Wayne Brady

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Wayne Brady
Wayne Brady 2010.jpg
Brady at the World of Color premiere, 2010
BornWayne Alphonso Brady
(1972-06-02) June 2, 1972 (age 42)
Columbus, Georgia, U.S.
OccupationActor, television personality, comedian, singer, presenter, game show host
Years active1990–present
Spouse(s)Diana Lasso (1993–1995)
Mandie Taketa (1999–2008)
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Wayne Brady
Wayne Brady 2010.jpg
Brady at the World of Color premiere, 2010
BornWayne Alphonso Brady
(1972-06-02) June 2, 1972 (age 42)
Columbus, Georgia, U.S.
OccupationActor, television personality, comedian, singer, presenter, game show host
Years active1990–present
Spouse(s)Diana Lasso (1993–1995)
Mandie Taketa (1999–2008)

Wayne Alphonso Brady[1] (born June 2, 1972) is an American actor, singer, comedian, and television personality, known for his work as a regular on the American version of the improvisational comedy television series Whose Line Is It Anyway?. He was the host of the daytime talk show The Wayne Brady Show, the original host of Fox's Don't Forget the Lyrics!, and has hosted Let's Make a Deal since its 2009 revival.

Early life[edit]

Brady was born in Columbus, Georgia[2] to West Indian parents,[citation needed] and moved to Orlando, Florida as a young child to live with his grandmother and aunt. Brady refers to his grandmother, Valerie Petersen, as his "mom," since she raised him.[3][4] Brady is second cousin to professional footballer Jozy Altidore who currently plays for Sunderland FC in the English Premier League.[citation needed] At 16, Brady started performing in community theater and at the Orlando improv troupe SAK Comedy Lab, where he first started developing his improv skills. He attended Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando, Florida, where he graduated in 1989. In 1990, he enrolled at the University of Miami.[5] In 1996, he moved to Los Angeles, California, where he continued developing his acting skills.[6]


Brady's career began as one of the improvisational theater performers in the original (British) version of Whose Line Is It Anyway?, along with Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie, and host Clive Anderson in 1998 when the last season was filmed in Hollywood, after which he became a regular on the American version, hosted by Drew Carey, which was his first Stateside television exposure. In 2003, Brady won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety, Musical or Comedy Series for his work on the show, the only person to win the award for a television series, as opposed to a special, since Dana Carvey in 1993.[citation needed]

He went on to star in his own ABC variety show in 2001 called The Wayne Brady Show, and a daytime talk show of the same name in 2002, which lasted two seasons and won four Daytime Emmy Awards, two of which went to Brady for Outstanding Talk Show Host. Brady guest-starred on The Drew Carey Show in 1999 and 2000 to take part in "Drew Live" and "Drew Live II". On the show, Brady played several games taken from Whose Line Is It Anyway? for the two episodes with other characters.

In 2004, Brady joined the Broadway revival of Chicago, playing the role of lawyer Billy Flynn. He appeared briefly in the final episode of the 2004 season of the comedy Reno 911!. He guest starred on the Sci Fi Channel's hit series show Stargate SG-1 as Trelak, the first-prime of the Goa'uld System Lord, Ares. He made an appearance on Chappelle's Show, poking fun at his squeaky clean persona.[7]

Brady wrote and sang the theme song for Disney's animated series The Weekenders. In 2005, he sang and recorded Jim Brickman's original Disney song "Beautiful" (a cover of All-4-One's 2002 hit "Beautiful As You") and its Christmas version.[8]

In 2006, Brady became the host of TV Land's That's What I'm Talking About, a talk show discussing the role of African-Americans in the entertainment industry. From August 29 – September 29, 2006, Brady hosted the Fox show Celebrity Duets.

On November 27, 2006, he made a guest appearance on the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother, playing James, the gay brother of Neil Patrick Harris's character Barney. His character conflicts with Barney due to his choice to marry and adopt a baby. Brady returned to the show in 2007 in the episode "The Yips", in which he is shown to be indirectly responsible for Barney's current superconfident personality, as well as in 2010's "Cleaning House" episode. He had also appeared as a guest star for the MTV show Nick Cannon's Wild 'N Out. Brady also helps with the Adult Swim TV show Robot Chicken.

Brady has also gone "north-of-the-border" and guest starred in Colin Mochrie's CBC comedy, Getting Along Famously. He has also appeared on the episode "You Don't Know Jack" on the television show Dirt and also guest starred on the show 30 Rock, where he played the role of Steven Black, Liz Lemon's date for The Source Awards. Steven and Liz's relationship quickly ended when they discovered they had nothing in common and Liz accidentally shot him in the buttocks.

