I became aware of Barry Crimmins from watching the documentary Call Me Lucky directed by Bobcat Goldthwaite on Netflix and his interview on Marc Maron’s podcast.
I was amazed that I got a chance to interview him for my podcast with the help my friend Bruce Egar in New York ahead of his shows here in the Sugar Club in Dublin and in Leicester Square, London.
Crimmins’ satirical writing and comedy routines have focused through the years on the need for political and social change. In the 1990s, in a more serious vein, he led a crusade against images of child abuse on the Internet, calling for police investigation of ISPs. Crimmins received the “Peace Leadership Award” from Boston Mobilization for Survival, and was honored by Community Works with the “Artist for Social Change Award” for his years of activism.
On June 4, 2016, Barry Crimmins shot a special in Lawrence, Kansas for Louis C.K.’s Pig Newton Productions