Birth Name: Howie Mandel
Birth Place: Toronto, Ontario, CA
Born on Nov. 29, 1955, Mandel was raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. As a kid, the future comedian was anything but a class cut-up, thanks to suffering from undiagnosed OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder). He was mystified and self-conscious about his repeated hand-washings and other repetitive rituals, forcing a retreat into his own imagination. By the time he reached high school, Mandel began acting out. His behavior got him expelled from several schools before he finally quit altogether and took a job as a carpet salesman. But the type of wacky behavior that failed to go over well with teachers eventually found a more receptive audience at Yuk Yuk's comedy club in Toronto. Mandel began ...
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