Clay Graham

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Clay Graham
Born (1959-05-05) May 5, 1959 (age 57)[1]
Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
Occupation comedy writer, television producer
Years active 1979-present
Website Mrs. P's Magic Library

Clay Graham (born May 5, 1959) is an American comedy writer, television producer and website creator, best known for his work on The Drew Carey Show.

Early years[edit]

Born in Phoenix, Arizona, Graham began writing comedy in high school, selling material to humorist Robert Orben for seven dollars a joke. While still in college, he wrote for Mad magazine, creating scripts for artist Don Martin.[2]

Writing career[edit]

Soon after graduation, Graham was hired as a writer on the sitcom Benson.

After this, he worked as a writer and producer on the last three seasons of the long-running ABC comedy, Who's the Boss?. During this period, Graham wrote "The All-Nighter," an episode still somewhat controversial among fans of the sitcom because of its relatively dark themes.

In 1995, Graham became the head writer and an executive producer of The Drew Carey Show. He remained on the show for eight of its nine seasons, producing more than 200 episodes. He produced and helped write many of the series' trademark musical numbers, as well as its annual "live" broadcasts. In 1998, Graham and Drew Carey took a small production crew overseas and became the first Americans to film a sitcom in China, using locations such as The Great Wall and the Beijing McDonald's.[3]

In April 2009, TBS announced at its upfront that it was developing a prime-time, animated comedy series with Graham called "Big Tow." [4]

The New York Times published an essay by Graham in its Modern Love column on July 8, 2010 titled "What Clown Wrote This Script?' detailing Graham's relationship with an unnamed actress for whom he developed a TV pilot a decade earlier. Although comic in tone, the essay explores Graham's inner struggles about mixing business and romance and ends on a bittersweet note.[5]


In 2007, Graham began developing, a new entertainment website for children. Co-created with Kathy Kinney, who played "Mimi" on The Drew Carey Show and who also stars as "Mrs. P" in the site, and Dana Plautz, a former executive with Hanna-Barbera and Intel, the comic website celebrates reading and launched on November 10, 2008.[6]


  1. ^ "Birth Reference results for: Clay Cameron Graham". Retrieved December 13, 2016. 
  2. ^ "About Clay Graham". MTV. Archived from the original on September 24, 2014. Retrieved September 23, 2014. 
  3. ^ Newsweek, Nov. 16, 1998. Newsmakers
  4. ^ "TNT, TBS and TruTV Showcase Upcoming Series and Unveil Impressive Development Slate at 2009 Upfront (Big Tow)". May 20, 2009. Retrieved December 13, 2016. 
  5. ^ Graham, Clay (July 11, 2010). "What Clown Wrote This Script?". The New York Times ( Retrieved December 13, 2016. 
  6. ^ "About us"

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