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Whose Line Is It Anyway? 

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Improvisational comedy competition show in which four members of the regular cast as comedians and often with guest appearances with other comedians and celebrities and members of the audience perform various comic games and sketches.
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Top Rated TV #172 | Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Drew Carey ...  Himself - Host / ... 220 episodes, 1998-2007
Colin Mochrie ...  Himself 220 episodes, 1998-2007
Ryan Stiles ...  Himself 220 episodes, 1998-2007
Wayne Brady ...  Himself 212 episodes, 1998-2007
Laura Hall Laura Hall ...  Herself / ... 210 episodes, 1998-2006
Linda Taylor Linda Taylor ...  Herself / ... 112 episodes, 1999-2006
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An American version of the popular British improvisational comedy show. Host Drew Carey, taking suggestions from the audience, assigns roles and scenarios to the comedian contestants, who must then improvise a skit on the spot. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Comedy | Game-Show

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USA | UK

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English

Release Date:

5 August 1998 (USA) See more »

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W.L.I.A See more »

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Most of the cast members (excluding Drew Carey) had also appeared on the British version of the show (Whose Line Is It Anyway? (1988)). See more »

Quotes

Ryan Stiles: [Millionaire show] Phyllis, did you hear the question hunny?
Wayne Brady: Oh yeah, I love money! Everybody loves money. One time I had relations with 45 men at one time.
Ryan Stiles: Those were Germans, hunny. We're in different times now.
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Comments made and opinions expressed or implied in this program are those of the individuals who appear and do not represent the opinions and views of the producers, broadcasters, or distributors. All elements of this program are intended for parody and comedic purposes only and should not be construed to be statements of fact about any person, place, thing, or matter. See more »

Alternate Versions

There are various episodes which haven't been officially released on the CW Seed streaming app and which have later broadcast only on ABC Family and later in fall of 2017 on UP network. See more »

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A New and Updated Version of a Classic
31 May 2000 | by RueMorgueSee all my reviews

This is the American version of the original British improvisation show, with many recognizable faces from the first series. Drew Carey is the most recent host, and he does a good job, but nobody can do it like Clive Anderson once did. Apparently, Anderson has returned here as an occasional host, but I have yet to see him on the re-runs, something that I am looking forward to.

Ryan Stiles and Colin Mochrie, both of whom made the original show very entertaining in the latter years, have returned here to once again amaze and entertain with their on-the-spot comedy. As well, Wayne Brady has been added to the cast, and he is a heavy-hitter, especially when it comes to making up songs on the spot. Often pairing with Brad Sherwood or Chip Esten, his musical/comedic talents are second to none. Other past contestants such as Josie Lawrence and Greg Proops can be seen on some nights, which is a welcome gesture to fans of the show's older cousin.

Once again, the comedic talents of all the contestants are simply amazing, as they make up skits on the spot. Many of the games from the original version of the show have been kept, with the addition of some new ones that maintain originality. Much of the show's format remains the same, which is excellent, but unfortunately, the show is kept more mainstream by the American censors, as the original show contained more off-colour humour, and even some profanity, which added to the show in general. Despite this fact, the new WLiiA rises above many of the other comedy shows on national television.

My Rating: 10/10


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