Barry Dougherty is the author of A Hundred Years, A Million Laughs: A Centennial Celebration of the Friars Club (Emmis Books June 2004) with a foreword by Richard Lewis, which celebrates a hundred years of the Friars Club through photographs and stories culled from Barry’s interviews with various celebrities. The book flings open the doors to the famously secretive organization’s monastery in midtown Manhattan. Starting with the club’s humble beginnings in 1904, Barry reveals the Friars ups and downs through the ‘30s and ‘40s, its golden age in the ‘50s and ‘60s, and its importance today to a new generation of comics and entertainers.
He has also written How To Do It Standing Up, The Friars Club’s Guide To Being A Comic, A Cut-Up, A Card, Or A Clown (Black Dog & Leventhal, October 2002) with a foreword by Richard Pryor, which explains how to be a stand-up comic with insight from comedians themselves. Culled from his interviews with thirty-five comedians and comedy club owners/managers such as Lily Tomlin, Howie Mandel, David Brenner, Phyllis Diller, Joy Behar, and Jeff Foxworthy. Barry allows them to tell their owns tales–-their first time, their worst time, how they put their acts together and, best of all, tips for the up-and-comer.
He is also the author of New York Friars Club Book of Roasts: The Wittiest, Most Hilarious, and Most Unprintable Moments From The Friars Club (M. Evans, October 2000). The book is a hysterical composite of the famous Friars Club’s devilish Dinners and ribald Roasts. Sifting through the Club’s private archives; along with his interviews with such celebrities as Jason Alexander, Milton Berle, Red Buttons, Carol Burnett, Dick Cavett, Alan King, Ed McMahon, David Hyde Pierce, Freddie Roman, and Jerry Stiller-–Barry put together a fun and historical compendium of one of the premier entertainment organizations in the world.
Barry wrote and edited the popular Friars Private Joke File (May 2006) with a foreword by Lewis Black, The Friars Club Bible of Jokes, Pokes, Roasts, and Toasts (October 2001), and edited The Friars Club Encyclopedia of Jokes (June 1997). He also revised the paperback version of The Friars Club Encyclopedia of Jokes (February 2009) with a foreword by Drew Carey– (Black Dog & Leventhal).
Barry was the on-camera host to the Ghost Hunters film crew investigating the Friars Club building on the Syfy Channel. He served as consultant on the PBS documentary Make Em’ Laugh and has been a panelist and judge at the NY and NJ Comedy Festival standup comedy competitions. He has also served as a panelist at the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) conference in NYC speaking on humor writing. Barry is featured on the Dean Martin Roasts Collection Special Bonus Features DVD speaking on the topic of Roasts. He is a participant in the writers essay tour: Living, Out Loud: Writers Riff on Love, Sweat & Fears, reading his personal essays.
As Editor of the Friars Club’s magazine, the Epistle, Barry has been covering events from Roasts and Dinners to in-house activities and Friars Frolics. He has also profiled Friar celebrities John Travolta, Bob Costas, Michael Feinstein, Rob Reiner, Phyllis Diller, Susie Essman, Geraldo Rivera, Susan Lucci, Clive Davis and Joan Rivers, to name a few. Other articles in the Epistle include a story on ABC’s morning show, The View, as well as his investigative first-hand experiences of being an extra on television shows.
Barry has also written jokes for Roasts and speeches for Friars Club Testimonial Dinners. He is the head writer on these events, which have included such honorees as Jack Black, Tom Cruise, Larry King, Quentin Tarantino, Betty White and Don Rickles, among others. He has produced several events for the Friars, some of which include author book signing parties, movie screenings, and a party to celebrate the final episode of Seinfeld–the event was covered in Variety.
A former television news reporter for Cablevision Systems, Barry has also written numerous articles for various magazines and newspapers such as Antiques and the Arts Weekly, Update magazine, Newsday, and The New York Times. He also had the honor of writing the foreword for Soupy Sales Presents Stop Me If You’ve Heard It! by Soupy Sales.