Steven Wright to join the roast of Comedy Legend Barry Crimmins

Boston Comedy Legend Barry Crimmins gets baked in Boston
The Boston Comedy Festival is cooking up a welcome back roast and toast for Barry Crimmins, the comic and producer whose hard work, vision and terrific sense of humor helped bring the Boston Comedy scene into the modern era. Crimmins founded the fabled Ding Ho Comedy Club in Cambridge and then later was pivotal in starting Stitches in Boston. These clubs were where Steven Wright, Paula Poundstone, Bobcat Goldthwait, Kevin Meaney, Jimmy Tingle and many, many others cut their comedic teeth.Crimmins has gone on to make a name for himself as an internationally renowned political satirist. He is the author of Never Shake Hands With A War Criminal (7 Stories Press)
This tribute will be hosted by Boston comedy legend Tony V. The dais will be jammed with noted wits rarely seen on the same stage, including: Jimmy Tingle, Steve Sweeney, Mike McDonald, Randy Credico, Boston Globe cartoonist Dan Wasserman, The Steamy Bohemians – Niki Luparelli, Lainey Schulbaum and John Ennis (Mr Show, Studio 60). This lineup of all-star talent is sure to fricassee your funny bone so expect great laughs, celebrity surprises, topped off words from the wizened and hilarious forefather of our Boston comedy scene. The fun begins at the Charles Playhouse Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 8 pm
NOTE: Please contact the Boston Comedy Festival to arrange interviews with Barry Crimmins in regards to this event.

Boston Comedy Festival Finale will celebrate what has made Boston the hub for great comedians

Boston MA- This year’s Boston Comedy Festival Finale will celebrate what has made Boston the hub for great comedians.

Boston Native Bill Burr will receive Boston Comedy Festival’s prestigious “Comedian of the Year” Award. The Emerson Alum first gained notoriety for his recurring role on the second season of Chappelle’s Show. Burr has gone on to become a regular performer on “The Late Show with David Letterman” and to have his own HBO half hour Special. Past winners of the comedian of the year award have included Steven Wright, Dennis Leary and Lewis Black.

Legendary Boston Comedian Jonathan Katz will be honored with Boston Comedy Festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Author, Producer, Actor, Comedian, Musician and Emmy Winner, Jonathan Katz is one of the entertainment industry’s most original and versatile creative personalities. Katz co-created and starred in the hit animated series “Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist”, which, during the six seasons it aired on Comedy Central, was credited with branding the network as the home for sophisticated, smartly stupid humor. Past recipients of the award have included Jonathan Winters, Norm Crosby and Robert Klein.

The finale is the most exciting night of comedy in Boston. In addition to the awards, it is also the night when the Boston Comedy Festival Comedy Contest’s top eight comedians from around the world will compete for $10,000 in cash prizes and the chance to be discovered. Boston Comedian and Festival Founder Jim McCue will be hosting the event at Cutler Majestic Theater.

Showtime: 8pm Nov 12
Place: Cutler Majestic Theater
Tickets can be purchased online or at the door.