The Most Important Issue Of Our Time: Drew Carey’s Hair

Jaime Weinman on Drew Carey’s messy new look. It’s weird.

by Jaime Weinman

Today was the first time in a while that I’d looked at The Price Is Right, and all I could focus on was Drew Carey’s hair. (Hair is, of course, an important TPIR element; I say this as one who lived through the controversial Bob Barker black-to-grey switch.) His signature look is the short Dilbertian haircut, but now he seems to have let his hair go all shaggy. I can’t find a recent TPIR picture, but here’s what he looks like now, minus the stubble:

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It’s weird. Not that it’s a weird hairstyle (Alex Trebek’s hairstyles: some of those were weird, especially when he was working in Canada on shows like Pitfall). But Carey is not associated with messy hair, and more importantly, TPIR isn’t either; Barker started hosting the show in the ’70s, yet he didn’t adopt the insane hairstyles of the period. Carey has always had trouble projecting the fatherly, authority-figure image that a traditional game-show host needs to have — which means that when he makes fun of the contestants, it comes off as kind of mean; Barker was able to subtly mock idiot contestants without making us hate him — and I don’t see how he hopes to improve matters by, apparently, growing a mullet.

Also on the episode I watched, the “bad” showcase (the one with no theme) turned out to be worth more than the “good” showcase (with the cool presentation theme). That just doesn’t seem right.




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The Most Important Issue Of Our Time: Drew Carey’s Hair

  1. Thanks Jaime, my life was not complete till this exact moment.

  2. Alex Trebek%E2%80%99s hairstyles: some of those were weird, especially when he was working in Canada on shows like Pitfall)

    I'm really looking forward to the inevitable post on the evolution of Alex Trebek's hair.

    I am being completely serious.

  3. Alex Trebek's hairstyles: some of those were weird, especially when he was working in Canada on shows like Pitfall)

    I'm really looking forward to the inevitable post on the evolution of Alex Trebek's hair.

    I am being completely serious.

  4. Something about libertarian celebrities and long hair, I guess (see Penn Jillette for another example).

  5. So when he goes on vacation, will they have Philip Seymour Hoffman fill-in as host?

  6. Thanks Jaime, my life was not complete till this exact moment.

  7. Alex Trebek’s hairstyles: some of those were weird, especially when he was working in Canada on shows like Pitfall)

    I’m really looking forward to the inevitable post on the evolution of Alex Trebek’s hair.

    I am being completely serious.

  8. Something about libertarian celebrities and long hair, I guess (see Penn Jillette for another example).

  9. So when he goes on vacation, will they have Philip Seymour Hoffman fill-in as host?

  10. Someone tell me that Pitfall is still airing somewhere. I used to love that show as a kid.

  11. Someone tell me that Pitfall is still airing somewhere. I used to love that show as a kid.

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