American Squatter - Barry Smith

American Squatter - Barry Smith


Writer/performer Barry Smith unfurls his coming of age tale of conflicted adolescence using old family video, audio tapes, photos and personal memorabilia to create an engaging "Modern Monologue," and using humor to explore our need for rebellion as a pathway to finding one's own place in the world.


Employing a unique mix of comedy, monologue and multi-media, as well as a lifetime of bizarre experience, Barry Smith "reinvents the solo confessional memoir," says the Edmonton Journal. "Think David Sedaris and Spalding Gray with a whole lot of audio and visual aids," says The Aspen Times.

Barry Smith’s first solo show, "Jesus in Montana: Adventures in a Doomsday Cult," made a stunning debut, winning Outstanding Solo Show at the 2005 New York International Fringe Festival and later Best of Fest at the 2007 Winnipeg Fringe. His second solo comedy, "American Squatter," won multiple awards and critical acclaim throughout North America, and Smith’s latest work, “Barry Smith’s Baby Book,” continues to tour the U.S. and Canada following its debut at the Montreal International Fringe Festival.

In addition to live performance, Barry Smith has been writing his weekly humor column, "Irrelativity," for The Aspen Times for 15 years, entertaining his readers with adventures in pursuit of the obvious, the irreverent and the absurd. Smith has also written and directed a number of short comedy films, released a radio sketch comedy CD, published (against all advice) a book of poetry and churned out some breathtaking to do lists.

Hailed by New York Magazine as “an energetic and versatile raconteur,” Barry Smith lives and writes in Aspen, Colorado.