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The multitalented Wayne Brady brings his one-man show to the Chicago Theatre this month.

 

BRADY’S HOTS
Navy Pier, The Second City

BRADY’S NOTS
Having to choose his favorite out of dancing, singing, acting and improv—“They all color my life.”

He grew up in Georgia and Florida, and currently lives in L.A. So is 42-year-old Wayne Brady really ready to experience a Chicago winter? We’ll see when he arrives in town Feb. 28 for his one-man show at the Chicago Theatre.

“The good thing is that I have experience traveling in the cold,” he says of his 15 years in the business. “For a couple years, I was doing a show called Quick Wits in Chicago. We only taped in the winter. I thought God was punishing me.”

But now he’s back in town to bring his show to a warm and cozy Chicago crowd. “Anyone you can think of comes to my shows,” explains the host of Let’s Make a Deal. “It’s a cross-section of America. There’s college students, grandmas, everyone.”

For many of us, it feels like the Emmy-winning and Grammy-nominated actor, singer and television personality has been famous forever.

He broke into the business on the improv show Whose Line Is It Anyway, which won him his first of four Emmys in 2003 and on which he still stars. He then hosted The Wayne Brady Show from 2002 to 2004. Broadway (Rent), TV roles (How I Met Your Mother) and albums soon followed. (Side note for parents: He is even the voice of Clover on Sofia the First.)

In Chicago, expect improv sketches and songs with the audience controlling the themes. “I ask the crowd for SAT words, hard words, and then throw them up on a pad on the stage,” he explains. “Then I ask for something just random, and then the beat drops. I can make anything into a story.”

Brady puts it best: “It’s an improvised rock concert.”