Whose Line Is It Anyway: Season 1, Vol. 1 and 2
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Volume 1 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 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, plus Uncensored, Adult Versions of the Special Features. It's daring. It's delirious. It's comedy without a net. There is, however, a website: whoselineisitanywaydvd.com. Volume 2 Make it up. Make it quick. Make it funny. You'll find the makings of great comedy fun in this 2-disc set featuring Season One's final 10 episodes of the hilarious improvisational series. Drew Carey is host, court jester and provocateur of this collection of unrehearsed and unhinged situations in which talented series tars and guests create weird newscasters (here's a special report...underwater!), a rap song about an avalanche (coin' at ya - word!), a public-information film about camping (smother them flames!) and much more. Watch. Laugh. Pause. Repeat. Improv your mind with Whose Line Is It Anyway?
Volume 1:Espanol & Francais
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Note: Subtitles: Volume 1:Espanol & Francais Volume 2:English
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If all you've ever seen is the American version, you don't know what you're missing. Believe me when I say you don't have to be British to appreciate the British Whose Line series - I was born and bred in New York City (although admittedly I am an Anglophile, so I may be a bit biased in my opinion.)
Overall though, the British series of WLiiA was just *better* than the US version. It was quirkier, rowdier, more risque. The cast was well-rounded, not the same people every week like the American version. And the castmembers habitually picking on each other and on Clive (the host) is always the funniest part of the show.
Great chemistry between the contestants in this series - it's not just Ryan & Colin anymore! - I especially love the banter between Josie & Paul, Josie & Tony, Josie & anyone, really - the #1 thing wrong with the US version is that it doesn't have nearly enough Josie Lawrence in it!
I can see how the earlier seasons of this show might put off some American viewers - it's positively bursting with obscure British actors no one on this side of the pond has ever heard of, couple that with about a million references to short-lived British '80s TV shows and it could potentially be a recipe for disaster to any hardcore US WLiiA fan - but trust me this DVD set is not lacking any talent, and it definitely brings the funny. Plus it's amusing to see some of the more prominent American contestants like Ryan Stiles & Greg Proops looking so young and spunky!
And yes, this set does come packed to the brim with John Sessions - he was a regular contestant then, appearing in all of the 1st and most of the 2nd season episodes - but don't let the "boring" stigma associated with his name put you off. The guy is actually witty as hell [once you get past his incessantly pretentious picks for "Authors", that is]. His chemistry with Gryff Rhys Jones is especially awesome, and the man really knows how to play a good round of "Opera".
Overall, this is just a great buy. Buy it if you were a fan of the US series, buy it if you like British comedy, I would even recommend it to fans of Frasier or Seinfeld or any of the wittier American sitcoms that have been floating around these past 15 years or so.
In closing, Paul Merton rules! :)
I figure MOST folks----in Britain and The U.S.A.----already are familiar with this comedy program,
from either America or Europe. I live in GERMANY, and had never seen EITHER version. I bought
this [4-DVDs] collection, a-n-d the Best of The American "WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY" collection.
the BEST of WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY [US version];
and this bundle of SEASON ONE, VOLUME ONE & TWO.
These collections are hysterically funny.
QUESTION: What happened to Season TWO?
Buy this if you have not seen the British version, you'll probably be join the majority who like it better. And I'm a Yank!