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Wayne Brady, Host of 'Let's Make a Deal' and 'Don't Forget the Lyrics'


Wayne Brady with a contestant on the new Let's Make a Deal

Wayne Brady hosts 'Let's Make a Deal' on CBS

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Wayne Brady is a multi-talented entertainer, with comedy and improv skills that make him a terrific game show host.

Born: June 2, 1972
Hometown: Orlando, Florida
Graduated From: Dr. Phillips High School
Family: Divorced, one daughter
Trademark: Impressions of famous singers

How He Got His Start:

Wayne Brady has always been interested in entertaining. In high school he was heavily involved in theatre and the choir, and after graduating he ended up playing Tigger at Walt Disney World. During this time he was also acting in a wide variety of local stage productions, and doing some stand-up comedy at the SAK Comedy Club.

Brady moved on to Las Vegas, and then to Los Angeles in 1996. He got some small roles on television before landing a regular gig on Drew Carey's improv show Whose Line is it Anyway? This show brought Brady into the homes and hearts of millions of viewers. His deadpan humor and stunning impressions of famous singers quickly made him a household name.

His career took another turn in 2007, when the FOX network tapped him to become the host of the musical game show Don't Forget the Lyrics. When that show was canceled in 2009, Brady picked up another game show, Let's Make a Deal on CBS.


  • 1998, Whose Line is it Anyway? until 2006

  • 2000, Geppetto (made for TV movie)

  • 2002, Host of the Miss America Pageant

  • 2002, Host of The Wayne Brady Show until 2004

  • 2003, Host of the 30th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, Host of the 55th Annual Prime Time Emmy Awards

  • 2004, Going to the Mat (made for TV movie)

  • 2006, Host of That's What I'm Talking About

  • 2006, Host of Celebrity Duets

  • 2007, Host of Don't Forget the Lyrics

  • 2009, Host of Let's Make a Deal

Brady has also appeared in such shows as 30 Rock, Everybody Hates Chris, How I Met Your Mother, Dirt, Girlfriends, Stargate SG-1, and The Young and the Restless.


  • 2004, Clifford's Really Big Movie, voice of Shackelford

  • 2005, Roll Bounce

  • 2005, Stuart Little 3: Call of the Wild, voice of Reeko

  • 2006, Crossover

  • 2006, The List

  • 2007, A Couple of White Chicks at the Hairdresser

  • 2008, Foodfight!

Awards and Recognition:

  • 2002 and 2003, Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host, for The Wayne Brady Show

  • 2003, Prime Time Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety, Musical or Comedy Series, for Whose Line is it Anyway?

  • 2005, Nominated for an Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special, for Going to the Mat

Brady has three Daytime Emmy Awards nominations, two of which he won. He was also nominated three times for a Prime Time Emmy Award, and won once.

Other Work:

Brady recently completed a run of the Broadway musical Chicago, playing the character Billy Flynn. He is currently hosting Let's Make a Deal, as well as performing comedy shows across the country. He can be seen regularly at the Venetian in Las Vegas.

Fun Fact:

Brady is not only an improv singer – in 2000, he wrote and performed the theme song to the Disney series The Weekenders. In 2005, he recorded a song called "Beautiful" with Jim Brickman, which appears on The Cinderella Special Anniversary Soundtrack.


"No one says just 'Wayne' or 'Brady' -- whenever anyone stops me, it's like my name is one name, 'WAYNEBRADY!'" (from an interview with Broadway.com)

"I'm still pinching myself a little bit that I'm walking around with my gold naked lady." (On CNN, after winning his third Emmy)

"$25,000 for knowing a couple of words in 'Margaritaville'? That's great. The only problem with that is that when people hear 'Margaritaville,' they're drunk and they don't know the words. So we end up keeping a lot of the money." (In an interview with AOL, about Don't Forget the Lyrics)

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