why do white people like wayne brady
In the midst of promoting his performance in Flint, MI on February 11th, Wayne Brady took some time out to sit down with The Flint
Journal and discuss his career. During the interview, Brady discussed why he was offended by a skit on Chappelle s Show where a character played by Paul Mooney joked thatб White people like Wayne Brady, because he makes Bryant Gumbel look like Malcolm X :б I get offended from a bigger level, in the fact of black people, we are one of the only races that I feel, if someone is judged as not being black enough, no matter how well they re doing, the thought isn t, Hey, look how good that brother s doing, and he represents us, and if he can get in that door, we can get in that door. People take it to be, Ugh, look at him. He only got there because white people put him on. Listen to how he talks. He s not hard, he doesn t do this, he s a square. Taking the negative slant. I even told Paul that I didn t find it funny. That s the thing, I stick by what I say. I don t say a lot of it in the press, but I m not a chump, either. Well, Brady was making a strong case until he used the word chump. б Truth is, being told you re not black enough because you re articulate is out of bounds, but being called a nerd is well within bounds.
It happens in all communities; white, black, Asian, and Latino. So, the question becomes, was Mooney s character calling Brady a nerd or a sellout? Wayne Brady, best known for his quick wit and Emmy-winning performances on the improv comedy show Whose Line Is It Anyway, on RedditБs Ask Me Anything forum Tuesday afternoon. Unlike his famousб ChappelleБs Show б sketch, which spoofed his clean-cut image,б the comedian was largely polite and workmanlike. He thanked redditors for their anecdotes of meeting him in person, talked about the mechanics of improv, and claimed that many big comedic media personalities are calm offstage. Any stories you can share from your appearance on БChappelle s ShowБ? ( The Chapelle Show idea came from Dave calling me up at my show and saying that he was a fan and wanted to do a sketch for his last show. I d run into a couple of his writers and maybe I said that i thought that the Paul Mooney joke was stupid.
So, I get this call and the next thing I know we re shooting this classic sketch. He and his writing partner came up with the training day thing and I did the part where the cop gets it. Follow up, do you feel resentment that out of all your work, your Chappelle Show sketch is one that you are very popular for? ( People like what they like and it was a great sketch. It depends on where I go and who I meet, people have different things of mine they like. It s cool to have such diverse work behind me. I only resent having that quote shouted at me when I m in the men s bathroom. Did you have any sort of backlash from the more family oriented fans of yours after you did the Dave Chappelle skits? ( Nope. I think a lot of people get that its possible to have more than just one dimension. During the БWhose LineБ days, it seemed like you, Ryan and Colin all had really great chemistry. Were you three friends outside of the show? ( I met everyone once I started doing the show. The other guys knew each other and worked together a lot but I was the new kid.
The thing about being on Wliia was that it was always fresh because we didn t hang out, so the taping was a cool party. I think some people love the notion that we worked together and then went home to our four tier bunk bed to have improvised pillow fights. If you could ride one animal into battle what would it be? ( A unicorn with an undersized horn so it had to compensate for it in battle. Who is the funniest performer off camera you know? ( The odd thing is, most of the drop dead funny people I know on camera are really quiet off camera. You d never know Robin Williams or Drew was in the room if you didn t talk [to] them. I think stage is a way for the shy nerds to let it out. Same for me. 1) When people think of improv, the very first thing that they think of is [БWhose Line Is It Anyway. Б] Do you think it acts as a good representation of what improv is? 2) Why do you think improv hasnБt become as БmainstreamБ as standup? ( Wliia is a representation of comedic improv at a top level but not the skill buidling acting exercise. It is an acting tool to be honest and a great skill to develop.
Its hard for people to become known for just improv i think because of the lack of predictability. Networks wont take a chance on it, and frankly most people aren t good at it. The people who are have it in their back pocket like a lot of the SNL guys, The Jane Lynches of the world, and other improv specific shows do get acclaim from it. Why do white people love you? ( i think in this business all you can ask for is for people in general to like what you do, thats how you stick around. I ve always found the white people liking me thing, pretty ignorant to be totally honest. Funny is funny and you like what you like, but take the race thing out of it. What s the best improv tip you could offer for all of us here that wish we could be funny/witty on the fly? ( The best thing I can say is don t try too hard. If the opportunity is there, it ll be easy. No one likes the tool who tries to out funny everyone 24-7. and read a lot. Just having a ton of trivia and literary references makes you better armed. Photo via @ waynebrady/Twitter
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