Ancis was an inspiration for them and several other comedians although he was too shy to get on stage himself.
Lenny Bruce once admitted that he owed maybe a third of his act to Joe Ancis.
According to Albert Goldman, author of the biography 'Ladies and Gentlemen, Lenny Bruce!' the humor of Ancis involved stream-of-consciousness sexual fantasies, references to jazz, and stories of Jewish domesticity.
Apart from this short biography, not much is known about the life of Joe Ancis.
Books by Joe Ancis
Best Quotes by Joe Ancis
“If you think someone is normal, you don't know them well enough.”
“The only normal people are the ones you don't know very well.”