Bruce Baum is an American comedian. His live act consists of prop comedy as well as more traditional stand-up material. One of his best-known stand-up routines is his diaper-wearing Babyman character. Baum is recognized for his large mustache and long hair and is often described as a David Crosby look-alike. Baum and comedian Barry Marder co-authored the Letters From a Nut series of books, written under the pseudonym Ted L. Nancy.
Baum was a football player at UCLA, but transferred to the University of California-Davis to receive more playing time. At UC-Davis, he earned a degree in political science while performing impromptu comedy routines in the school library and food commons. He returned to UCLA to earn a master's degree in film, and while working on film school projects, met comedians such as Garry Shandling, Robin Williams, and Bob Saget. He joined the stand-up circuit in 1977. He also appeared frequently on the 1979-80 revival of the TV game show Make Me Laugh.
Baum has appeared in several television programs since the early 1980s, including The Stockard Channing Show, Growing Pains, Full House, and Northern Exposure. He also appeared as an animated version of himself on The Simpsons, guest-starring with Jay Leno, Janeane Garofalo, Steven Wright, and Bobcat Goldthwait in the episode "The Last Temptation of Krust".
- Heather Lalley. "Comedian Bruce Baum Bringing Circus to Town". The Spokesman-Review. November 17, 2000.
- Richard Freedman. "Baum lands at Pepper Belly's; Comic's wild act, if not face, unique". Times-Herald. February 5, 2004.
- "Letters from a nut & 2 other titles; Assignment of Copyright". United States Copyright Office. Retrieved 4 September 2012.