Barry Kemp (TV producer)

Barry Kemp (born December 4, 1949[citation needed] in Hannibal, Missouri)[1] is a television producer, director and writer, and a movie producer. He has written for numerous TV shows, but his two best-known creations are Newhart (he wrote the oft-repeated line: "Hi, I'm Larry. This is my brother Darryl and this is my other brother Darryl"), which lasted for eight seasons on CBS (1982–1990) and Coach, which lasted for nine seasons on ABC (1989–1997).[citation needed] He also wrote for Taxi for four seasons and was the creator of Fresno and Delta.[1] Kemp's movie productions include Romy and Michele's High School Reunion, Patch Adams and Catch Me If You Can.[citation needed]

Kemp is a 1971 graduate of the University of Iowa[1] Department of Theatre Arts.[2] Before he became a full-time writer, he was an executive with the chamber of commerce in Phoenix.[1]


Kemp's productions received three nominations for Emmy Awards: Taxi for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series (1982) and Newhart for Outstanding Comedy Series (1984 and 1985).[3] In 1999, he received the Valentine Davies Award from the Writers Guild of America, West.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d Stanley, John (September 13, 1992). "'Delta' Is Ready to Fluy". The San Francisco Examiner. California, San Francisco. p. 227. Retrieved December 21, 2019 – via
  2. ^ "Alumni | Theatre Arts | The University of Iowa". Retrieved 2020-02-07.
  3. ^ "("Barry Kemp" search results)". Television Academy. Television Academy. Retrieved December 20, 2019.
  4. ^ "The Valentine Davies Award". Writers Guild Awards. Writers Guild of America West. Archived from the original on December 21, 2019. Retrieved December 21, 2019.

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