Wayne Brady: Making It Up
The multi-talented star's improv-based show at Las Vegas' Venetian Hotel is 90 minutes of non-stop laughter.
As expected, the show requires audience participation - in the form of suggestions for each sketch's premise or setting -- and no matter what the audience throws at Brady and Mangum, they take the ball and run with it.
On a recent night, things got off to a raucous start with Brady's "gangsta rap," incorporating random, SAT-type words. (Kudos to Brady for successfully working in a verse about a colonoscopy!) From there, Brady and Mangum tried some "One Word at a Time" storytelling. As the title would indicate, each of them spit out one word at a time, back and forth like a verbal ping-pong match, as they weaved the tale about Peter Pan and a Managerial Consultant. (Hey, not every audience suggestion can be a winner)
"New Choice" was another solid exercise, where the duo was forced to make a "new choice" and redo random lines of dialogue, changing the direction of the sketch. The audience member's suggestion for the "romantic vacation setting" that Brady asked for was… Afghanistan. From the moment Brady entered the scene, to the big payoff, there were wall-to-wall laughs.
Another highlight of the show has Brady selecting an audience member, asking her a few questions about her career, her personal life, her typical day at work -- and then creating an improvised jazz musical about her life. And the sketch got even bigger laughs when Brady busted an unfortunate audience member who crossed in front of the stage, hoping to slip out to the ladies' room.