Wayne Brady can easily be called an entertainer’s entertainer. He is a singer, dancer, actor, comedian, television personality and, best of all, a master at improvisational comedy. He made new fans far and wide with his brilliant improv on the television series “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” and it is this kind of hilarious Brady shenanigans that he plans to bring to Pantages Theater on Oct. 11.
With so much going on in the world today for him to lampoon – from the presidential race to the sagas of Honey Boo Boo – Brady will have a treasure chest of improvisational comedy topics to choose from once on the stage.
“I really can't plan what comes up,” he told Tacoma Weekly about his Pantages gig. “I'm a pop-culture nerd, so I'm pretty up on what's happening and sometimes if I don't know, that's even better! It's great to be surprised and kept on my toes.”
While Brady definitely seems to be in his element when he is in front of a live audience thinking on his feet as he goes along, he said he thoroughly enjoys all aspects of being an entertainer. Whether he is hosting the TV game show “Let’s Make a Deal,” holding court with celebrity guests as he did on the Emmy Award-winning “The Wayne Brady Show” or writing songs to record, showbiz is in his blood.
“You can never choose just one of your babies,” he said. “If I didn’t do everything you just listed, we wouldn’t be talking right now. They’re all linked and that’s why live improv is a perfect vehicle for me because I do it all at the same time.”
His show at the Pantages is not suitable for children under 12, but that does not mean Brady is for adults only. Quite the contrary – he just finished up writing and recording an album for Radio Disney called “Radio Wayne,” a collection of inspiring and cautionary songs for children.
“I chose to do the CD with Disney because of my little one, Maile. I love kids and I think that if their innocence can be protected even just a little, then we should try.
“I may do an adult show, or there may be adult songs on the radio, but if you’re a 6-year-old child you shouldn’t be listening to a ‘shake that ass!’ My CD gives kids the same beats without the content. It's also something you as the parent can listen to without going crazy.”
Brady has numerous irons in the fire right now concerning his career, with exciting projects on the horizon that his fans are sure to enjoy. “I have the fourth season of ‘Let's Make A Deal,’ an upcoming PBS music special and a live CD that'll be released in February. Also, touring dates and an improv special. Come and get it!”
Tickets to see Wayne Brady live at the Pantages are $38, $58 and $82, available online at http://www.broadwaycenter.org and at the Broadway Center box office at South 9th Street and Broadway.