Early life of Ian HarvieIan Harvie was born May 28, 1968, in Portland, Maine. Harvie knew he was transgender at a really early age, but didn't have a language for his gender identity at the time. Harvie came out as queer at nineteen and as transgender at age thirty-two. Harvie matured on Beaver Pond in the rural mountain town of Bridgton, Maine, until the age of twelve. He has 2 older brothers, Rob and Jeff. Early comedy influences he has cited include The Carol Burnett Show, Flip Wilson, Rich Little, Hee Haw, Laugh-In, Dean Martin Celebrity Roast, and Saturday Night Live.
Comedian careerHarvie started his stand-up comedy career in January 2002 at a small comedy club in Portland, Maine. 3 months later on he began carrying out at a sibling club in Boston, Massachusetts. Harvie moved to Los Angeles, California, in June 2006. By November 2006 he began visiting with famous comedian Margaret Cho as her opening act. Cho cast Harvie as a permanent member of her off-Broadway burlesque comedy revue, Margaret Cho's The Sensuous Woman.
In April 2007, Harvie began producing and hosting his own self-titled comedy/talk program, The Ian Harvie Show, at Los Angeles music and funny club Largo. The program is similar in format to other late-night talk shows but with visitors who are all LGBT or connected to the LGBT neighborhood. Previous guests of the show consist of Margaret Cho, Leslie Jordan, Jane Lynch, Alan Cumming, Jorja Fox, Suzanne Westenhoefer, Kimberly Peirce, Rex Lee, Selene Luna, Jenny Shimizu, Buck Angel, Garrison Starr, Sabrina Matthews, and Erin Foley.
From October 2006 through October 2009, Harvie explored comedy clubs and theaters around the world with Margaret Cho. In 2007, he appeared on Logo as part of the Wisecrack Outlaugh Festival on Wisecrack. He performed on Logo again in 2009 on One Night Stand Up Episode 6 and on ABC's late night tv series, Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen, in the 2009 season.
In November 2009, Harvie started his solo headlining profession. His one-man show Parts Sold Separately, which features humor about sex and gender, played the Melbourne International Comedy Arts Festival in Melbourne, Australia, in April 2010. In January 2011, Harvie performed his new solo show Balls OUT with Ian Harvie at SF SketchFest in San Francisco, California.
In September 2010, Harvie and fellow sober comedians Felon O'Reilly and Amy Dresner started a three-person comedy group. They traveled around the US with their collective recovery-based standup funny program, Laughs Without Liquor: the We Are Not Saints trip. The road program and tour were filmed by filmmaker and director Bobby R. Poirier with a prepared release date of summer 2011.
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