Niagara Gazette

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July 4, 2013

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


Niagara Gazette — “I had dreams of how it would look the night before so when it happened and I was doing it I felt like there was somebody else talking and I wasn’t even there. I was just floating on air and when he called me over I had dreamt that too so when it all happened I was living a dream.”

It was a dream that was five years in the making, and a career path that took Carey some time to identify.

“It just took me awhile to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. I didn’t start doing stand-up until I was 28 years-old so I was a late bloomer. When I got to “The Tonight Show”, I was 33, so I had been doing it for five years. I had a bunch of jobs through my twenties, working as a waiter or any job that paid the bills. When I started doing stand-up and realized I could make a living at it I thought, ‘all you have to do is show up in a good mood and be able to write jokes.’ ”

Carey perfected his craft on the road over those five years.

“Everything about the comedy business you have to learn on the job. People can purport to teach it but it’s kind of like writing, you have to write to become a writer. The best writing schools make you write a lot and share your stuff with other writers and they tell you if your stuff stinks or not.”

As mentioned earlier, there are many facets of Drew Carey. Carey was quick to note that his stand-up material is not for everyone. The show is restricted to audience members ages 16 and older.

“If you’re a fan of “Price is Right” and think ‘this guy is clean and I can bring my kid,’ well you can’t. I have a very adult act. People realize there is a separation there.”

IF YOU GO • WHAT: Stand-up comedy with Drew Carey • WHERE: Seneca Niagara Events Center • WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday • TICKETS: Start at $45

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