Whose Line Is It Anyway? joker Wayne Brady is on a roll: His ABC variety series, The Wayne Brady Show which debuted last summer to solid reviews and respectable ratings is expected back on the network's schedule later this season. And next fall, the funnyman will be launching his own syndicated talk-variety show. Surely, it's right about time for Brady to morph into a hotshot showbiz prima donna, right? Not a chance.
"I always told myself that if I ever achieved a certain modicum of success, I was going to treat everyone the way that I wanted to be treated," the 29-year-old entertainer tells TV Guide Online. "The person that is your [production assistant] or even your co-star today could tomorrow be one of the most powerful people in Hollywood. So, you treat people with a certain dignity."
As Brady recalls, it wasn't too long ago when he was at the bottom of the Hollywood food chain. And he remembers all too well what a nasty, merciless business entertainment can be. "I had auditioned a few times for a particular casting director of course I'm not mentioning any names and I was just completely snubbed. [This person] was just rude. It makes you lose faith in what you do."Turns out, Brady had the last laugh. "Fast forward [a few years] and I run into the same person when I'm interviewing casting directors for [The Wayne Brady Show]," he remembers. "This person walks in and goes, 'Wayne Brady! Oh my God, it's so wonderful to see you! You are a gem.' And I'm like, 'You don't remember me?' And that was even worse. Because if you're going to insult me and be mean to me, at least remember [me]."