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Paul Krassner

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While Paul Krassner does not have the immediate name reputation of a few of his cohorts (Lenny Bruce, Timothy Leary, and Abbie Hoffman), his irreverent, literate satire made him an unsung countercultural hero through the ’60s and beyond. An essential figure in the introduction of the American alternate press, Krassner was denounced from the FBI like a “raving, unconfined nut” for his self-employed journal the Realist, an unstable blend of real confirming, outlandish satire, witty sociopolitical commentary, and provocative subject material. Following stints like a standup comedian along with a article writer for Mad journal, Krassner began posting the Realist in 1958, and it founded him as probably the most convincing tone of voice in underground journalism; by enough time it ceased publication in 1974, its maximum circulation was approximated to become over 250,000. The Realist’s brand was its penchant for blurring the lines between real-life absurdities and satirical exaggerations, permitting visitors to infer which items had been put-ons. (Some under no circumstances quite got the differentiation, even in apparent cases — like the magazine’s most notorious prank, a tale where Lyndon Johnson violated John F. Kennedy’s corpse aboard Atmosphere Push One.) Krassner’s make of journalism regularly crossed the range into personal activism; for instance, after operating an interview with an abortion doctor within the Realist (in the times ahead of Roe v. Wade), Krassner started covertly referring ladies to proficient doctors ready to perform the task. Krassner hardly limited himself to Realist-related actions. Many famously, he co-founded the Yippies with Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin, in fact coining the word himself. He was connected with article writer Ken Kesey’s Merry Pranksters, and was a longtime friend of LSD expert Timothy Leary, among additional ’60s superstars; additionally, he edited Lenny Bruce’s autobiography, How exactly to Chat Dirty and Impact People. Krassner also added articles to a number of magazines, winning honours from organizations as varied as Playboy journal as well as the Feminist Party Press Workshop, and also served for a short while as an editor at Larry Flynt’s notorious Hustler through the past due ’70s. Krassner resurrected the Realist in 1985, this time around as a publication resembling the D.We.Con. ‘zine format that became broadly popular through the ’90s. His memoirs had been released in 1993 beneath the name Confessions of the Raving, Unconfined Nut: Misadventures within the Counter-Culture. In the past due ’90s, Krassner begun to record his standup humor career aswell, placing out his first-ever documenting (WE’VE Means of Making You Have fun) in 1996. A follow-up, Human brain Damage Control, made an appearance in 1997, as do an anthology of his satirical writings, The Champion of the Decrease Bicycle Competition. Further humor albums appeared by means of 1999’s Sex, Medications, as well as the Antichrist: Paul Krassner at MIT and 2000’s Advertising campaign within the Ass.

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Full Name Paul Krassner
Profession Actor, Journalist, Author, Comedian, Screenwriter
Nationality American
Movies Lenny Bruce: Swear to Tell the Truth, Lenny Bruce Without Tears
TV Shows Sex: The Revolution


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1 Published his memoir Confessions Of A Raving, Unconfined Nut in 2004.
2 Was the publisher/editor of the publication "The Realist", which ran from 1958 to 1974 as a magazine, and from 1985 to 2001 as a newsletter.
3 Received an ACLU Uppie (Upton Sinclair) Award in May 2004 for "dedication to freedom of expression".
4 Co-founder of the Youth International Party (Y.I.P., or "Yippie!") with Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin, and is often credited with coining the group's name.


Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Last of the Manson Girls TV Mini-Series based on the work of - 4 episodes, 2015 based on work by - 2 episodes, 2015 based on essay My Acid Trip With Squeaky Fromme - 1 episode, 2015 based upon an article by - 1 episode, 2015
The Wilton North Report 1987 TV Series 1987-1988

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Independent Lens 2008 TV Series documentary advisor - 1 episode
Chicago 10 2007 Documentary provider: additional materials

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Wilton North Report 1987 TV Series Satirical commentator

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Lenny Bruce Without Tears 1972 Documentary acknowledgment

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Revolution: The Legacy of the Sixties Documentary filming Himself
Charles Manson: The Man Who Killed the Sixties 2015 TV Movie documentary
Back Issues: The Hustler Magazine Story 2014 Documentary Himself
Radio Unnameable 2012 Documentary
Looking for Lenny 2011 Documentary Himself
Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune 2010 Documentary Friend / Political Activist
A Way of Life 2009 Documentary Himself
The Anatomy of Vince Guaraldi 2009 Documentary
Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America 2009 TV Series documentary Himself - Author / Satirist
Sex: The Revolution 2008 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Hippies 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself
Darryl Henriques Is in Show Business 2006 Documentary short Himself
The U.S. vs. John Lennon 2006 Documentary Himself
Gonzo Utopia 2006 Documentary short Himself
The Aristocrats 2005 Documentary Himself - Satirist / Editor, 'The Realist'
Maybe Logic: The Lives and Ideas of Robert Anton Wilson 2003 Video documentary Himself
The Source: The Story of the Beats and the Beat Generation 1999 Documentary Himself
Lenny Bruce: Swear to Tell the Truth 1998 Documentary Himself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 1993 TV Series Himself
Flashing on the Sixties: A Tribal Document 1990 Video documentary Himself
Cocaine Blues 1983 Documentary Himself
Dynamite Chicken 1971 Himself
NBC Experiment in Television 1970 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1969 TV Series Himself - Guest
Last Summer Won't Happen 1968 Documentary Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Chicago 10 2007 Documentary Himself / Yippie
Happy Birthday to John 1997 Documentary short Himself
Lenny Bruce Without Tears 1972 Documentary Himself

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