Do you love “Whose Line is it Anyway?” Since it came back on the air, have you wished you had the means to see it in action? Luckily for you, a small piece of that experience will be at 7:30 p.m this Friday at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts (BCPA).
Wayne Brady will be in town for one night, performing a live show similar to what viewers see on “Whose Line.”
“[Brady will] be doing Improv as well as stand-up comedy,” Erin Mangian, marketing manager of the Department of Parks and Recreation and Cultural Arts, said. “There will be a little bit of everything. I am sure he will be coming down into the audience; he likes to involve [the audience] in his stand-up performance, and I am sure he will be making up songs.”
Brady is an incredibly enigmatic man and one who is able to carry a show with ease. Outside of his career as an improviser, a singer, and a stand-up comedian, he is also the host of CBS’s “Let’s Make a Deal”.
The show depends heavily on audience interaction so do not be surprised if you are asked to shout out suggestions in order to build on a scene or even join Brady onstage for a moment or two. Do not feel intimidated from attending should you be on the shyer side — there is no pressure to participate and audience members can experience the show in whichever way brings them the most enjoyment.
Though the content in Brady’s show can be viewed as a bit more on the “adult” side, Mangion said this is a show “that can be enjoyed by all ages.”
Another consideration is that Brady’s show could be the perfect night for students looking to have fun away from the bars and college parties. Mangion encourages students from the ISU campus to come out and see the show. “The BCPA is fairly close to the ISU campus, so we would love for the ISU students to attend.”
When Jamie Lovell, a senior Studio Art major, discovered that Brady would soon be so close to campus, she was excited and stated that she finds the performer very funny. “I grew up watching him on ‘Whose Line.’ I would definitely love to see him live if I had the time.”
Many of us grew up watching Wayne Brady on television — specifically as a cast member of the hit TV show “Whose Line is it Anyway?” — and he is even more relevant now that “Whose Line” is back on the air.
Because “Whose Line” is filmed in front of a live studio audience and Brady’s show is so interactive, seeing this show will feel similar to being at a live taping of an episode of “Whose Line.”
Tickets for the show are still available, ranging from $53 to $84. They can be purchased online at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts’ Website, or the BCPA box office.