While taking Barry Neal’s class I was told the one thing that made comics stand out was their persona. Though, never during that class, was I given an exact explanation what persona was. I simply knew it was why some comedians were unique and some sounded like they were reading from a joke book. It was the difference between the Catskills style of comedy and the kind of stand-up comedy that is accepted today.
As time went on, I realized that there were some jokes that, when I listened to them, I could hear how different comics would deliver them with their own unique voice. I knew where Rita Rudner would pause. I knew how Jerry Seinfeld would lead off with “Who are these people,” and I knew how Rodney Dangerfield would break a commentary about how he doesn’t get any respect.
I was onto something with persona, but I still wasn’t exactly sure what it was. So I went to the d... [Read Entire Article]
Posted February 0, 2008 by Shayne Michael under Acting
Howie Michael Mandel was born on November 29th, 1955. He is a Canadian comedian and actor best known as Ed Flanders's young intern, Dr. Wayne Fiscus, on St. Elsewhere, his animated children’s special Bobby’s World and as the host of the game show Deal or No Deal.
Mandel was born into a Jewish family and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He was expelled from his high school in Toronto for pretending to be from the school board and then convincing a local construction company to start construction of an addition onto his high school. After dropping out of Newtonbrook High School, Mandel became a carpet salesman who would later open a carpet sales business of his own.
While still in Canada, he became a stand-up comedian at Yuk Yuk's in Toronto. By September 1978, he was booked as the featured act. At the time, his act included placing a latex glove over his head and inflating ... [Read Entire Bio]