Wayne Brady was not only everything hilarious he was supposed to be, he taught me some lessons too. Like the joy of spontaneity, for instance. It was Improve from start to finish, and with Black Dog on the house, howling laughter was the order of the evening. It began innocently enough, with Jonathan Mangum, Brady’s co-performer on the show, collecting words from the audience which he said Wayne would create a song out of. It was here that we learnt the first rules of being an audience in a comedy show. Never sit close to the stage, and never boast when you’ve been called on stage to offer an opinion.
Rahul the investment banker will never forget the show. Ask around. It’s a story worth getting to know. So Wayne Brady eventually ended up doing 5 segments, each one more fun than the previous. There was the impromptu rapping, constructed into a single song using random words thrown at him; the second segment took off from the first, making fun of a scapegoat from the audience.
And as the show went on, the theatrics twisted and turned, taking us further on the road to hilarity. As they enacted a scene in different styles (Chick flick, Martial Arts, Bollywood etc.) and played Celebrity Idol, where they’d sing-in the style of particular bands-a random , non-existent song picked from word suggestions given by the audience, one thing became clear. Retail Therapy is passé. The next time you need a spring in your step, head to a Black Dog Comedy Evening near you.