'America's Got Talent's' Howie Mandel: 'We try to be instructive, not just critical'

Viewers have come to know Howie Mandel as a judge on NBC's "America's Got Talent" or host of "Deal or No Deal." But he's also an actor and a stand-up, and all of this happened haphazardly.He launched his career by taking the stage at Yuk Yuk's in Toronto, with "no intention of ever pursuing" comedy, acting or anything in entertainment, Mandel says. "In the mid-'70s, stand-up became the new disco, and people were being discovered on 'The Tonight Show' like Freddie Prinze, and Robin Williams was blasting off. Comedy clubs sprouted up all over."Mandel, engaged to be married and working in retail, had his life mapped out, but once onstage he found he could make people laugh. Soon after, he found himself at a Los Angeles comedy club on amateur night and took the mic. After he did his shtick, a man approached and asked if he was interested in television.PICS: 'America's Got Talent' Season...



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