Wayne Brady

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Wayne Alphonso Brady
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A talented, remarkably energetic African-American performer who got his start in community theater in Florida, Wayne Brady was a skilled dramatic actor who came upon improvisational comedy early on in his career. In that medium, he found his calling and later got his big break as a stand out regular cast member of the ABC hit improv series "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1998- ). Originally set on a career in the military, Brady wowed audiences …
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Wayne Alphonso Brady on June 2, 1972 in Orlando, Florida, USA

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A talented, remarkably energetic African-American performer who got his start in community theater in Florida, Wayne Brady was a skilled dramatic actor who came upon improvisational comedy early on in his career. In that medium, he found his calling and later got his big break as a stand out regular cast member of the ABC hit improv series "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1998- ). Originally set on a career in the military, Brady wowed audiences with his performance in a high school stage production and later made his professional debut in the legendary drama "A Raisin in the Sun". Honing his craft in varied local productions, Brady next joined Orlando's Sak Theatre and started his comedy work. Here he began improvisational comedy, proving a natural at the high pressure, very difficult task of finding humor within a set situation on the fly.

After a brief stint in Las Vegas, Brady headed to Hollywood where appearances on episodes of the NBC series "I'll Fly Away" and "In the Heat of the Night" helped him make his small screen entry. He was featured in the Disney Channel TV-movie "On Promised Land" in 1994 and went back to the stage, where he was becoming known for his improv skills. In 1997, he tried out for the British TV series "Whose Line Is It Anyway" and impressed producers, who would cast him in four of the season's episodes. A half-hour of high energy improv games performed in front of a studio audience and aired on television, the one-of-a-kind series was duplicated for American television with Drew Carey as the host in 1998, and Brady was picked to be a regular on the new series. Fielding the most ridiculous of situations with aplomb and an inclusive but sharp sense of humor, Brady was appropriately quick-witted and fast on his feet and particularly excelled in the very popular singing and dancing events, quickly becoming an audience favorite with this dependably clever and uproarious take on events such as the storytelling "Hoedown" and "Greatest Hits", an often absurdist spoof of compilation album TV commercials.

Thanks to his enormous success on "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" Brady had become a fixture in many an American household, and was received warmly at "The 52nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards" in 2000, where he performed a song medley. That same year he played Lazardo the magician in ABC's "Geppetto", featuring Carey in the title role. In the fall of 2001, Brady landed his own series, the aptly titled "The Wayne Brady Show", a comedy/variety show on ABC.

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