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Wayne Brady is perhaps one of the funniest comedic actors on TV. His hilarious improvisational antics, paired with his ability to impersonate just about anyone, have won the laughs of many Americans on ABC's hit comedy series "Whose Line is it Anyway?" Now, two-time-Emmy-nominated Brady brings those same talents and more to a new syndicated talk/variety show for Buena Vista Television, which will launch September 2, 2002. In addition, Wayne will make history as the first African American to ever host the Miss America Competition in September of 2002. By the age of 16, Orlando native Wayne Brady had no plans of pursuing a career in entertainment. Little did he know that his chance performance in a high school play would garner rave reviews and permanently alter his long-range plans. While in Florida, Brady immersed himself in the central Florida theater community, performing in numerous stage productions, including "A Chorus Line," "Fences," "A Raisin in the Sun," "Jesus Christ Superstar" and "I'm Not Rappaport." He then moved to Los Angeles and performed at the prestigious Mark Taper Forum in its production of "Blade to the Heat," and made television guest appearances on series such as "I'll Fly Away," "Home Court" and "In the Heat of the Night." Wayne also starred in and produced "The Wayne Brady Show," a primetime variety show for ABC in 2001. He was also series regular on the syndicated sketch comedy show "Kwik Witz" for two seasons, and hosted the VH-1 comedy series, "Vinyl Justice," KABC's "Countdown to the American Music Awards," and was seen opposite Drew Carey in ABC's "Gepetto." Wayne also brought the house down in an appearance at the 2nd Annual TV Guide Awards.
In fact, the actor was so well received by the industry, that the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences invited Wayne to perform solo at the 52nd Annual Emmy Awards in September 2000. The musical medley, which spoofed many of the seasons' top shows, including "The Sopranos" and "Survivor," was a hit, and as one critic said of the performance, "Brady Out-Crystaled Billy Crystal."
Wayne scored a second Emmy Award nomination in 2002 for his work on "Whose Line is it Anyway" in the category of Best Individual Performance in a Variety or Musical. He has received several other accolades for his work in theater, including nominations for Best Actor in a Musical for "Cotton Patch Gospel" at the distinguished Edyth Bush Theatre. Wayne was also named Sak Theatre's 1992 Rookie of the Year for Theatre Sports/Improv.
He continues to tour the country with his own improv show, "Wayne Brady and Friends," selling out the nations top theaters and venues. In addition, he and his wife Mandie recently opened a four-week run of the stage production, "The Only Game in Town" in Los Angeles. The Daily Variety called Wayne's performance as compulsive gambler Joe Grady "an absolute winner."
In his spare time, it is not rare to find Wayne playing his Sony PlayStation2. Wayne and his wife Mandie and their child currently reside in Los Angeles.
Wayne Brady bounces back
Dethroned talk show host Wayne Brady may be headed back to TV, starring in a proposed comedy that's set in a personal injury law firm, Reuters News Agency reports.
Mr. Brady, who earned two Daytime Emmys for his now-canceled syndicated variety series, told Reuters he spent a long time honing the concept for the show (slated to air on NBC) with "Frasier" writer Saladin Patterson, who will write the pilot.
He also cited the lack of workplace comedies on the air as a factor in their decision to focus on the world of slip-and-fall lawyers.
"You go back in the day and look at a show like 'Night Court' — no one's really tried to get into the funny of a place like that recently,"Mr. Brady said. "It seems like a world that would be full of great characters and great cases that can be really. really funny."
Before signing up for his own talk show, Mr. Brady co-starred in the ABC improv comedy series "Whose Line is it Anyway?"
Wayne Brady Heads to Court with NBC
Actor/comedian/all-around showman Wayne Brady is headed back to television with a pilot deal at NBC.
Brady will star in a comedy about personal injury lawyers from writer Saladin Patterson ("Frasier," "The Bernie Mac Show"). Patterson will also executive produce with Bernie Brillstein; Brady will serve as a co-exec producer.
The performer says the lack of workplace comedies, and the potential for silliness in personal-injury cases, were what drew him and Patterson to the idea.
We were trying to find a workplace that hasn't been tapped yet," Brady tells The Hollywood Reporter. "... It seems like a world that would be full of great characters and great cases that can be really, really funny."
Brady made a name for himself as an improv performer on ABC's "Whose Line Is It Anyway?," winning an Emmy in 2003 for his work on the show. He also won two Daytime Emmys for outstanding talk show host for his self-titled talk-variety show, which aired for two seasons.
Brad Grey TV and 20th Century Fox TV are producing the pilot.
Wayne Brady stars in ''Chicago'' The Tony Award Musical on Broadway
Television personality Wayne Brady has extended his run in the Broadway company of Chicago by one week. The Emmy Award-winning actor, singer and talk-show host had been slated to stay with the Tony-winning revival through Nov. 28. His last performance in the Kander and Ebb musical will now be Saturday evening, Dec. 4. Brady is featured in a company that currently includes Charlotte d'Amboise as Roxie Hart, Terra C. MacLeod as Velma Kelly, P. J. Benjamin as Amos Hart, Anne L. Nathan as Matron "Mama" Morton and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine.
Brady is known for bursting into song as the host of the recent "The Wayne Brady Show" as well as for his improvisational skills on ABC's "Whose Line is it Anyway?" Brady has also made guest appearances on television's "I'll Fly Away," "Home Court," "In the Heat of the Night," "Chappelle's Show" and "American Dreams." His stage credits include productions of A Chorus Line, Fences, I'm Not Rappaport, A Raisin in the Sun and Blade to the Heat.
Chicago won the Tony for Best Revival of a Musical in 1997 as well as awards for actors Bebe Neuwirth and James Naughton, director Walter Bobbie, lighting designer Ken Billington and choreographer Ann Reinking. The original production was directed and choreographed by the late Bob Fosse.