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Drew Allison Carey (born May 23, 1958) is an Americanmarker comedian, actor, photographer, and game show host. After serving in the U.S. Marines and making a name for himself in stand-up comedy, Carey eventually gained popularity starring on his own sitcom, The Drew Carey Show, and serving as host on the U.S. version of Whose Line Is It Anyway?, both of which aired on ABC.

Carey has appeared in several films, television series, music videos, a made-for-television film, and a computer game. He is interested in and involved with a variety of sports and has worked as a photographer at U.S. National Team soccer games, and is currently a minority owner of the Major League Soccer team Seattle Sounders FC. Carey currently is engaged and has written an autobiography detailing his early life and television career. Carey currently hosts the game show The Price Is Right, which airs on CBS.

Early life

Drew Carey was the youngest of Lewis and Beulah Carey's three sons and raised in the Old Brooklyn neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohiomarker. When he was eight years old his father died from a brain tumor. According to his autobiography, he was born with six toes on his right foot and he played the cornet and trumpet in the marching band of James Ford Rhodes High School, from which he graduated in 1975.

He continued on to college at Kent State Universitymarker and was expelled twice for poor academic performance. He left KSU after just three years, but not before becoming a member of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity. After leaving the university, Carey joined the United States Marine Corps Reserve in 1980 and served for six years. He relocated to Las Vegasmarker for a few months in 1982, and for a short time worked as a bank teller and a waiter at Denny's.

Stand-up career

In 1985, he began his comedy career by following up on a suggestion by David Lawrence (a disc jockey friend who had been paying Drew to write jokes for David's radio show in Cleveland) to go to the library and borrow books on how to write jokes. In 1986, after winning an open-mike contest, he became MC at the Cleveland Comedy Club. For the next few years, he performed at multiple comedy clubs in Cleveland and Los Angeles. He was first brought to the national eye as a comedian when he competed in the 1988 Star Search. 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. In that same year, Carey joined the 14th Annual Young Comedians Special on HBO and made his first appearance on Late Night with David Letterman. 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.

Acting career

Early roles

Following on the success of his early stand-up career, he subsequently appeared in a number of supporting roles on television shows, during which he developed the character of a hapless middle-class bachelor. In 1993, Carey had a small role in the film Coneheads as a taxi passenger. Turning his attention to television, 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 consultant for the television show Someone Like Me.

The Drew Carey Show

After their stint on Someone Like Me, Carey and Helford developed and produced the storyline for The Drew Carey Show. The show premiered on September 13, 1995 on ABC. In his autobiography, Carey revealed his frustration with having to deal with censors and being unable to employ the off-color humor common to his stand-up routines. Carey initially earned $60,000 per episode in the first seasons, then renegotiated for $300,000. By the 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.

Improv television

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 episode. The show ran for a total of 215 episodes from 1998 to 2006. In 1998, the New York Friars' Clubmarker 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, but picked up shortly afterward by Comedy Central.

Improv All-Stars

Carey helped to create the Improv All-Stars, which is composed of eleven other members. The members of the group joined Carey in both of his two improv shows, Whose Line is it Anyway? and Drew Carey's Green Screen Show and some had major roles or guest starred on his previous shows. The group traveled on several comedy tours performing at various comedy clubs through 2006.

Game show host

Power of 10

In 2007, Carey began hosting game shows. On April 13, 2007, Carey was selected to host the CBS game show pilot Power of 10. The show ran from August 7, 2007 to April 7, 2008 and aired twice weekly during the late summer and early fall. Each game featured contestants predicting how a cross-section of Americans responded to questions covering a wide variety of topics in polls conducted by CBS.

The Price Is Right

After taping the pilot episode for Power of 10, Carey 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 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 October 15, 2007. In response to replacing Barker as host of the game show, Carey stated:

With Carey as host, the show changed its set, slightly updated the long-running theme song as well as the show's logo, and gave away its first million-dollar prize during Carey's first $1,000,000 Spectacular primetime special. During Carey's second year as host, he began to write some of the various sketches used during the showcase, returning old aspects of the show that had been removed by Barker (on-camera appearances by the announcer, speaking roles for the models in Showcases, and removing bans on leather goods, wool coats and imported cars), bringing additional guest appearances on the show with CBS crossovers, especially by replacing the show's models for musical instruments with live performances by endorsers of musical instruments, and presided over the Showcase's first-ever perfect bid in daytime.

On April 16, 2009, Barker made a guest appearance on the show. The two hosts participated in a brief chat, and assisted in the presentation of two showcases designed to center on the promotion of Barker's new book, Priceless Memories. It was the first time that two Price hosts shared the same stage since 1982, when Bill Cullen appeared on Barker's set.

