Barry Zabusky was a licensed real estate broker, with a specialty of residential sales and rental expert for over 30 years in New York. He was also a longtime public-access TV host, who worked under the name “Barry Z.” Today he passed away at the age of 67, after two strokes and an aneurysm.
Before he began producing and hosting “The Barry Z Show,” Barry owned and operated his own comedy club, “Comedy U Grand.” He has since seen many comics who performed at “Comedy U Grand” go on to headline and host their own television shows, like Ray Romano, Brett Butler, Joy Behar, Rita Rudner, Carol Leiffer, and Larry David. Comedy continues to be a big love of Barry’s and he has continued to support the comedy community on “The Barry Z Show’ by featuring great comedians such as Ray Romano, Joy Behar, Brett Butler, Mario Cantone, Joan Rivers, Jackie Mason, Whoopi Goldberg, Jerry Lewis, Pat Cooper, and numerous other stand-up and well known comedians.
The nebbishy public access host brought entertainment to his viewers by previewing movies and shows at their Pre-Broadway or Pre-film release stage.“The Barry Z Show” had a large and loyal following who tuned in each week to watch interviews with current and rising stars. He has covered the Tony Awards, major film and independent screenings, red carpet premieres, book signings, Broadway and Off-Broadway, and readings of future theatrical and film productions.
Barry was also known for his controversial law suits. In 2016 Manhattan boxer and Army captain Boyd “Rainmaker” Melson sued Barry claiming he was duped out of $8,000. Melson claimed Barry Z, strung him along for weeks, collecting fees, until the apartment was rented to somebody else. In 2008, The New York Post sued Barry Z for $28,031.46 over a contractual dispute.