Comedian Kevin Barnett, RIP
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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Season 4 of Broad City is out Sept 13 at 10:30pm. Was fun writing with the homies. In the off chance that this country/world still exists by then people should watch. Here's a picture from the premiere of me caught halfway between a smile and horror. My usual mental state.
I don’t know what to say. ❤️ https://t.co/JXZC806aqA
— Aparna Nancherla (@aparnapkin) January 22, 2019
Kevin Barnett was an incredible comedian and writer, contributing to Broad City, the stand-up community and beyond. He’ll be greatly missed. pic.twitter.com/4uyoMNkGk0
— Comedy Central (@ComedyCentral) January 22, 2019
RIP the hilarious Kevin Barnett. So much great work and good times. Gone way too soon.
— James Adomian (@JAdomian) January 22, 2019
RIP Kevin Barnett a true talent taken too early.
— Ronald Funches (@RonFunches) January 22, 2019
— David Alan Grier (@davidalangrier) January 22, 2019
RIP Kevin Barnett. I love you man, and you were walking proof that real niggas could dress up as wolverine or even Devil May Cry and not be labeled the “Black Version” of that character. Still can’t believe you’re gone. This hit home. Fuck. pic.twitter.com/KGE3r5BbwI
— TOO WOKE is Out Now! (@noredavis) January 22, 2019
What an awful day. Kevin Barnett was one of the best: sweet, kind, and endlessly funny. It's incomprehensible that he's gone, but he'll be missed by so many. pic.twitter.com/PMnkgmAoRr
— Eliot Glazer (@eliotglazer) January 22, 2019
Damn man. RIP Kevin Barnett.
— Donwill (@donwill) January 22, 2019
Kevin Barnett was a great standup, but I knew him as a smart, funny, talented TV writer and just a really sweet guy who made the insanity of the late nights more fun. Condolences to his family and friends. Can't believe I'm writing this.
— Mike Scully (@scullymike) January 22, 2019
rest in peace Kevin Barnett
— Open Mike Eagle (@Mike_Eagle) January 22, 2019
RIP Kevin Barnett.
— Dave Hill (@mrdavehill) January 22, 2019
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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