Filmed in Lawrence, Kansas, this past summer, Whatever Threatens You is Crimmins’s debut special, though his career in comedy goes back more than three decades.
Crimmins was the subject of Bobcat Goldthwait’s 2015 documentary Call Me Lucky, which explored his comedy career in Boston in the ’80s (where C.K. came to know him) as well as childhood sexual abuse and Crimmins’s subsequent fight against child porn trafficking in AOL chat rooms in the ’90s.
C.K. produced and directed the special. On his website, he claims producing standup specials isn’t normally something he does, but Crimmins was an exception:
A lot of comedians fall into categories or clusters but I’ve never seen what Barry does repeated anywhere. He has an approach to American life, American leadership and the people here and where we have been and where we are headed and why we do what we do that just blows me away.
I think that his comedic voice is essential. That’s why I made his special.
You can purchase Whatever Threatens You here. Crimmins is already doing some targeted promotion.