Barry Mark Lubin was born at Atlantic City Hospital in Atlantic City, New Jersey on July 3, 1952. His alter ego, Grandma was born on January 1, 1975 in Venice, Florida. The second son of George Simon Lubin and Edythe Lee Weinberg Lubin, Barry lived in Ventnor, New Jersey until attending Emerson College in Boston from 1970 to 1973, completing three years before taking a year off to try to figure out what to do with his life. Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Clown College auditions in Boston in the spring of 1974 changed his direction entirely.
Barry has enjoyed a professional relationship with Nickeodeon Networks co-creating, starring in, and executive producing two television pilots while partnering with renowned director, Yvette Kaplan. Barry developed and directed comedy segments for MTV, CBS's Circus of the Stars, and many other projects both live and in television. Barry directed many routines for Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey's touring units, for Big Apple Circus, Sea World of Florida, Disneyland and Disneyworld, Clown College, and many others. Barry was recently featured in the PBS mini-series, Circus, which chronicled a year on the road with the Big Apple Circus. (www.pbs.org/circus) Barry has directed numerous shows for Big Apple Circus outside the Big Top Touring Unit.
Barry enjoyed 5 seasons traveling with Ringling, a three year stand-up comedy stint in San Diego, Los Angeles, Boston, and New York, 25 seasons with New York's famed one ring circus, Big Apple Circus where he became the “Face of the Big Apple Circus,” and numerous other appearances around the world. Barry has continued to bring Grandma to audiences in theaters, on television, in Festivals, and in other circuses in America, Europe, Asia, and Oceania. He starred in Stars en Der Manege which was broadcast in 8 European markets, Circo Massimo in Italy two times, and numerous other international television appearances. In the US he has appeared on Prime Time Live, on the national broadcasts of the morning programs on NBC, CBS, and ABC, on PBS's Evening at Pops, on Late Night with David Letterman 4 times, was featured on PBS's mini-series, Circus produced by Show of Force, and many others.
Barry was inducted into the International Clown Hall of Fame in 2002, and the Sarasota Ring of Fame in 2012, the highest honor in American Circus. He received the Lou Jacobs Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007. He has appeared in the International Circus Festival of Monte Carlo twice, the only American clown to have received this honor. He has also appeared in the International Circus Festivals in Hungary, in Izhevsk and Moscow, Russia. He is one of only two American clowns to appear in the 80 year history of prestigious Wintercirckus of Circus Krone in Munich where he was named, “The World's Funniest Grandma.” He was named only the 5th Legend of the Parade Award in the 75 year history of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, where he was a featured character in 15 appearances both live and on NBC.
Directing, writing, teaching and mentoring, as well as continuing his performance career from his new base in Stockholm, Sweden, Barry will enjoy his career, post-Big Apple Circus in many ways and in many new venues.
Barry has two daughters from a previous marriage to Roberta Lubin, Danielle Rose Lubin born in 1985, and Emily Rita Lubin born in 1990. He lives with his girlfriend, Ann Hageus in Stockholm, Sweden. His brother, Jay Lubin lives with his family in Connecticut and is an executive in the insurance industry.
Barry is presently writing his memoirs about his remarkable life both in and outside the magical world of the circus.