Todd Barry

Stand-up comedian




March 26, 1964


The Bronx, New York

The Bronx, NY


57 years old


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A little about Todd

Drummer Todd

He was a drummer in the indie rock band The Chant from 1984 to 1985.

Crowd work

He has evolved into being a crowd work comedian. In 2014, he put out a special called Todd Barry: The Crowd Work Tour. He has continued to not prepare material for shows, and even has done crowd work via Zoom during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Todd the video store clerk

He appeared in 16 episodes of Dr. Katz, the first two as himself and the rest as "Todd the video store clerk."

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On finding your voice

I never set out to find my voice. It just happened organically. I’ve been doing comedy 30 years, so it’s hard to pinpoint when my persona developed. I never thought I really had a unique cadence until people started doing impressions of me to my face. As far as advice for comics about finding their voice, I would just say keep going onstage, and it will happen eventually.


It's definitely an advantage to be high energy, but ultimately you want to be yourself. Comedians with forced energy look ridiculous (to me).
Dave Attell, Doug Stanhope, Patrice O'Neal, Maria Bamford, Sarah Silverman, Louis CK (he funded my special), Andy Kindler, many more who I'll think of later.
I did the Edinburgh festival years ago. I did a joke about being a germaphobe. After the show a woman approached me and handed me a stack of high-end moist towelettes, the kind that come in scents like Eucalyptus and spearmint, and sell at Whole Foods for $15. I thanked her and made a "joke" about her sending me a case. She sent me 20 bags!
I have views, but I think if you're going to do political material, you have to know your stuff inside and out, or you look like a dummy.
Definitely. I kind of hate when I hear a performer who says they "never get nervous." I just don't believe that.
Write some jokes, find an open mic night to tell them. Repeat that for many years.
Really fun, and kind of surreal. I remember Garry Shandling coming up to me after we filmed a take. He had a note for me, but made a point of saying "only do this if you think it's funny." I was impressed by that.
I try to sit down and write, but I don't do that a lot. I tend to think of an idea, then work it out on stage. But I should do more homework.

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On podcasting

On podcasting

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On podcasting

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I decided to do it because it seemed easy enough to start. But it's kind of a grind booking guests. I do enjoy the conversations, though.