Howie Mandel

Masterclass Monday: The Genius Of Howie Mandel


I found a great article today on one of my favorite entertainers in the world, the quirky and deliciously crazy Howie Mandel.

This article not only highlights Howie’s OCD in vivid detail but also informs us to why he has become such an enormous success story over the last decade or so.

Truth be told, he has been a talented comedian most of his life and has worked extremely hard at his craft.

However, through various high profile shows like Deal Or No Deal and now the phenomenally successful America’s Got Talent, his star has risen to astronomical heights.

In fact, Howie was the reason I began watching America’s Got Talent last season and I am sure many others tuned into the show religiously to see Howie weave his magic, much to the chagrin of the more sedate Piers Morgan.

Sharon Osbourne acts as the perfect buffer for the shenanigans of Piers and Howie and, together, the chemistry between the three of them is pure magic.

The one statement that truly impressed me in this article was this Howie revelation:

“And that’s why as a judge I have a lot of empathy for anyone who just shows up. And I’m fascinated by quirkiness. I love originality. I crave it and I watch it on TV. My TV is on 24 hours a day, I’ll watch a non-English speaking infomercial. I will sit for hours on the internet watching Youtube”.

Those of us who Twitter know the colorful truth of this statement. Howie is an entertaining presence on Twitter, generously in touch with his fans, particularly on Tuesday evenings when America’s Got Talent is aired.

This is a great read for today’s Masterclass Monday and provides incredible insight into the genius of Howie Mandel.

Source: Popeater.Com

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Rosanne (Giallonardo) Simunovic began her musical career in Timmins, Ontario. She studied piano with Anne Pizzale and later, at an advanced level, with Soeur Anita Vaugeois (Sister Cecile of Les Soeurs De L’Assomption in Timmins). Her vocal and accompaniment skills were nurtured by her aunt, the late Dorothea Mascioli. When Rosanne graduated from O’Gorman High School, she moved on to the University of Toronto where she continued her piano and vocal studies while attaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She was hired as a piano accompanist for several musical companies, most notably, the National Ballet Of Canada. She presently holds an A.R.C.T. Teacher’s Diploma in Voice from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Rosanne has studied choral conducting with numerous well known Canadian Conductors, including Wayne Riddell of Montreal, Quebec and the internationally renowned Dr. Elmer Iseler. She has been a founding member of numerous community-based arts organizations: the Timmins Arts Council, later known as Arts & Culture Timmins, the Timmins Symphony Orchestra, and, the Timmins Youth Singers…as well as the TYS Alumnus choir, the Timmins Concert Singers. In 1987, she was also selected to be the conductor of the Timmins Board Of Education Choir, comprised of talented students from Grades 5 to 8. In 1988, she was elected to the Board Of Directors of the Ontario Choral Federation (now known as Choirs Ontario), where she served as Chair of the Festivals Committee for six consecutive seasons. In 1996, in honour of the Ontario Choral Federation’s 25th Anniversary, Rosanne was selected as one of 25 recipients of the OCF’s Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contribution to the choral art. The ceremony was presided by Lieutenant Governor, Hal Jackman. In November 1997, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Rotary Club Of Timmins to receive the prestigious Paul Harris Award for her years of dedication to the artistic development of young musical talent in Timmins. In August of 2002, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Board Of Directors of Choirs Ontario to serve as Conductor of both the Provincial Junior and Teen Choir Camps, now renamed in honour of the Camp Benefactors, Don and Lillian Wright. In November 2002, Rosanne was the one of the recipients of the Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, honouring her work in the development of the arts in Timmins. Under Rosanne Simunovic’s direction, the Timmins Youth Singers and the Timmins Concert Singers have been featured in numerous choral festivals and performing opportunities outside of Timmins. In 1985, they were selected to partici

4 Responses to “Masterclass Monday: The Genius Of Howie Mandel”

  1. MCL…great article; I have loved Howie for years! Howie would often co-host Regis and Kathie Lee, when Regis was vacationing or whatever…he and Kathie Lee were hysterical and he has co-hosted with Kelly too…they too are very funny!

    I love that Howie is on AGT, he really does make the show fun to watch!


  2. Thank you Vonnie. He is a terrific guy isn’t he?


  3. MCL…I thought you might enjoy this Howie Biography…he really is a great guy!

    Born: 11/29/1955 · Toronto, Ontario, Canada He may have gotten his start in standup comedy by a fluke, but don’t be fooled by his early good fortune — funnyman Howie Mandel is certainly the real deal. From the stage to the screen, and virtually every medium in between, Mandel has not only proven adept at playing the clown, but with his enduring role on the popular 1980s television drama St. Elsewhere, straight and affecting drama as well. It was during a business trip to Los Angeles in 1979 that the Toronto native, goaded on by friends while watching the comics at The Comedy Store’s amateur night, first took the stage to surprising effect. The wild card that evening turned out to be a producer who just happened to be in the crowd, and Mandel was immediately hired for an appearance on the popular comedy game show Make Me Laugh. He subsequently performed on television talk shows and opened for such luminaries as Diana Ross, and it wasn’t long before he was approached to appear on the fledgling television drama St. Elsewhere. Cast as dedicated Dr. Wayne Fiscus, Mandel remained with the show that launched his career for the entire duration of its six-season run, gaining legions of fans and even a few Emmy nominations.

    Though Mandel remained loyal to St. Elsewhere for the entirety of its television run, a series of side jobs provided his career with the momentum to succeed after the series was canceled in 1988. Mandel permanently ingrained himself in the pop-culture lexicon as the voice of Gizmo in the 1984 hit Gremlins and as a multitude of characters on the popular cartoon Muppet Babies. He cracked up audiences with a rollicking appearance on Comic Relief in 1986, and he could frequently be spotted on-stage sporting a blown up rubber glove over the top half of his head and slaying audiences with his hilarious baby voice. Although Mandel would try his hand at features with both Walk Like a Man (1987) and Little Monsters (1989), neither film proved the powerhouse hit needed to launch a feature career, and he returned to television to great success in the early ’90s.

    Mandel’s love of children dictated most of his career choices in the 1990s, and in the first year of the decade he utilized his popular series of voices for the enduring children’s television series Bobby’s World (which ultimately went off of the air in 1998). In 1992, Mandel headlined the short-lived small-screen series Howie, and after a series of appearances in both features and made-for-television movies, he hosted both Howie Mandel’s Sunny Skies and The Howie Mandel Show. Though none of his personal shows proved quite as successful or endearing as Bobby’s World, Mandel remained in the public eye as both a popular comic and as the creator of a series of children’s CD-ROMs that aimed to both educate and entertain.

    In the year 2000, Mandel once again turned his attention to features, and appearances in Tribulation (2000), Hansel & Gretel (2002), and Pinocchio 3000 (2003) proved that the popular funnyman had lost none of his onscreen talent. Outside of his work in the entertainment industry, the color-blind verminophobic spends much of his time with his wife and three children. – Jason Buchanan, Rovi


  4. Love this bio! Thanks so much Vonnie.


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