olitical satirist and author Barry Crimmins will be starring in a series of evenings of political humor starting June 22, and continuing every Tuesday at New York's liveliest literary bistro, Rocky Sullivan's. Crimmins will also help produce the shows and this guarantees plenty of top-notch talent.
According to Crimmins, "This series will run until Court-appointed President George W. Bush is voted, hounded or impeached from office." Although he has been no stranger to the Big Apple, this will mark Crimmins' first regularly scheduled performances in Manhattan since he starred in a long-running political humor series at the Village Gate during the elected-President Bush years.
It used to be that the problem with elections was that somebody won the damned things. George W. Bush has changed all that, hasn't he? Not for long if the folks at Rocky Sullivan's have their way. You see, Rocky's believes in tradition-- for instance: we think it's time to restore quaint American customs like dissent, the Geneva Convention and especially, elected presidents.
These are scary times and the least we can do is laugh in the face of fear. This government of the cronies, by the cronies and for the cronies is teetering on the brink and if we all laugh hard enough, look out below! If you can handle the truth and don't mind openly associating with people who openly associate then please join us. Attend regularly and by the first Tuesday in November, you'll be ready to laugh all the way to the polls.
Crimmins helped bring the Boston comedy scene into the modern age when he founded two of the Hub's most legendary clubs: The Ding Ho and Stitches. Steven Wright, Paula Poundstone, Bobcat Goldthwait, Kevin Meaney, Jimmy Tingle and many, many others cut their comedic teeth in the rooms Crimmins started and at shows he produced.
In a review of a recent Crimmins performance the Boston Herald's Robin Vaughan included a concise Boston comedy history lesson.
"In 1979, Crimmins, a politically minded comedian from upstate New York, started booking Boston's brightest, brashest young wits into the Ding Ho, a seedy Chinese restaurant in Inman Square. The club, run for and by comedians, was an unpedigreed underdog, but broke conventions of the day in paying its performers reasonable fees and maintaining Crimmins' comedy booking standards. He was hell-bent on originality and unforgiving of plagiarism. It was boot camp for the best comics in Boston and some of the most successful standups in the country."
According to that same review, Crimmins hasn't lost any prowess as a performer.
"To his old crowd, Crimmins is the patron saint of original, creative comedy in Boston and a brooding ideologue. His wit is as sharp as his sense of social justice, which has been known to eclipse a joke or two. But his hour-plus show, 'Chicken Soup for the Vegetarian Soul', served as a persuasive example of what intelligent stand-up comedy, politically themed or otherwise, can be."
After helping jump-start Boston comedy, Barry left production to concentrate on performing. In short order he gained attention as one of the nation's top political satirists. He's made countless television appearances on everything from The NBC Nightly News to The HBO Young Comedians Special to The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. He has recorded two CD's: Strange Bedfellows on A and Kill the Messenger on Green Linnet. His writings appear regularly in the Boston Phoenix and this fall his first book, Never Shake Hands with a War Criminal will be published by New York's Seven Stories Press.
For more information on Barry, file a freedom of information brief with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Washington, D.C. or see: barrycrimmins.com