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Emmy award winner actor-improvisational comedy performer Wayne Brady, 39, says he is expecting the unexpected with first tour to India.

music Updated: Jul 02, 2011 01:56 IST
Prabhjot Sohal

Emmy award winner actor-improvisational comedy performer Wayne Brady, 39, says he is expecting the unexpected with first tour to India. "I know India through Western text books that I read as a kid, Slumdog Millionare and Bollywood movies. There might be little accuracy in those and a lot of fallacy, but I want to see it for myself," he says.

"I hope that people would come to the shows expecting to laugh, and we'll give them the same energy that they have seen at Whose line is it Anyway," he says, confessing that he is unaware of what is the status of improvisational comedy in India. "It is a fairly new ground, hence my cast members from Whose line is it anyways, and I have been able to come to India to perform. We are at the cusp of bringing mainstream improvisational comedy to India," says Brady.

Brady took to improvisational theatre at the age of 16 to avoid being stuck up during performances. "During one my plays, I forgot my lines and walked off. Ever since, I promised myself that nothing like that would happen again."

Brady hosts the CBS sitcom Let's Make a Deal, has a kids record called Radio Wayne, is starring in a new sitcom from next year and is about to release a new music record aiming to bring home a Grammy Award.

On what makes comedy click: You need two things: you need to be likeable for the audience to feel they know you and respond to you, and you need to touch a common chord. Success secret: there is no secret matter of working hard, sticking to your guns in terms of what you find funny, and not letting anyone dissuade anyone.

Most memorable performance: got a chance just as a singer to perform for the US President, at the White house a couple of years ago. My James Brown tribute on Dancing with Stars show. On celebrities he loves to impersonate: I enjoy doing Prince the most, because I am a big Prince fan. Singing anything with the seriousness of Prince when he makes his eyes really big, it is the funniest thing in the world to me

Brady’s impromptu rap on India
The land of India from sea to shining sea; not America, this is where Columbus meant to be... I think it’s great, I am a lucky dude. I can’t wait to get off the plane and sample real Indian food