Actor, singer, comedian and television personality Wayne Brady is coming to the Chumash Casino Resort’s Samala Showroom at 8 p.m. April 27. Tickets are $45 to $65.
Born in Columbus, Georgia, Brady moved to Orlando, Florida, as a young child to live with his grandmother and aunt. At the age of 16, he began performing in community theater and developing his improv skills during his time at the Orlando improv troupe SAK Community Lab.
Brady moved to Los Angeles in 1996. By 1998, he had launched his career as one of the original improvisational theater performers in the British version of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” when the last season was filmed in Hollywood. After that, he became a regular on the American version, hosted by Drew Carey. In 2001, Brady starred in his own variety show, “The Wayne Brady Show,” which aired on ABC and a daytime talk show of the same name in 2002.
By 2004, he joined the Broadway revival of “Chicago,” playing the role of lawyer Billy Flynn. Over the course of the next few years, he appeared briefly in the final episode of the comedy “Reno 911,” guest starred on the Sci Fi Channel’s hit series “Stargate SG-1,” made an appearance on “Chappelle’s Show,” wrote and sang the theme song for Disney’s animated series “The Weekenders” and sang and recorded Jim Brickman’s original Disney song “Beautiful” and its Christmas version.
In 2009, Brady began hosting an updated version of the game show “Let’s Make a Deal” for CBS, which taped at the Tropicana Resort and Casino in Las Vegas and currently tapes in Los Angeles.
Brady went back to Broadway when he replaced Billy Porter as Lola in “Kinky Boots” from November 2015 to March 2016. From January to April in 2017, he assumed the lead role of Aaron Burr in the Chicago production of “Hamilton.”
Located on Highway 246 in Santa Ynez, the Chumash Casino Resort is an age 21-and-older venue. Tickets for all events are available at the Chumash Casino Resort’s Club Indulge or online at www.chumashcasino.com.