For many comedians, the thought of going onstage without any prepared material is
the stuff of nightmares. Todd Barry is not one of those comedians. In
2013, the quick-witted standup veteran of over 25 years headed out on what he called
the Crowd Work Tour, leaving his jokes at home and relying entirely on
passing a microphone around and interacting with audiences.
The shows went well, so he did another tour later in the year, this time
followed by a camera crew for a documentary that Barry's friend Louis C.K.
produced and recently released on his website.
the second that C.K. has released by someone other than himself, follows
Barry through all seven shows of the tour. It has it all: the good,
the bad (mainly people in the audience trying to be funny), and the hilariously awkward,
like when he had to stop making fun of an audience member who was not only serving in the military, but had also driven 200 miles to be there.
Barry has decided to do one last Crowd Work Tour, which
includes a stop at the Cedar Cultural Center this Wednesday. Dressing Room
connected with him ahead of the gig to talk about the two previous Crowd Work
Tours, the special, and some of his other roles and projects.More »