Political satirist Barry Crimmins to film comedy special in Lawrence next month; Louis C.K.'s Pig Newton to produce

Well, comedy fans, here's a spot of sunny news for you on a rainy day:

Barry Crimmins, the veteran political satirist and activist who "won hearts" during last year's Free State Festival with his critically acclaimed documentary "Call Me Lucky," returns to Lawrence next month — this time to film his one-hour comedy special, the Lawrence Arts Center announced Monday.

Political satirist and activist Barry Crimmins

Political satirist and activist Barry Crimmins

The action will go down June 4 at the Arts Center's main stage, 940 New Hampshire St., with shows slated for 7 and 9:30 p.m. In another fun tidbit, Louis C.K.'s production company, Pig Newton, will produce the show.

For those of you not in the know, Crimmins' satirical writings and comedy routines have largely focused on the need for political and social change over the years. In the 1990s, this led him to spearhead a crusade against images of child abuse on the internet, calling for police investigations of ISPs. His work has earned him the “Peace Leadership Award” from Boston Mobilization for Survival, a Community Works “Artist for Social Change Award" and the “Courage of Conscience Award” from Wellesley College and Massachusetts' The Life Experience School.

Crimmins is also the founder of the Ding Ho and Stitches comedy clubs, which have hosted performances, among others, by Steven Wright, Paula Poundstone, Kevin Meaney, Jimmy Tingle and filmmaker Bobcat Goldthwait, who chronicled Crimmins' personal life in the "Call Me Lucky."

Podcast nerds may also recognize Crimmins from comedian Marc Maron's popular "WTF" podcast.

We've reached out to Crimmins to see if an interview might be in the cards before his Lawrence visit, and are hopeful at the prospects. In the meantime, you can purchase tickets (they run $10 for general admission) for Crimmins' big show(s) at www.lawrenceartscenter.org.

  • In other artsy news, Tuesday is the last day to catch Kansas University's visual art department's annual senior show. The send-off to graduates, which kicked off Sunday, will feature work from students in painting, drawing, sculpture, new media, installation, textiles, ceramics, metals and printmaking. Check it out anytime between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. in the Art and Design Gallery (and also rooms 412 and 421) of Chalmers Hall, 1467 Jayhawk Blvd.

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