For Drew Carey, life is just 'Right'
By Matt Wohlfarth
Published: Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, 8:55 p.m.
Drew Carey come on down ... to the Carnegie Library Music Hall in Munhall, anyway.
The loveable host of “The Price is Right” will dust off his comedy notebooks and perform live on Nov. 22 for an all-ages show.
Well known for “The Drew Carey Show” (1995-2004) and also as the host of “Whose Line is it Anyway?” (1998-2006), Carey now is recognized as the host of the iconic game show “The Price is Right,” a job he's had since 2007. He's also featured in the just-released interactive video of Bob Dylan's “Like a Rolling Stone,” which has been getting a lot of attention.
Not bad for just a regular guy from a tough blue-collar section of Cleveland. By the looks of his career, Carey just won both showcases.
So many people know him from his current duties as host, but they forget that Carey first made a name for himself as a stand-up comedian who tore up clubs with his everyman persona sporting black-rim glasses and his ever-present Marine crewcut. Carey's love of walking that line of edginess always cut as close as his haircut and kept audiences on the edge of their seat waiting to see what outrageous thing he might say next.
Off-the-charts likeable, audiences relate to the pain of his struggles, his mischievous honesty and his willingness to laugh at himself. If anyone has to tell you the world just ended, Carey would be a great choice.
Question: What's next for Drew Carey?
Answer: I'm just doing the stand-up and “The Price is Right.” That takes up all my time. Also I just released a new video on www.bobdylan.com. It came out great. We also released a “Price is Right” time-lapse video that lets everyone see all the chaos behind the scenes. That turned out good, also. You can Google it, and it will come up.
Q: What was the biggest challenge of going from comedian-actor to game-show host?
A: To remember to explain the games to everyone if they were new. It's like a card game, everyone has different house rules. And to remember we're playing a game.
Q: Was it hard to replace a legend such as Bob Barker? What was your strategy for making “The Price is Right” your own?
A: I didn't really think about it. I went in with my ears open and my mouth shut. There were people there doing the show for 20 to 30 years. I tried to just go with the flow.
Q: What is the secret of your incredible weight loss? (Carey lost 80 pounds in 2010 and has maintained the loss.)
A: Cut carbs and (do) cardio. The elliptical drops the weight off fast. My energy is way better, I think, way better ... all of my cognition is better.
Q: Do you miss being a struggling comedian on the road?
A: I always just try to take one step at a time. When I was headlining, I thought I made it. I was working and saving. Everyone has a different definition of making it. Rarely is anyone (in show business) doing the same job. We all are doing temp work. Denis Waitley (a motivational writer-speaker), I quote him a lot, said, “Get as far as you can and you'll always be able to see further.” I think it's a bad goal to say, “I'm going to be a movie star.” It's better to say, “I want to be a working actor.” In the end everyone defines their own success. I just think of myself as someone who has a different job than other people.
Q: Who makes you laugh?
A: Most of the main comedians like Chris Rock, Louis CK. … There's a lot of improv comics who nobody ever heard of who are hilarious. There's an improv team of Heather and Miles. They do a different type of improv called long form. I've seen them 15 to 20 times and can't get enough of them.
Comedian Matt Wohlfarth is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.
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