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FRIDAY TO SUNDAY

A few nights ago, on Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Wayne Brady played a superhero (“Thinks-Everybody’s-On-Fire Man”), Bruce Springsteen, a Baywatch babe, and South Park’s Cartman (as a philandering ski instructor)—all in the space of half an hour. With his charisma and elastic voice, the Orlando, Fla., native could have gone into musical theater, a field he pursued briefly in regional productions of A Chorus Line and Jesus Christ Superstar. Ultimately, though, Brady went for big bucks and bigger exposure as part of the Drew Carey regime over on ABC. (Did you catch him in Carey’s Geppetto? Naah, me neither.) Brady’s upcoming live shows are modeled on Whose Line Is It Anyway?, on which he’s a regular: He and three other performers, along with musical accompaniment, will do sketches and theater games. Lest you worry that he’s not milking the comedy cow for all she’s worth, Brady is currently working on a “sketch comedy/improv show” for ABC that’s scheduled to debut this fall. (Yeah, like Drew needs more guest shots.) Both sublimely funny and satisfyingly musical—his take on “We Are the World” is not to be missed—he gets a bunch of chances to rock the Improv this week. Brady performs at 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1, and Saturday, Sept. 2, and 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 3, at the Improv, 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW. $20. (202) 296-7008. (Pamela Murray Winters)