Tall (6' 5") and blond, Ryan Stiles played in improvisation troupes and performed stand-up comedy for a decade before getting his first regular TV series gig playing Lewis, the janitor at a pharmaceutical house who seems forever attached to Drew Carey, on "The Drew Carey Show" (ABC, 1995- ). A high school dropout, Stiles crossed from his native Washington to Canada to begin his career performing in Vancouver comedy clubs. Towards the end of this period, he tried his hand at TV a bit, appearing on an isolated episode of the CBS series "Stir Crazy" (1985). In 1986, he went to Toronto to join the famed Second City troupe and when a Los Angeles branch was founded in 1990, he moved to California to be part of it. Stiles' early TV exposure was on "Andrea Martin: Together Again" (Showtime, 1989). He also was a regular on the British-produced comedy series "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" seen in the States on Comedy Central. Additionally, Stiles made three guest appearances on "The John Larroquette Show" (NBC) in three different roles.