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Comedian Kevin Barnett, RIP

Kevin Barnett

Comedian, writer, and podcast host Kevin Barnett has passed away at the age of 32. Manhattan comedy club The Stand shared the news on Twitter, and it was confirmed by Comedy Central, as well as Ben Kissel of The Last Podcast Network, who hosted The Roundtable of Gentlemen with Kevin. “Dear Last Podcast family,” Ben wrote, “It’s with a heavy heart we inform you of the passing of Kevin Barnett. The joy he brought to our lives is the greatest gift we have ever received. Remind your friends you love them because you never know when you’re see them again. We love you KB.”

The NYC-based comic posted to Instagram from Mexico two days before he died; his cause of death is not currently known.

As Deadline notes, Kevin co-created Fox comedy series Rel with Lil Rel Howery and Josh Rabinowitz; he also served as executive producer for the series. His other writing credits include Broad City, Unhitched, The Eric Andre Show, Netflix comedy The Do-Over, and Lucas Bros. Moving Co. Kevin appeared regularly on MTV2 series Guy Code, and was executive producer, head writer and cast member for TruTV’s sketch comedy series Friends of the People.

Rest in peace, Kevin. Read tributes from other comedians and watch a few video clips of Kevin, below.


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This is the last time I spent time with my comedy little brother @fatboybarnett at my house for a post thanksgiving meal. I can’t even process what just happened. I went to high school with Kevin. He reached out to me when he was in college and told me he wanted to start doing stand up comedy when we were in our early 20’s and I gave him any advice I could. He’s written on the Eric Andre show. We’ve performed together on and off for the last 15 years. One of the brightest funniest most unique voices in comedy and he had his whole life ahead of him. I only saw his career going up and up and up. I can’t find the words right now… I haven’t processed what happened. I love you man. I’m gonna miss you so fucking much. This sucks. RIP Kevin Barnett

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