On Monday night, Drew Carey announced on David Letterman that he will be Bob Barker’s replacement on the hit game show “The Price is Right.” Carey mentioned that he received the call during the show’s opening and excitedly announced that the deal had gone through. Carey will also host “Power of 10,” another game show that will air next month.

This gig of talk show host is one of many occupations Carey has held in the entertainment industry throughout his career. Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio in 1958, Carey was attracted to comedy at an early age. The sudden death of his father from a brain tumor when Carey was eight years old forced his mother to work long hours to support the family. He and his brothers spent their nights home along watching cartoons and listening to comedy albums as a means of escape from the pressures of reality.

He attended Rhodes High School in Cleveland and later attended Kent State where he enrolled in the Delta Tau Delta fraternity. There, his depression caught up to him and he attempted suicide. He was then expelled twice and dropped out of school.

He then signed up with the Marine Corps Reserves in 1980 and served for six years. While there, a friend of his asked Carey to write some jokes for him to be read on the radio. He studied up on how to write comedy and meshed this with his natural comedic flair. He wrote up an act for himself and began performing at the Cleveland Comedy Club in 1986.

In 1991, he performed on The Tonight Show and later on HBO specials and other TV appearances. In 1995, he and TV writer/producer Bruce Helford created “The Drew Carey Show.” The show was widely successful and it led him to hosting the game show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” based on the popular British improv show. In 1997, he released an autobiography titled “Dirty Jokes and Beer: Stories of the Unrefined” and shared his ups and downs with the public.

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