Lakin McCarthy

Lakin McCarthy


Barry Crimmins

Political Satirist. (3rd July 1953 - 28th February 2018 R.I.P.)


Barry Crimmins


During his lifetime, 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. In 2017 he made his long overdue debut at the Edinburgh Fringe!


After being diagnosed with cancer in January 2018, Barry died on 28th February 2018.  We were devastated to lose him but so glad that we had the chance to meet and work with him. 

Barry married Helen (née Lysen) in August 2017; she had been diagnosed with stage four non-Hodgkin lymphoma.  Living in the USA, healthcare is expensive.  A fundraising campaign was set up to contribute towards the healthcare that Helen needs and deserves.  Comedian Robin Ince has also arranged fundraising events in the UK, with proceeds going towards Helen’s healthcare.  The latest of these will be ‘Barry Crimmins: A Celebration’ held at the Edinburgh Fringe on 16th August 2018.


"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