Tracy Newman
Tracy Newman at the premiere of Charlotte's Shorts at The Groundlings, 2014
Born (1942-12-12) December 12, 1942 (age 81)
  • Writer
  • director
  • producer
  • comedian
  • singer-songwriter
ChildrenCharlotte Dean
AwardsPrimetime Emmy Award
Peabody Award

Tracy Ann Newman (born December 12, 1942) is an American television producer, writer, comedian and musician. Newman is a founding member of the improvisational theater troupe The Groundlings (as is her sister, Laraine Newman). She was co-creator and executive producer of the sitcom According to Jim (2001–2009). She is also a singer - songwriter, as well as an early member of The New Christy Minstrels[1] and lead singer of Tracy Newman and The Reinforcements. She is the mother of artist/writer Charlotte Dean, with whom she co-directs the live comedy show Charlotte's Shorts.[2]

TV career

She did a 1965 appearance on the PBS series for children called "What's New".[3] With writing partner Jonathan Stark, Newman's credits include Cheers, The Nanny, The Drew Carey Show and Ellen for which she won a Primetime Emmy Award for co-writing "The Puppy Episode".[4] and a Peabody Award. In 2001, Newman and Stark created the sitcom According to Jim starring Jim Belushi.

Music career

Newman is the lead singer/songwriter of the folk music band Tracy Newman and the Reinforcements. In 2007, she released the album A Place in the Sun.[5] Her second album, I Just See You, was released in 2012.[6] Her third album, I Can Swing Forever, was released in 2014. It is for children and was released with a colouring book done by her daughter, Charlotte Dean.

Radio and podcast appearances

Newman appeared on Ken Reid's TV Guidance Counselor podcast on October 11, 2016. On August 15, 2019, Newman guested on Mark Malkoff's The Carson Podcast.


External videos
video icon "Cripple Creek" with Tracy Newman on the 5-string banjo, Brooklyn College and Tracy Newman, 1965



  1. ^ "Interview: Guitar Girl Magazine".
  2. ^ "Live From Hillel—It's Laraine! | Arts | Jewish Journal". Archived from the original on 2010-03-12.
  3. ^ "1965 What's Up (PBS) Youtube". YouTube.
  4. ^ "Primetime Emmy Awards and nominations for Tracy Newman". Primetime Emmy® Award Database. Retrieved April 13, 2011.
  5. ^ A Place in the Sun, Tracy Newman and the Reinforcements © Copyright-Tracy Newman (837101349987) Record Label: Tracy Newman and the Reinforcements
  6. ^ I Just See You, Tracy Newman and the Reinforcements