Ovation: The Return Of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”!
As a musician, I was terrible at improvisation. My sight-reading skills were above average and I could always “play what’s on the paper” so the only time I encountered difficulty was in a jazz or dixieland ensemble. These situations often called for improvised solos that other musicians looked forward to and enjoyed. I dreaded them to the point that I would write them out in advance so that what appeared to be improvisational was actually a very well-thought out and rehearsed performance. The audience rarely knew the difference.
As a result, I learned to appreciate the art of improvisation and the ability to think quickly and react. This could be one reason that I’m excited about the return of Whose Line Is It Anyway, the improvisational comedy sensation that delighted American television audiences from 1998 to 2004. Based on a British program that started on radio and moved to TV in the late 1980s, the series showcased a handful of comedians taking part in various improv comedy games for our entertainment.
ABC aired Whose Line Is It Anyway? with Drew Carey as host and comedians Colin Mochrie, Ryan Stiles and Wayne Brady serving as regular cast members. A recent press release has officially announced that the series will return on The CW this summer. Comedienne and The Talk host Aisha Tyler will serve as MC this time since Drew Carey is busy as host of The Price Is Right.
The network has revealed that Stiles, Mochrie and Brady will all be back and, as in the past, will be joined by a special guest each episode.
At the height of its popularity an entire season was shot in the course of four weekends. The show is cheap to produce and could be a big money-maker for The CW. It’ll be interesting to see how it holds up against online comedy shorts and videos on YouTube, etc., and whether the network will play it safe for a “family” audience.
I’m hopeful that they’ll let the comedians be comedians and not subject them to too many rules and requirements. What do you think? Will you watch?
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