YEAR 2014

SECTION U.S. Documentary Competition


RUN TIME 106 min

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 many of today's stars. As a venerated member of America's comic community, Crimmins could be your newest national treasure. Just don't tell him that. He's not done being pissed yet. —H.C.

EMAIL charlie@type55films.com

COMPANY Type 55 Films


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Artist Bio

Bobcat Goldthwait's critically acclaimed and award-winning movies Willow Creek, God Bless America, World's Greatest Dad, Sleeping Dogs Lie, Windy City Heat and Shakes the Clown have played in theaters and festivals around the world. As a television director, Goldthwait has worked on such shows as Maron, Chappelle's Show, and Jimmy Kimmel Live. In 2013, Goldthwait was named director of the year by Esquire and received the German Independence Award from the Oldenburg International Film Festival.