Michael Gerber is best known as the author of the Barry Trotter series, which are Sunday Times best-selling parodies of the Harry Potter books. The series to date comprises Barry Trotter and the Shameless Parody (published as Barry Trotter and the Unauthorized Parody in the United States), Barry Trotter and the Unnecessary Sequel and Barry Trotter and the Dead Horse (Barry Trotter and the Happy Horse in the United States). The narrative features the adventures of “Barry Trotter,” “Lon Measly,” and “Ermine Cringer,” who attend the “Hogwash School for Wizardy and Witchcrap.” It features a strong postmodern narrative, as the book concerns their attempts to prevent the making of a movie, but the entire story is revealed to have been a movie itself, which in turn is shown to be a novel being written by Barry Trotter himself.
Before becoming a novelist, Gerber contributed humor to The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Slate, Saturday Night Live, and NPR, among many other venues.
While an undergraduate at Yale, Gerber restarted The Yale Record, America’s oldest humor magazine. Gerber served as President of The Record‘s alumni organization from 1994 to 2014, developing an editorial and publishing model for the magazine. As a result, he has frequently worked with collegiate publications across the world, including at Cambridge University and UCLA.