If you liked Season One of Canada's Got Talent, "You are going to be bowled over this year," says Howie Mandel, "because I don't think there's even a comparison." The talent search series returns Tuesday, March 21 on Citytv.
Mandel is joined once again on the judging panel by Lilly Singh, Trish Stratus and Kardinal Offishall. The talent on display hails from all across Canada, including, as Howie says, "The tundra!"
Mandel, of course, is one of the most successful and enduring comedy acts in all of North America. He started making audiences laugh at Yuk Yuks in Toronto and The Comedy Store in LA before taking a dramatic turn as Dr. Wayne Fiscus in the groundbreaking NBC hospital drama St. Elsewhere.
As he tells on this episode, young Howie loved watching daytime talk shows hosted by Mike Douglas and Merv Griffin, never dreaming he'd one day be a guest on these shows as well as The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson. Being on Merv, in fact, led to one of his first big breaks when he got a call from Gene Simmons of KISS. Listen here for the rest of that story.
Mandel's other credits include Bobby World, Deal or No Deal and his seven-year stint on America's Got Talent. Plus now he's helping make or break the next generation of comedians as part owner of Montreal's famed comedy festival, Just for Laughs.