Wayne Brady brings his improvisational and singing talents to the Cowan Center tonight

Published on Thursday, 1 May 2014 22:22 - Written by From Staff Reports

Give Wayne Brady anything — a prop, a crazy situation, a silly song title — and then get out of the way.

On an episode of the CW improvisation show “Whose Line Is Anyway?” Brady was challenged to be the head of a hillbilly family reunion. He instantly adopted an over-the-top “hick” accent. Without missing a beat, he called unsuspecting audience members on stage to serve as his “family” and gave them goofy names and outrageous characteristics.

It was spontaneous and funny. The crowd loved it.

“Whose Line Is It Anyway” features Brady, along with regulars Ryan Stiles and Colin Mochrie and guests in improv games based on off-the-wall ideas provided by audience members and host Aisha Tyler. Brady also is one of the show’s executive producers.

“Whose Line Is it Anyway?” is an inspiration for Brady’s current “It’s My Line Tour.” His performance showcasing music, comedy and improv skills is set for 7:30 tonight at UT Tyler’s Cowan Center.

Tickets range from $37 to $62 and can be purchased at the center’s box office, by calling 903-566-7424 or online at www.cowancenter.com .

“The multi-talented and diverse entertainer Wayne Brady is a wonderful way to wrap up the season with physical comedy enhanced by great music,” Cowan Director Susan Thomae-Morphew said in news release from the college. “We have been looking at bringing him for the last couple years and are delighted to make it happen even sooner.”

In 1998, Brady’s career took off when he began appearing on “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”then on ABC. He won an Emmy Award for his work on the show and then hosted his own syndicated talk/variety show for which he won he won two Emmys as Outstanding Talk Show Host.

Brady currently hosts the popular daytime game show “Let’s Make A Deal” and appeared in the CBS hit “How I Met Your Mother.” He is the voice of Clover the rabbit on Disney Jr.’s animated series “Sofia the First.”

His work in television has included appearances on “The Dave Chappelle Show,” “30 Rock,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “Real Husbands of Hollywood” and “Everybody Hates Chris.”

As a singer, Brady earned a R&B Grammy nomination for his single, “A Change is Gonna Come,” off his debut album “A Long Time Coming.” His children’s album, “Radio Wayne,” reached No. 1 on iTunes and Amazon Kids’ charts in 2011. He is working on a new album to be released this summer.

This article uses information released by The University of Texas at Tyler.