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.
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
— comedycentral (@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
— David Alan Grier AKA #LeonMusk (@davidalangrier) 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® One Word No Space No DJ (@donwill) January 22, 2019
rest in peace Kevin Barnett
— open michael eagle (@Mike_Eagle) January 22, 2019
RIP Kevin Barnett.
— Dave Hill (@mrdavehill) January 22, 2019