Carter Bays

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Carter Bays
Born (1975-08-12) August 12, 1975 (age 40)
Shaker Heights, Ohio, U.S.
Occupation television writer, composer, musician, singer
Years active 1998–present
Spouse(s) Denise Cox

Carter L. Bays (born August 12, 1975)[1] is an American television writer and television producer. Along with writing partner Craig Thomas, he is best known as creator, writer, and executive producer of the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother. He also wrote "How I Met Your Dad" with Craig Thomas, Emily Spivey and Greta Gerwig. He has been nominated for seven primetime Emmy Awards, including Best Original Song for "Nothing Suits Me Like A Suit."[2]

In another collaboration with Thomas, Bays co-founded the band The Solids, who perform the theme song to How I Met Your Mother, "Hey Beautiful".[3]

Early life[edit]

Bays was born in Cleveland, Ohio. His father, James C. Bays, is a retired corporate lawyer, and his mother is a minister in the United Church of Christ.[4] While at Shaker Heights High School, Bays' play was selected for the 1993 Young Playwrights Festival in New York City. The festival was a production of Young Playwrights, Inc.

Bays graduated from Wesleyan University in 1997. While at Wesleyan, he and Craig Thomas performed in a nine piece soul band called the Testostertones. In the summer of 1996 Bays and Thomas were interns in the Development department of MTV. [5]

Bays became an intern at MTV in the Fall of 1996, which would later influence his writing.[6]


Immediately after graduating from Wesleyan in 1997, Bays and Thomas became writing partners, and won a spot writing for the Late Show With David Letterman. It was at Letterman that Bays and Thomas befriended fellow writer and future How I Met Your Mother guest star Will Forte.

Bays also wrote for American Dad!,[7] Quintuplets,[8] and Oliver Beene.[9] In 2013 Bays and Thomas created the TV series The Goodwin Games,[10] starring Scott Foley, T.J. Miller, and Becki Newton.

Personal life[edit]

Bays lives in New York City with his wife, Denise Cox Bays, and their three children, Pippa, Georgina, and Jack. One of his daughters appeared at the end of Trilogy Time, another one at the end of Unpause. Bays serves on the Board of Young Playwrights, Inc.[11]


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  3. ^ Chow, Greg (1 April 2014). "5 Essential 'How I Met Your Mother' Music Moments". RollingStone. Retrieved 22 March 2015. 
  4. ^ Meiser, Rebecca (November 2008). "Mr. Write". Cleveland Magazine. Retrieved 22 March 2015. 
  5. ^ Jordan, Jessica; Robles, Jiovani (17 September 2010). "How We Finally Met Carter Bays: Part 2". The Wesleyan Argus. Retrieved 22 March 2015. 
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