Most twenty-somethings remember “Whose Line is it Anyway?” as the funny show that came on late that had humor only parents could understand. The only part I remember enjoying as a kid were the skits involving a prop box, and even then the humor was usually too raunchy for me to understand. Now, with the show back on the air, it’s definitely worth tuning in to.
Beginning in 1998 on ABC, the show ran for eight good years with Drew Carey as the host. Comedians Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie and Wayne Brady were regulars on the show along with guest stars including Greg Proops and Brad Sherwood. Robin Williams, Whoopi Goldberg and Stephen Colbert even made appearances.
Carey’s famous opening line, “Welcome to Whose Line, where everything’s made up and the points don’t matter,” helps describe the format of the show. The host determines what skits the comedians would act out, and there is typically a twist, often suggested by the audience. The best part of watching the show is knowing that it’s all improv from the skilled comedians.
The cast has done everything from using each other as props, to creating jingles on the spot. Sometimes they crack each other up so much they can’t even finish the skit, but most of the time, they stay straight-faced and hilarious.
When the show was announced to start up again on the CW this past summer, I figured it wouldn’t be nearly as good as the old episodes because I doubted the original cast would return, but I was wrong.
Comedian Aisha Tyler took Carey’s place but thankfully, Stiles, Mochrie and Brady have all returned for the new season.
The show is just as side-splittingly funny as it was before, but even more so now that I understand and appreciate the humor. It’s definitely a show worth tuning in to at 7 p.m. Tuesdays on the CW.