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The story of Skaneateles-raised comedian Barry Crimmins is now available on Netflix.

"Call Me Lucky," director Bobcat Goldthwait's hilarious and heartfelt documentary about Crimmins, was released on the streaming video service today. It is also available on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and several other services.

"Call Me Lucky" tells the story of how Crimmins went from a Skaneateles childhood to a pioneering career as one of America's most influential political satirists.

Interviews with comedians like Steven Wright, David Cross and Patton Oswalt help color in the many extraordinary episodes in Crimmins' life, including his founding of the Ding Ho and Stitches comedy clubs in '80s Boston, his Congressional testimony about child pornography sharing in America Online's then-new chat rooms, and the traumatic sexual abuse he went through in his early childhood.

"I think it's a pretty courageous and heroic tale, and that's what drew me to it," Goldthwait said in a February interview with The Citizen.

The movie has earned several awards at film festivals nationwide, as well as raves from critics. The New Yorker called it "funny, shocking, and deeply moving," and the movie has an 83-percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

For more information about the movie, follow @CallMeLuckyFilm on Twitter or visit callmeluckymovie.com.


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Lake Life Editor David Wilcox can be reached at (315) 282-2245 or david.wilcox@lee.net. Follow him on Twitter @drwilcox.

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