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Call Me Lucky (2015)

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Barry Crimmins is pissed. His hellfire brand of comedy has rained verbal lightning bolts on American audiences and politicians for decades, yet you've probably never heard of him. But once ... See full summary »

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Bobcat Goldthwait
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Credited cast:
Barry Crimmins ... Himself
Jack Gallagher Jack Gallagher ... Himself
Martin Olson Martin Olson ... Himself
Steve Sweeney Steve Sweeney ... Himself
David Cross ... Himself
Patton Oswalt ... Himself
Steven Wright ... Himself
Marc Maron ... Himself
Margaret Cho ... Herself
Baratunde Thurston Baratunde Thurston ... Himself
Randy Credico Randy Credico ... Himself
Lenny Clarke ... Himself
Kevin Rooney Jr. Kevin Rooney Jr. ... Himself
Tom Kenny ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joyce Brabner Joyce Brabner ... Herself
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Barry Crimmins is pissed. His hellfire brand of comedy has rained verbal lightning bolts on American audiences and politicians for decades, yet you've probably never heard of him. But once you've experienced Bobcat Goldthwait's brilliant character portrait of him and heard Crimmins's secret, you will never forget him. From his unmistakable bullish frame came a scathingly ribald stand-up style that took early audiences by force. Through stark, smart observation and judo-like turns of phrase, Crimmins's rapid-fire comedy was a war on ignorance and complacency in '80s America at the height of an ill-considered foreign policy. Crimmins discusses another side of his character, revealing in detail a dark and painful past that inspired his life-changing campaign of activism in the hope of saving others from a similar experience. Interviews with comics like Margaret Cho and Marc Maron illustrate Crimmins's love affair with comedy and his role in discovering and supporting the development of ...

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7 August 2015 (USA) See more »

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Называй меня Счастливчиком See more »

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Barry Crimmins: I'm whatever threatens you. I'm a communist with AIDS and I bite.
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Bobcat Goldthwait's documentary on a Boston comedy icon with an important message
23 August 2015 | by PentucketSee all my reviews

The night after the live show that was filmed for this documentary, we all woke up to the news that Robin Williams, the best friend of director Bobcat Goldthwait, had died from suicide. I heard in interviews that Robin had considered playing the lead role if this story had been done dramatically. That came to mind a few times while watching and I could see why the character would have appealed to him.

It's about Barry Crimmins, one of the main personalities behind the launch of many Boston comics' careers, but comedy seems incidental to the work he does as years pass and perspective deepens. I don't know when I first became aware of him. I know I heard Steven Wright mumble his name somewhere way back, but I looked more closely after hearing Barry interviewed by Marc Maron on his WTF podcast. Barry Crimmins personally confronts some of the purest evil mankind perpetrates on itself and tried to prevent much of the damage that continues to be done in the name of profit. While doing that, he helped nurture a conscientious brand of comedy that continues to bring out unique voices.


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