Ian Harvie

Ian Harvie

Stand-Up Comic


Who you are is not up for public debate. Your identity is not up for debate. If you are sharing your story with somebody, it's inarguable-it's your story.

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Milestones

Milestones

My road in life has taken me all over.
Was born a female in rural, "so-white" Maine, but always felt different.
After college, said he had to go do a "walkabout" to see what was out there; met others who had transitioned, learned he was just like everyone else.
Opened a web design business in Portland; started taking comedy writing lessons, then got hooked on stand-up.
Loved comedy so much that he'd drive two hours each way to get five unpaid minutes on stage.
Came out to his parents at 19; at 30, he wrote them a letter explaining that he was trans; after that, says there was nothing to be afraid of.
Always very open and honest about his sexuality on stage; says he knew people would talk about him anyways so he preferred to put it all out there.
Says that in whatever he does, whether he was selling websites or telling jokes, being himself was always what sold people.
Believes that when taking risks, "if you just jump, the wind will catch you."
Keep following my journey
Education

Education

highschool
High School
Career

Career

Stand-Up Comic

I am a stand-up comedian, writer, author, and a passionate advocate for the LGBTQ community.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Acting & Theatre
Acting & Theatre
Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship
Communicating / Sharing Stories
Communicating / Sharing Stories

Day to Day

I write things down, share them with people and if I make them laugh, I get paid. I also pretend I am other people in front of a camera.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Life experience, personal adventure, and exploration are equal in importance to formal education.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

Be honest. With yourself, with everyone. Once you plugin to that, everything will open up for you. Just remember to always be true to yourself because who you are is not up for public debate.

Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"You can't make money telling jokes. "

There were two things in my life that I never thought were actual possibilities: one, was that I could be a man, and, two, that I could make a career out of being a comedian. Once someone told me that both of those things were in fact possible, nothing could stop me.

Challenges I Overcame

LGBT
LGBT

I wrote my parents a very long letter when I was 30, and I gave it to them on Easter. You know, Jesus is risen, I'm trans.

Drugs / Addiction
Drugs / Addiction

I'm still in recovery. I am 20 years sober. Being sober and being in recovery, gave me a boost without which I don't think I would have been able to do the things I'm doing.