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Wayne Brady at QPAC

Wayne Brady at QPAC

| On 17, Jul 2014

International variety performer, Wayne Brady, made his way to Brisbane for one show only ‘Wayne Brady – It’s My Line’ at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) last weekend.

When the infamous QPAC bell was sounded 2,000 people took their seats in the ‘flagship’ Lyric Theatre. An electric energy ran through the stalls and two levels of balconies as the crowd, who travelled from the Gold Coast to Brisbane and in between, prepared for two hours of inventiveness and, shall we say, funny business.

Opening the sold-out performance and warming up the crowd was Australian Comedian, Lindsay Webb, who performed with former The Project Host, Dave Hughes, earlier in the year.

The man who holds a Guinness World Record for the longest stand up routine by an individual, had the audience laughing in a matter on seconds. Webb took the crowd’s energy one step further as he bantered with the nineteen-year-old swim teacher sitting in board shorts towards the front row, spoke of his experiences encountered by living in Logan and engaged audiences with Brisbane-relevant content.

Webb’s performance was hilarious as he let his talent speak for itself. For me, he was the highlight of the show with his effortless attitude, interaction with the crowd, hilarious one-liners and jokes about the tiny cellophane cutting that fell from the ceiling which was no doubt his cue to wrap up.

After the interval, Brady made his way to centre stage and the crowd was elated and ready for an act of song, dance, impersonations and above all, improvisation. With every unscripted performance different from the last, Brady relied heavily on the voices, job occupations and childhood fantasies of the crowd.

The performer, who is known for his acts on hit shows such as Whose Line is it Anyway?, The Wayne Brady Show, The Dave Chappelle Show, Let’s Make a Deal and Forget the Lyrics, did not hold back on sexual references and out-of-the-blue one-liners that quickly turned the show into one which was funny yet risqué and strange at times.

Brady called out to members from the audience, from the stage to the balcony and the front few rows, engaging in banter and Q&A on both sides. While most exchanges kept within his peculiar themes of adult toys, Brady’s own genitals and broken dreams, one conversation took an uncomfortable and offensive turn resulting from a question from an audience member sitting a few seats down from me. However undertaking a live improvised performance can sometimes leave room for more than a few unexpected remarks.

The audience really lit up when Brady and his co-performer pulled men and women out from their seats and onto the stage. The pair had them making sound effects and creating beds, walking frames and medicine cabinets with their bodies as part of one of many improvised games. The audience members on stage were making the rest of the crowd hoot and laugh at their random and creative choices.

For those who want to catch Brady in action, his show ‘Wayne Brady – It’s My Line,’  will be finishing the Australian leg of the tour in Melbourne on July 19.

 

The details:

What: ‘Wayne Brady – I’ts My Line’

Where: Lyric Theatre, QPAC, Cultural Precinct, South Bank, Brisbane

Website: http://alist.com.au

Wayne Brady. Photograph sourced from humormillmag.com