About The Film
In this moving, funny, uncensored profile of an authentic comic genius, versatile showman Howie Mandel considers his wonderfully weird career and debilitating battles with mental illness.
Raised in a Toronto Jewish family, Mandel was expelled from high school after one practical joke too many. After time as a door-to-door salesman, an open-mic night at a comedy club led him to a career in stand-up, and eventually to opening for Diana Ross at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. His one-of-a-kind voice and trademark rubber glove-on-the-head won him a legion of loyal fans, and a breakout role in the adored ’80s hospital drama St. Elsewhere made him a star. Ever since, he’s been ubiquitous across the entertainment spectrum: television, film, stage, animation, even digital media, notably as the host of TV game show Deal or No Deal and the longest-tenured celebrity judge on NBC’s America’s Got Talent. But Mandel’s vast comic energy conceals a dark side as a lifelong germaphobe whose struggles with OCD and ADHD fuel his creativity. His willingness to candidly discuss this has made him one of the most accessible performers, and a leading advocate for mental health.
Howie himself shares his life, from Canada to Hollywood, with intimate interviews, riotous stage moments, and exclusive behind-the-scenes footage revealing the raw brilliance, rough edges and relentless pace that accompany fame.
As a warmup act to Howie Mandel’s heartwarming biographical doc, we’ll welcome to the virtual stage some local comedy talent to tickle your funny bone. You can complete your Closing Night experience with a gourmet dinner from Added Touch, available for purchase with delivery or pickup.