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If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it just might be Whose Line Is It Anyway?, the hilarious series where gifted comics devise sketches, impersonations and songs based on suggestions, props and inspired goofiness from off-beat and off-the-wall host Drew Carey and an equally playful audience. Ever wonder what an excitable dog would do on a Let's Make a Date TV show? Or an astronaut with an alien inside him? And what would a newscast be like if the news anchors were smart-aleck school kids showing off in class? Join Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie, Wayne Brady and other stars in one hilariously hot-wired situation after another from 2 delicious discs worth of the complete, first 10 episodes of Season One. It's daring. It's delirious. It's comedy without a net.
- 10 episodes on two discs
- Never-before-seen outtakes
- Gag reel
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After sitting through one-to-many no-talent movies, these guys are the best! I laughed till my sides were sore watching this! Since they insisted on taking the show off the air, where do we start a petition to get these four into the movies? (Colin and Ryan especially ... they have the makings on a classic comedic team!)
2. What kind of business plan is this?!?
Here are all these people (present company included) are are ready, willing and able to buy the entire show on DVD, and the company that owns the rights (ABC?) releases ... a few shows from the first year. What a marvelous business plan ... NOT selling products to customers who want them!
(P.S. Until the company comes to its senses and starts selling things customers want, if you need a WLIIA fix, I've heard rumors that there are some clips posted on YouTube...!)
I found out when I bought the Censored version that there are different special features on the Censored disc 2.
Never Before Seen Outtakes for the Censored version disc 2.
1) Film, TV and Theatre Styles
2) Sound Effects
3) Shopping From Home
4) Bar Scene
5) Foreign Film Dub
Never Before Seen Outtakes for the Uncensored version disc 2.
1) Questions Only
2) Scenes From a Hat
5) Bar Scene
6) Greatest Hits
The Bar Scene and Animals are the same suggestion on both versions. But the Uncensored version shows more on what happened while they did Bar Scene. And the Gag Reels are pretty much the same except the uncensored version has more to show than the censored version. But really not suitable for children.
Whose Line Is It Anyway? was an improvisational comedy show which had British roots; it used the premise of a game show as a framework, with a host and a panel of four participants, except that, in this game show, the points don't really matter and the winner is arbitrarily chosen by Drew Carey. As host, Carey got to choose the scenario or "game" the players would play. All in all, the cast was wondrously dependable in their ability to tickle our funny bone. These guys were excellent ad-libbers. I did feel, however, that the segment where the "winner" gets to do something with Drew near the episode's end was almost always a let down. I'm not sure if this is because of my antipathy towards Drew or because Drew just isn't that good at improvising.
What made the show work was that the contestants were genuinely funny performers; add to that the fact that three of the participants were regulars, which gave 'em the chance to get in sync with each other comedically, resulting, almost paradoxically, in a tighter, improvisational style of levity. Discounting Drew, there were three regulars: Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie, and Wayne Brady. Stiles and Mochrie had great chemistry together and were quick-thinking funnymen who were equally adept with the quip or the occasional physical comedy. Personally, I thought Colin Mochrie was the funniest one of all. Wayne Brady was a genius with the impromptu lyrics and a good singer, to boot. With his congenial personality, you could see how he got his own show.
The fourth seat was reserved for a rotating guest list, the most often used of whom were the smartly glib Greg Proops, the amiable Chip Esten, and the goofy-expressioned Brad Sherwood. Stunt guests included Robin Williams and Whoopie Goldberg (who tanked), and even Stephen Colbert guest starred in two episodes. But I have to agree with a previous reviewer in that British comedienne Josie Lawrence, in particular, was always a delight and gave Wayne Brady a run for his money in the tunes department. In the original British Whose Line, Josie often tore up the crowd with her ad lib song renditions.
The most popular games played were "Let's Make a Date," "Superheroes," "Newscasters," "Party Quirks," "Questions Only," "Helping Hands," and the dreaded "Hoedown" (which Mochrie loathed). My favorites games were "Scenes from a Hat" (participants would enact audience-written scenarios drawn from a hat), "Props" (the players are given props, which they must find a funny use for), "Mission: Impossible" (often with Mochrie and Styles, who enact spy capers), "Narrate" (again Mochrie and Styles, who channel film noir), "Three-Headed Broadway Star" (three of 'em join in a song, whilst taking turns singing only one word at a time), "Greatest Hits" (usually with Wayne Brady singing quick snippets about a product Drew selects, with hilarious promotional intros by two others of the cast), and "Song Styles" (Wayne Brady must improvise and serenade an audience member to a song style suggested by the audience).
Heads up to the consumer: there will be two versions of this dvd released. There's the censored version (which is what we saw on tv) and the uncensored version (which, to me, is the one to get). Both dvds will contain the first 10 episodes of Season One, complete with outtakes. Hopefully, there are more bonus features included.
Reruns of this show is still on at times on cable television, but, now, that's not good enough anymore. Hopefully, in due time, we'll see the release of all the episodes, of the U.S. and British versions both. Until then, this isn't a bad start.
The comedy in these DVDs are top notch. The jokes and gags are short and come at you rapid fire! I was laughing again and again throughout each show! Some routines were so funny, I had to back up and play what I missed while I was laughing at them!
Since its a Disney production, they have censors on site to stop and redo the parts of the show which they consider problematic. The gag reel has some of these encounters between the comedians and the censors. They are absolutely hilarious!