When’s the last time you saw him giggling after blowing up a latex glove on his head? He still had a full head of hair when he recorded Howie Mandel on Ice for HBO in 1997. So for his first stand-up special since Y2K, Mandel feels he has something to prove. This Canadian’s still got talent, too.
As he walks onstage inside the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, he takes a minute to take in the audience screams and reply to them. Mandel, now 63, claims he’s never been one to “Weeee-ooooh!” but there’s more than a little bit of that hyperkinetic energy still inside him. What? What? What? What?!