Harvie knew he was transgender at six but "only began learning language" of gender identity when he came out as queer at nineteen and later learned about transmen. Harvie grew up on Moose Pond in rural mountain town, Bridgton, Maine until the age of twelve. He cites early comedy influences The Carol Burnett Show, Flip Wilson, Hee Haw, Laugh-In and Saturday Night Live.
Ian's comedic inspirations as a young child cam from The Carol Burnett Show, The Flip Wilson Show, Laugh In, Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts, and Hee Haw.
Harvie began his stand-up comedy career in February 2002 in Portland, Maine at The Comedy Connection comedy club along with friend and fellow comic Kevin Neales. Three months later he began performing at sister club, The Comedy Connection in Boston, Massachusetts. Harvie moved to Los Angeles, California in June 2006. By November 2006 he began touring with iconic comedienne Margaret Cho as her opening act. Cho cast Harvie as a permanent member of her off-Broadway burlesque comedy revue: Margaret Cho's: The Sensuous Woman.
In April 2007, Harvie began producing and hosting his own self-titled comedy/talk show: The Ian Harvie Show at Los Angeles music and comedy club, Largo. The show is based on typical late-night talkshows but with guests who are LGBT or connected to the LGBT community. Previous guests of show include: Margaret Cho, Leslie Jordan, Jane Lynch, Alan Cumming, Jorja Fox, Suzanne Westenhoefer, Kimberly Pierce, Rex Lee, Selene Luna, Jenny Shimizu, Buck Angel, The Cast of VH1's The Cho Show, Garrison Starr, Sabrina Matthews, Erin Foley, Kirsten Holly Smith, Matt Alber, Gregory Douglass, and Poppy Champlin.
Since fall 2006 Harvie has toured comedy clubs and theaters around the world with Margaret Cho. In 2007 Harvie appeared on Logo as part of Outlaugh Festival on Wisecrack. Harvie also appears on ABC's late night television series, Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen in the 2008-2009 season. In 2010 his one-man show Parts Sold Separately, which features humor about sex and gender, played the North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival.
- James Lipton Is Dead (2007) as God.
- Ian Harvie, Ian's biography, 2002-2009.
- Jason A. Heidemann, "Maine Attraction: Transgendered comic Ian Harvie uses laughter to challenge old stereotypes" Time Out Chicago / Issue 134 : September 20–26, 2007.
- Jesse Sader, Transgendered Comedian Ian Harvie The Pulse, Oct 2008
- Katie Peoples, "It's a boy!", Curve, November 01, 2007, pp.19 .
- Diane Anderson-Minshall, "Ian Harvie Is One Busy Comic", Curve, November 01, 2007, pp.19 .
- North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival Welcomes Ian Harvie’s "Parts Sold Separately": Transgender Comic Set To Perform One-Man Show at Festival Festival press release, 23 January 2010.
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