Other roles and appearances

Carey began appearing in commercials for restaurants in the late 1990s in Canadamarker with The Great Root Bear, but his two-year contract with A&W Food Services of Canada was cut short in November 1998 after featuring McDonald's in an episode of The Drew Carey Show that took place in Chinamarker. As a result, Carey sued A&W for compensation.

On April 22, 1999 at Disney's Hollywood Studiosmarker (known as Disney-MGM Studios at the time), one of the parks that make up the Walt Disney World Resortmarker in Floridamarker, Carey debuted a 12-minute attraction entitled Sounds Dangerousmarker! In the show, a camera follows Carey through a day as an undercover detective when his video camera fails and the audience is left in complete darkness wearing earphones, following his adventure through sound cues. The attraction is presently running on a limited "seasonal" schedule.

In 1999, Carey made a cameo appearance in "Weird Al" Yankovic's music video for "It's All About the Pentiums". In 2004, he made an appearance for Fountains of Wayne's video for "Mexican Wine". He gave an introduction to the video as if it were on a stage.

On May 7, 2000, Carey's television film Geppetto debuted for an ABC presentation of the The Wonderful World of Disney. The film was an adaptation of Pinocchio, and included actor Wayne Brady who had joined Carey on Whose Line is it Anyway? and a few episodes of The Drew Carey Show. Carey took singing lessons to prepare for the role.

In 2000 Carey was given a cameo appearance in the House Party expansion pack of the computer game The Sims . To make him appear, the Sims must throw a successful party, which causes Carey to arrive in a limo and join the festivities. Carey is a fan of The Sims series and during one April Fool's episode of The Drew Carey Show, a scene takes place completely within The Sims.

Carey provided the entertainment for the 2002 Annual White Housemarker Correspondents dinner. Once Carey completed his standup routine for the 1,800 guests, President George W. Bush, noting Carey's improv work, made a joke of his own: "Drew? Got any interest in the Middle East?" In 2003, he joined Jamie Kennedy to host the WB's live special Play for a Billion. In September 2003, Carey led a group of comedians, including Blake Clark and the Drew Carey Show's Kathy Kinney, on a comedy tour of Iraq.

In 2005, Carey appeared in three different films. He provided a voice-over for the character Crank in the animated film Robots, in The Aristocrats to retell a dirty joke along with other celebrities, and was interviewed in the documentary Fuck.

On June 8, 2006, Drew Carey's Sporting Adventures debuted on the Travel Channel. Carey travels throughout Germanymarker to photograph multiple FIFA World cup soccer games while he immerses himself in the culture of towns and states he visits.

In September 2008, Carey began filling in as a guest DJ on Little Steven's Underground Garage on Sirius radio


Cover of Dirty Jokes and Beer: Stories of the Unrefined
Carey has routinely written throughout his career, including developing his stand-up comedy routines in his early stand-up career, and then moving on to assist in writing sitcoms. In 1997, Carey published his autobiography, Dirty Jokes and Beer: Stories of the Unrefined wherein he shared memories of his early childhood and of his father's death when he was eight. He also revealed that he was once molested, had suffered bouts of depression, and had made two suicide attempts by swallowing a large amount of sleeping pills. The book discusses his college fraternity years while attending Kent State University, and his professional career up to that time. The book featured large amounts of profanity and, as the title suggests, includes multiple dirty jokes (there is one at the start of each chapter) and references to beer. The book was featured on The New York Times bestseller list for three months.

Personal life

A United States Marine, he adopted his crew cut hair style during his time in the service. Carey has had refractive surgery to correct his vision and therefore did not really require glasses (any glasses he wore in public were merely props to help the audience recognize him). However, while this was true for several years, on the May 17, 2006 episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live he revealed that when he turned 40, he actually developed a need for bifocals. Carey currently lives in Los Angelesmarker and New York Citymarker.

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."

Political views

Carey is known for his fiscally conservative leanings and considers himself a libertarian.

When approached about his political views, Carey has distanced himself from conservative celebrities by emphasizing his libertarian leanings. He has expressed his distaste for the Bush administration's running of the War in Iraq, specifically on the September 15, 2007, episode of Real Time with Bill Maher. In 2007 he donated to Ron Paul's presidential campaign.

Carey has spoken about his various political beliefs in several interviews and in 1998, he led a "smoke-in" in defiance of California's newly-passed no-smoking ordinance inside of bars and restaurants. Carey has hosted a series of mini-documentaries called The Drew Carey Project on, an online project of Reason Foundation, a libertarian think tank. The first episode, "Gridlock", addresses private highway ownership and was released on October 15, 2007. Other episodes discuss topics such as eminent domain, urban traffic congestion, and medical marijuana.

