Synopsis by Bhob Stewart
Comedian Howie Mandel joined the ranks of talkshow hosts in the summer of 1998 with a syndicated daytime yakfest. During his daytime debut, Mandel did his opening monologue from a sitting position, fired off several salvos of gags, banter and bits, introduced Steve Goldstein and the Studio One Band ("I never had a band! I only had a CD player!"), was welcomed into the chat-circle by famed talkshow hosts (Arsenio Hall, Jay Leno), received a gift from guest Jennifer Aniston, and performed a bit as a parking attendant telling people that their cars had been driven elsewhere during their absence. Later shows featured Clint Black, Jacqueline Obradors, the Pasadena Cake Museum's curator, R&B performer Usher, Yogi Rameesh, Paul Reiser, Ted Danson, Dennis Miller, and Tyra Banks. Mandel prepared for his debut with a guest-host gig last year on Live with Regis & Kathie Lee. Taped in Burbank, The Howie Mandel Show premiered June 22, 1998 in 170+ markets spanning 95% of U.S. TV households.
comedian, monologue, skits