BOOKS: Dave Barry, the “Hair Apparent,” returns to Bellingham

Dave Barry has been a professional humorist ever since he discovered that professional humor was a lot easier than working. For many years he wrote a newspaper column that appeared in more than 500 newspapers, including The Bellingham Herald, and generated thousands of letters from readers who thought he should be fired.

Despite that, Barry won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary, although he misplaced it for several years, which is why his wife now keeps it in a secure location he doesn’t know about. One of Barry’s columns was largely responsible for the movement to observe International Talk Like a Pirate Day every year Sept. 19. He say that’s probably his most enduring achievement.

Barry will share his wit at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 11, at Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St.

He has written more than 30 books, including the novels “Big Trouble,” “Lunatics,” “Tricky Business,” and, most recently, “Insane City.” He has also written a number of books with such titles as “I’ll Mature When I’m Dead,” which are technically classified as nonfiction, although they contain numerous lies, Barry says.

Two of Barry’s books were the basis for the CBS sitcom “Dave’s World.” He also plays lead guitar in a literary rock band called the Rock Bottom Remainders, with fellow members Stephen King, Amy Tan, Ridley Pearson and Mitch Albom.

Tickets, $30 to $49, are at 360-734-6080 and mountbakertheatre.com.