Whose Line Is It Anyway? (1988–1998)

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A British show in which actors and comedians improvise sketches in various "theatre-sports"-type games, based on audience suggestions. The games might include singing a Hoedown about Tory ... See full summary »

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Clive Anderson ...
 Himself - Host (136 episodes, 1988-1998)
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 Himself (104 episodes, 1988-1997)
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 Himself (92 episodes, 1989-1998)
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A British show in which actors and comedians improvise sketches in various "theatre-sports"-type games, based on audience suggestions. The games might include singing a Hoedown about Tory Politicians, acting out a soap opera as hamsters, becoming bizarre super-heroes, or making up a musical about the life of an audience member. Written by Mark Longmuir <longmuir@labyrinth.net.au>

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Mike Myers and Steve Carell auditioned for the show but were rejected by the show's producers. See more »

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Clive Anderson: [Tony Slattery sits down to do the bar scene] Now, Tony is angry about something...
Josie Lawrence: [sarcastically] Oh, this will be clean.
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Every edition of the show would end with the winner(s) reading out the credits in a style suggested by the host. See more »

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A comedy show you have to pay attention to
10 June 2006 | by (Netanya, Israel) – See all my reviews

I once had a conversation with some people about "Whose Line Is It Anyway". One intelligent, educated young man said he didn't like to watch it because "you have to pay attention." In other words, for him (and a few tens of millions of others) television entertainment is meant only to pass the time, not to keep you interested. On the other hand, for anyone who wants to be totally glued to the set, listening carefully for every line, this is a wonderful show.

The original, British MC, Clive Anderson, is far superior to the American version's Drew Carey, who seems to kill some of the humor (or humour, if you are British). But the cast of four improv comics are astonishing, and are funny more of the time than sitcom performers working with a carefully written script.

If you want your comedy really laugh-out-loud funny rather than just amusing enough to spend a half hour with, this show is for you.


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