It’s almost easier to list the things Wayne Brady can’t do then list the things he can do. Brady has won multiple Emmy awards, been nominated for a Grammy, and starred on Broadway. Brady can act, sing, emcee, and best of all, make us laugh.
Wayne Brady became a household name thanks to his work on Whose Line Is It Anyway?, an improvisational comedy television series. He also appeared in the original British version.
In the early 2000s, Brady had his own variety program on ABC as well as his own syndicated daytime talk show. The programs ran for two and three seasons respectively.
Brady also made guest appearances on such diverse television programs as The Drew Carey Show, Reno 911!, Stargate CG-1, 30 Rock, How I Met Your Mother, Psych, Dancing With The Stars, and WWE Raw. In 2009, he became host of the popular daytime game show Let’s Make A Deal.
Brady has released two albums, A Long Time Coming in 2008 and Radio Wayne in 2011. He also recorded Jim Brickman’s “Beautiful.” Brady’s version of “A Change is Gonna Come,” earned him a Grammy nomination for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance.
For some reason, Brady has been tagged with a squeaky clean image. This image was lampooned during several appearances on Chappelle’s Show. On Chappelle’s Show, Brady played a polar opposite version of his public persona. His guest appearance also gave birth to the famous quote: “Is Wayne Brady going to have to choke a b*tch?”
About a decade later, Bill Maher compared Brady to Barack Obama saying both weren’t black enough. Brady took umbrage to Maher’s joke and told the comedian he should be careful when “making assumptions about black people.”
Wayne Alphonso Brady was born June 2, 1972 in Columbus, Georgia. He grew up in Orlando, Florida. Brady was raised by his grandmother and his cousin is professional soccer player Jozy Altidore. Brady has been married twice and has one child. He suffers from clinical depression and had a nervous breakdown when he turned 42.