The Wayne Brady Show is a variety show hosted by comedian Wayne Brady that aired in two separate forms.
ABC, for whom Brady had been working as a panelist on Whose Line Is It Anyway?, launched the first version of the show 8 August 2001 as a primetime variety series that failed to catch on and was cancelled in March 2002.
Later that fall, plans to bring the show back as a daily syndicated daytime series came to fruition and The Wayne Brady Show premiered on local stations nationwide 3 September 2002. Although the show was a hit at the start, the ratings began sliding during the first season and continued into the second, and the final episode was broadcast 21 May 2004.
The official site press release used to read:
Season Premiere Wednesday, August 8, 8 & 8:30/7 & 7:30C
Versatile comedian Wayne Brady, whose improvisational skills, musical talents and hilarious characters have made him a standout star on Whose Line Is It Anyway?, stars in a new comedy/variety series -- with a twist. From the creative team of Bernie Brillstein (The Blues Brothers, Prime Time Glick with Martin Short), Don Mischer (Barbra Streisand: Timeless, The Kennedy Center Honors), and Wayne Brady himself comes the new summer series The Wayne Brady Show on ABC.
In the style of popular star-driven entertainment series like The Carol Burnett Show and The Flip Wilson Show, Wayne serves as host and star to this show which highlights his many talents. Wayne and his gifted comedy ensemble not only act and sing in the show's comedy skits and musical numbers, but also add improv, with audience participation and suggestions playing a major role.
The talented cast includes Brooke Dillman, Jonathan Mangum, J.P. Manoux, and Missi Pyle. A 16-piece orchestra -- led by Peter Michael Escovedo -- and dancers add to the variety show style. Each week special guests, featuring stars from all facets of the entertainment industry, break the mold and join in on the fun by performing improvisational routines with Wayne and the cast.
Whether spoofing the current boy band craze or performing dead-on impersonations of such talents as James Brown or Stevie Wonder, Wayne's inimitable style of comedy breathes new life into the variety format and launches it into the 21st century.
From Brad Grey Television and Don Mischer Productions in association with Touchstone Television Productions, LLC. Bernie Brillstein, Wayne Brady, and Don Mischer are executive producers.