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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.


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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10:01 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Paul Newman and Velvet Placemats

  "I have steak at home; why go out for hamburger?"

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11:02 am
Fri January 4, 2013

(Jager) Bombs Away

Couples on vacation get along exactly - and only - 35% of the time.

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2:53 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Two Games in Stillwater

In Stillwater, many grown men wear orange. Women, too.

6:28 pm
Mon September 3, 2012

Prayer, Blasphemy, and Fathers in Las Vegas

It's a Jewish exchange program, of sorts...

9:21 am
Mon August 13, 2012

What Happened to America?

You didn't have to see the Statue of Liberty at daybreak to be a part.

1:59 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

The Laptop

My mother-in-law gently rubbed the keys and said "I'm sorry, sweetheart..."

2:25 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Cable and Cuddling

The first thing I noticed was the noise.

11:38 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Where are the Dead?

A trip to the cemetery brings memories flooding back.

11:05 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Battle of the Bed

(without the accompanying divorce...)

9:53 pm
Sat April 21, 2012

Advice to a Daughter in France

She's in Paris, the night before coming home. What could be a better time?