ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Howie Mandel likes to stay busy. From appearing on TV with his stand-up comedy – which he’s done since 1978 – to hosting or creating numerous TV shows, Mandel has been in the public eye for more than 30 years.
Oh, and he’s a social media fan, often taking to Twitter to present his thoughts.
“I really like to have my finger on the pulse of what people are talking about,” the stand-up comedian and actor says during a recent interview. “To be honest, it’s really important for me to do so. I need to stay in front of it all.”
In fact, Mandel admits to always reading about himself online.
“I sit for hours reading articles and blogs,” he says. “I don’t sleep a lot and I watch a lot of TV. The world moves so fast that I have to stay glued to this lifestyle to keep my stuff relevant.”
Mandel began the new season of “America’s Got Talent” on May 14, where he’s been a judge since the show’s inception.
“It’s just fun to see all of the talent that America has,” he says. “There are some that are really good and there are plenty more that have the courage to get up on stage and totally bomb. It’s the business.”
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Over the years Mandel has kept his projects varied. He began appearing on “Make Me Laugh” in 1979 and kept working in TV and film. His breakout role came as Dr. Wayne Fiscus in the six-year run of the medical drama “St. Elsewhere.”
From there Mandel voiced Gizmo in the movie “Gremlins.” He also created and voiced the animated “Bobby’s World,” which ran from 1990-1998. As he continued to work in TV, he began to gain a lot of clout. In 2005, he became the host of NBC’s “Deal or No Deal,” which became a hit and enabled Mandel to create his own production company.
“It’s been an amazing, but hard-fought ride,” he says. “Everything that has happened in my career has been me taking a chance. I’ve had some great successes, and I’ve had projects that have fallen through. This is a business where you learn from your mistakes.”