Cravens. The two would take their dates to a movie, go to the park to neck (smooch) for a while, and then get something … Continue reading

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David Bruce: The Coolest People in Comedy — Audiences, Auditions

Audiences • Comedian Eddie Cantor often spoke in Christian churches, and when he was present “officially” for a charity, the church was usually standing room only. But when he dropped in without advance notice, the church would often be half-empty. Once … Continue reading

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David Bruce: The Coolest People in Comedy — Animals, April fools Day, Audiences

Animals • When Margaret Cho was in Tibet, she visited a dog monastery, which she describes as a temple for reincarnated monks — that is, monks who went astray during their human lives and who have come back as dogs. Ms. … Continue reading

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David Bruce: The Coolest People in Comedy — Advertising, Alcohol, Animals

Advertising • A hotel owner once telephoned comedian George Jessel to find out how much he would charge for a performance. When Mr. Jessel said his price was $1,000, the hotel owner offered, “I’ll tell you what I’ll do for you, … Continue reading

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David Bruce: The Coolest People in Comedy — Ad-Libs, Advertising

Ad-Libs • Back when vaudeville was alive and well, Eddie Cantor and George Jessel were performing together. Mr. Cantor made an ad-lib that got a big laugh, and then Mr. Jessel made an ad-lib that got an even bigger laugh. … Continue reading

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From Bruce Anecdotes Work • Sylvia Plath worked hard to be a writer. She once spoke about wearing out the roller of her typewriter in only one year. This astonished David Ross, who was a friend of Ms. Plath’s husband, Ted … Continue reading

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