Whose Line Is It Anyway: Season 1, Vol 2
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Whose Line is it Anyway: Season 1, Volume 2 (DVD) (Uncensored)
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 stars and guests create weird newscasters (here's a sports report...underwater!), a rap song about an avalanche (comin' at ya - word!), a public-information film about camping (smother those flames!) and much more. Watch. Laugh. Pause. Repeat. Improv your mind with Whose Line Is It Anyway?]]>
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The idea of improvisational comedy with some accessible comedians being silly with and for an audience is pretty cool. These are obviously intelligent people with good language skill. But the content left something to be desired.
The DVD bonus features are limited to outtakes but watching some of those are even funnier that the show itself! (Ryan Stiles making fun of the producer behind his back is absolutely hysterical!) If you even remotely liked the show this collection is well-worth a look. I do a lot of acting and have taken improv classes and will sometimes watch a few episodes to help reinforce my basic improv fundamentals because they are all there!
Remember: Always say "YES and..."
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! :)
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They need to bring all of the seasons out on DVD.
So great to watch without commercials!