There's nothing more satisfying for a stand-up comedian than being able to make an audience roar with laughter. We're not talking about hesitant chuckles, but fall-out-of-your seat, stitch-in-your-side, gut-busting laughter. It's an art form that comic and actor Wayne Brady seems to have perfected.
Brady will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, at the Craterian Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. Tickets cost $52, $55 or $58, and $38, $41 or $44 for ages 18 and younger. Tickets are available at the Craterian box office, 16 S. Bartlett St., online at www.craterian.org or by calling 541-779-3000.
Who: Wayne Brady
When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10
Where: Craterian Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford
Tickets: $52, $55 and $58, or $38, $41 and $44 for ages 18 and younger
Call: 541-779-3000 or see www.craterian.org
As a versatile performer — perhaps best known for his appearances on such television comedies as "How I Met Your Mother," "30 Rock" and "Chapelle's Show" and his impressive, improvisational skills on "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" — Brady returned to television in a big way this summer when he introduced a new show, "Trust Us With Your Life," which ran on ABC.
"In a nutshell, it's 'Whose Line Is It Anyway' meets 'This Is Your Life,' " Brady said during an interview in July with Kelly Schremph of Hollywood.com. "We take a team of improvisationalists, starring myself, Colin Mochrie and my buddy Jonathan Mangum as a rotating improviser, and we improvise the life of a celebrity. They come on, and Fred Willard as the host asks them about their lives and the interesting things that make them, them — some of the things that maybe you don't know from having read Wikipedia.
"We take stories that they tell us, and we blow them up improvisational-style," Brady said. "So a very straightforward story about how someone and their three sisters grew up could become anything from a John Woo movie to a Broadway musical."
If that wasn't enough to whet anyone's appetite for laughs, one of the stars who appeared on the show was America's favorite British comedian, Ricky Gervais.
According to Brady, Gervais had some incredible stories to tell, including one about his time as a musician.
"I didn't know that he was a musician," Brady said. "And I didn't know that he actually had a decent-sized hit in the U.K. So that's another cool part about the show is that you end up learning stuff."
While the cast had some fun with the guest stars' backgrounds, Brady insisted it wasn't a Comedy Central-level roast.
"We don't go after the jugular on people," he said. "Because how do you expect people to come back and get other guests if you're kicking somebody in the ass? It's all done in love, even the things that kind of play off the negative aspects of a career."
There's one person who Brady particularly would like to get in the hot seat: former President Bill Clinton.
"I would love to sit down with him," Brady said. "I think his life would definitely be amazing."
"Trust Us With Your Life" is on hiatus because of ratings competition with such huge events as the 2012 Olympic Games.
Until the show returns to ABC, Brady hopes to appear again this fall on the eighth, and perhaps last, season of "How I Met Your Mother."
Brady's career took off in 1998 with "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" The show earned him a 2003 Emmy Award for outstanding, individual performance in a variety, music or comedy series. He went on to host his own talk/variety show, "The Wayne Brady Show," for two years, earning two more Emmys for outstanding talk-show host.