Born to Georgette Bailey and Wendell (Shine) Hayward on September 27, 1976, Nadanja Bailey has definitely made a name for himself in Bermuda's entertainment circuit.
On August 27, 1996 Nadanja put on his first stand up comedy show at the City Hall Theater as a tribute to his idol, Eddie Murphy. The show was a complete success, with a sellout crowd. In 1998, Nadanja wrote a play entitled "Listen to Ya Mama." Due to the tremendous response it was brought back again the following year.
In 2001, Nadanja joined forces with his good friend and fellow comedic entertainer Jah, to produce the show, “2 Fools”. In 2002, he co-produced “2 Fools 2...Still Stupid” along with Jah. In 2004 they did it again with “2 Fools 3- The Boys are Back.”
Nadanja also lived in New York for two years, and attended The Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theater. Nadanja worked with writer and director Patricia Nesbitt for three years and she cast him to play a lead role in the soap opera, “Shis got issues book one.” In the production, Bailey starred as a flamboyant hairdresser. Since then he has starred in “Humph,” “What’s Her Story,” “Fackbye” and “PhatGirls.”
May 2005, Nadanja won the Fashion Rock Comedy competition in Orlando Florida. March 2006 he was a semi-finalist in the Bay Area Black Comedy Competition, where 60 of the best comics in America competed. He was a new face at Jamie Foxx’s “Laffapalooza” 2006, and opened for the “Just for Laughs” comedy festival in Bermuda 2007. In 2008 he produced a show were he flew in Eddie Griffin and opened the show for him. In June 2009 he opened up for Cedric The Entertainer.
Image Entertainment has produced numerous comedy shows, but the company is well known for the multiple and popular “Nadanja’s Mothers Day Show.” In 2010 the company hosted “Glenn Leonard’s Temptation Experience,” 2011 “The Spinners” featuring G.C Cameron, and in 2012 “The Stylistics.”
Nadanja has hosted the Bermuda Music Festival on the main stage 2008, opening for Beyonce, Alicia Keys and Steve Harvey. In 2009 he hosted again and opened for the legendary Quincy Jones, John Legend, James Ingram, Patty Austin, Michael McDonald, Kenny Rogers, Eryka Badu, Wyclef, Chris Tucker and Naturally 7.
Nadanja has teamed up with his sister Nishanthi and they have staged two plays at the City Hall Theater in Bermuda, leaving audiences in stitches from laughing and asking for more. More recently he just finished playing a role for the second time in Robin Givens’ play "Joy in the Morning," which was staged in Birmingham, Alabama.
Over the past four years, Nadanja has been invited to publicly speak at various schools around the island. Targeting all ages, Nadanja has successfully delivered inspirational messages to the students, utilizing both his comedic and motivational talents. Along with speaking in assemblies, Bailey has also interacted with primary students on a more personal level, reading stories to various individual primary classes. He has been doing this for the past four years at numerous public schools. It is more than evident that he is well liked and received by teachers, students, and the community alike.
Along with the aforementioned, Nadanja Bailey has also done other charity work, such as “The Senior’s Tea,” on an annual basis. This event has been part of Nadanja’s schedule for at least the last three years. Other notable charity events Bailey has done, would be Bermuda Cancer and Health, “Movember,” and “Family Fuze.” A large part of Nadanja’s overall vision, regarding the ways he uses his cross-talents, is giving back to the community.
This will be his fifth time performing at Just for Laughs Bermuda .
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