Howie Mandel currently stars for his fifth season as a judge on "America's Got Talent," NBC's top-rated summer reality competition series that brings the variety format back to the forefront of American culture. He also serves as Comedy Mentor to the contestants on this season's "Last Comic Standing."
Mandel received a primetime Emmy nomination for outstanding reality competition host and a Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Game Show Host for "Deal or No Deal," which ran in both primetime and syndication.
Mandel is also executive producer of many shows with his production company, Alevy Productions, including the TBS series "Deal with It," a hidden-camera ambush show currently in its second season. The series centers on unsuspecting members of the public who are secretly dared to pull a prank on their unwitting companions with absolutely no time to prepare.
Mandel's versatile career has encompassed virtually all aspects of the entertainment spectrum, including television, film and stage. From his work on the Emmy Award-winning "St. Elsewhere" to the international animated children's series "Bobby's World," Mandel has become a mainstay of the American comedy scene. In 2009, Mandel added author to his resume when he released his frank, funny, no-holds-barred memoir, "Here's the Deal: Don't Touch Me." The memoir revealed his ongoing struggle with OCD and ADHD, and how it has shaped his life and career. It made The New York Times Best Seller list on its first week and remained on the list for several consecutive weeks.
Mandel started his career on a dare during a trip to Los Angeles in 1979. He was at the legendary Comedy Store on amateur night and was coaxed by friends to get up and try his luck. As fate would have it, there was a producer in the crowd who immediately hired him to appear on the comedy game show "Make Me Laugh." His appearance on the show led to talk show appearances, a stint as Diana Ross' opening act, and eventually to the award-winning NBC drama "St. Elsewhere," where Mandel spent six seasons as Dr. Wayne Fiscus.
Mandel's Emmy Award-nominated animated children series "Bobby's World" ran for eight seasons and now appears in syndication six days a week in 65 countries. As the series creator and executive producer, Mandel was closely involved in its writing, as well as providing the voice of Bobby, Bobby's dad and other characters. Mandel attributes the show's success to drawing the story lines from real life.
Mandel has done countless comedy specials both on cable and network television. He has also hosted his own syndicated talk show, "The Howie Mandel Show," and continues to be a mainstay on the talk show circuit. Mandel also continues to perform as many as 200 concerts a year throughout the U.S. and Canada.
He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Terry, and their three children. Follow Mandel on Twitter at http://twitter.com/howiemandel.