Barry Friedman

StudioTulsa Commentator

A comedian, born in New York, Barry started performing comedy in Oklahoma, concluding that while Manhattan was the place to be discovered, Tulsa had more parking.

Shrewd.

Yet, for the past twenty years, Barry has never had to get up and go into the office for a Monday morning meeting, either.

Barry has performed in Las Vegas, Reno, as well as NYC, Los Angeles, Atlantic City, Houston, San Antonio, on cruise ships, The Bahamas, and once in a bar in Bartlesville, Oklahoma that advertised 'Comedian and Beer.' Further, Barry has appeared in national commercials, like the one for Mazzio's, where he is lying upside down, barking at a pizza, and movies, like UHF with “Weird Al" Yankovic, which still provides him with $3.76 residual checks every time it plays at some Lithuanian drive-in.

In May of 2002, Barry's first book, Road Comic, was released. An autobiographical look at his life on the comedy circuit, it was a raw, funny, pathetic, relentless account of comedy, comedians, sex, passion, suicidal Germans, pierced cocktail waitresses, disappointment, and receding hairlines. In his second book, Funny You Should Mention It, a collection of essays, Barry continued to explore the cultural zeitgeist of life, love, and humor, but also mused about gun shows, Baptists, old Jews, and Winnie Cooper.

Barry has appeared in Esquire; writes a monthly column Barry Friedman at Large for Tulsa People magazine; contributes to TV Watch for Media Post; and is a contributing writer for Explorer, an oil and gas journal, which is odd for Barry knows nothing about the oil and exploration business and has been known to hurt himself pumping his own gas.

Barry's commentaries are feature of Public Radio Tulsa's daily arts and culture program StudioTulsa.

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3:48 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

My Lunch With The Greatest Sportswriter You've Never Heard Of

I emailed him: "You were the greatest sports writer that I ever read." He wrote back "What do you mean was? I'm old. I'm not dead."

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3:25 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Last Summer Walk

My Summer walks begin on Florence Avenue, as they always do, heading north to 11th street.

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10:59 am
Thu July 11, 2013

The End of Buffets

I got him an orange juice and a chocolate bar because that's what Michael Corleone asked for in Godfather III.

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9:02 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Cat Man Did

Having wild animals in the house was her idea, not mine. What is this horror that you call nature?

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2:46 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

A Daughter Goes to Oregon, Part 1

What's with the tolls in Oklahoma?   

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2:44 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

A Daughter Goes to Oregon, Part 2

Vegas, baby!   

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2:40 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

A Daughter Goes to Oregon, Part 3

Saying goodbye...

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1:05 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Diary of an Old Man

A year ago, I was playing tennis every day and bowling.

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10:25 am
Mon February 11, 2013

The Rabbi and Me

They know...they know. How do you get to that point in your life?

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9:59 am
Fri February 1, 2013

The Big Pizza

It's a manhole cover, with toppings.

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