The season six second episode of the sitcom will see the return of Brady as James Stinson — the gay, African-American brother of Barney (Neil Patrick Harris). Tony winner Vereen will play James' dad.
Wayne Brady, who made his Broadway debut in Chicago, has hosted "Let's Make a Deal," "Don't Forget the Lyrics," "The Wayne Brady Show" and "Whose Line is it Anyway?" He has made guest appearances on television's "I'll Fly Away," "Home Court," "In the Heat of the Night," "Chappelle's Show" and "American Dreams," and his stage credits also include productions of A Chorus Line, Fences, I'm Not Rappaport, A Raisin in the Sun and Blade to the Heat.
A star of stage and screen, Ben Vereen made his Broadway debut in Jesus Christ Superstar, earning a Tony Award nomination for his performance. He nabbed the Tony for his work in Bob Fosse's production of Pippin and has also starred on Broadway in Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar, Grind, Jelly's Last Jam and Fosse. The recent revival of I'm Not Rappaport marked Vereen's non-musical Broadway debut. Vereen was nominated for Emmy Awards for his performances in "Roots," "Intruders" and 1976's "The Bell Telephone Jubilee." He also received Golden Globe nominations for his work in "Funny Lady" and "Ellis Island." Vereen was most recently back on Broadway as the Wizard in Stephen Schwartz's Wicked.