Drew Carey was the youngest of Lewis and Beulah Carey’s three sons and raised in Parma, Ohio. He graduated from James Ford Rhodes High School in 1975.
He continued on to college at Kent State University, and after leaving the university, Carey enlisted into the United States Marine Corps Reserve in 1980 and served for six years. He relocated to Las Vegas for a few months in 1982, and for a short time worked as a bank teller and a waiter at Denny’s.
In 1985, he began his comedy career by writing jokes for a Cleveland radio show, and for the next few years, he performed at multiple comedy clubs in Cleveland and Los Angeles. He was first brought to the national eye as a comedian when he competed in the 1988 Star Search. Carey appeared on The Tonight Show, and Late Night with David Letterman, and played small roles on several television shows. In 1995, the wildly successful Drew Carey Show was born, which turned Carey into a household name.
In 1998, Carey hosted the comedy improv show, Whose Line Is It Anyway?, and in 2007, Carey replaced retiring Bob Barker as host of The Price Is Right.
Carey vocally defends the principles of limited government, individual liberty, and free markets, having worked with the Reason Foundation on a mini-series entitled, “The Drew Carey Project,” in which Carey gets to the root of issues facing America and calls for common-sense libertarian reforms.
Carey summarizes his political views saying:
“I believe the answers to all the problems we face as a society won’t come from Washington. They will come from us.”