Wayne Brady

Comedian, Actor
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 ... Read more »
Born: 06/02/1972 in Orlando, Florida, USA

Filmography

Actor (80)

Whose Line Is It Anyway? 2012 - 2016 (TV Show)

Himself

Let's Make a Deal 2009 - 2015 (TV Show)

Host

Real Husbands of Hollywood 2013 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Himself

Hollywood Game Night 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

I'll Fly Away 1992 - 1993, 1997 - 2003, 2006 - 2009, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

In the Heat of the Night 1992 - 1994, 1997 - 2003, 2006 - 2009, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver 2014 (Tv Show)

Special Appearance

So You Think You Can Dance 2006 - 2009, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sofia The First 2012 - 2014 (TV Show)

Voice

Star Search 1997 - 2003, 2006 - 2009, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 68th Annual Tony Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Drew Carey Show 1997 - 2003, 2006 - 2009, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Hero of Color City 2014 (Movie)

Blue Crayon (Voice)

The Soup 1991 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Whose Line Is It Anyway? 1997 - 2003, 2006 - 2009, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

I Get That a Lot 2008 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Voice

The 40th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

1982 2012 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Comedy Central Roast Of Roseanne 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Trust Us with Your Life 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

The 38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Host

The 42nd NAACP Image Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Host

The 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Presenter

Celebrity Duets 2006 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Host

Don't Forget the Lyrics 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Host

Shatner's Raw Nerve 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 60th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Countdown To The Emmys 2007 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Don't Forget the Lyrics 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Host

Foodfight! 2008 (Movie)

Daredevil Dan (Voice)

Fox Fall Preview 2007 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Host

The 39th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The 59th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

30 Rock 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Comic Relief 2006 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

TV's Funniest Moments 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The Brandon T Jackson Show 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The List 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Crossover 2006 (Movie)

Vaughn (Actor)

Roll Bounce 2005 (Movie)

DJ Johnny Feelgood (Actor)

Stargate SG-1 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

A Merry Mickey Celebration 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

American Idol: The Phenomenon 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Celine Dion: One Year - One Heart 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Narrator

Clifford's Really Big Movie 2004 (Movie)

Voice of Shackleford (Actor)

E! Entertainer of the Year 2003 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 35th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Wayne Brady Show (Syndicated) 2002 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 Big in '03 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

17th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The 30th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 Big in 2002 Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Batman Beyond 1998 - 2002 (TV Show)

Voice

Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve 2002 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The 53rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Wayne Brady Show (ABC) 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve 2001 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 52nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

2nd Annual TV Guide Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Martin Short Show 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Walt Disney World Very Merry Christmas Parade 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Safe Night USA 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Vinyl Justice 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Walt Disney World Very Merry Christmas Parade 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Home Court 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

BET Honors 2015 (TV Show)

Host

Geppetto (TV Show)

Actor

Going to the Mat (TV Show)

Actor

On Promised Land (TV Show)

Actor

The List (TV Show)

Actor
Music (1)

Disney's The Weekenders 1999 - 2002 (TV Show)

Theme Lyrics
Producer (1)

The Wayne Brady Show (ABC) 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Writer (1)

The Wayne Brady Show (ABC) 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Writer

Biography

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.

Relationships

Wayne Brady

Father

Maile Brady

Daughter
Born February 3, 2003 mother, Mandie Taketa

Diana Lasso

Wife

Valerie Peterson

Grandmother
Paternal grandmother raised Brady

Mandie Taketa

Wife
Met 1996 in Hawaii when they both appeared in a musical revue

EDUCATION

Dr. Phillips High School

Orlando , Florida 1989

Milestones

2009

Will host the new version of "Let's Make a Deal" on CBS

2008

Released debut album, A Long Time Coming; earned a Grammy nomination for the song "A Change is Gonna Come"

2007

Starred in the ABC Family channel movie, "The List"

2007

Hosts the FOX game show, "Don't Forget the Lyrics!"

2006

Had a recurring role as a love interest to Joan (Tracee Ellis Ross) on "Girlfriends" (WB)

2006

Guest-starred on the CBS sitcom "How I Met Your Mother," playing James, the gay brother of Neil Patrick Harris's character

2006

Hosted TV Land's "That's What I'm Talking About," discussing the role of Blacks in the entertainment industry

2004

Joined the Broadway revival of "Chicago" in the role of lawyer Billy Flynn

2004

Appeared as himself on "Chappelle's Show" (Comedy Central)

2002

Produced and hosted the syndicated talk show, "The Wayne Brady Show"

2001

Headlined in the ABC variety series "The Wayne Brady Show"; also wrote and produced

2000

Appeared as 'The Magician' in the ABC production of "Geppetto"; re-teamed with Carey who played the title character

2000

Wrote and sang the theme song for Disney's popular animated series "The Weekenders"

1999

Guest starred on an episode of "The Drew Carey Show" (ABC)

1998

Appeared on the VH1 series "Vinyl Justice"

1998

Was a regular on the US version of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (ABC); hosted by Drew Carey

1997

Was featured on episodes of the BBC improv series "Whose Line Is It Anyway?"

1996

Featured in "Blade to the Heat" at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles

1994

Acted in the TV-movie "On Promised Land" (Disney Channel)

1993

Appeared in episodes of the NBC dramas, "I'll Fly Away" and "In the Heat of the Night"

1990

Began doing comedy work with the Sak Theatre in Orlando

Moved to Los Angeles

Made professional debut in a production of "A Raisin in the Sun"

At age 16, made theater debut in a high school production

Joined Houseful of Honkeys, a stage improv reunion of many members of the Sak Theatre comedy group

Acted in community theater in central Florida

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