Todd Barry

“Who,” you might ask, “is Todd Barry?”

Well, first off, I like Todd Barry.

“If Greg, the blogging guy from Greg’s Blog, likes Todd Barry, that’s all there is to it.  I should probably like Todd Barry too.”

I couldn’t agree more. If, however, you refuse take my word for it, the following case for Todd Barry will most certainly persuade you.

EXHIBIT A: Todd insulting friend and fellow comedian Louis C.K.

With my case now rested, and you fully convinced that you should like Todd Barry too, you will enjoy the following detailed analysis of Todd Barry.

According to an anonymous Wikipedia author:

Todd Andrew Barry (born March 26, 1964) is an American stand-up comedian, actor and voice actor, known for his “laid-back” stage manner.

Barry was born in The Bronx, New York. He received his Bachelors degree in English from the University of Florida. In 1999, his Comedy Central Presents special aired. He wrote, directed and starred in the short film Borrowing Saffron (2002), which co-starred H. Jon Benjamin. He’s made a variety of guest appearances on shows like Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist, Home Movies, Wonder Showzen, and Aqua Teen Hunger Force. Over six years he made 16 appearances on Dr. Katz, appearing as himself in the first two appearances. He then played recurring character Todd the video store clerk and appeared in most episodes in the show’s final year. He also played a character in the television pilot Saddle Rash along with Sarah Silverman, H. Jon Benjamin and Mitch Hedberg. In “The Third Conchord“, the twelfth and final episode of the first season of Flight of the Conchords, Barry played Todd, a bongo playing megalomaniac, who tries to introduce the highly suggestive song, “Doggy Bounce,” to the Conchords’ repertoire, and a new band name: The Crazy Dogggz.

The subject of his solo show Icky describes the “merciless, unpitying trouncing he suffered” on alt.fan.conan-obrien, the Conan O’Brien newsgroup, following a guest appearance.

He is close friends with fellow comedian Louis CK, and toured with him in 2009.

According to an anonymous ToddBarry.com author:

Todd Barry was born in New York City. He moved to South Florida as a cute little boy, then moved to Manhattan as a macho little man. He received a BA in English from the University of Florida.

According to Greg’s Blog’s Todd Barry analyst, Greg:

Most recently seen in The Wrestler as Wayne—Randy “The Ram” Robinson’s douche bag boss at a supermarket—Todd Barry is a very calm, self aware, ironically self-congratulatory and extremely witty comedian who doesn’t play to the masses.

He’s at his best when detailing the back stories of his many receipts or conducting a long, e-mail-based interview.  He is also a master photo caption-/descriptionist (see below).

I fist saw Todd on Comedy Central a few years ago and was immediately struck by his wise-ass  persona and sporadic hilarity. Ever since, I’ve kept an eye out for Todd and enjoy seeing him whenever he pops up (see the videos below).

What makes Todd Barry so funny?

His name.

“Todd Barry” is fun to say.  Not because it is comprised of two first names—usually a reason for disliking a name—but because the “d” and the “B” from his first and last names sound pretty good back-to-back. Coincidentally, “Todd Barry” is fun to hear Todd Barry say, as he often does with his trademark “Todd Barry” delivery.

And now, some pictures with captions and descriptions from the “Photos & Photographs”  section of Todd Barry’s Web site, ToddBarry.com:

Parisian Sunset

Parisian Sunset

Here’s a picture of Todd, taken on his recent trip to Paris. Note the huge orange streak. This was not a mistake caused by Todd’s shitty camera. It was an intentional choice made by Todd, a visionary photographic subject.

Candid Billiards Shot

Candid Billiards Shot

Photographer Seth Olenick accosted Todd while he was playing — make that hustling — pool. When Todd isn’t doing comedy he loves playing — make that hustling — pool. If you meet Todd on the road, feel free to challenge him to a round of pool, but keep this in mind: you will lose and you will be hustled.

Poor, Sad Todd

Poor, Sad Todd

Photographer Heather Johnson snagged this incredibly revealing shot of Todd, at his poorest and saddest. Look at him, standing alone, holding a broken umbrella in the middle of an abandoned handball court. Don’t you wish you could turn back the hands of time, and hand Todd your non-broken umbrella, then saunter over to a nearby cafe for the coffee beverage of your choice? This photograph underscores the notion that show business is not always glamorous, especially for a tortured soul like Todd.

Careful Where You Look Jon Stewar

Careful Where You Look Jon Stewart

Todd Barry’s “no eye contact before a show” rule is one of the most rigid in the business. He expects everyone to adhere to it, even people he’s opening for. This photo was taken backstage at the Byham Theater in Pittsburgh, February, ’98.

Fly on the Wall in Todd's Apt.

Fly on the Wall in Todd's Apt.

You’ve probably said to yourself, “I’d love to be a fly on the wall in Todd’s apartment, so I could hear him writing his amazing act, as well as the sounds of sweet lovemaking emanating from his bedroom.” Well this picture shows what happened when Todd was inexplicably inundated with a wave of flies. The flies are gone now, but all the sounds remain.

Todd with Fan

Todd with Fan

No fancy caption necessary. Just a really sexy photo of Todd standing next to a fan.

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Todd steps into the Cone Zone:

Todd is Lucky Number 7:

Todd is the third Conchord:

Todd is Dwayne:

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