Drew Carey says first appearance on Tonight Show with Johnny Carson changed his life

NORFOLK - The 2013 Viaero Great American Comedy Festival kicks off Wednesday – with a dinner show featuring amateur comedians and a comedy-magic show later in the evening.  The festival is a tribute to Johnny Carson, who grew up in Norfolk and went on to become the “king of late night.” Drew Carey will host the finals of this year’s competition on Saturday night. He told us he remembers every minute of his first appearance on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.  Carey says when he finished his routine, Carson was holding on to his desk and laughing so hard he had tears in his eyes. Carson invited Carey to join him on the couch – and Carey says that two minutes changed his life.  The Saturday night show is sold out, but tickets remain for both shows tonight, semi-finals tomorrow and Friday, late-night sets Thursday and Friday at Divots, and the Sunday Christian comedy show. Tickets can be purchased online at greatamericancomedyfestival.com or at Insurance Associates on West Pasewalk Avenue.