BMD Communications | About Barry Dougherty
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About Barry Dougherty

As Principal of BMD Communications Barry Dougherty has overseen the public relations and event planning strategies for numerous organizations, as well as creating media buzz for professional writers, artists, and performers.


As a pundit and consultant of comedy, he has been interviewed on podcasts, and is quoted in numerous books and articles about the history of comedy and entertainment. He has appeared in the documentaries Mafia Spies, Treasures of New York: Friars Club, Make ‘Em Laugh, and Makers: Women In Comedy. He is featured on the Dean Martin Roasts companion DVD and was a client on Syfy’s Ghost Hunters, touring the Friars Club’s legendary–and haunted–Manhattan Townhouse.


Barry is the author of How to Do It Standing Up, The Friars Club Encyclopedia of Jokes, A Hundred Years; A Million Laughs, New York Friars Club Book of Roasts, and Friars Private Joke File. He has been the head writer for the Friars Club’s Roasts of Betty White, Quentin Tarantino, Jack Black, and Boomer Esiason; and Testimonial Dinners for Tom Cruise, Larry King, and Don Rickles. He has also been the scriptwriter for the Little Kids Rock organization’s galas honoring Paul Shaffer and Smokey Robinson. He was the editor of the Friars Club’s magazine, the Epistle.


Barry has edited and promoted Emmy Award-winning TV Host Bill Boggs’ comic novels, The Adventures of Spike the Wonder Dog and Spike Unleashed. He also edited Rob Goldstone’s How an Email Trumped My Life and Book ‘Em, written by Tom Cantone the President of Mohegan Sun Entertainment. His essays and articles have appeared in The New York Times, Newsday, The News Times, and Luxury Magazine, among others. Barry wrote the foreword to Soupy Sales Presents Stop Me If You’ve Heard It! He was a contributing reader on the Living Out Loud: Writers Riff on Love, Sweat & Fears essay tour, and the emcee for Long Island Litfest. He produces and appears in a one-man presentation entitled, My Life In 5 Essays by Barry Dougherty.


Barry resides in Manhattan.


Former Friars Club Communications Director and Friars Club Historian Barry Dougherty joins Joe Sibilia to discuss his work documenting the history of the Friars Club, writing for roasts for Quentin Tarantino, Betty White, and Jack Black (among many other events), and talks about the origins of the Friars Club and its most cherished traditions. Plus, Barry recalls his odd visit to Uma Thurman’s home, his memorable phone calls with Johnny Carson and John Travolta, shares the tale of Jimmy Durante’s arrest at an early Friars testimonial, and explains why he was initially against Comedy Central televising the Friars Club roasts.