The Wayne Brady Show premiered on ABC on August 8, 2001. Versatile comedian Wayne Brady, whose improvisational skills, musical talents and hilarious characters have made him a standout star on Whose Line Is It Anyway?, stars in a new comedy/variety series with a twist. In the style of popular star-driven entertainment series like The Carol Burnett Show and The Flip Wilson Show, Wayne serves as host and star to this show which highlights his many talents. Wayne and his gifted comedy ensemble not only act and sing in the show's comedy skits and musical numbers, but also add improv, with audience participation and suggestions playing a major role. Whether spoofing the current boy band craze or performing dead-on impersonations of such talents as James Brown or Stevie Wonder, Wayne's inimitable style of comedy breathes new life into the variety format and launches it into the 21st century.