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1[[quoteright:350:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/drew_carey.png]] ²->''"I just try to get people to laugh - I'm not trying to change the world or anything."''²²Drew Allison Carey (born May 23, 1958) is an American actor, comedian, sports executive, {{game show host}} and photographer best known as a stand-up comedian, creating and starring in his eponymous series ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow'' and hosting the first eight seasons of the U.S. version of ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'' (the ones that first aired on Creator/{{ABC}} and [[Creator/{{Freeform}} ABC Family]]).²²Carey grew up in the Old Brooklyn neighborhood of UsefulNotes/{{Cleveland}}, UsefulNotes/{{Ohio}}, and attended James Ford Rhodes High School. He went on to college at Kent State University, but was expelled twice for poor academic performance and ultimately left after three years. Subsequently he enlisted in the United State Marine Corps Reserve and served for four years.²²His comedy career started in 1986 when he won an open-microphone contest and became Master of Ceremonies at the Cleveland Comedy Club, but he only entered the public eye when he competed in the 1988 ''Series/StarSearch''. His stand-up career led to supporting roles on television shows and a small role in the movie ''Film/{{Coneheads}}''. In 1995, he premiered in ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow'', where he played a fictionalized version of himself, though he grew frustrated with the censors and his inability to employ his usual off-color humor. ²²Fortunately, he found his next calling in improv television with ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'', followed by ''Drew Carey's Green Screen Show'' and ''Series/DrewCareysImprovAGanza''. He was also one of the founders of the Improv All-Stars, a group of improv actors that contributed talent to these three shows.²²In 2007, Carey began hosting game shows, starting with the short-lived ''Power of Ten''. Carey was subsequently contacted by Creator/{{CBS}} about replacing Bob Barker as host of ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'', and he has served as its host since the fall of 2007.²²In addition to these roles, Carey has played minor roles across television and film.²----²!!Filmography with TV tropes pages²!!!Live-action television²* ''Series/TheAdventuresOfPeteAndPete''²* ''Series/{{Community}}''²* ''Series/DancingWithTheStars''²* ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow''²* ''Series/DrewCareysImprovAGanza''²* ''Series/TheGoodLife''²* ''Series/HomeImprovement''²* ''Series/TheLarrySandersShow''²* ''Series/TheLateLateShow''²* ''Series/LoisAndClark''²* ''Series/ThePriceIsRight''²* ''Wrestling/RoyalRumble''²* ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch''²* ''Series/{{Scorpion}}''²* ''Series/StarSearch''²* ''Series/TheTorkelsons''²* ''Series/TheWeirdAlShow''²* ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway''²²!!!Films²* ''Film/TheAristocrats''²* ''Film/{{Coneheads}}''²* ''Film/FreakyFriday1995''²* ''Film/{{Geppetto}}''²* ''Film/JackAndJill''²²!!!Western Animation²* ''WesternAnimation/BabyBlues''²* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''²* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill''²* ''WesternAnimation/{{Robots}}''²* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''²* ''WesternAnimation/WordGirl''²----²!!Tropes associated with Drew Carey:²* AchillesHeel: It's not hard to get Drew to laugh, but it ''is'' hard to make him '''stop'''.²* EmbarrassingMiddleName: Allison, which gets made fun of on his eponymous show (as it's his character's full name).²* LovableNerd: The fictionalized version of himself on ''The Drew Carey Show'' fit this role, and so did the real Carey on ''Whose Line?''.²* NerdGlasses: He continued to wear glasses after getting LASIK surgery because they're so integral to his public image. He says he's since developed a need for bifocals.²* NiceGuy: He's a very laid-back, unassuming kind of guy who is also famous for being NiceToTheWaiter.²* SemperFi: As said above, he served in the Marines. He even plays a retired Marine on one episode of ''Series/{{NCIS}}''.

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