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Wave After Wave of Stinky Garbage Hurled at Todd Barry

The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival happened again and everyone had wonderful evenings full of LOLs. Except for Todd Barry. Who totally didn't! He had planned to make a surprise appearance at The Bell House late Sunday at Toddless Tinkle, which was named so because it's a revival of Todd's weekly show from the early 00's but Todd couldn't be there because he was opening for Superchunk across town.  As luck would have it, Mr. Barry rescheduled his scheduling conflict and decided to drop in after all. But he wasn't aware that host David Cross had ruined the surprise walk-on for the audience and urged the crowd before Todd showed up to please, "Boo Todd relentlessly. Throw shit at him. When Jon (Benjamin) and I tell you to stop, ignore us and boo louder."

And then everyone threw stuff at Todd! The boos were so loud, the soundwaves could've toppled nearby boaters in the Gowanus Canal. It would probably hurt my feelings if hundreds of people chanted horrible things and lobbed plastic beer cups at me and according to the comment thread at Brooklyn Vegan, it allegedly hurt Mr. Barry's feelings too. Todd left the stage all sad and went back to the Superchunk concert.

One Brooklyn Vegan commenter commented on the incident saying, "[Todd was] at the bell house for about 2 minutes. It was funny to see jon glaser force todd on stage but after he left, visibly upset, I felt a little bad and wished we had gotten to welcome him back appropriately. I recognize why david/jon wanted to berate todd for bailing on their old show for a concert, but kitson nailed it when the crowd just went along with the "popular" kids in the room. Eugene was also appalled at how disrespectful the crowd actually was to who he called, one of the greatest nyc comics."

To which Todd Barry replied:

Hi. It's Todd Barry. I didn't "bail" on David and Jon "for a concert." I was part of the concert. I opened for Superchunk at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. It was a paying gig, booked well before the Bell House show was offered. When David, Jon and I were doing our "old show" there were several instances that only two of us hosted, because someone (usually David) had a schedule conflict. The day of the Music Hall show, I thought it might be fun to try to run over to the Bell House and do a surprise walk-on, even though I had to rush back to the Music Hall (because Superchunk were gracious enough to let me play drums on their encore). So I scrambled to get a car service over to the Bell House, excited that I'd found away to do both shows. So you can imagine how I felt to walk on stage, only to be booed, and have GARBAGE thrown at me. And then when I had a human reaction to that (wanting to leave the stage) my path was blocked, so I could get more GARBAGE thrown at me. I can only imagine what David Cross' reaction would be if someone did this to him. It would probably involve a lot more than commenting on Brooklyn Vegan. Sorry I didn't get to hear Daniel Kitson's set.





Seth Herzog | Photo: Anya Garrett

  • THE PLUG: Don't miss "Sweet" (feat. John Oliver, Jon Glaser, Will Forte, Jason Sudiekis, Todd Barry, Seth's mom, and others), happening TONIGHT @ 8PM at The Studio at Webster Hall | $5

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The Honey Shot - Todd Barry

Todd Barry | Photo: Patrick Wright

  • THE PLUG: Don't miss Todd Barry performing at Caroline's TONIGHT @ 9:30PM through SUN, MAY 23 | Tickets
  • Q&A: Apiary bro-han Michael Grinspan (Caroline's blog) caught up with Todd for a quick few.
    You normally play downtown, more alternative rooms, but this past November you opened for Ricky Gervais at Carnegie Hall. How was it to perform in such a different (and legendary) setting?
    TB: I actually play all over New York, not just downtown, but I do often play downtown, because I live downtown. I've been lucky enough to do Carnegie Hall twice; the first time was with Sarah Silverman. It's sort of surreal, but once I was on stage, it was more like doing a normal show than I thought. Except that it was in Carnegie Hall.
    You’re a staple of Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim, starring in "Aqua Teen Hunger Force," "Home Movies," and most recently "Squidbillies." Why are Todd Barry and Adult Swim such a good match?
    TB: I think because they give me work and I want the work. The nice thing about doing animation is that once they use you, they'll just call you in again and again, without having to audition. Last time I was in Atlanta, I wrote to Adult Swim -- their offices are down there -- to let them know I was in town. The next thing I knew I was doing the voice of "Bird #2" on Aqua Teen.
    In 2008 you took a bit of departure from comedy to star in the film "The Wrestler." Did the success of that movie surprise you? Does it make you want to take on more dramatic parts?
    TB: I had a feeling it would do well, but I certainly didn't anticipate the attention it got. I'd be up for a more dramatic role, as long as I don't end up embarrassing myself.
    Does the movie's success make you want to wrestle professionally?
    Yes. I'm actually looking into it. I think I'd be a natural.

-- Don't miss Todd Barry headlining at Carolines starting THURS, MAY 20 @ 9:30PM. He'll be performing through SUN, MAY 23.

Addendum - Does the success of ‘The Wrestler’ make you want to wrestle professionally?
Yes. I'm actually looking into it. I think I'd be a natural.

The Honey Shot

Lewis Black recently emceed a 2009 USO Gala event | Photo: Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley


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