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For Wayne Brady, music and comedy has seemed to be at the center of his wildly successful and diverse career. Wayne has been entertaining audiences with his singing, acting and unmatched improvisational skills for well over a decade. This diversity has led to a career that goes beyond the term “triple threat.”
Brady began his career in Orlando working at theme parks as well as performing in several local theatre shows.
This is where his love for improvisation was sparked as he was a member of the Orlando improv comedy theater, SAK Comedy Lab.
In 1998, his career took off with “Whose Line is it Anyway?” for which he won a 2003 Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety, Musical or Comedy Series. The show returns this year with all new episodes.
Wayne went on to host his own syndicated talk show “The Wayne Brady Show” for two seasons. He was honored with two Emmys for Outstanding Talk Show Host and the show also won Outstanding Talk Show.
In 2005, Brady returned to his first love, musical theater, and starred in the Broadway production of “Chicago,” playing the role of lawyer Billy Flynn. He made a big splash in Las Vegas with his hit stage show “Makin’ It Up.” The show was met with critical acclaim and has been heralded as “pure genius” and “hysterically funny.” Brady has taken the show around the world playing in such countries as South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and India. Wayne again returned to the live theater in 2010 when he joined the all-star cast in the Neil Patrick Harris directed “Rent” at the historic Hollywood Bowl.
Conquering stage and television was not enough for this unique talent. He was nominated for a Grammy in 2008 for his Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance for his single “A Change Is Gonna Come,” off debut album “A Long Time Coming.” In addition, Wayne released a children’s album entitled “Radio Wayne” which took the top spot on iTunes and Amazon kids charts.
On the big screen, Brady has been featured in several films including: “Crossover,” “Roll Bounce,” for Fox Searchlight as well as the animated film “Foodfight.”
Being an award winning host, it is no wonder why he has been tapped to host several high-profile shows including the NAACP Awards, BET Honors as well as guest hosting The Late Late Show for a week earlier this year. His hosting role on the iconic “Let’s Make A Deal” has been garnered with several Emmy nominations including Wayne for hosting.
Wayne is currently working on new music and will return to the hit BET series “The Real Husbands of Hollywood” which airs a new season beginning this summer.