Brady was the co-host of the short-lived VH1 show "Vinyl Justice" in 1998. In 2007, ABC Family premiered the movie called "The List". The List is about a man who proposes to his girlfriend. When she says no, he begins to make a list of qualities he believes his "Perfect Woman" should have. He starred in Flirt,[9] a comedy pilot developed for The CW Television Network, which if it had been picked up would have aired in the 2006-07 television season.

Brady guest starred as Julius Rock's gifted younger brother, Louis, in the television series, Everybody Hates Chris, and hosted a singing game show called Don't Forget the Lyrics! on Fox until its cancellation in June 2009. He also performs "Wayne Brady: Making $%!^ up" at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada four nights a week.[10][11] He was also on two episodes of Kevin Hill. Brady's debut album was released on September 16, 2008. The song "A Change is Gonna Come", a cover of the popular 1964 single by Sam Cooke, earned Brady a Grammy nomination in the Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance category.[12]

Brady started hosting an updated version of the game show Let's Make a Deal for CBS in October 2009, which taped at the Tropicana Resort & Casino in Las Vegas and currently tapes in Los Angeles. The show replaced the soap opera Guiding Light, which ended its long-time run. The original host of Let's Make a Deal was Monty Hall, who serves as consultant for the new show. Drew Carey currently hosts The Price Is Right, and thus, both game shows in the CBS daytime lineup (as of May 2013) hold the distinction of being hosted by an alumnus of Whose Line Is It Anyway?.

Brady was the guest host on the May 3, 2010 episode of WWE Raw, where he was involved in an in-ring segment with Edge and Randy Orton, and eventually getting RKO'd by Orton.[13] Later that year, in August, Brady played the role of Tom Collins in a staged production of Rent at the Hollywood Bowl. The production was directed by Neil Patrick Harris.[14]

Brady, together with Jonathan Mangum performed in two episodes of Fast and Loose, a new improvisational series on BBC2 hosted by Hugh Dennis, in January 2011. Then, along with Holly Robinson Peete, he co-hosted the 42nd annual NAACP Image Awards on March 4, 2011.[15]

On May 3 he appeared on Dancing With The Stars as the lead performer in a tribute to James Brown celebrating what would have been Brown's 78th birthday in the Macy's Stars of Dance segment. He has also been a special guest of Drew Carey's Improv-A-Ganza on GSN, appearing each time with Let's Make a Deal announcer Jonathan Mangum.

Brady made a cameo in the 2011 song "Dedication to my Ex (miss that)" by Lloyd featuring Lil Wayne and Andre 3000, narrating Lil Wayne's section of the song, and he appeared as a special guest star in the March 14, 2012 episode of the TV series Psych along with Greg Grunberg and Mike "The Miz" Mizanin.

Brady also starred in the 2012 ABC improvisational comedy series Trust Us with Your Life, and returned for the revival of Whose Line Is It Anyway? in the Summer of 2013.[16][17]

Brady guest starred as Don in a Phineas and Ferb episode, "Where's Pinky?" on June 7, 2013.

Personal life[edit]

In 2007, Brady became an official supporter of Ronald McDonald House Charities and is a member of their celebrity board, called the Friends of RMHC.[18]

Brady has been married twice. His first marriage was to Diana Lasso on December 31, 1993. They were divorced on September 21, 1995. His second marriage was to dancer Mandie Taketa on April 3, 1999. They have one child together, a daughter named Maile Masako Brady, born on February 3, 2003. Brady and Taketa separated on April 5, 2006 and Taketa filed for divorce on July 2, 2007.[19]


In 2013, Bill Maher complained that Barack Obama was "not black enough", like Wayne Brady. Brady took issue with this statement, suggesting that Maher should "be careful when you make statements like that, because it will allow his viewers to make the same stereotypical assumptions about black people.".[20]


