Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Fresh from his improvisational contributions to the long-running Whose Line Is It Anyway? -- not to mention his own nighttime variety series (also called The Wayne Brady Show) -- comedian Wayne Brady jumped headlong into this daily, syndicated chatfest bearing his name as the title. Abstaining from the standard coach-and-chair talk show format, Brady assured his fans that he would keep things lively by periodically charging into the studio audience and conducting spontaneous interviews on the street outside the studio, though of course the usual cadre of celebrity guest stars would be very much in attendance. Distributed by Buena Vista Television, the series was slated to run on the owned-and-operated stations of the ABC network, but ended up being syndicated on a market-by-market basis to whatever station that met the producers' price. The Wayne Brady Show debuted nationally on September 2, 2002.