Michael Gerber (parodist)

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Michael Gerber (born June 14, 1969) is best known as the author of the Barry Trotter series, Sunday Times best-selling parodies of the Harry Potter books.[1] Before becoming a novelist, Gerber contributed humor to The Yale Record,[2] The New Yorker,[3]The Atlantic,[4] The New York Times,[5] The Wall Street Journal, Slate, NPR and Saturday Night Live, among many other venues. He is an alumnus of Yale and Oak Park River Forest High School.[6]

While an undergraduate, Gerber restarted The Yale Record, America's oldest humor magazine.[7] Gerber served as President of The Record's alumni organization from 1994 to 2014, developing an editorial and publishing model for the magazine. As a result, he is frequently contacted by student editors from all around the world, and has most recently worked with students at DePaul University, Ohio State University, Cambridge University, and UCLA.

He is the brother of quantum physicist and professor Keith Schwab.



  1. ^ Bulman, Colin (2007). Creative Writing: A Guide And Glossary to Fiction Writing. Polity. pp. 158–. ISBN 9780745636870. Retrieved 15 June 2012. 
  2. ^ The Yale Record. New Haven: Yale Record. November 1990. p. 3.
  3. ^ Michael Gerber and Jonathan Schwarz, September 18, 2000. "Double-Diamond, Highest Difficulty," The New Yorker, p. 94.
  4. ^ Michael Gerber and Jonathan Schwarz, August 1999. "The Periodic Table of Rejected Elements," The Atlantic, Vol. 284, No. 2, p. 43.
  5. ^ Michael Gerber and Jonathan Schwarz, "Harry Potter and the Errant Golf Cart," The New York Times. New York, June 24, 2003.
  6. ^ Oak Park River Forest Tabula Yearbook. Oak Park, Illinois. 1987. p. 134-5, 213.
  7. ^ Gerber, Michael. "The Yale Record: A short history of its rise, fall, and rise again." 2007. Accessed at http://www.scribd.com/doc/204108707/The-Yale-Record-Its-rise-fall-and-rise-again on February 2, 2014.

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