Wayne Brady's Making It Up

2009-06-01 14:18

Enter here to win two sets of tickets to see Wayne Brady live in Cape Town on Wednesday 19 May 2010.

- The hilarious video of Wayne's improv rap
- Wayne singing "Lean on Me" with SA Idols Sasha-Lee and Jason
- The Two SA Idols onstage together singing "Finally Found Someone"

It's usually advisable for performers to stick to what they're best at. For Wayne Brady that's difficult because he's very good at so many things. He's a wordsmith, dancer, singer, actor, comedian and bona fide nice guy. And - as if he needed to be any more appealing - he's real fine to look at, too.

It's his funny bone that impresses me most, though. Even though this show is a sold out event in America, you don't need to be a Yank to get the jokes. From his discovery of the difference between black and coloured and his mostly unsuccessful attempts at South African words to his rare ability to laugh at himself, Wayne Brady is just what the doc ordered for our heavy hearts in these rand-stretched times.  

Brady may be making it up, but not all on his own. His co-star Jonathan, the band and the two dancers added up to a talented tag team.  Wayne is also a supporter of local talent. As part of the prize for winning Idols, Jason and Sasha-Lee performed their duet, "I Finally Found Someone" during the show as well as a group performance of "Lean On Me" with Wayne. But it was clear that he had a favourite when he invited the real winner Jason onto the stage to participate in a translation skit with him and Jonathan. Wow, this boy's funny! Jason proved that he's more than a pretty-boy pub singer with his imaginative Zulu interpretations of Jonathan's thoughts on astrophysics.

The "Celebrity Idol" game showcased Brady's phenomenal impersonation skills. If you were blind you would have thought Justin Timberlake, MC Hammer, Rod Stewart, Prince and the softy Mr T. had all joined him on stage! Using amusing and confusing professions from the audience, Wayne turned his improv show into a star-studded comedy jam. 

The show wrapped up with some fiercely energetic song-and-dance numbers from Wayne's latest Grammy-nominated album, "Long Time Coming". It was just a pity that the crowd suffered from arthritis or a vibe-deficiency because clapping along isn't exactly 'audience participation'! 

Funnyman and all-round entertainer Wayne Brady is in SA this week for a little bit of laughing, singing and dancing. See what went down at the Cape Town show.

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