Improv vet and former talkshow host Wayne Brady will next try his hand in the sitcom world, starring in a project in development at NBC.
Script, which has been picked up with a significant penalty, stars Brady as an ethics-challenged personal injury lawyer.
Scribe Saladin Patterson (“The Bernie Mac Show”) is on board to exec produce and write the project, while Brady will co-exec produce. Project comes from 20th Century Fox TV and Brad Grey TV. Grey and Brady’s manager, Bernie Brillstein, will also get an exec producer credit on the laffer.
Brady said he immediately latched on to the idea of sending up personal injury lawyers, as legal-themed shows had not really tapped the field.
“We all love to make fun of Larry H. Parker commercials, but I’m curious about what these ambulance chasers do,” Brady said. “We’re trying to develop a story about a guy who’s good at heart but controlled by the love of money. He tries to take the lofty, moral route, but at the end of the day it’s all about the cash.”
Brady’s credits include hosting daytime strip “The Wayne Brady Show,” which was canceled last year despite winning two Daytime Emmys. He also starred in a primetime ABC variety program of the same name and was a regular performer on the Alphabet net’s “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”
More recently, he guested on Comedy Central’s “Chappelle’s Show” and lent a voice to the animated feature “Clifford’s Really Big Movie.” He’ll next be seen in the film “Running Scared.”
Besides “Bernie Mac,” Patterson’s credits include “Frasier” and “The PJs.” Brady said he was drawn to Patterson’s credits, particularly for writing a nuanced show such as “Frasier.”
“I’m not doing a sitcom just for the sake of ‘Hey, look at me, I’m on TV,’ ” Brady said. “It’s about trying to do something you’re proud of.”