With the success of The Drew Carey Show and Whose Line Is It Anyway?, stand-up comic turned actor, director and producer Drew Carey has had the rare honor of having two hit shows on the air simultaneously. Carey continued to diversify his career with his cutting edge standup comedy, various cable and pay-per-view television specials and his work as an author. His passion for improv performing led him to create Drew Carey's Green Screen Show, a new series on The WB that combines standard improv games with animation.
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Carey began his career as a comedian in 1986 in Cleveland. One of his first breaks was a spot on Star Search in 1988.
In November 1991, Carey landed his first appearance on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Carson was so impressed that he bestowed a rare honor on Carey by calling him over to the couch, where Carey stayed for the remainder of the show. A portion of that memorable appearance can be seen on the Best of Carson collection. Also in 1991, Carey appeared on HBO's 14th Annual Young Comedians Special and made his first appearance on Late Night with David Letterman.
In 1994, Carey's Showtime stand-up comedy special Drew Carey, Human Cartoon, earned him a Cable Ace Award for Best Writing. That same winter, while starring on the short-lived sitcom, The Good Life, Carey met producer Bruce Helford. Together they created long-running series The Drew Carey Show, which premiered in 1995 and earned Carey two People's Choice Awards for Favorite Male in a New Series. The show has been hugely successful in syndication and lasted for nine seasons and 233 episodes, making it one of the longest-running shows in television history.
Carey has also been lauded for bringing the innovative British improv show Whose Line Is It Anyway? to American television. The show debuted in 1998 and ran for 175 episodes.
In July of 1997, Carey hosted HBO's Mr. Vegas' All-Night Party. He felt right at home as he performed musical numbers and comedy sketches in Las Vegas. In October 1998, Carey was roasted by the Friar's Club on Comedy Central. It was the first time the Friar's Club had ever televised one of their famous roasts.
In 2001, Carey teamed with Showtime for a live pay-per-view improv comedy special Improv Allstars, from the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas. Featuring many members of the rotating Whose Line cast, the show was one of the highest-rated variety entertainment programs to ever air on pay-per-view. Last year, Carey hosted The WB's game show special Pepsi Play for a Billion.
Also a published author, Carey's debut book, Dirty Jokes and Beer: Stories of the Unrefined, spent three months on the New York Times' best-seller list.
Carey was also honored to provide the entertainment at the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner in Washington, DC in May 2002.