Kate Ward
October 02, 2009 AT 04:00 AM EDT

THE WAYNE BRADY SHOW (2002-04)
The actor nabbed two Emmys in 2003 and 2004 as host of his daytime talker. ”That was when I stopped being the black guy from Whose Line Is It Anyway? to actually being Wayne Brady.”

CHAPPELLE’S SHOW (2004)
Brady famously muddied his clean image in a sketch, when telling a hooker, ”Is Wayne Brady gonna have to choke a bitch?” Fans quote the line back to him, but they ”never get it right. Always some frat guy comes up: ‘Hey, does Wayne Brady have to strike a chick on the left side of her face?”’

LET’S MAKE A DEAL (2009)
Deal is in safe hands — Brady regularly watched the original game show with his mom as a kid. ”When I [told her], ‘I’m the host,’ the squeal that came out of her mouth was amazing. You would have thought I was named the president instead of Obama.”

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