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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
Websitebarrycrimmins.com

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

  1. david.wilcox@lee.net, David Wilcox. "From Skaneateles to Sundance: Comedian Barry Crimmins' story of trailblazing, trauma told by new Bobcat Goldthwait documentary". http://auburnpub.com/skaneateles/lifestyles/from-skaneateles-to-sundance-comedian-barry-crimmins-story-of-trailblazing/article_0bf381f7-d929-57dd-b420-b9d7c0907f04.html. 
  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 . https://books.google.com/?id=m7frDQAAQBAJ&pg=PA125. 
  3. "INTERVIEW: Barry Crimmins' last stand". 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. http://www.laughspin.com/2008/12/22/steven-wright-inducted-into-hall-a-citys-comedy-history-celebrated/. Retrieved March 11, 2014. 
  6. Baltrusis, Sam. "Steven Wright headlines Ding Ho reunion benefit". LoadedGunBoston.com. http://www.loadedgunboston.com/2008/04/steven-wright-headlines-ding-ho-reunion.html. 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". Syracuse.com. February 20, 2018. http://www.syracuse.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2018/01/comedian_barry_crimmins_from_cny_diagnosed_with_cancer.html. Retrieved February 20, 2018. 
  9. "Barry Crimmins, Comedian and Activist, Dead at 64". Rolling Stone. March 1, 2018. https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/barry-crimmins-comedian-and-activist-dead-at-64-w517272. Retrieved March 1, 2018. 

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