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Wayne Brady

24 Hours to Live

The US comedian, actor, TV host, star of improv show Whose Line Is It Anyway? and five-time Emmy winner takes us through his final day on Earth…

What can audiences expect from your Australian shows this month?
The same thing they’ve expected from my appearances on Whose Line Is It Anyway? I like to say it’s an improv rock & roll concert all made-up from beginning to end. I start with a high-energy freestyle rap using words from the audience and from the time we finish it I use audience members, bring them up onstage, use them as props, use them as sound effects, use them for suggestions and the last half of the show I create a concert using song titles from the audience.

Sounds great! Now, how do you want to leave this world?
In the company of my family and eating a mixture of my favourite foods from steak to doughnuts to fried chicken to a milkshake and a personal guarantee from God that I’ll be able to perform theatre in Heaven.

What do you say to the Almighty when you get there?
“Thank you for letting me do the thing I love all these years.” I have been able to travel the world as an actor doing TV, film, music, improv… So, I’d give God a high-five and say, “Thanks”.

Which legendary people will you hang out with up there?
I’d hang out with Sammy Davis Jr and thank him so much for being an inspiration to me. I’d also hang out with Martin Luther King, say, “Thank you” and together with Malcolm X we would ride our bikes down to hell and throw rocks at racists.

Do you have any deathbed confessions?
I farted in an Uber and blamed it on the person I was with. We were on a date.

Which of the seven deadly sins gave you the most trouble?
Gluttony – oh, how I love milkshakes.

Name one thing you’re glad you’ll never have to do again.
Go through high school.

To whom on earth do you owe an apology?
I owe the date who I blamed the fart on in the Uber an apology.

What would you like to be reincarnated as?
I’d love to come back as a big, lovable dog in a great household with lots of kids and a mum with a great butt. Because, if you’re a bigger dog you’re at butt level so why not enjoy the view?

What are your friends saying over your casket?
They’re saying, “Damn, that’s a good looking suit”.

What’s written on your tombstone?
“Wayne Brady — Father, Friend. He could do it all except stay alive.”

Got any last words?
Nope. Oh yes, I do — come see all of my shows, Australia! ■

Wayne Brady is currently touring Australia with his hit improv comedy show, Brady AF!

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