By Joseph Iemma
Emmy Award winning actor and comedian, Wayne Brady, will be performing at the Tilles Center on Nov. 5 at 8 p.m.
At the age of 42, Wayne Brady has established himself as a renowned actor, singer, dancer and comedian. While he has been performing as a comedian since 1998, Brady is best known for his role on improv comedy show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” which he appeared on with fellow comedians Ryan Stiles and Colin Mochrie.
Brady has also hosted his own Emmy Award winning daytime talk show, “The Wayne Brady Show.” He was the original host of Fox’s hit show “Don’t Forget the Lyrics!” and he has hosted “Let’s Make a Deal” since 2009.
Brady’s credentials don’t stop there. This year, he performed as Simon and drag queen Lola in the Tony Award winning Broadway musical “Kinky Boots,” a gig that lasted from Nov. 2015 to March 2016.
All credibilities aside, some students shook their heads at the name when asked if they would go to the show. “Who is Wayne Brady?” said Stephanie Athanasopoulos, a senior digital arts and design major.
But others have already bought their tickets. “I grew up on shows like “Don’t Forget Lyrics” and actually enjoyed Brady as a host,” said Miranda Luparello, a junior digital arts and design major. She bought four tickets and plans to attend the show with her two parents and younger brother.
The folks at ticketmaster.com revere Brady as a “Big-hearted funnyman-jack- of-all-trades—whether he’s singing and dancing on stage or performing stand-up, his jokes always land safely, a testament to his effortless ability to make people laugh.” Ticketmaster’s review system rewards Brady’s shows with four and a half stars out of an available five.
Single ticket prices for the Tilles Center performance range from $45 to $65. According to Stephanie Turner, Tilles Center’s director of Education and Outreach, and William Biddle, executive director of the Tilles Center, LIU students are eligible for discounted tickets, starting at $15. Students may purchase two discounted tickets for each performance.
Tickets for the Wayne Brady show can be purchased at the Tilles Center box office, or online at TillesCenter.org.