It's not surprising that Ryan Stiles would feel comfortable doing a comedic turn in the role of Lewis, one of Drew Carey 's ever-present friends in the new comedy, "The Drew Carey Show" (1995). After all, the first job Stiles ever had was that of a stand-up comedian. Although he was a good student, Stiles admits that "being a high-school senior gave me too much freedom." He got so carried away with his flexible schedule that he quit school a few months shy of graduation and got a job doing stand-up comedy at Punchlines, a club in Vancouver.
In spite of his parents' objections, he was able to support himself for several years, but "I got out of stand-up when everybody else started doing it," he says. He didn't stray too far from the world of comedy. In 1986, he joined the highly acclaimed Second City comedy ensemble in Toronto, where he honed his improvisational skills. In 1990, Stiles moved to Los Angeles to perform with the Los Angeles Second City group. Film and television roles soon followed, including roles in Hot Shots! (1991) and Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993). Stiles' television credits include "Parker Lewis Can't Lose" (1990), "Mad About You" (1992), and cable's "The Hitchhiker" (1983).
Ryan currently stars as Herb in the hit TV series, Two And A Half Men.
Nearly always dresses in a button-down shirt and tailored trousers and his outrageous shoes.
Does dead-on impressions of John Wayne, Carol Channing, and Jimmy Stewart.
Once lived in a house once owned by Liberace.
On "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1998), frequently does impersonations of John Wayne and Carol Channing .
Passionately hates the "Hoe-down" on "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1998). In protest, nearly all of his songs insult Drew Carey in some way.
On "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1988), he often insulted host Clive Anderson . When he joined "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1998), he did the same thing to host Drew Carey .
He is frequently mocked by his co-stars on "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1998) and is compared to a giraffe due to his towering height, lanky frame, big nose and his 1950s-like shoes.
In one episode of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1998), he accidentally broke the decorative neon light on Drew Carey 's desk by slamming it with his head. He did not, however, break character.
Was photographed for life-size stand-ups displayed at Kinko's stores. His name tag said "Kenny," though.
Appeared in a commercial for Yugo Cars in the late 1980s.
On performing improv theater: "I'm convinced to do improv. All you have to do is listen to what people are saying to you, and then just add more information to what they've just said. That's all there is to improv, but it's the hardest thing to do"
What's he doing now?
Tours with Greg Proops, Jeff Bryan Davis, and Chip Esten in the improv group, "Whose Live Anyway" .
Television Guest Appearances
"Its's the Garry Shandling's Show"(episode 413)
"Parker Lewis Can't Lose" (episode 119)
"Who's the Boss?" (episode 3.6)
"John Larroquette Show, The" (episode 1.6 and 1.2)
"Mad About You" (episode 2.6 and 2.18)
"Weird Science" (episode 1.25)
"Mad TV" (episode 220)
"Murphy Brown" (episode 9.19)
"Magic Hour, The"
"Norm Show,The" (episode 28)
"Buzz Lightyear of Star Command" (voice)
"Dharma & Greg" (episode 4.10)
Executive Producer of..
"Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (USA 1998-?)
"Drew Carey Show, The" (Kate vs. Speedy)1995
Hot Shots (1991)
Hot Shots Part Deux(1993)
*Birthday: April 22 1959 Seattle,WA
Rainbow War (1985)
Andrea Martin...Together Again (1989)tv
The Drew Carey Show (1995)
Whose Line Is It Anyway? (1998-?)USA
Two and a Half Men (2007-2008)