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Whose Line Is It Anyway? 

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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Series cast summary:
Clive Anderson Clive Anderson ...  Himself - Host 136 episodes, 1988-1998
Richard Vranch Richard Vranch ...  Himself / ... 104 episodes, 1988-1997
Ryan Stiles ...  Himself 92 episodes, 1989-1998
Colin Mochrie ...  Himself 71 episodes, 1991-1998
Greg Proops ...  Himself 67 episodes, 1989-1998


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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Make it up. Make it quick. Make it funny!


Comedy | Game-Show


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Release Date:

23 September 1988 (UK) See more »

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London, England, UK See more »

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(1 episode) | (135 episodes)


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Did You Know?


The animation of the opening titles the show eventually settled on is based on an Italian cartoon shorts series called La Linea (direct translation 'The Line'), which was very popular in Europe from the mid-seventies well into the nineties. It featured almost the exact same type of chalkboard 'single-line' drawn character, only with a round nose rather than pointy. See more »


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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Crazy Credits

Every edition of the show would end with the winner(s) reading out the credits in a style suggested by the host. See more »

Alternate Versions

The series made its Canadian TV debut on the youth-oriented cable network YTV. As a result, some episodes were extensively edited in order to removed offensive language and innuendo. Some of the final episodes, which were taped on the same set as the US version, were broadcast as part of the American series. See more »


Featured in A Night of Comic Relief 2 (1989) See more »

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There is nothing better than this show!
19 August 2000 | by kona95See all my reviews

Whose Line is it Anyway will always be my favorite show of all time. Why? Well, of the millions of reasons I have, I'll give you a couple. 1- Clive. Clive Anderson is always hilarious, whether it's a battle of wits with Greg Proops (usually) or any of the other contestants, or his banter with the audience about their suggestions, he's always quick with a comeback and gets a laugh from everyone. Even though he's (only slightly!) losing his hair and, as the contestants say, he 'has no neck', Clive will always be the better of the two hosts. 2- The Contestants. Almost everyone who comes on this show is wonderful, from the quick wits of Greg Proops to the amazing physical comedy of Ryan Stiles, from the rubbery faced Canadian Colin Mochrie, to the shocking innuendo of my personal favorite, the adorable Tony Slattery. Josie Lawrence, Mike McShane, Caroline Quentin, and Brad Sherwood have the most amazing IMPROVISED songs ever produced (Wayne from the US one is wonderful, too), Rory Bremner's voices, Paul Merton's jabs at Clive, and Steve Frost's grinning face during his specialty game, 'Old Job, New Job', always put a smile on my face. The only REALLY bad performer they ever had was Archie Hahn, who barely ever got a laugh. Fortunately, he was only on 9(?) times, so we don't have to complain about how he ruined the show to our family members too often. 3. The Games- Sure, there are a million games, and sure, some of them are stupid (Fixed Expressions and Authors always seem to go on a bit long), but the others are priceless. Party Quirks is a game usually played, where one contestant (usually Tony Slattery or Greg Proops) is the host of a party. The other three have been assigned strange 'quirks' that they have to act out during the game, and the host has to guess what those quirks are. Hoedown is a singing game, where all four have to make up a one-verse song in the form of a hoedown, the subject of which is suggested by the studio audience. Alphabet (where two contestants act out a scene using successive letters of the alphabet) is always good fun because they usually mess up, and World's Worst (where the four stand on a step and step forward when they come up with an example of the World's Worst something, like president of the world, flatmate, or thing for a doctor to say) is almost always hilarious. If this review hasn't convinced you to see this show, look at the others and notice that as of now, there are NO BAD REVIEWS ABOUT THIS SHOW. It's on at 9:30am and 2pm on weekdays (also 9:30pm on Tuesdays), 10-11am Saturday, and 10am Sunday. I hope I convinced you!!

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