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July 4, 2013

With stand-up, 'Price' is no object for Drew Carey

Niagara Gazette — Drew Carey is one of those rare celebrities where it is hard to label him as “best known for …” The actor, comic, game show host, author, sports photographer and sitcom star seems to have a Midas touch in the entertainment industry.

All of those roads lead back to Carey’s first vocation in the entertainment industry, a stand-up comedian. Carey will be bringing his stand-up act to the Seneca Niagara Casino Events Center on Saturday for an 8 p.m. performance.

These days Carey is the host of “The Price is Right,” a role that became synonymous with Bob Barker until Carey took the helm in 2007. Given the show’s success, one has to wonder why Carey would decide to return to performing stand-up.

“I really missed it. After a while if you’re not writing anything for your act it begins to disappear. It becomes dated, or it’s no good anymore and pretty soon people ask you to do gigs and you don’t have enough material. I felt bad about telling people no and I missed that kind of performing where I had the freedom to talk about whatever I want,” Carey said during a phone interview this week.

“It’s just a really good outlet for me creatively and psychologically — and I’m good at it — so it’s crazy not to do it.”

Carey’s big break came in November 1991 when he appeared on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.”

“The whole thing was like an out of body experience. I had been there before on the advice Kevin Pollak, he said a good idea was to go and visit the studio and stand out on the spot when nobody was around. So I knew what it looked like in my head.”

In the days when Carson hosted “The Tonight Show,” a stand-up comic’s ultimate goal was to be invited over to Carson’s desk, and that is exactly what happened after Carey’s performance.

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