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Bruce Jay Friedman (born April 26, 1930) is an American writer and the compiler of Black Humor: Anthology.

Raised in the Bronx by Irving and Mollie (Liebowitz) Friedman, Bruce attended the University of Missouri as a journalism major then served as a First Lieutenant in the United States Air Force from 1951 to 1953. In 1954, he married the model Ginger Howard, who is now an acting coach and writer. In the same year, Friedman worked for many of the era's famous men's magazines through Magazine Management Company. Friedman ended up as an executive editor in charge of the magazines Men (not the present magazine of the same title), Male, and Man's World.

In 1962, Friedman published Stern, the first of his eight novels.

Friedman is the father of the writer and musician Josh Alan Friedman, the cartoonist Drew Friedman, photographer Kipp Friedman, and Molly Friedman. Friedman currently resides in New York City; he has divorced Ginger Friedman and is now married to the educator Patricia J. O'Donohue, with whom he has one daughter, writer Molly Friedman.

His latest collection of short fiction, Three Balconies,will be appearing in September 2008, from Biblioasis.




  • A Father's Kisses (1996)
  • The Current Climate (1989)
  • Tokyo Woes (1985)
  • About Harry Towns (1974)
  • The Dick (1970)
  • A Mother's Kisses (1964)
  • Stern (1962) - named by John Kennedy Toole, author of A Confederacy of Dunces, as his favourite modern novel.
  • Violencia!: A Musical Novel (2002)

Short fiction

  • Let's Hear It for a Beautiful Guy
  • Black Angels
  • Far from the City of Class
  • Black Humor: Anthology
  • The Collected Short Fiction of Bruce Jay Friedman
  • Sexual Pensees
  • Three Balconies: Stories and a Novella (2008)
  • A Change of Plan (filmed as The Heartbreak Kid)

For the screen

For the stage

  • Scuba Duba
  • Steambath
  • Have You Spoken to Any Jews Lately?


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