Yeah, is this “going all in” on a look, or is this just normal aging and not fighting it? I mean, he probably is a grandpa, or if not, he’s of the right age to be.
I always marvel at that…it didn’t seem to bring out a dark side or anything. He must be one of those guys that’s always been nutty and always will be.
I saw Letterman on something and he was like, “I’m surprised they let me out in public,” kinda reveling in his old crochety persona. We give older folks latitude, and I’d LOVE to see him unleashed, unfettered…that could be comedy gold, baby!
I’m not sure what a “grandpa look” even is besides just “old”, but he looks great for someone who’s 63 years old and has a history of heart disease (he had an angioplasty in 2001).
Is he selling diabeetus medicine yet?
Huh. I completely did not recognize him. When I saw the opening of the clip, the sound was off, so I just assumed that was the announcer in the beginning, not Drew. He also looks a hella lot skinnier than I remember him, but my memories of Drew are pretty glued to the late 90s/early 00s. Whatever his current age, I hope to look that good when I’m that old.
I don’t think I’d recognize him from a still. His eyes when moving and voice give it away, though. I’m getting a Letterman/Kelsey Grammer-but shorter vibe.
This is weird but one of my favorite bits from his show was the tunesmith part. Oswald gets Kate into their band and she’s terrible. Anyway, the top hit on google for [drew carey tunesmith] is a thread right here on SDMB from May, 2004:
Kate: Well tune 'em up!
Oswald: We can’t.
Louis: We’re out of…
Drew: Tuning wax.
Oswald: So we have to go to a…
It’s brought up again in 2010:
I don’t watch The Price is Right much any more, but I’m glad it’s on. If you have SiriusXM Drew Carey also does a good Friday Night Freak-out show on the Underground channel. It’s a cool mix of rock, punk, new wave, soul, funk, and whatever else he can think of.
Yeah, just popped in here to defend the grandpa look. In my mind, I’m rockin’ it, and I think it’s a big part of “growing old gracefully”.
Now I just need some grandkids to justify how I look (glad my kids aren’t reading this… who needs more pressure in their lives?).
I think it was a Covid beard. The show went on hiatus during the pandemic, and he had the beard when he came back.
I award one kudo to you
^^Yeah, that. ISTR him pretty much stating outright that it’s a COVID beard upon returning from hiatus.
I always assumed the flattop and hornrims look was his preference.
FTR: He was a Marine Corps Reservist, and I don’t think he was ever activated. Not that it matters, just correcting the record.
Is this pedantry about the literal words used in posts and titles (the above, and Trolls R Us Resurrections - #288 by Enjoy_Slurm) a new thing, or have I just not needed to pay attention to you before now?
Carey is one of those lucky few who was very, very overweight at sort of his peak pop culture fame in the 90s (although among some circles hosting the Price of Right is bigger than Network Sitcom stardom), got the weight off, and has kept himself at a healthy weight for at least ten years. Whenever I happen to see Price on TV I always find it jarring to see him at a healthy weight, even after all these years.
…he was never that overweight. Like… for real…
Well, he’s no Mimi!
I’m surprised Mimi can even move she’s so horrifically dangerously criminally overweight.
On a clip from Between Two Ferns, Zack Galifianakis refers to Letterman as “Crystal meth Santa Claus”