Famous Veterans: Drew Carey
Comedian & Actor
Drew Carey, the famous comedian and star of The Drew Carey Show, served in the Marine Corps Reserves from 1980 - 1986. According to Carey, he adopted his trademark crew cut and horn-rimmed glasses during his time of service.
Carey, born May 23, 1958 in Cleveland, was a member of his high school marching band and later attended Kent State, where he was a member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity. During his service in the Marine Corps, he began performing stand-up comedy that eventually led to supporting roles on television. Finally, he was given a starring role in his own sitcom playing an "everyman" who works as a manager of a department store. He also hosts the United States version of the popular British improv comedy show, Whose Line Is It Anyway?
When asked how he got his start, Carey said, "While in the Marine Reserves, I was looking for a way to make some more money, and it was suggested that I try using my jokes." Carey was paid about $10 a joke during his first stand-up. Eventually, he found his way into show business.
Carey's comedy reflects an appreciation for the trials of everyday life as well as a devilish sense of the absurd. Mr. Carey still supports the troops, and does overseas touring with the USO.
"I think if I did not have such a great break, I would still be in the military," said Carey. "I still wear my hair short and have the glasses. Also, I enjoyed the regimen and camaraderie. I knew that once I left the Reserves, I would give back to the military, so I teamed up with the USO."