"In a world where political satire has been reduced to oral sex jokes, Barry Crimmins stands out as one of the few humorists who takes the high ground and comments on what's really important. He's truly one of the most hilarious social critics of ...
of our generation."-Liz Winstead, creator of Comedy Central's The Daily Show
"He breaks down reality in a hilarious way. He seems ticked off at everything, and when you hear him, you agree. One of the few political comedians who is really good."-Steven Wright
Never Shake Hands with a War Criminal is a personal and political history told with acid humor and a loving heart. Crimmins travels from a skeptical childhood, through the founding of the Boston comedy scene, to a career as a satirist and activist. No villain is spared; no hero is forgotten. Crimmins also cuts a hilarious swath through our political tormentors, in the spirit of Mark Twain, Michael Moore and Al Franken.
Recent "Crimminal" mischief:
The Pentagon's so greedy it has an extra side on its building. There's a nickel's worth of difference between Democrats and Republicans. If you put a nickel on the table, a Democrat will steal it from you . . . and a Republican will kill you for it. The USA has moved so far to the right that the next New Hampshire Primary will be held in the Atlantic Ocean. An angry audience member asked, "If you don't love this country, why don't you get out?" Barry replied, "Because I don't want to be victimized by its foreign policy."
Barry Crimmins grew up in Skaneateles, N.Y. (an Indian name meaning small lake surrounded by fascists). In his time he has worked with many comedy greats, near greats and ingrates, including a stint writing for Dennis Miller. He is also a writer for the Randi Rhodes Show on Al Franken's Air America Radio.