Bio – Drew Carey

Drew Carey’s biography… Not too detailed, so if you have anything to add; pics, info, even rewrite it!  If you want to update it, please e-mail us attpirblog@balloflightning.com!

Drew Carey was born May 23, 1958 to Lewis and Beulah Carey and was raised in the Old Brooklyn neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio.

He attended college at Kent State University and was expelled twice for poor academic performance. He left KSU after just three years and joined the United States Marine Corps Reserve in 1980 and served for six years.

In 1985, he began a comedy career by following up on a suggestion by DJ and friend David Lawrence. In 1986, after winning an open-mic contest, he became MC at the Cleveland Comedy Club and for the next few years, he performed at multiple comedy clubs in Cleveland and Los Angeles. Drew even appeared on the nationally known show, Star Search, in 1988. Carey was working as a stand-up comedian in 1991 when he appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. His performance that night impressed Carson, who invited Carey to the couch next to his desk; this was considered a rare honor for any comedian. Carey claims he reached the limit on his credit card the next day returning calls from interested casting directors, and he credited Carson with making his career. In 1994, Carey wrote his own stand-up comedy special which aired on Showtime, entitled Drew Carey: Human Cartoon, for which he won a CableACE Award for Best Writing.

Following on the success of his early stand-up career, he subsequently appeared in a number of supporting roles on television shows. In 1994, Carey co-starred with John Caponera in The Good Life, a short-lived sitcom that aired on NBC. After the show’s cancellation, Carey joined up with writer Bruce Helford (who was also a writer for The Good Life), who gave Carey a job as a staff writer for The Gaby Hoffman Show.

Soonafter, Carey and Helford developed the storyline for The Drew Carey Show, which they produced together. The show premiered on September 13, 1995 on ABC. By the show’s final season, he was earning $750,000 per episode. The show had high ratings for its first few seasons, but declining ratings and increasing production costs (around $3 million per episode) preceded its cancellation. The program had a total of 233 episodes over its nine-year run. Carey was the only actor to appear in every episode.

In 1998, Carey hosted the American version of the improvisational comedy show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” He would announce the improv guests, direct the games, and then would usually involve himself in the final game of the show. The show ran for a total of 215 episodes between 1998 and 2006. In 1998, the New York Friars’ Club made Carey the newest inductee of the group’s Comedy Central Roast. His friend Ryan Stiles (who costarred in The Drew Carey Show and Whose Line Is It Anyway?) served as the roastmaster. Carey’s income from Whose Line Is It Anyway? and The Drew Carey Show led to his inclusion on the Forbes list of highest-paid entertainers of 1998, at 24th with $45.5 million.

For the WB’s 2004-2005 prime time schedule, Carey co-produced and starred in Drew Carey’s Green Screen Show, a spin-off of Whose Line Is It Anyway?. It was canceled by the WB, picked up briefly by Comedy Central, and cancelled after two partial seasons.

In 2007, Carey began hosting game shows. On April 13, 2007, Carey was selected to host the CBS game show pilot Power of 10, where contestants could win a potential $10,000,000 (annuity) top prize. While it did exhibit a brief summer run, it was not picked up for the 2008 television season.

CBS had other plans for Carey, however. After taping the pilot episode for Power of 10, he was contacted by CBS regarding the opening created by the retirement of Bob Barker at The Price Is Right. He initially turned down the offer to host, but on July 23, 2007, Carey officially announced on the Late Show with David Letterman that he would succeed Barker as host of the program beginning in the fall of 2007. His first episode of The Price Is Right was taped on August 15, and his shows began airing on Monday, October 15, 2007. In response to replacing Barker as host of the game show, Carey stated “You can’t replace Bob Barker. I don’t compare myself to anybody… It’s only about what you’re doing and supposed to do, and I feel like I’m supposed to be doing this.” With Carey as host, the show changed its set to reflect the new emcee, slightly updated the long-running theme song, and gave away its first million dollar prize during Carey’s first $1,000,000 Spectacular primetime special.

On October 9, 2007 Carey proposed to Nicole Jaracz. In a statement regarding the engagement, publicist Christina Papadopoulos said, “It will be the first marriage for both. No date for a wedding has been set yet. They are both very happy and excited about their future together.”

For more info on Drew Carey, be sure to visit his Wikipedia page!

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