Documentary about Barry Crimmins, a political satirist and social justice activist.
Bobcat Goldthwait’s award-winning documentary Call Me Lucky has had the film festival circuit buzzing with audiences and critics up on their feet in applause for the film and the unlikely comedy hero at its centre, Barry Crimmins.
On August 7th theatre crowds will be introduced to the wild and willful world of Crimmins through intimate interviews with comedic greats and activists alike while telling the story of one of comedy’s most incredible figures.
Call Me Lucky is the inspiring, triumphant and wickedly funny portrait of one of comedy’s most enigmatic and important figures: Barry Crimmins. The beer-swilling, politically outspoken and whip-smart comic whose efforts in the 70s and 80s fostered the talents of the next generation of standup comedians. But beneath Crimmins’ gruff, hard-drinking, curmudgeonly persona lay an undercurrent of rage stemming from his long-suppressed and horrific abuse as a child – a rage that eventually found its way out of the comedy clubs and television shows and into the political arena.
Directed by Bobcat Goldthwait, Call Me Lucky bravely tells Crimmins’ incredible story of transformation from a rage-fueled funnyman into an acclaimed proponent of justice who personified the healing power of comedy.
Interviews in the documentary include Barry Crimmins, Marc Maron, David Cross, Margaret Cho, Patton Oswalt, Tom Kenny, Kevin Meaney, Lenny Clarke, Steven Wright, Billy Bragg, and Cindy Sheehan. Also featured are family members of Barry Crimmins, including Barry’s mother Margaret Hooe and sister Mary Johanna Smith.
Call Me Lucky has won several awards already and received wide critical acclaim.