Great Job, Internet!: The Drew Carey Show’s musical guests were as absurd as the sitcom’s plots

During its nine-year run, The Drew Carey Show—which premiered on September 13, 1995—lured a cavalcade of guest stars to its fictionalized version of Cleveland. These included everyone from Donald Trump and Tammy Faye Baker to Jay Leno and the then-mayor of real Cleveland, Michael White. But the sitcom’s abundance of musical cameos are perhaps even more notable, especially since they were in line with the show’s increasingly absurd plot twists.

In one memorable 1998 episode, “In Ramada Da Vida,” Drew, Oswald (Diedrich Bader), and Lewis (Ryan Stiles) form a band, The Horndogs, to play at a local Ramada Inn. The only catch is, they need a guitarist to round out their lineup, which precipitates backyard auditions with a bunch of famous names: Slash, Matthew Sweet, Lisa Loeb, Joey Ramone, Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen, Roy Clark, Jonny Lang, Michael Stanley, ZZ Top’s Dusty Hill, and …

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