In 2007 DREW CAREY was honored to be chosen as the host of CBS’ The Price is Right series, which first aired on CBS in 1972. Drew is an actor and producer who had the distinction of having two hit shows simultaneously: the long-running comedy The Drew Carey Show, which ran from 1995-2004, and the completely improvised show Whose Line Is It Anyway?, on which he was the host and a producer. The success of Whose Line led to the creation of Drew Carey’s Improv All-Stars, an improv group that performs in showrooms across the country.
Drew Carey previously appeared at the Hollywood Bowl as Wilbur Turnblad in the summer 2011 production of the Tony-winning musical Hairspray as well as Amos in the summer 2013 production of Tony-winning musical Chicago.
In 1991, after landing a spot on HBO’s 14th Annual Young Comedians Special, Carey finally got to do stand-up on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. That appearance, which was later featured in The Best of Carson DVD box set, helped him land his own television development deal at Disney, which led to an opportunity for Carey to co-star in the series The Good Life on NBC. There he met Bruce Helford, who was a consulting writer on the series and who hired Carey as a staff writer for Someone Like Me, starring Gaby Hoffman. Their experience led the two of them to co-create The Drew Carey Show. Carey went on to star in his own comedy special for Showtime, Drew Carey: Human Cartoon. He also performed in the 10th anniversary of the Montreal Comedy Festival, which was recorded for Showtime.
While in the United States Marine Corps Reserves, his military buzz cut and black wide-rim glasses became part of his trademark look. He began his successful career as a comedian in 1986 at the Cleveland Comedy Club. One of his first big breaks was competing on Star Search ’88.
Carey was born in Cleveland, Ohio and currently resides in Los Angeles.