20 True Facts About Drew Carey That Will Blow Your Mind

What better time to celebrate the amazing host of The Price Is Right, Drew Carey, that right before he kicks off his tenth season as host? Check out this list of interesting facts about Drew before the game show's Season 46 premiere on September 18.

1. Drew has celebrated 10 years hosting The Price Is Right.

1. 1. Drew has celebrated 10 years hosting The Price Is Right.

This upcoming season of The Price As Right, premiering on Monday, Sept. 18, marks a huge win for host Drew Carey: It's his tenth year hosting!

In honor of Drew's television milestone, we're sharing six incredible Price Is Right statistics from the past decade:

1. From Seasons 36 to 45, the total winnings of cash and prizes combined was $129,835,932.
2. Drew has been part of 1,207 car giveaways in 10 years.
3. The host has seen 2,176 $1 bids in his time.
4. There have been 374 Perfect One Bids, in which Drew awarded $187,000 from his own pocket.
5. A total of 945 $1 spins have been spun next to Drew on stage.
6. In all, there have been 51 Double Showcase winners.

What other interesting facts about Drew Carey will blow your mind? Keep clicking to see!

Tune in to the season premieres of The Price Is Right (11:00 AM-12:00 PM, ET; 10:00-11:00 AM, PT) on Monday, Sept. 18 on CBS and CBS All Access.
2. Drew can crush you in Monopoly

2. 2. Drew can crush you in Monopoly

He loves playing board games. He even has a trick for winning Monopoly that he gave away during his Reddit AMA. (Hint: Don't give away the orange ones.)

Tune in to the season premieres of The Price Is Right (11:00 AM-12:00 PM, ET; 10:00-11:00 AM, PT) on Monday, Sept. 18 on CBS and CBS All Access.
3. He can count back change like a pro

3. 3. He can count back change like a pro

Before he started making money in comedy, Drew worked as a waiter and also a bank teller.
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4. He wants you to … smile!

4. 4. He wants you to … smile!

Want to know more about the Right guy who will be filling in as a guest host on The Late Late Show?
Well, Carey loves sports so much that he’s occasionally worked as an on-field photographer during pro games … including some action at the 2006 World Cup.
5. He can make it rain

5. 5. He can make it rain

You know him as a successful game show and improv comedy host. But did you know that his sitcom, The Drew Carey Show, got so popular that his pay skyrocketed from $60,000 an episode to $750,000? That's how outrageously popular that show was.
6. He can see you

6. 6. He can see you

See those glasses? Carey used to need ‘em. But since getting lasik surgery, most of his glasses nowadays are more fashion accessory than medical necessity. (He still uses his bifocals to read product prices on his game show.)
7. He survived <i>Dancing With the Stars</i>

7. 7. He survived Dancing With the Stars

With the help of pro partner Cheryl Burke, he lasted 6 weeks. “I got farther than I thought I would, to tell you the truth,” he said at the time.
8. He's a stand up guy

8. 8. He's a stand up guy

You probably know that Drew got his start in showbiz as a standup comic. What you may not know is that he didn’t get started on stage until he was 28 years old.
Watch Drew on The Price Is Right weekdays on CBS.
9. His inspiration? The fans!

9. 9. His inspiration? The fans!

“There's a sign on my dressing room door,” Carey once said. “It says, 'Surf the contestants' wave.' If they're nervous, be calm. If they're excited, get excited. Be wherever they're at so they're having a good experience.”
10. He’s a soccer nut

10. 10. He’s a soccer nut

So much so that he gets his kicks as a co-owner of a soccer team in Seattle.
11. He’s the real deal

11. 11. He’s the real deal

His salute to veterans on The Price is Right? More than just talk. Carey himself served 6 years in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.
12. And veterans love him back

12. 12. And veterans love him back

Carey’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame sits right outside The Supply Sergeant, an army surplus store. Coincidence? We think not.
13. He has a legend about a car

13. 13. He has a legend about a car

After The Drew Carey Show became a hit, producers reportedly gifted him with a new Porsche. Legend has it that Carey then walked onto his set and asked who had the worst car. One crew member didn’t have one at all; Carey threw him the keys to his Miata.
14. He loves a good fight

14. 14. He loves a good fight

Carey was the first star to enter WWE's Pay-Per-View Royal Rumble. He then wisely bowed out as soon as a 7-foot opponent, dubbed Kane, came out to challenge him.
15. He's a rough rider

15. 15. He's a rough rider

Drew braves the highways of Los Angeles in his Vespa. Cars are such old news.
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16. He's into the uplifting

16. 16. He's into the uplifting

Drew Carey enjoys reading self help books and other positive literature. One of his favorites is “See You at the Top” by Zig Zigler.
Watch Drew on The Price Is Right weekdays on CBS.

17. He got his diploma the non-traditional way

17. 17. He got his diploma the non-traditional way

Drew received an honorary degree from Kent State University. Here he is hosting The Late Late Show with guest Pauley Perrette from NCIS. If his professors could see him now!
Watch NCIS Tuesdays at 8/7c. and The Late Late Show weeknights.
18. He loves your T-shirts

18. 18. He loves your T-shirts

Drew has said that he’s truly humbled when people wear shirts saying they drove miles and miles just to hug him on The Price Is Right.
 

19. Drew is all about improv

19. 19. Drew is all about improv

It comes from his days in comedy. Drew doesn’t rehearse extensively for The Price Is Right . He plays it by ear, using the fans as his guide to play up the action.
 
20. He likes it loud

20. 20. He likes it loud

Drew gets amped for the show by listening to rock music. He also loves when the audience gets loud during taping. Great energy, right? Right!
 
Tune in to the season premieres of The Price Is Right (11:00 AM-12:00 PM, ET; 10:00-11:00 AM, PT) on Monday, Sept. 18 on CBS and CBS All Access.