Barry graduated from Ringling Clown College in 1974, and then spent 5 years touring with Ringling. Since 1982, Barry has been featured in 15 productions of the Big Apple Circus and has become that show’s Director of Clowning – conceiving, co-writing and starring in the Big Apple Circus’ production Grandma Goes to Hollywood. He performed at the 6th International Circus Festival of Budapest in January, 2006 where he was awarded the Special Prize from the Director of The Great Moscow Circus.
Outside the ring he has appeared in several Off–Broadway productions, in the films My Life, Big Top Pee-Wee, and Alice, and in numerous national broadcasts, including the Late Show with David Letterman.
As a director, Barry has worked on and for comedy segments for music videos on MTV, Snappy Dance Company in Boston and CBS’s Circus of the Stars. He was a creative consultant for NBC’s Cheers, and served as Executive Producer, Creator, and Writer of two pilots for Nickelodeon Networks along with partner Yvette Kaplan, for which he also starred. He directed Cousin Grumpy’s comedy pig act, Carlos Swenson’s comedy horse act, and his cat, Romeo, making him America’s Foremost Animal Comedy Director.
Barry was recently inducted into the International Clown Hall of Fame.
For more information about Barry’s work, please visit his performer bio at the Big Apple Circus website listed below: