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For comedian Todd Barry, nothing but crowd work

Todd Barry doesn’t smile. He’s not demonstrative, and he rarely raises his voice. Like Jack Benny or Steven Wright, he’s a classic deadpan comedian. The fact that his sense of humor is perpetually churning inside just makes his expressionless persona that much funnier.

Even on Twitter, where the comedian has more than 200,000 followers, his humor comes across so dry it needs its own wildfire warning. “Ordering coffee with a shot of espresso,” he observed recently, “is like asking me to do one of my amazing jokes with another one of my amazing jokes in it.”

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