As a comedic performer there's probably nothing more satisfying than being able to make an audience roar with laughter. And not just a hesitant chuckle, either. We're talking fall-out-of-your-seat, stitch-in-your-side, gut-busting laughter. It’s a unique and rare quality to possess, but one that Wayne Brady seems to have perfected to an art form.
A versatile performer, perhaps best known his brief acting stints on comedies like How I Met Your Mother, his wildly memorable appearance on Chappelle's Show
, and putting his impressive improvisational skills to the test on Whose Line Is It Anyway, Brady is about to return to the small screen in a big way this summer as he introduces a brand new show called Trust Us With Your Life, which premieres tonight on ABC. Hollywood.com recently chatted with the star about what's in store with his latest celeb-filled comedic venture.
“In a nutshell, it’s Whose Line Is It Anyway
meets This Is Your Life
,” Brady explains, “We take a team of improvisationalists, starring myself, Colin Mochrie
, and my buddy Jonathan Mangum
as a rotating improviser, and we improvise the life of a celebrity. They come on and Fred Willard
, as the host, asks them about their lives and the interesting things that make them, them — some of the things that maybe you don’t know from having read Wikipedia.” In short, a pop culture geek's dream come true.
“We take stories that they tell us and we blow them up improvisational-style,” Brady continues, “So a very straightforward story about how someone and their three sisters grew up could become anything from a John Woo
movie to a Broadway musical."
In case that wasn't enough to whet your pop culture palate, there's one major Hollywood star who’s already signed up to appear on the show and it's none other than America’s favorite British comedian they love to love to hate: Ricky Gervais.
Brady assures that, in addition to his known comedy skills, the Golden Globes host has some pretty incredible stories to tell, including about his time as a musician. “I didn’t know that Ricky Gervais was a musician. And I didn’t know that aside from just being a musician, he actually had a decent-sized hit in the UK,” says Brady, “So that’s another cool part about the show is that you end up learning stuff.”
And while they’ll definitely have some fun with each star’s background, Brady insists that it won’t be a Comedy Central-level roast, by any means. "We don’t go after the jugular on people,” he says. “Because how do you expect people to come back and get other guests if every show you’re kicking somebody in the ass? It’s all done in love, even the things that kind of play off the negative aspects of their career.”
But even though he’s already got some willing celebrity guests like Gervais already lined up, Brady admits that there’s one person in particular who he’d love to get in the hot seat: former President
Bill Clinton. “I would love to sit down with Clinton,” the 40-year-old reveals, “I think his life and his rise would definitely be amazing.”
Until that day comes, Brady also hopes to return to TV later this fall on How I Met Your Mother and perhaps fill in a few of the blanks that came with Barney’s huge
wedding shocker. “I’m hoping [the writers] write in the Barney bachelor party scene because I’m kind of wondering what’s the bachelor party like that I would plan for him,” Brady ponders. “Where would it be? So I’m definitely pulling for that one.” As are the rest of us. It would be legen—
Trust Us With Your Life airs Tuesday, July 10 at 9 PM (ET) on ABC.