Drew Carey is basically a household name who’s done everything from show hosting to stand-up comedy. Read on to hear about Carey’s latest television endeavor, his rocky upbringing, Carey’s time as a Marine, and more.
1. Cheryl Burke Is Carey’s Partner on Dancing With the Stars
— Drew Carey (@DrewFromTV) March 15, 2014
As a new member of the DWTS series, Drew Carey has been paired with the legendary Cheryl Burke. Previously, Burke won the mirrorball trophy with Drew Lachey … Do you think she’ll have the same luck with this Drew?
2. His Father Died of a Brain Tumor When He Was Very Young
— Drew Carey (@DrewFromTV) November 19, 2013
Drew Carey didn’t have the perfect childhood … His father died of a brain tumor when he was eight years old. As Carey tried to move on with his life, he graduated from James Ford Rhodes High School, where he played the cornet and trumpet in the marching band. Then, he moved on to college, but that didn’t prove to be the best for him.
3. Carey Was Actually Expelled Twice from College
Drew Carey is a Kent State University alum and apparently, he was expelled twice for bad grades, according to his Wikipedia page.
4. For Several Years, Carey Was Host of Whose Line Is It Anyway?
— Drew Carey (@DrewFromTV) May 8, 2012
Drew Carey acted as the show host for Whose Line Is It Anyway? for many years. He would announce the tasks, direct the games, and would always include himself in the final game of the show. Over the years, he became quite close with his cast-mates. In 1998, fellow Whose Line-r Ryan Stiles even acted as the roast-master at Carey’s roast from the New York Friars Club.
Today, the show has returned to television with a new host, Aisha Tyler, though the old cast-mates have returned – Wayne Brady, Ryan Stiles, and Colin Mockery.
5. Now, Carey Hosts The Price Is Right
When Bob Barker stepped down as the host of The Price Is Right, Drew Carey stepped up to the plate. This wasn’t Carey’s first time as a game show host, as he previously had hosted a show called Power of 10. Upon accepting the role as host of The Price Is Right, Carey said:
You can’t replace Bob Barker. I don’t compare myself to anybody… It’s only about what you’re doing and supposed to do, and I feel like I’m supposed to be doing this.
Carey did try to keep Barker’s traditions on the show and keep the integrity of the program, but he added his own touches as well. Wikipedia wrote:
However, Carey kept the old closing line about spaying and neutering the pets that originated with Barker, although his version uses slightly different wording. During Carey’s second year as host, he began to write some of the sketches used during the Showcase, which sometimes features guest appearances by stars of other CBS programs. In the April Fools’ Day 2013 episode, Carey and announcer George Gray switched places with the models, letting the two men be the models for the episode.
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