Barry Crimmins

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Barry Crimmins
Barry Crimmins 2017.jpg
Crimmins performing in Oslo, January 2017
Born(1953-07-03)July 3, 1953
Kingston, New York, United States[1]
DiedFebruary 28, 2018(2018-02-28) (aged 64)
Syracuse, New York, United States
OccupationPolitical satirist, comedian
Years active1980–2018

Barry Crimmins (July 3, 1953 – February 28, 2018) was an American stand-up comedian and political satirist. He was the author of Never Shake Hands with a War Criminal.[2]

Crimmins founded two comedy clubs, The Ding Ho and Stitches, in the 1980s in Boston.[3][4] Shows at these clubs, produced by Crimmins, included performances by comedians Steven Wright, Paula Poundstone, Bobcat Goldthwait, Kevin Meaney, Jimmy Tingle and many others.[5][6]

Crimmins's life and work in comedy and politics are the subject of a documentary called Call Me Lucky (2015) directed by Bobcat Goldthwait.[7]

In January 2018, Crimmins was diagnosed with cancer and said that the diagnosis is "not very well".[8] He died of the disease one month later on February 28, 2018, in Syracuse, New York at the age of 64.[9]

References[change | change source]

  1., David Wilcox. "From Skaneateles to Sundance: Comedian Barry Crimmins' story of trailblazing, trauma told by new Bobcat Goldthwait documentary".
  2. Bent, Mike (July 18, 2009). The Everything Guide to Comedy Writing: From stand-up to sketch - all you need to succeed in the world of comedy. Everything Books. pp. 125–. ISBN 978-1-4405-0174-6.
  3. "INTERVIEW: Barry Crimmins' last stand" Archived 2013-12-27 at the Wayback Machine. Loaded Gun.
  4. "For these two 'Un-Conventional' acts, politics is vocal". By Nick A. Zaino III. Boston Globe, July 11, 2004.
  5. Turbovsky, Rob. "Steven Wright inducted into Hall, a city's comedy history celebrated". Punchline Magazine. Archived from the original on October 11, 2016. Retrieved March 11, 2014.
  6. Baltrusis, Sam. "Steven Wright headlines Ding Ho reunion benefit". Archived from the original on July 7, 2016. Retrieved March 11, 2014.
  7. "Bobcat Goldthwait shoots documentary about activist Barry Crimmins: Minister of Culture ". The Cleveland Plain Dealer.
  8. "Comedian Barry Crimmins from CNY Diagnosed with Cancer". February 20, 2018. Retrieved February 20, 2018.
  9. "Barry Crimmins, Comedian and Activist, Dead at 64". Rolling Stone. March 1, 2018. Retrieved March 1, 2018.

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