Lou Harry

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Lou Harry is an Indianapolis-based author, journalist, and playwright. His produced plays include Lightning and Jellyfish, which premiered in October 2014 at Theatre on the Square in Indianapolis.[1]


His "live auction comedy" long-form improv show, Going...Going...Gone (co-created with John Thomas) was staged monthly in Indianapolis and has been offered in other cities. It features different actors at every performance playing characters at the fictional Ed's Auction House. After Ed's death, everything in the auction house must be sold and the characters do that while telling stories about the objects. The actors don't know beforehand what they will have to sell and the audience bids (and keeps) the sold objects, using play money provided with their programs.[2]

His novel The High-Impact Infidelity Diet, (co-written with Eric Pfeffinger) was released in 2005 by Random House/Three Rivers Press. His book, "Kid Culture" (co-written with Todd Tobias) was released in October 2008 by Cider Mill Press. A new parent's guide to kids' movies, TV, music, and books, it includes quizzes and opinionated guides.

Other books he has written or co-written include Warning: Don't Try This at Home, The Voodoo Kit (and its many sequels), The Encyclopedia of Guilty Pleasures, Dirty Words of Wisdom, Therapist in a Box, In the Can, Creative Block, and In the Can: The Greatest Career Missteps, Sophomore Slumps, What-Were-They-Thinking Decisions and Fire-Your Agent Moves in the History of the Movies.

Other books include As Seen on TV, In the Can, Strange Philadelphia, The Game of Life and Santa Claus Conquers the Martians.

In addition, his work has appeared in more than 50 publications including ' 'The Sondheim Review' ', TheatreWeek, Variety, Dramatics, Men's Health, and Endless Vacation.

He edited the now-defunct Indy Men's Magazine, which he co-created. He co-edited IMM's first book, The X-Mas Men: An Eclectic Collection of Holiday Essays. Writers featured include Michael Kun, Rev. Phil Gulley, and Doug Crandell and Todd Tucker. His play, "The Pied Piper of Hoboken" was developed in part through a grant from the Indiana Arts Commission.

From 2007 to 2018 he served on the staff of the Indianapolis Business Journal as Arts & Entertainment Editor.

His plays Lightning and Jellyfish and Clutter or The Moving Walkway Will Soon Be Coming to an End premiered at Theatre on the Square. The High-Impact Infidelity Diet and Beer Can Raft premiered at the Indy Fringe Festival. Midwestern Hemisphere: a suburban metaphysical comedy, co-written with Eric Pfeffinger, had its world premiere in March 2008. Staged by the Heartland Actors Repertory Theatre, it was the first full theater production ever staged in the Indianapolis Artsgarden, a landmark location in downtown Indy.[3]


  1. ^ "2015-2016 Season". tots.org. Archived from the original on 2014-09-03. 
  2. ^ "IndyFringe 2012: 'Going, Going, Gone'". NUVO. 
  3. ^ "Midwestern Hemisphere". heartlandactors.com.