Sports involvement

Carey is a devoted fan of the U.S. National Soccer Team, Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Cavaliers and Cleveland Indians. In 1999, Carey was part of the pregame ceremonies at the first game of the return of the Cleveland Browns, televised on ESPN. His favorite soccer teams are the U.S. Men's National team, FC Barcelona, the Scottish team Rangers and L.A. Galaxy (for which he is a season ticket holder). Drew recently became a minority owner of the new MLS team, Seattle Sounders.

Carey has showed his support for the Indians by throwing the first pitch at an August 12, 2006 game against the Kansas City Royals. He was rewarded by the Cleveland Indians for being "the greatest Indians fan alive" with a personal bobblehead doll made in his likeness that was given to fans. Carey responded to his bobblehead likeness by saying "Bobblehead Day, for me, is as big as getting a star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame."

In 2001, Carey was the first television actor to enter World Wrestling Federation's 30-man "Royal Rumble" match, which he did to promote an improv comedy pay-per-view at the time. He appeared in a few backstage segments before his brief participation in the match. Upon entering the ring, Carey stood unopposed for more than half a minute; he eliminated himself by offering money to Kane and then fleeing the ring.

In 2003, Carey competed against five other celebrities in the first celebrity edition of the World Poker Tour. He placed fifth, only beating out comedian/actor/musician Jack Black. Carey won $2,000 for his charity.

On November 12, 2007, Carey became a minority owner of the Seattle Sounders FC, who began play in Major League Soccer on March 19, 2009. That evening, Carey raised the 12th man flag at the Seattle Seahawks Monday Night Football game against San Francisco (the Sounders and Seahawks share some partners and stadium). He told reporters at the game that fans will have the option to purchase membership in the club and that every four years members will be able to vote out the team's general manager, in a move similar to Spanish powerhouses Réal Madrid and FC Barcelona.


Carey is a supporter of libraries, crediting them for beginning his successful comedy career. On May 2, 2000, in a celebrity edition of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, he selected the Ohio Library Foundation to receive his $500,000 winnings. He later went on to win an additional $32,000 on the second celebrity Millionaire, making him one of the biggest winning contestants on Millionaire who did not win the top prize. Carey also has played on the World Poker Tour in the Hollywood Home games for the Cleveland Public Librarymarker charity. In June 2007, Carey offered to donate up to $100,000 (in $10,000 increments) to the Mooch Myernick Memorial Fund if anybody could beat him at the video game FIFA Soccer 07 for the Xbox 360. He dared five players from both the U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Teams to compete against him. Carey ended up donating $100,000 plus $60,000 for losing two games out of the six games he played.

In October 2009, Carey made a bid of $25,000 in a charity auction for the @drew Twitter account. He later increased his offer to $100,000 if the number of followers of his current account @DrewFromTV reached 100,000 by the end of the auction. In an interview with CBS News, he announced that he would instead donate $1 million to the charity, Lance Armstrong's LIVESTRONG Foundation, if his follower count reached one million by December 31, 2009.


Carey can sometimes be seen on the sidelines of U.S. National Team soccer games as a press photographer. His images are sold via wire services under the pseudonym Brooks Parkenridge. He was at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in the summer of 2006, for his television show Drew Carey's Sporting Adventures.

Awards and honors

  • Carey won the Cable Ace Award for Best Writing for his work on Drew Carey: Human Cartoon.
  • In 1995, he was named one of the "10 Hottest New Faces of '95" by TV Guide.
  • Carey received an honorary Ph.D. from Cleveland State Universitymarker in 2000.
  • He won the People's Choice Award for Favorite Male Television Performer for his work in The Drew Carey Show, in both 2000 and 2001.
  • On February 21, 2003, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Famemarker. His star can be found at 6664 Hollywood Blvd.
  • In 2004, Comedy Central ranked him #84 on its list of the 100 greatest standups of all time.
  • On June 21, 2008 Carey won second place from the Los Angeles Press Club for his feature on medical marijuana in the multimedia package category.


Carey has starred in only a few television shows and films, but also has numerous guest star appearances in a variety of other sitcoms and comedy shows.

Television work

Year Title Role Notes
1994 The Good Life Drew Clark
1995-2004 The Drew Carey Show Drew Carey
1997 Home Improvement Road Kill specialist (Seymour 'Sy' Winterfleffin)
1998-2006 Whose Line Is It Anyway? Himself Host
1999 King of the Hill Hal Episode "Not in My Back-hoe"
2000 Geppetto Geppetto
2000 Baby Blues Himself Episode "Bizzy Move's In"
2004-2005 Drew Carey's Green Screen Show Himself
2006 Drew Carey's Sporting Adventures Himself
2007-2008 Power of 10 Himself Host
2007-Present The Price Is Right Himself Host


Year Title Role Notes
1993 Coneheads Taxi passenger
2005 Robots Crank (voice only)
The Aristocrats Himself
Fuck Himself


  1. Monday Night Football, Broadcast on November 12, 2007, ABC

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