Lakin McCarthy

Lakin McCarthy


Barry Crimmins

Political Satirist


Barry Crimmins


Over the years, with his biting, acerbic wit, coupled with a sense of compassion rarely seen in stand up comedy, Barry Crimmins carved out a spot as the USA’s sharpest, left-wing comic.

As a young and hungry comic in the early 80’s Barry Crimmins founded his own comedy club in Boston. Here he fostered the careers of new talent who we now know as Steven Wright, Paula Poundstone, Denis Leary, Lenny Clarke, Kevin Meaney, Bobcat Goldthwait, and many others.

These comics were grateful for Barry’s fair pay and passionate support and respected him as a whip-smart comic but they also knew he could be difficult and almost inexplicably angry.Barry finally brought the personal into his political act with this onstage revelation that he had survived heinous assaults as a child. In the ensuing years he’s become an internationally renowned activist on behalf of children’s rights and safety.

Barry has received the Peace Leadership Award presented to him by Noam Chomsky. Howard Zinn presented Mr. Crimmins with the Courage of Conscience Award alongside Dr. Maya Angelou.

He was also honoured at Sundance in 2015, when the premiere of CALL ME LUCKY was received with three standing ovations. The crowd rising to cheer for Barry Crimmins was living proof that his story is universal, and that his steadfast courage will continue to change lives. But that won’t stop him from being hilarious!

In 2016, after a 30 year hiatus, Barry returned to the UK to perform a 3-night London run at the Leicester Square Theatre. We hope he won't take so long to come back again!

"Crimmins takes political comedy to a totally different level. His resume reads like a dozen wish lists of comics who will never achieve what he has. Holy Moly the man is the real McCoy!" - Mark Thomas

"Barry Crimmins uses his sharp sense of irony as a political weapon. In his hands, the subversive joke is the first small act of resistance." - Billy Bragg

"One of the great comics of all time. He is an intelligent and hilarious political satirist. His comedic voice is essential." - Louis CK


Upcoming Shows

Aug 2018

Tour Venue Website
Thu 16/08/2018 Barry Crimmins - A Celebration New Town Theatre, Edinburgh Visit