Drew Allison Carey (May 23, 1958-) is an American actor, comedian, sports executive, and Game Show Host best known as a stand-up comedian and as the host of the US version of Whose Line Is It Anyway?.
Carey grew up in the Old Brooklyn neighborhood of Cleveland, 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.
His 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 Star Search. His stand-up career led to supporting roles on television shows and a small role in the movie Coneheads. In 1995, he premiered in The Drew Carey Show, 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.
Fortunately, he found his next calling in improv television with Whose Line Is It Anyway?, followed by Drew Careys Green Screen Show and Drew Carey's Improv-A-Ganza. He was also one of the founders of the Improv All-Stars, a group of improv actors that contributed talent to these three shows.
In 2007, Carey began hosting game shows, starting with the short-lived Power Of Ten. Carey was subsequently contacted by CBS about replacing Bob Barker as host of The Price Is Right, and he has served as its host since the fall of 2007.
In addition to these roles, Carey has played minor roles across television and film.
Television roles with TV Tropes pages:
- The Adventures of Pete & Pete
- Dancing with the Stars
- The Drew Carey Show
- Drew Carey's Improv-A-Ganza
- The Good Life
- Home Improvement
- The Larry Sanders Show
- The Late Late Show
- Lois & Clark
- The Price Is Right
- Royal Rumble
- Sabrina the Teenage Witch
- Star Search
- The Torkelsons
- The Weird Al Show
- Whose Line Is It Anyway?