The story goes that huggable
stand up comedian Howie Mandel, who ran a carpet business at the time,
began his show biz career by chance while catching amateur night at the
Comedy Store on the L.A. Sunset Strip during a vacation. Goaded on by
friends to try out, a producer spotted and hired him for an appearance on
the comedy game show "Make Me Laugh" and the rest is history.
Talk about luck! Born in Toronto, Canada in 1955, Howie became a highly
affable performer who quickly graduated to TV talk shows and Vegas gigs.
Six years on, the critically-acclaimed "St. Elsewhere" (1982)
medical drama not only increased his visibility but earned him Emmy
nominations. An affinity for children led him to the Emmy-nominated
animated kids' series "Bobby's World" (1990) serving as creator,
executive producer and vocal talent. Film stardom has been elusive with
silly, bumbling vehicles such as Fine Mess, A (1986), Walk Like a Man
(1987) and Little Monsters (1989) failing to click with audiences. Kids,
however, enjoyed his cuddly voice as Gizmo, in the Gremlins (1984) film
Following his own failed talk show "Howie Mandel Show, The"
(1998) in the 1998-1999 season, Howie has managed a full time schedule of
concerts and comedy specials that keeps him current with today's
Mandel is now doing a great show called "Deal or No Deal", a
game show that Howie has the person pick 1 case out of 26 and that is
there case, then you pick 6 cases and after the banker gives you a deal,
you decide if you want the deal or keep going, then it gose on to 5 cases
then deal, 4 cases then deal, 3, 2, then two 1 case pick then
banker. Trying to win the Million Dollar Case.