Howie Mandel brings his comedy to Potter Center

October 6, 2017

Jackson College will welcome comedian and actor Howie Mandel to the Potter Center stage at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15.

Howie Mandel’s versatile career has encompassed virtually all aspects of the entertainment spectrum, including television, film and stage. He has remained a constant force in show business for more than 30 years, most recently as one of the judges on NBC’s summer hit talent competition series, “America’s Got Talent.”

From his work on the Emmy Award-winning “St. Elsewhere” to the international animated children’s series “Bobby’s World,” Howie has become a mainstay of the American comedy scene. In 2009, Howie added another title to his resume, author, when he released his frank, funny, no-holds-barred memoir “Here’s the Deal: Don’t Touch Me.” The memoir that revealed his ongoing struggle with OCD and ADHD-and how it has shaped his life and career made the New York Times Bestseller list on its first week and remained on the list for several consecutive weeks.

Howie – who ran a carpet business once upon a time — started his career on a dare in Toronto, Ontario in 1979, and then one night during a trip to Los Angeles he was at the legendary Comedy Store on amateur night. Howie was coaxed by his 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 television series “St. Elsewhere,” where Howie spent six seasons. He has done countless comedy specials both on cable and network television. Mandel received a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame in Toronto in 2009.

Tickets for Howie Mandel are $45, $40 and $32 and may be purchased by calling the Potter
Center Box Office at 517.796.8600, or online at