Howie Mandel (@howiemandel) is a comedian, actor, host of Deal or No Deal, judge on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, and coauthor of Here’s the Deal: Don’t Touch Me.

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What We Discuss with Howie Mandel:

  • Why Howie believes it’s important for us to be open about our struggles no matter what they are.
  • How being impulsive helped Howie understand the power of “now” and set him on his current career path.
  • Why Howie believes more of us would be ahead and happier if we learned to live in the moment instead of fretting over consequences.
  • What Richard Pryor taught Howie about honing an act and controlling an audience like a conductor — not always going for laughs, but impact.
  • The real secret to staying married for 40 years.
  • And much more…

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Here's the Deal: Don't Touch Me by Howie Mandel and Josh YoungOne of the hardest working men in comedy, America’s Got Talent judge, Deal or No Deal host, and Here’s the Deal: Don’t Touch Me coauthor Howie Mandel accidentally outed himself as a germaphobe suffering from OCD on The Howard Stern Show. Instead of this incident ruining his life and career, it allowed him to become the voice of the disorder in many ways, and he’s used it as a lens with which to study human nature, forming the foundation of his comedy.

This episode is so fun, so interesting, and so all over the place that it has quickly become one of my most favorite interviews I’ve done in the history of the show. I’ve got a few fun notes and stories for after the show as well, but in the meantime, please enjoy this episode with one of the most prolific comedians of the day!

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In his earliest days as a comedian, America’s Got Talent judge, Deal or No Deal host, and Here’s the Deal: Don’t Touch Me coauthor Howie Mandel literally made up his act on the spot in front of a live audience — and it was all set in motion by a dare. Before that, he was a color-blind carpet salesman during a time when wildly clashing hues were more forgivable than they might be today. These two career paths were informed by one character trait that some might consider a flaw, but Howie proudly owns: impulsiveness.

Instead of overthinking and saying “coulda, shoulda, woulda” after the fact, Howie thinks more of us would be ahead and happier if we lived in the moment — as long as we’re not hurting anybody.

“You shouldn’t spend a moment thinking about what you don’t have and what you want. You’ve got to think about ‘How do I make this moment — this second — the most fun, the most interesting, and the most exciting?’ Because that’s all you have, and that’s all I do every minute of the day. And I fight for that — I don’t achieve that, but that’s what I fight to do.”

Howie Mandel and Howie Mandel and Jordan Harbinger.

Howie Mandel and Howie Mandel and Jordan Harbinger. [Photo by Ryan Hartford of Ecliptic Media]

Howie and Diana Ross

Diana Ross and Howie Mandel. [Photo by Ryan Hartford of Ecliptic Media]

Jordan and Jen and Howie.

Jordan Harbinger, Jen Harbinger, and Howie Mandel. [Photo by Ryan Hartford of Ecliptic Media]

Listen to this episode in its entirety to learn more about Howie’s outrageous ability to gleefully springboard himself out of his comfort zone in order to experience new things and make connections with interesting strangers, how he realized it was okay to talk openly about his struggles with OCD and mysophobia after an embarrassing public gaffe that worked in his favor, what Richard Pryor taught Howie about the virtues of fearlessness and the art of controlling an audience like a world-class conductor, the real secret to staying happily married for 40 years, and much more.


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