Comedians respond to news that Barry Crimmins has cancer

Barry Crimmins
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Barry Crimmins

Barry Crimmins has shared some sad news via Twitter.

The comedian, whose wife, Helen, is battling stage four non-Hodgkins lymphoma, tweeted that he, too, has been diagnosed with cancer.

Crimmins, one of the founders of the Boston comedy scene in the 1980s, is known for his political humor. If you haven’t seen it: He’s the subject of the very fine 2015 documentary “Call Me Lucky,” which was directed by his friend and fellow comedian Bobcat Goldthwait.


Just last month, Crimmins helped organize a Stand Up to Cancer benefit at Somerville’s Arts at the Armory. The show, a fund-raiser for his wife’s care, included a stellar lineup of Crimmins’s contemporaries: Goldthwait, Lenny Clarke, Mike McDonald, Mike Donovan, Kenny Rogerson, Jack Gallagher, and Tony V, as well as Eugene Mirman, Jim McCue, Carolyn Plummer, and Tawanda Gona.

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The news that Crimmins himself has now been diagnosed with cancer prompted many of his fans and friends to check in with well-wishes via Twitter.