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Drew Carey -- Cleveland's Comedian

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Drew Carey

Drew Carey

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Drew Carey, born and raised in Cleveland, is best known for his "Drew Carey Show," which ran ten years and featured a host of Cleveland references. Carey, now an LA resident, is still a fan of Cleveland sports teams and makes frequent visits to the city.

Early Life:

Carey was born in 1958 in Cleveland's Old Brooklyn neighborhood. He graduated from John Ford Rhodes High School here in 1975 and attended Kent State University. Carey joined the United States Marines Reserves in 1980 after dropping out of school and served for six years.

Start in Cleveland:

Drew Carey worked a number of jobs in Cleveland and Los Angeles before becoming a star. Among other things, he was a waiter at Sammy's in the Flats and worked at Denny's on Rockside Rd.

Carey's first comedy gig, an open mic job at the Cleveland Comedy Club in 1986, landed him an emcee job there. He also performed at the Front Row Theater in Highland Heights. Carey's first big break came in 1991 when he appeared on the "Tonight Show with Johnny Carson."

Television Credits:

These are just some of Drew Carey's TV credits:
  • "Drew Carey Show" - 1995 to 2004
  • "Whose Line is it Anyway?" - 1998 to 2006
  • "Power of Ten" - debuted in August of 2007
  • "Price is Right" - from 2007

Awards:

Carey has won two Peoples Choice Awards, has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and was awarded an honorary PhD from Cleveland State University in 2000.

What's Next for Drew Carey:

CBS announced on July 23, 2007 that Carey would replace retiring host, Bob Barker as host of the popular daytime game show, "The Price is Right." Carey has also signed on the host that network's evening game show, "Power of Ten," which premiered in August of 2007.

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(updated 4-17-08)

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