Drew Carey Net Worth, Money and More

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Net Worth: $165 million

Career/Profession: Television actor, Comedian, Show Host

Drew Alison Carey originally known as Drew Carey proved his versatility in every field. He accomplished the success in each field even though they all work in the different direction. He chose his profession as an actor, but simultaneously worked as a sports executive, comedian on various shows and hosted many series as a host. He started his career as a comedian and rose to popularity with his own show and then recognized as the host in comedy programs.

Mentally disturbed after the loss of his father:

Comedian Drew Carey was born on May 23, 1958 in Cleveland, Ohio. Carey got mentally disturbed when his father died due to brain tumor. His mother took the responsibility of him and his two elder brothers and started working out on multiple jobs. He belongs to Scottish family and completed his graduation from James Ford Rhodes High School. He was fond of playing trumpet and cornets. He was expelled from Kent State University due to poor academic performance. He left the college and got listed in United States Marine Corps Reserve in 1980 and served it for six years. He was shifted to Las Vegas and worked as a waiter and bank teller too. He in his early age worked as a waiter so it was very easy for him to involve with A&W Restaurants.

Nothing would have been better than this start: Stand-up Comedian

In 1985, he followed the advice of David Lawrence and started his career as a comedian by reading books of jokes in the library. During the following year, he became the Master of Ceremonies in a microphone contest in the Cleveland Comedy Club. He performed at several comedy clubs in Los Angeles and Cleveland. He came into light when he took part in Star Search in 1988. He took a start with The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in 1991. His performance in this show was amazing and it was a pleasure for Carey when he got invited from Carson. It was honored for him as a stand-up comedian. In 1991, he simultaneously joined 14th Annual Young Comedians Special which was premiered on HBO. He appeared in Late Night with David Letterman too. The confidence he collected boosted him as a comedian and directed a show Drew Carey: Human Cartoon on Showtime. This show entitled him to CableACE Award for best writing.


Tried his hands on acting:

After establishing his image as a stand-up comedian, he moved on to explore some new talent in him. He appeared in some supporting roles in TV shows which transformed his image from comedian to hapless bachelor. In 1993, ‘Coneheads’ gave him a small start with a role as a taxi passenger. Following this he put all his attention on an NBC premiered show ‘The Good Life’ with John Caponera. But this show did not hit the target and was cancelled very soon. Then he worked as a consultant for Someone like Me.


His own production: Drew Carey Show

Drew was very depressed and not satisfied with his work, but Helford helped him to get out of this depression. He and Helford wrote the storyline for The Drew Carey Show. The story of this show demonstrated the difficulties Drew faced in his life and also the fun he had with his childhood friends. He initially made $60, 000 per episode then $30,000 in between and finally at the last season he earned $750,000 per episode. This show started with a full flesh earning but later on being unable to satisfy the demands and so got cancelled. This show had about 233 episodes in nine years.



Communicating worldwide as a host

He is not only good at acting or as a standing comedian, but also good at making interaction with the people. His communicating capabilities also made him recognized as professional host.

  • Whose Line is it Anyway: He started hosting the show ‘Whose line is it Anyway’. In this, his work was to welcome the guest, direct them and made them understand the rules of the game. This show worked well for him and ran for about 220 episodes. His work from ‘Drew Carey Show’ and ‘Whose Line is it Anyway’ earned a worth $45.5 million.
  • Drew Carey’s Improv-A- Ganza: In primetime, Drew was going to host a new show Drew Carey’s Improv-A- Ganza as announced by GSN. He was a member of an All-Star group who joined him in his every show. They toured together several times, performed at night clubs or in comedy clubs too.
  • Power of 10: He also hosted Power of 10 which aired on CBS. This show featured the responses of American on the polls conducted by CBS.
  • The Price is Right: He got the offer of replacing retired, Bob Barker with ‘The Price is Right’ as a host. When he started hosting all the sets, themes and environment were updated.


Awards and Achievements:

  • Carey won the Cable Ace Award for his work on Drew Carey: Human Cartoon.
  • Carey was named one of the “10 Hottest New Faces of ’95”.
  • He won the People‘s Choice Award for Favorite Male Performer in The Drew Carey Show, in 2000 and 2001.
  • He was ranked 84th on Comedy Central’s list in 2004.
  • Carey shared “Best Advocacy Journalism” award with Nick Gillespie and Paul Feine at the 53rd Annual Southern California Journalism Awards.

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