Wayne Brady hired as 'Deal' host

Wayne Brady hired as 'Deal' host

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- CBS says it has hired U.S. comedian Wayne Brady as host of its new version of the television game show "Let's Make a Deal."
Applegate to be Emmys presenter

Applegate to be Emmys presenter

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Breast cancer survivor Christina Applegate is to be one of the presenters at "The 60th Primetime Emmy Awards" in Los Angeles, ABC said Thursday.

Rainn, Kanye face off at Emmys

LOS ANGELES , Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Hollywood comedian Rainn Wilson and Grammy Award-winning rapper Kanye West had a little singing competition at the Emmy Awards show in Los Angeles.

Ashlee Simpson joins cast of 'Chicago'

NEW YORK, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Singer Ashlee Simpson, playing Roxie Hart in "Chicago" in her London debut, also is the newest star to sign up for the gala New York performance of the musical.

Fox puts on reality TV awards show

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- The U.S. Fox Reality Channel has announced the first annual "Reality Remix Really Awards," hosted by Kennedy.

Wayne Brady hops aboard the N Net

NEW YORK, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- The U.S. cable TV network for teen viewers -- The N -- has brought comic Wayne Brady aboard to develop an original comedy series.

'Hairspray' vet to replace Brady in 'Wiz'

SAN DIEGO, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- "Hairspray" player Rashad Naylor has joined the La Jolla Playhouse production of "The Wiz" in San Diego, replacing actor Wayne Brady as the Scarecrow.

San Diego theater to offer 'Wiz' revival

SAN DIEGO, July 25 (UPI) -- The La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego is set to offer fans of the Broadway musical "The Wiz" a contemporary revival of the classic musical production.

Usher joins the cast of 'Chicago'

NEW YORK, July 14 (UPI) -- Usher will join the cast of the Broadway musical, "Chicago" and make his debut Aug. 22 as Billy Flynn.

CW network picks up Wayne Brady comedy

LOS ANGELES, March 29 (UPI) -- The pilot for Wayne Brady's new comedy "Flirt" has been picked up by the new CW network, it was reported Wednesday.

Nick Cannon stars in new 'Brer Rabbit' DVD

LOS ANGELES, March 19 (UPI) -- Some of Hollywood's top stars are bringing the folk tales of Uncle Remus to home video in the animated film, "The Adventures of Brer Rabbit."

Wayne Brady leaves 'Chicago'

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Wayne Brady has left the cast of the Los Angeles engagement of "Chicago," the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday.

Wayne Brady working on NBC comedy

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- Entertainer Wayne Brady will star in a comedy for NBC set in the world of personal injury law, The Hollywood Reporter said Thursday.

Feature: Comics line up for Vegas festival

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- As comedians from around the country get ready for the third annual Las Vegas Comedy Festival, organizers say the new-talent portion of the program has opened d
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Wayne Brady headed for big screen

LOS ANGELES, June 1 (UPI) -- Wayne Brady will make his onscreen feature film debut in an action thriller co-starring Paul Walker, Daily Variety reported Tuesday.
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Wayne Brady
Actor Wayne Brady appears for the premiere of the new musical "Jersey Boys" at The Palozzo casino in Las Vegas on May 3, 2008. The play is the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. (UPI Photo/Daniel Gluskoter)

Wayne Alphonso Brady (born June 2, 1972) is an Emmy Award winning 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?, and as the host of the daytime talk show The Wayne Brady Show. He was the original host of FOX's Don't Forget the Lyrics!, and currently hosts the 2009 revival of Let's Make a Deal.

Brady was born in Columbus, Georgia to West Indian parents, and moved to Orlando, Florida as a young child to live with his grandmother and aunt. When Brady talks about his "Mom," he is referring to his grandmother Valerie Petersen, who raised him. He attended Dr. Phillips High School, in Orlando, Florida, where he graduated in 1989. In 1990, he began enrollment at the University of Miami, where he joined the Delta Upsilon fraternity. At 16, he started performing in community theater and at the Orlando improv troupe SAK Comedy Lab where he first started developing his improv skills. He moved to Los Angeles, California, in 1996, where he continued developing his acting skills.

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.

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