Drew Hastings

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Drew Hastings
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W. Drew Hastings

(1954-03-02) March 2, 1954 (age 65)
Occupationstand-up comedian and mayor
Spouse(s)Taryn Blanchard (m. 2014)
Comedy career
MediumStand up comedy
Notable works and rolesIrked And Miffed

Drew Hastings (born March 2, 1954) is an American stand-up comedian and mayor of Hillsboro, Ohio.[1] Standing 6 ft 6 in (198 cm) tall, he is often seen performing in a black suit and black horn-rimmed glasses.

Early life[edit]

Hastings was born in Casablanca, Morocco to an English mother, Pamela, and an American G.I. father named Drew. He emigrated to the United States at a young age and grew up in the Midwest, particularly in the Ohio cities of Kettering, Dayton and Cincinnati.[2]

Stand-up comedy[edit]

Hastings began performing onstage at the age of thirty-one. After having lived in several large cities in the 1970s, including San Francisco and New York, he had moved back to Ohio. In the early 1990s, he moved to Los Angeles, where he would later receive several guest-starring roles and television pilots for networks such as Fox, NBC, and HBO.[3] While in California, he starred in several one-man shows such as Commencement Speech, Life & Other Short Stories, and The Business of Living. The main character of The Business of Living, a motivational speaker/success guru named "Jack Freeman", gained a cult following in California and has become increasingly popular throughout the Midwest.[4] While living in L.A., he got a rare standing ovation on "The Tonight Show".[5]

Hastings would later sit in as a guest on The Bob & Tom Show.[6] In 2006, he starred in The Friends of Bob & Tom Comedy Central special alongside other comedians such as Bob Zany, Greg Hahn, Roy Wood, Jr., and Mike Armstrong.

On April 26, 2008, Comedy Central aired Drew Hastings: Irked and Miffed, Hastings' premiere one-hour television special. The performance was released on May 6, 2008 through Image Entertainment.

Mayoral bid[edit]

Hastings expressed interest in running for mayor in the city of Hillsboro, Ohio in June 2010[7] as a Republican Party candidate. On January 20, 2011, Hastings took out a candidate petition to run for the position of mayor for the city of Hillsboro.

Hastings filed his petition with the county's Board of Elections, as did two other Republican hopefuls.[8] With the city's primary election held on May 3, 2011, Hastings won the primary election with receiving 295 votes. On November 8, 2011, Hastings won the Hillsboro, Ohio general election garnering 1,008 votes and his opponent, John Levo, received 614 votes. He was sworn in on January 2, 2012.[1]

On November 3, 2015, Hastings won a second term as mayor of Hilsboro with 59% of the vote over Pam Limes.[9][10]

On July 12, 2016, Hastings was indicted on four charges, including elections fraud, following a months-long investigation by special prosecutors appointed by a Highland County judge. The counts included theft, theft in office and tampering with records.[11][12] The judge in the case dismissed 2 of the 4 felony charges against Hastings, and a jury found him not guilty on the remaining charges on November 9, 2016.[13]

Electoral history[edit]

Hillsboro, Ohio Mayoral Election, 2011[14]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Drew Hastings 1,008 62.15
Independent John Levo 614 37.86
Total votes 1,622 100
Hillsboro, Ohio Mayoral Election, 2015
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Drew Hastings 1,027 59
Democratic Pam Limes 705 41
Total votes 1,732 100

Stage and screen[edit]

One man shows
  • Tales Of Unrepentance – Written and performed by Drew Hastings – HBO Theatre, Los Angeles, CA – 1998[15]
  • The Business of Living – Written and performed by Drew Hastings – HBO Workspace – Los Angeles, CA – 1999
  • Yard Sale – Written and performed by Drew Hastings – Tamarind Theatre, Los Angeles – 1995


  • Farmageddon -October 22, 2012
  • Drew Hastings: Irked and Miffed - May 6, 2008
  • Bob and Tom Radio: The Comedy Tour - September 19, 2006
  • I Have No Fight With You People - 2005
  • I'm Just Like You - 2003


  1. ^ a b "Unofficial results: Hastings wins with 295 votes". HighlandCountyPress.com. Highland County Press. 3 May 2011. Retrieved 2013-07-31.
  2. ^ Martin, Jim (2008). "Bet the Funny Farm article". Go Erie. Retrieved 2013-07-31.
  3. ^ MacDonald-Murray Management: Drew Hastings Biography Archived August 7, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Harrell, Jeff. "The laughs are on Bob and Tom". South Bend Tribune. Retrieved 30 March 2016.
  5. ^ "Kalamazoo Gazette". mlive.com. 7 Feb 2008. Retrieved 2013-07-31.
  6. ^ "Evansville Courier Press". Courierpress.com. Retrieved 2013-07-31.
  7. ^ "Highland County Press 17 Jun 2010". Highlandcountypress.com. Retrieved 2013-07-31.
  8. ^ "Highland County Press 3 Feb 2011". Highlandcountypress.com. Retrieved 2013-07-31.
  9. ^ "No joke: Comedian Drew Hastings re-elected Hillsboro mayor". www.timesreporter.com. Retrieved 6 November 2015.
  10. ^ "Election 2015". www.dispatch.com. Retrieved 6 November 2015.
  11. ^ "Ohio mayor, standup comedian, Drew Hastings indicted". www.vindy.com. Retrieved 12 July 2016.
  12. ^ "Hastings indicted on four felonies". timesgazette.com. Retrieved 12 July 2016.
  13. ^ "Jury clears comedian mayor Drew Hastings". Retrieved 14 November 2016.
  14. ^ "The Leading Examiner Site on the Net". Examiners.com. Retrieved 2013-07-31.
  15. ^ Los Angeles Magazine - Google Books. Books.google.com. Retrieved 2013-07-31.
  16. ^ Melvin Goes to Dinner (2003) - Full cast and crew
  17. ^ Let's Go to Prison (2006) - Full cast and crew
  18. ^ The Peter Principle (2000) (TV) - Full cast and crew
  19. ^ The Big Wide World of Carl Laemke (2003) (TV) - Full cast and crew

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