Wayne Brady is an Emmy Award winning actor, recording artist, improvisationalist, dancer, and television personality. His work can be seen on television or film, in the theater, or heard on the radio.
Brady began his career in Orlando, Florida working for both the Disney World and Universal theme parks. He also performed in several community theatre shows and at the Orlando improv troupe SAK Comedy Lab.
In 1998, Brady’s 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. Brady went on to host his own syndicated talk/variety show “The Wayne Brady Show" for two years. He picked up two Emmys for Outstanding Talk Show Host and the show also won an Emmy for Outstanding Talk Show. Brady has also hosted “Don’t Forget the Lyrics” on Fox. Currently, Brady can be seen everyday on CBS as the host of the daytime classic “Let’s Make A Deal,” on which contestants dress up and test their luck to win cash and prizes. Guest-starring roles include “The Dave Chappelle Show,” “30 Rock,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “Dirt,” and “Everybody Hates Chris.”
In film, Brady recently provided a voice for the upcoming animated feature, “Foodfight!” for Lions Gate. He starred in the Screen Gems feature, “Crossover”, and the independent feature “The List”, a romantic comedy with Sydney Tamiia Poitier and Illeana Douglas. Brady was also featured in Fox Searchlight’s “Roll Bounce’.
In 2005 Brady took the opportunity to return to his first love, musical theatre, and starred in the Broadway production of “Chicago,” playing the role of Billy Flynn. This past August he joined the all-star cast as Angel in the musical “Rent,” performed at the Hollywood Bowl and directed by Neil Patrick Harris. This one-weekend event opened to sold out performances and outstanding reviews.
After conquering television and theatre, Brady took on the recording industry and earned a 2008 Grammy nomination for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance for his single “A Change is Gonna Come" off his debut musical album “A Long Time Coming”. Currently he is working on a second album, and on May 31st 2011 he released a children’s album entitled “Radio Wayne” with Disney Records.
Brady made a big splash in Vegas in 2009 with his hit stage show “Makin’ It Up.” The show was met with critical acclaim and has been heralded as “pure genius,” “hysterically funny” and “amazing.” Wayne has taken the show to venues across the country and overseas to South Africa, Australia, India and New Zealand.