Emmy award-winning comedian Howie Mandel will perform his hilarious stand-up at Fort Pierce’s Sunrise Theatre in December. We caught up with the host of “Deal or No Deal” and judge on “America’s Got Talent” to find out what makes him laugh, where he gets his material and how he recaptures the room when one of his improvisational riffs misses the mark.
So each time you come to Sunrise Theatre, you have fun giving Fort Pierce a hard time. What do you like to tease the area about most?
I don’t know. I love Florida and any given night is like a big party and I try to be a center of attention. A big part of the show is improvisation. I do up to 300 live days a year. Stand-up is my favor thing.
What do you love about Florida?
I grew up in Toronto, Canada, and [Florida’s] the only place that we really vacationed. When I go to Florida I feel like it’s home. Great weather. Great water. I spent a long time there, even when I’m not performing I usually vacation there.
What’s your inspiration for material?
Reality and in the moment—mostly in the moment of what’s happened. Obviously after 35 years I have plenty of material to rely on, but at a moment’s notice I can be taken off the path by something in the room, something in that town that’s going on. I like whatever’s happening in my surroundings in the moment.
Performing in that moment, that’s got to be completely exhilarating.
It’s like a verbal roller coaster. You get the feel of being dropped from the highest of heights into the unknown. It makes you feel excited. It makes you feel alive.