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Barry Crimmins during the filming of "Call Me Lucky."

Of all the distinctions Barry Crimmins has earned in his comedy career, one that's eluded him is a one-hour stand-up special. 

That will change Saturday, June 4, when the Skaneateles-raised satirist films his first-ever special at the Lawrence Arts Center in Kansas. It is being directed and produced by Louis CK and his company Pig Newton.

"This is not a thing I usually do, but Barry is one of my favorite comedians of all time," Louis CK said in a Tuesday email to fans. "He is a rarely intelligent and hilarious political satirist and obviously this being an election year it’s a particularly good time to hear what he has to say."

Crimmins has been performing stand-up more regularly since the 2015 release of "Call Me Lucky," a documentary about his life directed by close friend Bobcat Goldthwait. Crimmins took the stage at Auburn Public Theater in February.

"Right now, there's more good comedy clubs in the country than there might have ever been," he told The Citizen in January.

The release of "Call Me Lucky" increased recognition of Crimmins as a pioneer of political satire, as well as a founding father of the stand-up comedy scene in Boston that raised the profiles of Steven Wright, Paula Poundstone and more.

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The film, which won critical raves and several festival awards, also covers Crimmins' childhood in Skaneateles and his activism on behalf of abuse survivors.

"I think one of the things the movie's really done is say that one of the bravest things they can do is listen to people tell their stories," he said.

"Call Me Lucky" is available on Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and several other services.


WATCH: "Call Me Lucky" trailer

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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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