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"Drew Carey's Green Screen Show" comes to Miller

Nov. 14, 2005

KALAMAZOO--Comedian Drew Carey, along with a cast of the nation's top improvisers, will perform a night of hilarious improv comedy at Miller Auditorium Saturday, Nov. 19, at 8 p.m. There is one show only at 8 p.m.

The Kalamazoo appearance is one stop on a 40-city U.S. tour which coincides with the launch of Carey' new series, "Drew Carey's Green Screen Show." Making its debut on Comedy Central in September, the new series combines standard improv games with animation.

Carey's live show is completely improvised, much like "Whose Line is it Anyway?" All of the scenes will be improvised based on suggestions from audience members. Throughout the evening, the show becomes truly interactive as audience members are called to the stage to participate.

Joining Carey on tour are other cast members from the "Green Screen" series, including Kathy Kinney, who played "Mimi" on "The Drew Carey Show," Greg Proops, Jeff Davis and Chip Esten from "Whose Line is it Anyway?," as well as Jonathan Mangum and Sean Masterson. Laura Hall from "Whose Line is it Anyway?" appears as musical director.

A native of Cleveland, Carey began his career as a comedian in 1986. One of his first breaks was a spot on Star Search in 1988. In 1991, Carey landed his first appearance on "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson." Carson was so impressed that he bestowed a rare honor on Carey by calling him over to the couch, where Carey stayed for the remainder of the show.

Since then, Carey has become one of the nation's successful comics. "The Drew Carey Show" debuted in 1995 and quickly became a top-rated sitcom. Carey followed up this success by bringing the innovative British improv show "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" to American television. The show debuted in 1998 and ran for 175 episodes. Carey's debut book, "Dirty Jokes and Beer: Stories of the Unrefined," spent three months on the New York Times' best-seller list.

Tickets for "Drew Carey's Green Screen Show" range from $35 to $65 and are available by calling (269) 387-2300 or toll free (800) 228-9858, online at www.millerauditorium.com, or by visiting the Miller Auditorium Ticket Office or the Epic Center Box Office in downtown Kalamazoo. Groups of 20 or more should call (269) 387-2312 for group rates.

Media contact: Thomas Cooper, (269) 387-2245, thomas.cooper@wmich.edu

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