1990SuperboyJohnEpisode: "The Sons of Icarus"
1993I'll Fly AwayDamon2 episodes
1993In the Heat of the NightHenry Ulmer"Hatton's Turn" Parts 1 & 2
1997–99Kwik WitzHimself
1998Whose Line Is It Anyway?HimselfSeries 10; British version
Whose Line Is It Anyway?HimselfStarring seasons 2–7, 9–; recurring seasons 1 & 8
Also executive producer (season 9–); American version
1999, 2000The Drew Carey ShowHimself2 episodes
2000Batman BeyondMicron"The Call" Parts 1 & 2
2000GeppettoThe MagicianTV movie
2002Miss AmericaHimself, host
2004Clifford's Really Big MovieShackelford
2004Going to the MatMason Wyatt
2004Chappelle's ShowHimself2 episodes
2005Roll BounceD.J. Johnny Feelgood
2005Stargate SG-1TrelakEpisode: "It's Good to be King"
2006/08Everybody Hates ChrisLouis2 episodes
2006Stuart Little 3: Call of the WildReekoVideo
2006Shorty McShorts' ShortsCameronVoice; 3 episodes
2006–2014How I Met Your MotherJames Stinson13 episodes
2007The ListLewis
200730 RockSteven BlackEpisode: "The Source Awards"
2007DirtHenchmanEpisode: "You Don't Know Jack"
2008The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the DragonSparx
2007–09Don't Forget the Lyrics!Himself, host
2009–presentLet's Make a DealHimself, host
2011Fast and LooseHimself, performer
2011Are We There Yet?DevinEpisode: "The Man and the Bragging Snafu Episode"
2011Drew Carey's Improv-A-GanzaHimself, guest panelist
2012–13American DadCuba Gooding Jr. / TungeeVoice; 3 episodes
2012Foodfight!Daredevil DanVoice
2012Trust Us with Your Life2 episodes
2012PsychHilton Fox
2013Sofia the FirstClover the RabbitVoice; 7 episodes
2013So You Think You Can DanceHimself, guest judge2 episodes
2013Scooby-Doo! Stage FrightBrik Pimlento
2014Hollywood Game NightHimself
2014So You Think You Can DanceHimselfGuest Judge [21]
2014The Hero of Color CityBlue


YearAlbum detailsChart Positions
2008A Long Time Coming157202
2011Radio Wayne


  1. ^ PeopleFinders.com | People Summary
  2. ^ video Let's Make A Deal, episode May 11, 2010 at 9:23 minutes, Wayne Brady says he was born in Columbus, Georgia.
  3. ^ Brady, Wayne. "A Long Time Coming iTunes Booklet (PDF)". concordmusicgroup.com. p. 7. "My mother, Valerie Petersen, the best mother a guy could have." 
  4. ^ Walker, Nicole (2003-02-10). "Wayne Brady". Jet 103 (7). "Brady also credits his 72-year-old grandmother, Valerie Peterson [sic], who reared him and whom he affectionately calls 'Mom,'..." 
  5. ^ Totalspeakers.com | Wayne Brady
  6. ^ Boedeker, Hal (2007-07-02). "Joey Fatone, Wayne Brady form mutual-admiration society". OrlandoSentinel.com. Orlando Sentinel Communications. Archived from the original on 2008-04-25. Retrieved 2008-04-06. 
  7. ^ Neal Brennan & Dave Chappelle (writers); Neal Brennan (director) (2004-04-07). "Episode #2.12". Chappelle's Show. Season 2. Episode 12. Comedy Central.
  8. ^ "Beautiful" from The Disney Songbook album by Jim Brickman and Disney's Cinderella [Special Edition] soundtrack. "Beautiful" (Christmas version) from Disney's Princess Christmas Album
  9. ^ Dana Slagle, "Comedic Actor Wayne Brady Demonstrates Versatility In New Movie, 'Crossover'", Jet 110.11 (Sep 18, 2006), 61.
  10. ^ Wayne Brady Las Vegas Show Tickets – Comedy at The Venetian
  11. ^ Wayne Brady: Making it Up! | VEGAS.com
  12. ^ "News » Grammy Nomination". Wayne Brady. 2008-04-12. Retrieved 2010-05-03. 
  13. ^ WWE.com March 22, 2010
  14. ^ Brady, Tveit, Astin And Thoms Join RENT At Hollywood Bowl
  15. ^ "Wayne Brady and Holly Robinson Peete to Host ’42nd NAACP Image Awards’ Friday, March 4 on Fox – Ratings | TVbytheNumbers". Tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com. Retrieved 2012-01-04. 
  16. ^ "About this show: Trust us with your life". The Futon Critic. Retrieved 7 July 2012. 
  17. ^ Ng, Philiana (March 1, 2013). "'Whose Line Is It Anyway?' Being Revived by The CW". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 1, 2013. 
  18. ^ "Celebrity Friends of RMHC". McDonald's Corporation. 
  19. ^ "Comic Wayne Brady, Wife Divorcing". People.com. Retrieved 30 September 2011. 
  20. ^ http://www.mediaite.com/tv/wayne-brady-calls-bullsht-on-bill-maher-i-will-beat-your-ass-in-public-for-questioning-my-black-cred/
  21. ^ "So You Think You Can Dance - 2014 Casting Guide with Call Dates". Retrieved June 19, 2014. 

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