Famous Veterans: Drew Carey

Drew Carey

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?

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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."

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