Dave Barry has been a professional humorist ever since he discovered that professional humor was a lot easier than working.
For many years he wrote a newspaper column that appeared in more than 500 newspapers and generated thousands of letters from readers who thought he should be fired. Despite this, Barry won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary, although he misplaced it for several years, which is why his wife now keeps it in a secure location that he does not know about. One of Barry's columns was largely responsible for the movement to observe International Talk Like a Pirate Day every year on September 19. This is probably his most enduring achievement.
Barry has written more than 30 books, including the novels Big Trouble, Lunatics, Tricky Business and, most recently, Insane City. He has also written a number of books with titles like I'll Mature When I'm Dead, which are technically classified as nonfiction, although they contain numerous lies. Two of Barry's books were the basis for the CBS sitcom Dave's World, which can probably still be seen on cable TV in certain underdeveloped nations.
Barry lives in Miami with his family and a dog that is determined to urinate on every square inch of North America.
Praise for Dave Barry
"Dave Barry remains one of the funniest writers alive."
"While reading Dave Barry’s Big Trouble, I laughed so loud I fell out of a chair. Luckily, there’s a rug, so I didn’t hurt myself.” —Stephen King
"the funniest man in America." —The New York Times
The Pulitzer Prize
"In 1988 Dave won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary, pending a recount."
More about Dave
ON HIS WRITING CAREER
(For the 2003 Haverford Alumni Magazine)
On Dave's 'retirement' from weekly column writing
(By Daniel Chang for The Miami Herald)
You can write to Dave:
c/o The Miami Herald
3511 NW 91st Ave.
Miami FL 33172