November 6, 1989 |
Opening with a loose-limbed routine on childbirth, Howie Mandel established an accidental motif for the first of his two performances at the Valley Forge Music Fair on Saturday night. It was the night of the killer dad jokes. That's not to say that the mush-faced comic actor who played delightful Dr. Wayne Fiscus on television's late, lamented St. Elsewhere is following in the yuk-fest footsteps of fellow tube doc Bill Cosby. No, Mandel doesn't tell charming, gently humorous tales about being a dad; he spouts the groaningly goofball puns and one-liners that are the providence of proud papas everywhere.
March 13, 1987 |
Howie Mandel strides onstage and walks right into a wall - a wall of screams from last Friday's audience at the Sands. The audience screams, and Mandel screams back. "I think they were screaming because they were happy to see me," he said the next day. "I was screaming because I didn't know what the hell I was going to do. " Another opening, another show. "So I'm just screaming out of a combination of fear-slash-pain. And they're going 'Yaaayyy' and I'm just screaming.
August 7, 1991 |
Howie Mandel's club act is likely the most unpredictable session in show business - a bizarre spectacle to behold, what with all those spastic body movements, assorted props and off-the-wall comments. Not to mention all that audience participation. "I have no idea what I'm saying," said Mandel, who is appearing tonight through Sunday at the Sands Hotel & Casino. "It just comes out, and I'm hearing it, too. " Get it? Mandel is entertaining himself as much as he's entertaining the audience.
September 7, 1992 |
Timing is everything in comedy. When you're off, the audience can kill you. Or, even worse, want its money back. That's what the U.S. Naval Academy is demanding from stand-up star Howie Mandel, who performed at the Annapolis, Md., campus last month while the Navy was reeling over sexual-assault charges connected to the Tailhook scandal. Ever topical, Mandel took the opportunity to jokingly invite women in the audience to perform oral sex on stage. Six days before Mandel's show, the academy had held a seminar to warn male and female students against behavior that could be perceived as sexual harassment.
July 20, 1988 |
Howie Mandel is on the phone from California, talking about high school, where his stand-up humor has been trapped for more than a decade. The 33- year-old actor/comedian, who opens a five-day stand-up engagement at the Sands in Atlantic City tonight, is talking in his normal voice, the one he used on 'St. Elsewhere' as Dr. Wayne Fiscus, the one he will use when he begins work on an (as-yet-untitled) romantic comedy in September. I am startled by his normal voice, as well as by his normal sanity, because I have just watched two of his live comedy videos and it is hard for me to imagine that the Howie Mandel on those tapes is the Howie Mandel on the phone.
February 25, 2000 |
Howie Mandel was on the phone in his car while driving to a hot date. Just how hot remained to be seen. No matter, the comedian had his wife's approval. Actually, it wasn't Mandel's date. He was on his way to film the latest chapter in a documentary he is making on the breakup of a friend's marriage. Mandel, you see, picks his projects wherever he finds them. So, what's so special about this divorce? "That's the beauty of it," Mandel said, as he steered along the streets of Los Angeles.
June 4, 2006 |
Getting Howie Mandel to host Deal or No Deal was a tough sell. "I said, 'Absolutely not!' I had no interest in being a game-show host," Mandel recalls, from his home in Los Angeles. "I didn't want to read questions off a card and say, 'Correct!' " His manager couldn't convince him. The head of the production company for the prospective show struck out. "He re-created the game on this little board," Mandel recalls. "It looked like an eighth-grade arts and crafts project. I thought I was being punk'd.
November 15, 2011
Late Show With David Letterman (11:35 p.m., CBS3) - Bill Maher; Nikki Reed; Drake performs. The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (11:35 p.m., NBC10) - Howie Mandel; Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi; Patrick Stump. Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:35 a.m., 6ABC) - Dancing With the Stars castoff; Christina Perri. The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson (12:37 a.m., CBS3) Ewan McGregor; Jeff Cesario; Paula Poundstone.
November 26, 1986 |
Tonight's St. Elsewhere absolutely, positively has to be seen. Tonight's Late Night With David Letterman really should be seen. Everything else, by comparison, is only television. EVENING HIGHLIGHTS A DAY IN THE LIFE OF AMERICA (9 p.m., Ch. 12) - The day was May 2, 1986, and the idea was to hire 200 photographers and 23 camera crews to blanket the country and shoot whatever they wanted. Tonight's show is the video version of that one-day photo album. PBS. ST. ELSEWHERE (10 p.m., Ch. 3)