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Barry Crimmins
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Crimmins performing in Oslo, January 2017
Born (1953-07-03)July 3, 1953
Kingston, New York, United States
Died February 28, 2018(2018-02-28) (aged 64)
Syracuse, New York, United States
Occupation Political satirist, comedian
Years active 1980–2018

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.

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

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

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


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