On this day in comedy history, we celebrate the birth of a comedy icon, Drew Carey. Born on May 23, 1958, Carey has been making audiences laugh for decades with his relatable humor and lovable on-screen persona.
Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Carey’s early life wasn’t easy, but it did provide the backdrop for his later comedic work. After a stint in the U.S. Marine Corps, Carey began his comedy career performing stand-up at the Cleveland Comedy Club in 1985.
Carey’s big break came in 1991 when he appeared on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.” His performance was well received, and he soon became a popular figure in the comedy circuit. His success on stage led to his own television show, “The Drew Carey Show,” which aired from 1995 to 2004. The sitcom, where Carey played a fictional version of himself, showcased his easy-going humor and knack for physical comedy.
One of the defining characteristics of Carey’s comedy is his everyman appeal. His humor often revolves around common, everyday situations, making it highly relatable for a wide audience. From dealing with work troubles to navigating friendships, Carey’s comedy reflects the ups and downs of ordinary life.
Aside from “The Drew Carey Show,” Carey is also known for his work on the improvisational comedy show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” Here, Carey displayed his quick wit and ability to think on his feet, further cementing his place in comedy history.
Beyond comedy, Carey is also a successful game show host. Since 2007, he has been the host of “The Price Is Right,” bringing his unique brand of humor to the iconic game show.
On this day, we celebrate Drew Carey’s contributions to comedy. His ability to find humor in everyday situations and his affable on-screen presence have brought laughter to millions of people. His career, which spans stand-up, sitcoms, improv, and game shows, showcases the breadth of his comedic talent. So here’s to Drew Carey, a true icon in comedy, on his birthday.