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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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Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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(1 episode) | (135 episodes)


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In the mid-1990s, the series filmed occasional episodes in the United States. The popularity of these outings led to an American version of the series being launched in 1998. The final season of the British program was in fact filmed on the set of the American version. By that time, aside from the host the majority of the performers were American (including the musician), with only the occasional British performer guest-starring, whereas initially it had been very much the other way around. See more »


Tony Slattery: [World's Worst things to see while flipping through channels] It's Anne Diamond!
Ryan Stiles: [in a trance] No, I won't turn the channel Satan
Greg Proops: [as an Alien] Citizens of Earth, remain in your homes
[cracking up]
Greg Proops: send me-
Ryan Stiles: They're nipples, identical nipples!
Mike McShane: It's the OJ Simpson trial, year 2550!
Greg Proops: [goes up as Clive, immediate buzz] OHHHH!
Mike McShane: Hi, welcome to the serial killer home shopping network, and look at these knives!
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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 »


Version of Whose Line Is It Anyway? (1998) See more »

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"This courtroom is a mochrie!"
8 February 2008 | by kclambethSee all my reviews

I am so glad DAVE started playing these as i had only seen the US version and clips on youtube until then.

It is one of the most hilarious shows on TV and far superior to the US version; don't get me wrong, i do like the American one but got bored of the same performers each time, it became real repetitive. The skill of the improvisation is amazing in the British version especially in the dreaded hoe-down.

What i like most about this version is the versatility of the performers, you had Brits, Americans, Canadians, Australians and maybe more that i can't even think of. Each of the performers had their own individual talents; Josie Lawrence and Mike McShane naturals at 'song styles' whilst Ryan Stiles and Colin Mochrie worked great together in 'scene to music' or 'sound effects'.

My favourtite player is Tony Slattery as he always has me in stitches but everyone is brilliant including Josie, Mike, Ryan, Colin, Steve Frost, Paul Merton, Jim Sweeney, Niall Ashdown and many more.

My other favourite player is Greg Proops, he has such wit and the banter between him and Clive Anderson is very funny. I love Clive as the host, he his so sharp witted (unlike Drew Carey who makes me want to switch off the TV every time he speaks) There is a huge selection of games too,some of my favourites being 'film and theatre styles', 'Party quirks', 'bartender' and 'superhereos'. There are some dodgy ones though (i'm not keen on 'moving people' or 'helping hands' much) but the games and players are always different so you never get bored.

I hope it keeps playing on the DAVE channel so others who missed it first time round can see it now.

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