Barry Michael Harman was born in Brooklyn, New York on March 14, 1952. Barry Michael Harman is an American television writer and producer, as well as a Tony-nominated Broadway book writer and lyricist. Barry began his career immediately after graduating from Harvard, where he served as President of Hasty Pudding Show #124 THE WRONWAY INN (in addition to writing the book and lyrics) and as an editor for Harvard's comedy magazine, The Lampoon. He directed and choreographed a critically lauded performance of THE MOST HAPPY FELLA on the Loeb Drama Center's main stage during his senior year (which now houses the American Repertory Theatre). The initial proper job that Barry Harman had was as a staff writer for THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW, which he obtained by foolishly composing and submitting sample sketches after reading in Variety that Ms.
Burnett was looking for a new writing crew for the forthcoming season. An agent he met at the time told him he had no chance since every writer in Hollywood was applying. A few months later, he began the first of two seasons with the program, creating sketches for Maggie Smith, Gloria Swanson, and Michael Jackson, among others. He shared the writing staff's awards, receiving his first Emmy Award and a Writers Guild Award. While working in prime time, he began writing for many half-hour sitcoms, most notably ALL IN THE FAMILY, which was the number one show on television at the time. He and his writing partner Harve Brosten (his companion for thirty-three years) shared an Emmy for "Cousin Liz," together with Bob Weiskopf and Bob Schiller, for the first-ever depiction of a dedicated same-sex relationship, presenting the two lesbian school teachers as if they were married.
The poignant episode also had political ramifications when Executive Producer Norman Lear re-aired it the night before an election in which a popular initiative to prohibit gays from teaching in California was on the ballot. The amendment was voted down. Barry also contributed to the inaugural episode of THE JEFFERSONS. That screenplay was recently replicated in a live TV performance, produced by Jimmy Kimmel, with fresh performers in the key parts, and got a Humanitas Award nomination. He returned to New York after a few years in Los Angeles to pursue his passion for composing books and lyrics for musical theatre. To sustain himself, he took a writing contract for Sunbow Productions' new educational puppet program. Soon after, he began a three-year tenure as a Creative Consultant/Writer, putting together a series of revues at New York's St. Regis Hotel honoring Broadway producers, then Broadway songwriters.