Performing under various aliases—Tom "Trash" Murrin; filthy-minded playwright Jack Bump; and the Alien Comic, an absurdist funny man—he shared bills with such seminal downtown performers including Karen Finley and John Cale. In the early '80s, with New York's performance art world in full bloom, he launched the Full Moon Crew with Jo Andres, Mimi Goese, Lucy Sexton and Annie Lobs, putting on shows at East Village theater P.S. 122 every full moon.
His plays, often premiered at La MaMa, included Hung, Cock-Strong and Roommates. After being seen as part of a variety show hosted by the Alien Comic, the Blue Man Group was commissioned to create a full-length show by La MaMa.
Simultaneously, he began to write for Paper, covering almost exclusively the edgy theatre world below 14th Street in Manhattan.
Throughout his career, he continued to mark full moons with his Full Moon shows. Mr. Murrin was too ill to perform during the last full moon, on March 8.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia Sullivan.