Posted by | Ray Cornelius
Check out a sneak peek of TONIGHT’s Unsung Hollywood featuring beloved comedian, actor and game show host Wayne Brady. In the clip, Brady talks about the backlash he received while starring on the popular show, Whose Line Is It Anyway? and the accusation that he wasn’t “black” enough.
Wayne Brady shot to fame on the primetime hit series Whose Line Is It Anyway? where his quick-witted riffs earned him an Emmy award in 1993. He went on to star in his own variety show, “The Wayne Brady Show,” as well as a talk show of the same name, for which he would win four more Emmys. While he gained mainstream popularity, his style of comedy didn’t go over well with all audiences. Many in the black community felt he watered down his style in attempts to be more likeable. In true comedic fashion, Wayne Brady responded to his critics with an unforgettable portrayal of a ruthless, hardcore gangster on the Dave Chappelle Show.
He continued to demonstrate his versatility as a performer when he released a rendition of the Sam Cooke classic “Change is Gonna Come,” which earned him a Grammy nomination in 2008. Wayne Brady hosted Fox’s Don’t Forget the Lyrics and currently hosts the classic CBS daytime game show Let’s Make a Deal. For all of his accolades, his personal life has been filled with divorce, drinking and a longtime battle with clinical depression. Find out how Wayne Brady navigated Hollywood while dealing with his private battles.
TUNE IN TONIGHT at 9 p.m. on TV One.