The List: Who did it, Josh or Howie Mandel?

Test your knowledge of the comedian and fringe politician with our latest quiz

Andy Downing
Columbus Alive
Josh Mandel photographed in 2014

Republican Josh Mandel announced his run for the seat being vacated by Sen. Rob Portman by playing up the falsehood that the 2020 presidential election had been stolen from Donald Trump, an auspicious introduction that has continued with a steady stream of intentionally attention-grabbing Twitter posts. 

It’s this dynamic that recently led the editor of the Cleveland Plain Dealer to pen an editorial in which he said the newspaper and its website,, would refrain from offering coverage to someone he termed “pretty much a nobody right now,” someone prone to posting “irresponsible and potentially dangerous statements on social media” as a means of drumming up attention.

But Josh is only the most recent Mandel to seek out the limelight, joining comedian, TV host and actor Howie Mandel. Test your knowledge of the two in the following quiz.


A. Has lobbied against “cancel culture” by soliciting donations of Dr. Seuss books via a campaign ad that features the likenesses of the Cat in the Hat, the Lorax and Yertle the Turtle rather than the caricatures of African and Asian people that led the Seuss estate to remove six of the famed author’s books from circulation.

B. Had his syndicated talk show canceled after one season.


A. Is attempting to advance his career by consistently attacking a doctor who took on a lead role helping guide Ohio through the early days of the coronavirus pandemic.

B. Advanced his career portraying a doctor on the TV series "St. Elsewhere."


A. Voiced the lead character on “Bobby’s World.”

B. Has embraced his public platform to give voice to the anti-mask and anti-vaccine movements.


A. Drew raised eyebrows for inching close to advocating for armed insurrection in a Twitter post.

B. Should draw raised eyebrows for replying “thx” to a staggering number of messages on Twitter in recent weeks.


A. Occasionally adopts a Southern twang in interviews, despite having been born and raised far north of the Mason-Dixon.

B. Occasionally does impressions of Gizmo, a character he voiced in the film “Gremlins.”


A. Once filmed a movie where he portrayed a monster, which includes a scene in which he replaces a bully’s apple juice with monster urine.

B. Once filmed a campaign spot that Salon named one of the five most anti-Muslim ads of 2010.


A. Publicly stood with “pizzagate” conspirator and date rape apologist Mike Cernovich.

B. Publicly stood with national chain Boston Pizza.


A. Previously helped crown the champion on seasons of “America’s Got Talent.”

B. Previously named the “Pants on Fire” champion by PolitiFact Ohio for the frequency with which he has lied on the campaign trail.


A. Drew public ire for starring alongside Ted Danson in “A Fine Mess,” a 1986 film with a 33 percent rating on the Rotten Tomatoes “tomatometer.”

B. Drew public ire for spending $2 million of taxpayer money on TV commercials in which he starred alongside former Ohio State coach Urban Meyer.


A. Has been described as “inadequate as a human being” by people who once championed his political ambitions.

B. Has become a source of concern for TikTok teens, who recently championed for his release after a video posted to the platform incorrectly led them to believe he was being held captive.

Josh Mandel: 1. A 2. A 3. B 4. A 5. A. 6. B 7. A 8. B 9. B 10. A