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Comedian Kevin Barnett Dies at Age 32

Comedian Kevin Barnett Dies at Age 32

Kevin Barnett, the New York City-based stand-up comedian, has died tragically. His death was first announced by The Stand comedy club on the afternoon of January 22. Fellow comedian Yannis Pappas was among the first to tweet his condolences writing, “RIP another comedian who was a great dude. Seriously a great dude. @Fatboybarnett rest easy Kevin.” While Chelsea Peretti also tweeted in reference to Barnett’s passing, “i am so sad.”

Calls to Barnett’s agent were not returned at the time of publication. Kevin Barnett’s cause of death has not been made public. Deadline reports that Barnett “died suddenly will on vacationing in Mexico.”

Barnett, a rising comic in New York City, recently co-created and executive produced fellow comedians Lil Rel Howery and Josh Rabinowitz Rel, the freshman Fox/20th TV comedy series starring Howery.

With Robinowitz, Barnett previously wrote a comedy project for NBC as a starring vehicle for the duo, who previously served as executive producers, head writers, and cast members of TruTV’s sketch series Friends of the People. The two also worked together as writers/consulting producers on the NBC/20th TV comedy series The Carmichael Show.

Barnett previously was a series regular on MTV2’s Guy Code, a writer for Comedy Central’s Broad City, Fox’s Unhitched, The Eric Andre Show Show (Adult Swim) and the animated Lucas Bros Moving Co. (Fox). He also made appearances on Adam Devine’s House Party as well as in Funny As Hell (HBO) and Top Five (written and directed by Chris Rock).

Barnett also starred in the viral hit Homo Thugs and appeared in the indie How to Follow Strangers and Mike Birbiglia’s Sleepwalk With Me. Additionally, he co-hosted the podcast The Roundtable of Gentlemen.