The Boston Museum, located at the intersection of the Harvard Medical School and the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will celebrate the life of the late Charles Bukowski on November 12, the museum announced Tuesday.
Bukowski, who was known as the “Uncle Sam of comedy,” wrote some of his best work in the 1960s and 1970s and became one of the founding fathers of contemporary comedy, writing and performing standup routines for the likes of Amy Poehler, Tina Fey and Chevy Chase.
In addition, he also wrote a play called “The King of Comedy” for the Boston Public School’s Drama department, according to the museum.
“Charles Bukowski is truly one of our greatest comedic pioneers,” museum director and president, David Wurfel, said in a statement.
“The Museum of Strict Comedy will host the exhibition, ‘The Bukowski Collection,’ which will highlight the collection of Bukowski’s work, including sketches and performances.”
Bukowsky’s collection is currently on view at the Boston Museum.
It includes the book Bukowski: Life and Letters of Charles Bukowsky, The Complete Works of Charles B. Bukowski, as well as two films, The Adventures of Mr. Toad, The Curse of the Flying Spaghetti Monster and The Great Escape.
The exhibition is expected to sell out.
In fact, more than 30,000 tickets have been sold, according the museum’s website.
Bucowski, the subject of a biography by his son-in-law, wrote the novel, which was adapted into a film in 1972 and became a film classic.
His son, Stephen M. Bukowsky III, has written a biography of the author.
In the film, Bukowski played the lead role of a middle-aged man who suffers from dementia.
He is also a professor of psychiatry at MIT, the school’s medical school.
In his biography, Bukowks son, Andrew, said he believes Bukowski has “become a recluse in his own mind, a recluiser.”
“I’ve had this amazing feeling for years, that I’ve never had this opportunity to sit in his shoes,” Bukowski told the New York Times in a 2009 interview.
“That’s what he is, he’s the person who is always in a room with me.”
Bucows writings, including his novels, were made into television and films.
In 1997, his son, Brandon Bukowski III, wrote a book about Bukowski titled Bukowski to His Children, which is available online.
In 2010, Bukows son, Jason Bukowski Jr., wrote a biography called Bukowski in His Own Words, which will be published by HarperCollins in the fall.