Refresh for updates. Stand-up comedian and Rel co-creator Kevin Barnett died today and his comedy peers and figures from Hollywood came forward on social media to pay tribute and send condolences for the loss of a rising talent in the industry.
David Alan Grier, who starred in The Carmichael Show, in which Barnett wrote tweeted, “Rest In Peace Kevin Barnett. Too young, just too, too young…” Mike Scully, who also worked on The Carmichael Show as a consulting producer tweeted, “Kevin Barnett was a great standup, but I knew him as a smart, funny, talented TV writer and just a really sweet guy who made the insanity of the late nights more fun. Condolences to his family and friends. Can’t believe I’m writing this.”
The official Comedy Central Twitter account wrote, “Kevin Barnett was an incredible comedian and writer, contributing to Broad City, the stand-up community and beyond. He’ll be greatly missed.”
Others who paid tribute include Ron Funches, Chelsea Peretti, Roy Wood Jr. and others. Read the tweets below.
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What a crushing loss. Such a funny comic, one of the nicest people. He would’ve trashed me for writing something sentimental about him. Kevin Barnett was what comedians love in a comedian: cynical-yet never a drain, silly, always funny and never a braggart. I remember even when we were young open micers, he brought a good energy to these laughless dungeons. He was the guy you could laugh with in the back of the room, the guy you were always happy to see. I honestly never heard a comic say a bad thing about him, which is near impossible. Kevin was a real one. I’m sad I won’t see him again.