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Cabaret review: Wayne Brady

Cabaret Festival

Wayne Brady is a genuine star of stage and screen: he sings, dances, acts and good-naturedly makes fun of there being nothing to do in Adelaide after 10pm.

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Brady is one of the stars of the American version of Whose Line is it Anyway, known for his improvisational skills, quick wit and terrific sense of comedy.

In his latest show, Brady AF, he is joined by Jonathan Mangum, who is also a very talented comedic improviser and singer, and musical director Cat Gray, who plays a variety of musical styles to complement the performance.

Also taking to the stage ahead of their Adelaide Cabaret Festival performance was local comedian Georgie Carroll, who did a good job of warming up the audience with stories of parenting, nursing and her new knees.

The concept of Brady AF relies heavily on audience participation, with members of the public invited on stage to join in with the improvisational tasks, thereby ensuring each performance is unique.

Brady began with an extemporaneous rap song inspired by words from the audience and then he and Mangum created a rapid-fire story about a security guard’s dream of becoming a racing car driver. Five audience members also enacted relevant inanimate objects as Brady and Mangum narrated a story, with hilarious results.

The show built to Brady singing songs he invented on the spot in musical styles suggested by the crowd: there was The Plastic Surgery Blues, Adelaide After 10pmAnal Sex on the Beach and Sober Revolution.

Brady is a masterful comedian and entertainer who takes the material offered by the audience and refers to it and builds on it throughout the night.  The jokes, songs and skits just got better and better as the evenin went on – and the good thing for Adelaide audiences was that it finished soon after 10pm.

See more Adelaide Cabaret Festival coverage here.

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