Ian Harvie at The Dork Forest at Meltdown Comics, 29 November 2011.
Harvie knew he was transgender at a very early age, but didn't have a language for his gender identity at the time. Ian came out as queer at nineteen and later as transgender at age thirty-two. Harvie grew up on Beaver Pond in rural mountain town, Bridgton, Maine until the age of twelve and has two older brothers Rob and Jeff. He cites early comedy influences The Carol Burnett Show, Flip Wilson, Rich Little, Hee Haw, Laugh-In, Dean Martin Celebrity Roast, and Saturday Night Live.
Harvie began his stand-up comedy career in January 2002 at a small comedy club in Portland, Maine. Three months later he began performing at a sister club in Boston, Massachusetts. Harvie moved to Los Angeles, California in June 2006. By November 2006 he began touring with iconic comedienne 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 show: The Ian Harvie Show at Los Angeles music and comedy club, Largo. The show is a similar format to other late-night talk shows but with guests who are all LGBT or connected to the LGBT community. Previous guests of the show include 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 toured comedy clubs and theaters around the world with Margaret Cho. In 2007 Harvie appeared on Logo as part of Wisecrack Outlaugh Festival on Wisecrack. Harvie performed on Logo again in 2009 on One Night Standup Episode 6 and on ABC's late night television series, Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen in the 2009 season.
In November 2009 Harvie began his solo headlining career and took 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, CA.
In September 2010 Harvie and fellow sober comedians Felon O'Reilly and Amy Dresner began a three-person comedy group and traveling around the US with their collective recovery-based standup comedy show titled Laughs Without Liquor, the We Are Not Saints tour. The road show and tour is currently being filmed by Filmmaker and Director Bobby R. Poirier and is set to be released Summer 2011.
- James Lipton Is Dead (2007) as God.
- We Are Not Saints (2011) in production as Self.
- Ian Harvie, Ian's biography, 2002-2009.