Master Class in Crowd Work

Todd Barry is a touring, headlining comic who most people know as “that comic guy from Louie.” He has a very flat, deadpan delivery but he does it better than most people I’ve heard. He sounds super sarcastic and a little like me but even drier, so maybe that’s partly why I like him.

His delivery is what makes his crowd work so impressive to me. With such a flat delivery it forces the conversation to be funny because of what Barry says and discovers. The crowd work really has content. Barry isn’t just being silly on stage, he’s quick and intuitive.

Speaking of Louie, Louis CK actually released Todd Barry: The Crowd Work Tour on his website for $5. You can also find it on Netflix. Or, I found it on YouTube as well. I’ll link that below, but who knows when it will disappear! Whoever uploaded the video to YouTube also put “Best Comedian Ever” in the title of the video, so take that as you will.

6 thoughts on “Master Class in Crowd Work

  1. I always get Todd Barry and Todd Glass confused. Probably just because they are both Todds with items as their last names. Or maybe because when listening to iHeart Comedy channel, they sometimes tell you who it is before the bit, and sometimes after. Or maybe I’m just stupid. Anyway…I think Todd Barry/Glass is really funny.

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