Legendary satirist Barry Crimmins came to the Arts Center for last June’s Free State Festival with his film Call Me Lucky and quickly stole the hearts of Lawrence audience members with his sense of humor, emotional connection with the community and unique approachability. He remained in contact with many of his Lawrence connections and when he was approached about filming a new comedy special by Louis C.K.’s production company, Pig Newton, we were deeply honored and humbled that he chose the Lawrence Arts Center as his venue.
Crimmins is a political satirist, social activist and founder of the legendary Ding Ho Comedy Club and Stitches in Boston, featuring performances by comedians Steven Wright, Paula Poundstone, Bobcat Goldthwait, Kevin Meaney, Jimmy Tingle and many others.
Crimmins’ satirical writing and comedy routines have focused through the years on the need for political and social change. 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. Howard Zinn presented Barry Crimmins with “The Courage of Conscience Award” from Wellesley College and The Life Experience School at The Peace Abbey in Sherborn, Massachusetts.
Crimmins was featured on the podcast WTF with Marc Maron discussing his personal life and career as a political activist and his role in the Boston comedy scene and returned to discuss the Bobcat Goldthwait documentary Call Me Lucky, based on his life. He has also been featured in a number of film and television appearances over the years, released two albums and his articles are regularly published in The Boston Phoenix, among other publications.
Please join us in welcoming our adopted hometown hero Barry Crimmins back on stage on June 4 with two performances at 7pm and 9:30pm. Tickets are $10 and available here.