Call Me Lucky

Synopsis: 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 ma
Director(s): Bobcat Goldthwait
Production: MPI Media Group
  6 wins & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
106 min

on some electric thing.

And it's making us weird.

- His fuse was getting

shorter and shorter.

- F*ck you.

F*ck your family.

Fucking nine-year-old kid's

giving me shit about politics.

Blow me, all right'?

But that wasn't the issue.

He has demons,

Barry, you know'?

- I didn't know, I didn't

know what made him tick.

But that's the way he was.

But I think...

There was a lot of personal

things that happened in his life

when he was young

that came out later.

This is...

Obviously I'm

talking about Barry,

and you're Barry's sister and...

I don't know what's going on.

If you want to tell me,

this would be the time.

God damn it!

- He lives in a nice house,

nice stone fireplace.

Surrounded by trees

in a very wooded area

m upstate New York.

Wide open fields.

Gorgeous nature.

- He is away from society'

show business,


Top 40 radio, you know'?

He's like a wizard.

You know, he lives,

he lives in the woods.

- I think it's good for

him up there, too.

Chopping the wood.

It gives him a good outlet.

It's a lifestyle.

When you're 30 ifs okay

but at a certain age you

start to get arthritis,

you want a dental plan,

you know?

- I've been a mechanic

for about 30 years

and that's how I

got to meet Barry.

I was working on his cars

and snowplowing for him,

and he always told me

these things that he's done

and I've never believed him.

I usually don't let my

customers be my friends

to a point where they

come to my house

but Barry kinda

broke through that.

- He's the finest person

I've ever met in my life.

Bottom line.

- It's funny,

the contrast of where he is

and commenting on what's

happening in the world

is funny in itself.

It's like if Thoreau

could have a computer.

Yeah, f*ck this plan.

Well, there's a couple of things

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