A beloved Boston comedy landmark, The Comedy Studio in Cambridge’s Harvard Square is known for cultivating the best of the best in comedic talent. On Wednesday, August 6, the Studio kicks it up a notch as it hosts a very special taping of award-winning director Bobcat Goldthwait’s newest documentary, Call Me Lucky, which will star comedian Barry Crimmins along with many special surprise guests. Crimmins, Boston’s much-loved political satirist, will perform while friends and some pretty big name stars share their personal insights and experiences over the past few decades with the legendary comedian.
The documentary will be shot throughout New England and New York sights, and will allow the audience to be a part of the action as Crimmins , longtime Boston pal and comedian Tony V (who recently had the honor of presenting the Stand-Up of the Year Award to Bill Burr at this year’s Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal), and other guest stars take the stage at the historic Hong Kong Restaurants’ upstairs comedy room, “The Comedy Studio” that Crimmins helped create.
Goldthwait has been on the creative fast track driven by his passion to make movies. His sixth movie, Willow Creek, a movie about Big Foot, is now showing in theaters nationwide and available on demand. Goldthwait’s inimitable talent for writing and directing was clearly displayed in his previous movie God Bless America, which caught the attention of Esquire Magazine, who named named him Director of the Year. He has come a long way since his first film Shakes the Clown back in 1991. Since then, Goldthwait has gone to make many more movies including Windy City Heat, Sleeping Dogs Lie, and World’s Greatest Dad starring Robin Williams.
Barry Crimmins, a politically minded comedian from upstate New York, started booking Boston's brightest, brashest young wits into the Ding Ho, a seedy Chinese restaurant in Inman Square back in the 70’s. The club, ran for and by comedians, was an un-pedigreed underdog, but broke the industry norms of the day by paying its performers reasonable fees and maintaining Crimmins' comedy booking standards. Hell-bent on originality and unforgiving of plagiarism, it was boot camp for the best of the best in the comedy scene in Boston and some of the most successful stand-ups in the country. Crimmins’ contribution to jumpstarting Boston comedy scene wasn’t enough for him, however, and he ultimately left production and came to the forefront to concentrate on performing. He gained attention as one of the top political satirists in the country his writings appear regularly in the Boston Phoenix as well as several other publications. He was a staff writer for the syndicated Dennis Miller Show and has toured in performance with Billy Bragg, Jackson Browne, Utah Phillips, Michelle Shocked, Steven Wright, Dar Williams and numerous others.
The Comedy Studio invites you to be a part of this truly special event as film-maker Bobcat Goldthwait makes Boston comedy history on Wednesday, August 6, with two shows at 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Tickets – get this – are only $10, and seating can be reserved by calling 617-661-6507. The Comedy Studio is located at 1238 Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge, above the Hong Kong in Harvard Square.ong KHo