'Call Me Lucky': Bobcat Goldthwait's Revealing and Surprising Documentary

A powerful force in the early careers of comics such as Bobcat Goldthwait, Barry Crimmins has led an unusual life.
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Comic-turned-director Bobcat Goldthwait chose the fascinating Barry Crimmins as the subject of his first documentary, Call Me Lucky. Crimmins, a powerful but rarely noted force in the early careers of comics such as Goldthwait, Steven Wright and Marc Maron, among others, has had a very unusual life, going back to those early days in comedy, but even less well known facets of his life before and after that period make for a compelling story. 

In the interview on Moveable Fest, both filmmaker and subject speak about the reasons for making Call Me Lucky now and about the process.  

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Barry Crimmins, the subject of Bobcat


Call Me Lucky

Goldthwait tells Moveablefest.com's Steven Saito, "When we got into editing, Jeff Striker, the editor and I realized that a lot of the things Barry said on stage really help [the movie]—he becomes his own narrator, which was great because I like the absence of a narrator in a movie."

Read Stephen Saito's interview with Bobcat Goldthwait and Barry Crimmins on The Moveable Fest: Barry Crimmins & Bobcat Goldthwait on Call Me Lucky (August 8, 2015)