Whose Line Is It Anyway?

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  • S 11 : Ep 7

    Heather Morris

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  • S 11 : Ep 6

    Willie Robertson

    Aired 5/29/15

  • S 11 : Ep 5

    Scott Porter

    Aired 5/15/15

  • S 11 : Ep 4

    Jaime Camil

    Aired 5/8/15

  • S 11 : Ep 3

    Keegan-Michael Key 3

    Aired 5/1/15

  • Cast & Crew
  • Drew Carey

    Host (seasons1-8) /Regular

  • Aisha Tyler

    Host (season 9+)

  • Ryan Stiles


  • Colin Mochrie


  • Wayne Brady

    Featured Guest/Regular

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  • Whose Line Is It Anyway? (1998-2006 and 2013) is based on the British show of the same name, which aired from 1988 to 1998. It features some of the nation's finest improvisational comedians, including Florida's Wayne Brady, Canada's Colin Mochrie, and Ryan Stiles and Drew Carey from The Drew Carey Show. Each week, the preceding four and a rotating group of actors and actresses spontaneously played games with outrageous scenes, weird quirks, or (sometimes off-) key songsShow History: The show was brought to ABC as a summer series following The Drew Carey Show, and was a modest success, both in new viewers, existing ABC viewers, and Whosers, fans of the British version of the show which aired on the British Channel 4 and, for a time in America, on Comedy Central. The show came back in midseason 1998-99, then was given an hour time slot on Thursday nights for the 1999-2000 season. In this timeslot, while never becoming a resounding success, it did about as well as could be expected against NBC's Must-See TV lineup. Its highest ratings were in November 2000, in "Show No. 313," which featured Oscar winner Robin Williams.In 2002, the show's ratings began to slip drastically (in large part to facing both Survivor and Friends on Thursday nights). In September of 2002, the show was moved to Monday nights along with The Drew Carey Show, then to Fridays, then off the air, then back on Fridays during the summer of 2003, before being left for dead after that summer. With no word as to what the fate of the show was, fans were left in the dark until summer 2004, when ABC fulfilled its contract with the show by burning off several remaining episodes as part of a sixth "season."That's was not the end of the "Whose Line" franchise (because no one can kill it). After ABC saw how well the repeats were performing on ABC Family, they asked the producers to cut new "episodes" out of unused footage from the tapings. These were aired on ABC Family as part of the show's seventh and eight "seasons." In 2013 the show returned on the CW network with Aisha Tyler replacing Drew as host. New games including Sideways Scene and What's In The Bag? as well as new players including Gary Anthony Williams and Heather Anne Campbell were showcased.All spellings of audience members' names are taken from the show's closed captioning, provided by the National Captioning Center in season 1, and Vitac for two and beyond.Broadcast History ABC August 1998-March 1999 -- Wednesday 9:30 Summer 1999 -- Thursday 8:00 September 1999-September 2000 -- Thursday 8:00 (new) and 8:30 (rerun) September 2000-May 2002 -- Thursday 8:00 (rerun) and 8:30 (new) April 2001-May 2001 -- Friday 8:00 and 8:30 October 2001-December 2001 -- Wednesday 9:30 (Too Hot) June 2002-August 2002-- Friday 9:00 and 9:30 (reruns) September 2002-November 2002 -- Monday 8:30 November 2002-December 2002 -- Friday 9:30 December 2002-January 2003 -- Friday 9:00 March 2003-April 2003 -- Thursday 8:00 and 8:30 June 2003-September 2003 -- Friday 9:00 and 9:30 June 2004-July 2004 -- Thursday 8:00 and 8:30 July 2004-September 2004 -- Saturday 10:00 and 10:30 ABC Family January 2002-present -- Monday through Thursday, occasionally Friday, usually 10:00 and 10:30 (Repeats) January 2005-present -- Monday through Friday, 10:00 (new episodes from unseen footage CW July-September 2013 -- 8:00 (new) and 8:30 (repeats)Warning: Though most quotes are presented in their censored forms, some areas may contain the uncensored versions of censored lines of the show, and other language not censored ABC, ABC Family or the CW could be deemed objectionable to some viewers of this guide. Surfer discretion is advised.moreless

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (1475)

    • Ryan: (in LMAD) I wanna sleep with you once, I wanna sleep with you twice, and Sold.

    • Drew: Good evening and welcome to Whose Line is it Anyway? Tonight's performers, the man with the crazy last name, Greg Proops. He's what's for dinner, Wayne Brady. The handsomest man in Canada, Colin Mochrie. And his son, Ryan Stiles. I'm your host, Drew Carey, c'mon, let's have some fun!

    • Greg: (in Party Quirks) It's a Spice Girls party. Since they're missing one, I'm the new one, Speccy Spice.

    • Drew: (introducing Laura before Greatest Hits) We just found her outside before the show. Can you believe it?

    • (after Party Quirks) Drew: All the points I have left go to Ryan for sticking your face there. I couldn't have done that. (audience laughter) Ryan 'Anything For A Laugh' Stiles. Ryan: Remember? That's how I got the job on the other show.

    • Colin (in Greatest Hits): Every song a hit, every hit a smack.

    • (in Hats) Ryan: ( in crown) I may taste like butter... Colin: (in Conehead head) Just use your imagination. Greg: (in Arab sheik's headdress) I hope you don't mind sand in everything. Wayne:(holding a Statue of Liberty-like torch) I'm just one flame looking for another. Ryan: (in miner's helmet) I'd like to take you out for a few drinks, but i'm a miner. Wayne: (in turban, and Indian accent) I am predicting a lot of booty tonight! Colin: (in Viking's helmet) Come on, I'm horny! Wayne: (in Scottish hat and Scottish accent) That's great. They call me Black Angus.

