Drew Carey was born on May 23, 1958, and grew up in the Old Brooklyn neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio. He graduated from James Ford Rhodes High School in 1975 and then attended Kent State University. He left Kent State after three years and enlisted into the Marine Corps Reserves in 1979 and served for four years with Headquarters and Services Company, 3rd Battalion, 25th Marines, as a field radio operator.
In 1985, Drew 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. The following year, Drew won an open-mic contest and became Master of Ceremonies at the Cleveland Comedy Club. He performed at comedy clubs over the next few years in Cleveland and Los Angeles.
Drew first came into the national spotlight when he competed in the 1988 series of Star Search. He then appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in November 1991. His performance impressed Johnny, who invited Drew to sit on the couch next to his desk; this was considered a rare honor for any comedian. In that same year, Drew 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, Drew Carey: Human Cartoon, which aired on Showtime and won a CableACE Award for Best Writing
Drew has appeared in several films, television series, music videos, a made-for-television film, and a computer game. He has hosted The Price Is Right since 2007 on CBS. He is interested in a variety of sports, and has worked as a photographer at U.S. National Team soccer games, and is a minority owner of the Major League Soccer team Seattle Sounders FC. Drew has written an autobiography, Dirty Jokes and Beer: Stories of the Unrefined, detailing his early life and television career.
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