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Howie Mandel: My Intro Into Comedy Was Candid Camera

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The words, "Smile, You're On Candid Camera" meant a lot to Howie Mandel when he was a child.

It was those words, and 'Candid Camera' creator Allen Funt that made him want to get into show business at an early age.  "I was a toddler and I'd hear (my parents) and I didn't really get the jokes or understand what was going on," Howie told boston.com.  "But the first time I understood, I remember distinctively sitting in the living room and watching Allen Funt explain what the joke was going to be and how he was going to pull it off. We were all in on the joke."

Howie is still in on the joke, but now he's executive producer of his own hidden-camera show, 'Get With It.'  But unlike previous shows involving pranks, this one offers cash prizes and brings in celebrities, such as Heidi Klum and Joan and Melissa Rivers, to help heighten the entertainment.

"The celebrities, everybody brings their own flavor and does whatever they want and becomes a puppet master. Everybody from the Jenner girls (Kylie and Kendall) – who were incredibly, surprisingly funny and just wanted to play along – to Heidi Klum, who was in a piece that includes full frontal nudity, the word "surprise" is what's inherent in every one of these episodes with every celebrity.

"We don't know what's going to happen, they don't know what's going to happen, and I have no idea how they're going to react to what's happening. Or, they have no idea what it is they are going to do, what they're going to say, what they're going to make somebody do. So, if there was another way to rename the show, it would just be 'Surprise.'"

Howie Mandel joins Steve Edwards and fellow germophobe Araksya Karapetyan on Good Day L.A.

Fun Facts About Howie Mandel: (Source: Wikipedia)

1) He is a Canadian comedian, actor, television host, and voice actor. He is well known as host of the NBC game show Deal or No Deal, as well as the show's daytime and Canadian-English counterparts. Before his career as a game show host, Mandel was best known for his role as rowdy ER intern Dr. Wayne Fiscus on the NBC medical drama St. Elsewhere. He is also well known for being the creator and star of the children's cartoon Bobby's World. On June 6, 2009, he hosted the 2009 Game Show Awards on GSN. Mandel became a judge on NBC's America's Got Talent, replacing David Hasselhoff, in the fifth season of the reality talent contest. Mandel has mysophobia (an irrational fear of germs) to the point that he does not shake hands with anyone, including contestants on Deal or No Deal, unless he is wearing latex gloves.

2) On a trip to Los Angeles, Mandel performed a set at The Comedy Store, which resulted in his becoming a regular performer there. A producer for the comedic game show Make Me Laugh saw him and booked Mandel for several appearances during the show's run in 1979. He was booked to open for David Letterman at shows in the summer of 1979. CBC-TV's head of variety programming saw his performance in October 1979 and immediately signed him for a TV special. In 1980, he won the lead role in the Canadian movie Gas, co-starring Susan Anspach and Donald Sutherland.

3) Mandel was one of the first "VeeJays" to appear on Nickelodeon's music video series, Pop Clips.

‘Deal With It' airs Wednesday nights at 10:30pm on TBS.

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