Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania on April 3, 1994 · Page 11
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Wednesday, September 25, 2002 ENTERTAINMENT Page 11 On and off the air, Brady's an entertainer By FRAZIER MOORE AP Television Writer NEWYORK—Wayne Brady turn-ons: entertaining people; starring in his new syndicated talk show; playing video games. Wayne Brady turn-offs: encountering mean humor and four-letter words; wearing a stifling- hot costume at a Florida theme park; and (truth be told) getting interviewed. "Honestly, I would much rather be at home playing my video games," admits Brady, an affable chap who, with a joystick in his mitt, warps into "a big TV shoot-'em-up, bang-bang guy. I love action!" "I've got a complete set of everything at my office," he says. "And at home, and in the back seat of my car — so I can play video games while someone drives me to a gig." At the moment, however, Brady has no video game within reach. Just lunch, during a recent Manhattan publicity swing. So he dutifully addresses some other keen interests: • There's his long-standing berth on ABC's im- prov comedy "Who's Line Is it Anyway?" which, with Drew Carey presiding, now airs Mondays at 8:30 p.m. • He and wife Mandie are expecting a child in February. • And, of course, he's just premiered "The Wayne Brady Show," which airs weekdays from Los Angeles (check local listings). Unlike the variety-oriented "Wayne Brady Show" that had a prime-time tryout on ABC during summer 2001, this "Wayne Brady Show" is a breezy hour of talk and merriment with celebrity guests. "Yeah, we want to hear about your new project," Brady says. "But then let's have some fun — whether it's a game, an improvisational scene, something out in the audience, something out in the street." 'Don't rule out anything. Despite a promise of "no clogging" on the show's publicity release, Brady isn't even sure about that, "If Tom Cruise wants to clog, who's going to stop him? If Jennifer Aniston wants to break dance, I will give her the cardboard!" Indeed, in its first few outings, soap star Ingo Rademacher has gone indoor-surfing. Bill Nye the Science Guy did scientific demonstrations (and flubbed one). Reba Mclntire roped a mechanical calf. Something must be working. According to preliminary Nielsen Media Research data, "Wayne Brady" leads the five other freshman weekday series. "I just want us to have a good time together," he says. Maybe Brady's inclusive approach results from feeling left on the sidelines as a youngster. Now, at 30, he's leading-man charming with a saucy smile. But growing up in Orlando, Fla., "I was very, very shy, with horrible stuttering problems and not a lot of friends." < Almost by default, he found his way into high school drama at age 16, then broke into community theater. Decided on a show-biz career, he moved to Las Vegas, then L.A., where he landed stage work and guest roles on TV. Rallying his gifts for singing and dancing, as well as improvisation, he put together a live show that has toured widely and displays his allegiance to Grated humor. "It was how I was raised.! had a wonderful upbringing by my grandmother," he explains. "Anyone can be mean and anyone can hurt. But if I make you laugh without being snide or cursing, then I've won." Since 1998, Brady's biggest showcase has been "Whose Line," where he joins Ryan Stiles and Colin Mochrie for made-to-order, off-the-cuff high jinks. It's one of TV's funniest shows. But Brady regards improv as an offshoot not so much of comedy as acting — the branch of entertainment he considers his main calling. "Imagine someone says, 'Wayne, you are a fisherman— but instead of a fish, you've just caught a mermaid and she has a secret to tell you.' When I play that out I won't be telling a joke, and you won't be laughing at a punch line. "Improv is comedic acting," he sums up. Thanks to "Whose Line," "I'm just an actor who got very, very lucky." Cheering his rise to that show and beyond has been his grandmother, Valerie Petersen. He can't deny that she's extremely proud of him. "But she was always proud of me," he says with affection. "No matter how small what I did was, it was (he biggest and best thing in the world. "She was proud of me playing Tigger at Walt Disney World and marching in the parade, even though I passed out from the heat. Inside (hat costume it was about 90,000 degrees. I should have paced myself. But I fell flat on my face. They carried me off with my recorded voice still going, 'Ooh-hoo-hoo!'" Sounds like a crowd-pleaser, although chances are, that's one thing you won't find on "The Wayne Brady Show." (On the Net: Wayne Brady is the host of a new syndicated Wayne Brady Show." talk show, "The (AP photo) Peabody award the 'Pulitzer' of broadcasting By FRAZIER MOORE AP Television Writer NEW YORK — Now that Conan O'Brien has returned to his "Late Night" lair and Emmymania is over, let's take a look at the other TV award: the Peabody. - It's the one you may not know, at least beyond its offhand designation as "broadcasting's Pulitzer." *•• It's the one without a big TV show, "and the envelope please" suspense, and the staggering array of cate- < -gories. (In fact, the Peabody has no fixed categories or even an annual • quota of winners.) - Like the Emmy, the Peabody recog- " nizes outstanding achievement in ••broadcasting and cable TV. But, un;. like the Emmy, it also honors achievement in radio and new '..• media- like CD-ROMs and the Web, . and does it all from an international ;. perspective. :. 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