We regret to report that stand-up comedian Kevin Barnett passed away. The news rocked the New York City stand-up scene Tuesday morning, though comedians nationwide have expressed their sorrow.
Details around his death are limited, but Deadline reports that he “died suddenly” vacationing in Mexico. He was 32-years-old.
Barnett is probably most known for his truTV sketch comedy series Friends of the People, though the writer-performer has also shown up on shows like Luca Bros Moving Co, Comedy Knockout, and Guy Code. He also appeared in the Oscar-nominated Chris Rock film Top Five.
Fox’s Rel was co-created by Barnett and he wrote on several shows including Broad City and The Eric Andre Show.
Comedians pay their respects to Kevin Barnett
Gone tragically too soon, many will miss his humor that tied together the funny, the nerdy, and the intelligent all while maintaining a charming sense of cool. However, what they will miss most, is a talented, caring friend lost before his comedic potential could be reached.
Comedians have taken to social media to pay their respects. We at Laughspin extend our condolences to Kevin’s family.
RIP Kevin Barnett pic.twitter.com/EnEULz6dB9
— Sam Morril (@sammorril) January 22, 2019
Rest in peace Kevin Barnett 🙏 pic.twitter.com/FM6ctlQEDo
— The Stand NYC (@TheStandNYC) January 22, 2019
Kevin Barnett was a beautifully fearless and funny soul. My heart aches for his family and all who ever had the chance to work with him. RIP https://t.co/CM9YRzpWwq
— Roy Wood Jr- Ex Jedi (@roywoodjr) January 22, 2019
Dear Last Podcast family,
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’ll see them again. We love you KB.
— Last Podcast Network (@LastPodNetwork) January 22, 2019