There’s a real art to saltiness. Sarcasm requires balance. Too much and you ruin the message. Too little and you lack flavor. Barry carries a cynicism that’s both biting and palatable. He speaks truth to power in layman’s terms. His accessible and challenging Everyman observations result in big ideas and bigger laughs. Barry may generalize for effect, but he doesn’t dumb down. Barry is clear, clever and direct. You probably won’t agree with everything he says—his lark can be stark and dark—but you can’t deny his integrity (or ability to crack a great joke). Whatever Threatens You feels like it defies the standard standup career trajectory. Comedy, Hollywood especially, is youth-oriented. Eye fetching opportunities like Just For Laughs’ “New Faces” showcases, Comedy Central Half Hours and late night sets are typically reserved for newer, up and coming talent. Then, once a comedian is established, they may move on to bigger projects, namely acting or in production, but are often capped at a certain age or to a designated role. If anyone fails to meet those milestones, or falters along the line, they’re left to battle irrelevance and obscurity. Barry Crimmins proves that comedians only get better the longer they practice their craft. And that evolution deserves attention. It may have been a long time coming, but this is a special you won’t want to miss. Listen now on Laughly!