Wayne Alphonso Brady 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 (which was my personal favorite), and has hosted Let’s Make a Deal since its 2009 revival.
I had the amazing opportunity to sit down with Mr. Brady to talk about his career and honors. So here is that interview for your pleasure. Enjoy!
Your body of work is beyond impressive, you seem to be everywhere, what haven’t you done yet in your career that if offered the chance you would jump at?
Well, there’s always something you want to do. My aim is still to originate a role on Broadway and get a Tony. I’ve had one record that I was nominated for a Grammy, that I’d like to be nominated again and really tour and really have the recording side of my life be bigger. I’d like to be able to have a successful sitcom, I’ve guest starred in a bunch, and returned on a lot of them. I’d like to have my own or be part of an ensemble. I’ve also been working on producing certain things, so I think that’s the great thing about show business as long as you’re breathing you can make it no matter how old you get. I’m trying to lay the foundation because I’m still a younger guy, so I’m laying the foundation for the next thirty or forty years of my life, so hopefully I’ll be able to check all those lists off.
What are you most proud of about your career?
There are tons of things I’m proud of, I mean, I’ve got records, I’m the only TV personality or actor to be nominated and win daytime and prime-time Emmys in the same year. Much less being the only African American who has done that. I was the first African American host of Miss America. I’m proud of my Grammy nomination. You should try to be as proud of as much of what you do as possible, but I think those are a couple of the highlights.
Are there any new projects you are embarking on that you can tell us about?
I’m doing the next season of Let’s Make a Deal right now; it’s the sixth season of that show. I’m working on the second season of the brand new Whose line Is It Anyway? waiting for our third season pickup. I’m on tour right now with my two man improve show called, It’s My Line. I’m working on new music to be released later this year. My producing partner and I have two shows that we have sold. One is a sitcom and the other one is a reality show about break-dancing. So I’m just hard at work.
Well Jeez, Do you ever sleep? (Laughs)
Well, you see people ask that, but the thing is it all doesn’t happen on the same day!
How about you talk a little bit about your experience hosting Let’s Make a Deal.
Well, there’s no experience it’s a show. (Laughs) There’s nothing deep about it, it’s an American institution and they approached me to do it, and it’s a great big hit for CBS. I think the people of this day and age; it’s great to be able to make people happy by giving things away for free. Times are tough, to be able to make people laugh and give them some money on top of that, it’s a good experience.
In the beginning of hosting Let’s Make a Deal was it a little nerve-wrecking?
No, why would it be nerve-wrecking? Have you ever seen the original show? Why would I compare myself to Monty Hall? Monty Hall was just a host; I’m not just a host. So there’s nothing nerve-wrecking, I’m very confident in what I do. So that’s not being cocky, it’s saying its apples and oranges. He stood on stage and picked people for stuff. I’m creating comedy and giving stuff away. There’s nothing nerve-wrecking about it, it’s just something different.
I’m personally a huge fan of How I Met Your Mother, what was it like playing Neil Patrick Harris’ gay brother James?
It was great! It’s an absolute family, Neil, Jason, Colby, Alison, and the entire cast is nothing but awesome from the top to the bottom. I was very happy to be able to play a role that was written just for me. That’s the real compliment.
This year you are being honored with the Heritage Award for Outstanding Work in Television tell us you thoughts and feelings on that.
Well, I’m very grateful. I’m very proud of my Caribbean heritage and it’s nice to be acknowledged for that. I attribute a strong work ethic that I got from my father and my grandmother. On my father’s side I think it’s the island way, that you work harder, faster, longer, and stronger.