    • Drew: Good evening and welcome to Whose Line is it Anyway? Tonight's performers, the man who puts the wood in Sherwood, Brad Sherwood. The illegitimate son of Mike and Carol, Wayne Brady. Say it loud, he's bald and proud, Colin Mochrie. And the cute Beatle, Ryan Stiles. I'm your host, Drew Carey, c'mon, let's have some fun!

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    Notes (609)

    • This is believed to be the "lost" episode of season 1. It is assumed that Brad Sherwood and Patrick Bristow were the other performers in this episode since a taping with them, Colin, and Ryan was the only taping to not have an episode aired in the first season. One fan site hypothesizes it was preempted in 1999 by Barbara Walters' interview with Monica Lewinsky, though nothing has ever been confirmed. This makes sense, however, since that interview aired on March 3, 1999, from 9 to 11 p.m., taking Whose Line's normal slot of 9:30.

    • Ryan and Colin would revisit the miner/minor pun from Hats in this episode again in Show No. 601 during Hollywood Director.

    • A note about the episode guide: RYAN STILES and COLIN MOCHRIE, and musicians LAURA HALL and LINDA TAYLOR (season 2+) appear in every episode, so they are not listed as guest stars. WAYNE BRADY did not appear in just four aired episodes in the five-season run, and none after season 1, so he is not listed as a guest star. All other performers featured in the show, no matter the frequency of their appearance, are listed as guest stars, as are any musicians who only appear in some episodes.

    • First airdate on ABC Family -- January 1, 2002

    • This episode was chosen by the fans as their favorite, and as a result was rebroadcast on September 24, 2000 during ABC's "Fans' Choice Week."

    • Drew used the "If you're watching a TV that's made in America, it'll appear right on the bottom of your screen" joke in a later episode.

    • The production code acutally has 106 as the last three numbers, but 106 is the next episode.

    • Original airdate on ABC Family -- January 1, 2002

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    Trivia (400)

    • Just like in the UK version Sound Effects is the second game played in the very first episode.

    • In the UK version the winner(s) would read the credits in the style of Clive Anderson's choosing, in the US version the winner(s) play the final game with Drew Carey.

    • The head of a stagehand or some employee can be seen poking out from behind Greg and Wayne's box of hats in the full-stage camera angle after Wayne's flame line.

    • During 90 Second Alphabet, Drew uses 'Ziegfried and Roy' for Z, but the performer's name is 'Siegfried', so Drew should have gotten buzzed.

    • This was the only time that Drew played Newsflash.

    • When Colin introduced the song 'You're Not On My Route,' he pronounced it 'root'. Then after someone said 'rout', he changed it (even though it can be pronounced either way).

    • Duet also had several bits on the gag reel of the DVD. First, Ryan used himself as a bench for Peyton at the beginning until Drew buzzed him away. Then, Brad did a little scat singing, not realizing they were starting the song.

    • Drew introduced Wayne as 'Mr. Boots himself.' In the same taping, during a session of Questions Only that has been unaired but added as a bonus to the Season One, Part One DVD, Brad asked Wayne, 'Why do they call you Mr. Boots?' Wayne got flustered and was buzzed out. Later, Wayne asked Colin, 'Do you know why they call me Mr. Boots?' Colin responded with 'Why?', which again flustered Wayne and got him buzzed out.

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    Allusions (80)

    • Title: "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" Based on the title of Whose Life Is It Anyway? A 1972 TV movie later turned into a stage play and finally a 1981 motion picture.

    • When Katie and Lacey mention their names, Drew does a little homage to the '80's TV cop show, Cagney & Lacey.

    • Thomas Guide: Ryan introduced himself in Newsflash as Thomas Guide. A Thomas Guide is a book of maps in Southern California. It comes in a spiral book, which has streets and roads printed in grids.

    • Sweeney Todd: Brad Sherwood: "He looks like Sweeney Todd from the Broadway musicals!"
      Part fact, part fiction, the story of Sweeney Todd is about a barber who supposedly murdered his customers for their money. Popularized in “The Ballad of Sweeney Todd” by Stephen Sondheim and in movies, such as the Demon Barber Of Fleet Street.

    • Brioschi: Brad Sherwood: Let's cook some Brioschi ...
      In struggling to get enough rhymes to Niroshi's name, Brad mentions Brioschi, a concoction formulated to ease upset stomachs and indigestion.

    • The Beatles: When Drew introduces the cast members, he names Beatles songs, specifically Twist And Shout for Wayne, She Came In Through The Bathroom Window for Denny, Any Time At All for Colin, and PS. I Love You for Ryan.

    • Lavoris:
      During Song Styles, Wayne pretends to be a singer named Lavoris. Lavoris is a brand of mouthwash dating back to around 1902. It is still sold today, although with nowhere near the brand penetration it once had within the last 100 years. LaVoris is also a male name, but, Wayne's use of it for a female singer is far more comedic.

    • Ryan's chest bursting open comes from the movie Alien.

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  • Fan Reviews (283)
  • All smiles all the time.

    By christopherconnell5, Jan 10, 2015

  • Super funny. I'm glad it's back.

    By dhsjfalod, Oct 26, 2014

  • So hilarious

    By Jesslovesadultcartoons, Sep 10, 2014

  • Oh Yeah!

    By esthermiller01, Jun 17, 2014

  • Fantastic

    By tomkalhagen1, Jun 16, 2014

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