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Barry Julien

Barry Julien began performing professionally at the age of 16. Starting as a magician, he quickly found his way into the comedy clubs of his native Montreal. Being possessed of neither a driver's license nor fake I.D., he had to be dropped off and picked up by his mom until it was legal for him to work the clubs alone. After just a few years of performing, Barry was asked to appear in Just for Laughs, the world's largest comedy festival.

Soon Barry added writing to his professional interests. Since then he has gone on to senior writing positions on numerous shows including head writer for the HBO series George and Martha, starring Nathan Lane and Andrea Martin, as well as executive story editor and consulting producer on the hit Fox Family/YTV series Big Wolf On Campus. (Barry also has a recurring role on the show.) He is also a regular contributor to The Onion, the critically lauded satirical newspaper and winner of the Thurber Prize for American Humor. Barry has also gone on to appear numerous times in Just For Laughs, as well as co-writing and segment producing their lavish Galas for two years. The experience has offered him the opportunity to write for and work with such talents as Chris Rock, Drew Carey, David Hyde Pierce and Roseanne.

While doing a Communications degree, Barry's stand-up continued to take on momentum. He became an internationally touring headliner at clubs and colleges from coast to coast, and a regular invitee at The Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas and the Improvisation in Los Angeles. He has hosted two talk show pilots as well as starring in two national comedy specials in Canada.

In the spring of 1998, Barry became fill-in weather man for the Montreal CBC Network affiliate and took up acting. He landed his first role when director Tony Scott (Enemy of the State, Top Gun, Spy Game) cast him in an episode of The Hunger starring David Bowie and Giovanni Ribisi. Very shortly thereafter he landed a principal role in the MOW Audrey Hepburn starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, followed by The Art of War with Wesley Snipes and Donald Sutherland.

In January of 1999 Barry was invited by the Consul General of Canada in New York City to appear at the venerable 92nd Street Y, along with Eugene Levy, Lorne Michaels, Martin Short and Michael J. Fox. More recently, Barry has appeared in Abandon, starring Katie Holmes and Benjamin Bratt which was written and directed by Acamdemy Award winning writer Stephen Gaghan (Traffic, 2000.) And in April of 2002, Barry co-starred in the sitcom pilot In My Opinion for Turner Films and The WB network.

Barry divides his time between Montreal and Los Angeles.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.

Barry Julien Facts

BirthplaceMontreal, Quebec, Canada

Selected Filmography

Not available.