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December 17, 2014

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John Katsilometes on how Wayne Brady draws inspiration from his daughter, one of the more vocal fans at his show

Never let it be said that Wayne Brady does not put on a family show. He does - for his family. In the audience at Brady's high-RPM "Making It Up" performance Saturday night at the Venetian was his 4-year-old daughter, Maile, whom Brady says has been an inspiration since before she was even born.

In an interview published in Jet magazine from February 2003, just before Maile's delivery, Brady said he wants his daughter to have the self-confidence he lacked as a youth.

"I was teased horribly as a child and beaten up a lot," he told the magazine. "I had a horrible stutter; I got my butt kicked by bigger kids in school for breakfast, lunch and tea. I want my child to not be that person. I want her to be popular. I want her to have self-confidence. I want her to be comfortable being herself because those were the things that I never had."

After observing Maile during Saturday night's show, self-confidence hardly seems a problem. During a bit when Brady's sidekick, Jonathan Mangum, asked the audience to shout "something you do," Maile cut through the din with, "Homework!" And several times she seemed primed to rush the stage from her front-row seat, especially during Brady's show-ending tribute to James Brown.

As for the show's adult content - and there is a lot of it - Brady said to his daughter, "I'll explain it to you later, honey."

NoteMart

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Yot club: Plate on a green Yukon, MOMSYOT.

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