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Born Alexander Mikhailovich Glickberg, he was a Jewish-Russian poet, satirist and children’s… [More] writer who worked under the pen name Sasha Chorny (“black” in Russian). In order to attend a local gymnasium, he was baptized by his family (there were quotas for Jewish students in the Russian empire) — and finding his studies bored, he dropped out; his family didn’t help him and he was homeless for a period, before being picked up by a French-Russian living in St. Petersburg, where he submitted his stories and began a journalistic career. He met his wife while working on the Warsaw – Saint Petersburg Railway, and they are believed to have been happily married. [Less]
Herbert Lawrence Block, known as Herblock, was a Jewish-American editorial cartoonist and author best… [More] known for his commentary on national domestic and foreign policy from a liberal perspective. He is credited with coming up with the term for “McCarythism” in a famous Washington Post cartoon (depicted above). [Less]
1925: Lenny Bruce
Born Leonard Alfred Schneider but better known by his stage name, Lenny Bruce, he was a Jewish-American… [More] comedian, social critic and satirist. His 1964 conviction in an obscenity trial was followed by a posthumous pardon, the first in New York state history. He was renowned for his open, free-style, dangerous and critical form of comedy which integrated politics, religion, and sex. His tumultuous private life marked by substance abuse, promiscuity, (and efforts to prevent his wife from becoming a stripper) — all which helped him pave the way for future generations of outspoken comedians. [Less]