Comedians Give Love, Respect to Barry Crimmins

There are many ways a comedian can leave a mark on the world.  Some through gigantic celebrity, some through their brilliant work, and their affect on the world.  Barry was the latter and deserved recognition more than most.  But his impact on everything you see in comedy, and everyone you’ve ever heard of is undeniable. There is so much to say and so many people saying it.

He changed everything.

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  1. Tbone187

    March 2, 2018 at 11:31 pm

    Sad, but wasn’t a fan.

  2. Serge

    March 3, 2018 at 1:17 am

    Barry was a good dude. I remember that time he went on Anthony’s show. Even though they agreed on nothing politically over the 2 hours they bonded and even managed a hug at the end.

    He will be missed but not forgotten.

  3. JOhn A. Joslin ( Detroit )

    March 3, 2018 at 11:32 am

    3/01/18 @no o’clock in the morning-
    A doggedly thoughtful & wickedly funny sage, the political satirist & anti-war stalwart Barry Crimmins , died late last night @ Syracuse, New York . Besides being a tireless thorn in the side of the empire he was born into, Crimmins , a powerfully imposing bear ( hugger ) of a man raised in Skaneateles , New York , had a heart bigger than Pennsylvania & Ohio put together. He survived his childhood by placing his faith in Mickey Mantle & Yogi Berra, ( joyously discovering them amid the hiss of late-night radio static ; instantly recognizing them as dependable people a kid could count on…) then later as a young man and careful student of Mark Twain, after drafting Ernie Davis & Roberto Clemente to bolster his precious clutch of Yankees , he freely embarked on an even rougher road as a ‘volunteer’ in show-biz service to the rest of us , inspired as much by Harriet Tubman & Lenny Bruce as his life-long hero Twain. Barry always figured he could “smuggle some content “ in while we laughed . To those shocked partisans who reliably rose to their feet screaming that old chestnut at Barry in some ‘Comedy Club’ next to the Holiday Inn , ” Hey , If you hate this country so much, why don’t you leave it ?…” Barry would bellow, “ Because I don’t want to be victimized by its foreign policy ! …”
    I first met him on a picket line he was visiting, the sort of improvised unpaid ‘USO tour’ Barry frequently invented as he loyally roamed the battered rust-belt in between coastal gigs, keeping his eye peeled for the damage done in and out of this country the past 30 years as regular people were being regularly hammered. From Indiana to Central America… Barry Crimmins walked our beat. He ’made the road by walking…’ as they say . Really, he lunged hard at every step of it.
    Comforting us in the cottages, afflicting them in the palaces…
    Thank you so much, Barry. I remain astonished, though now sobbing. -John A. Joslin , electrician ( Detroit,Michigan -South of the Canadian borderline…) IBEW Local Union # 58

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