Howie Mandel has reached a ubiquitous, multi-hyphenate status in show business. He’s covered the entertainment spectrum in his 40-year career as an actor, voice artist, author, host and producer. It’s almost easy to forget that he began as a great stand-up comedian.
Today, Mandel serves as host and executive producer of Deal or No Deal and for the past nine seasons, Mandel has served as a judge on America’s Got Talent, but he is also a mainstay of the comedy scene, performing as many as 200 stand-up comedy shows each year.
Shortly after being expelled from his Toronto high school for impersonating the principal and hiring contractors to build an addition, Mandel started his comedy career on a dare in 1979. Then one night during a trip to Los Angeles he was at the legendary Comedy Store on amateur night and he was again coaxed by his friends to get up and try his luck.
As fate would have it, there was a producer in the crowd who immediately hired him to appear on the comedy game-show Make Me Laugh. His appearance on the show led to talk show appearances, a stint as Diana Ross’ opening act and eventually to the television series St. Elsewhere, where Howie spent six seasons as “Dr. Wayne Fiscus” on the award-winning NBC drama.
In 2009, Mandel added author to his resume when he released his no-holds-barred memoir, “Here’s the Deal: Don’t Touch Me.” The memoir revealed his ongoing struggle with OCD and ADHD, and how it has shaped his life and career. It made The New York Times bestseller list on its first week and remained on the list for several consecutive weeks.
Howie Mandel performs at the Rose Theatre on November 2.
Tickets are available here.