Channel 4 (ended 1998)
In no particular order - Josie Lawrence, Greg Proops, Tony Slattery, Paul Merton, Steve Frost, Colin Mochrie and Ryan Stiles. Any four of them would produce a good show.
I also think Jim Sweeney and Caroline Quentin were severely underused and both did really well on the show. Personally I think the peak of the show was between series 3-7. My brother disagrees as he prefers the US version which I think is too stagnated by the three recurring roles. Up until series 8 of UK series you would get 2 people on the show twice in a row perhaps but not the 3rd week, just kept it a bit more varied in what games were played and how they were played out...Anyway that's just my opinion, I've never seen a truly bad episode of the show, just preferred the UK mid seasons!
BTW would have loved to have seen more of Ryan Stiles and Paul Merton together as that's one of my favourite episodes....and it's a shame that there weren't more women involved - Josie and Caroline did a few episodes together and were great, but everyone else (with the possible exception of Karen Maruyama in season 10) has been quite forgetable. This problem continued with the US series though. Kathy Greenwood had her moments but only guest star Whoopi Goldberg really stood out for me.
Here is my list:
Wayne Brady, has to be the best singer out of the regulars.
Tony Slattery, especially when he with Colin and Ryan.
Mike McShane - the man could (and would) do just about anything, from "Authors" (remember the Dickhead Chorus?) to singing about a food processor... and almost always struck the comic bulls-eye
Tony Slattery - the real personality of the group, and quite the wild card
Ryan Stiles - has to be on the list somewhere after his rendition of a fawn being born
Josie Lawrence - funnier than Wayne Brady and almost as versatile as McShane
Greg Proops and Paul Merton - pair them up on the same stage... if you dare.
Chip Esten - great singer in his own right. Consistently funny, too.
Sandi Toksvig - most consistently funny of the women; played off McShane quite well
I'll stop here with my "Lucky 7"...
Hmm... no one mentioned Niall Ashdown and Rory Bremner. In the UK version, specifically, those two names stood out for me. I would love to have seen more of them. But anyway... in no particular order:
Greg Proops (particularly in the UK version.. I guess it suited him more)
I must mention, though, that we get almost none of the UK version, here in Australia. Moreover, when we do get it, it's mainly the later seasons, such as Season 8, which is being shown now.
|Tony was brilliant, too. I was really sad when he stopped playing|
My favourites are:
Steve Frost - he's just so jolly and I love his laugh, haha
I think that's probably it, I did like Tony Slattery but more in the earlier ones, he just went too hyper as the show went on (yes, I know he has bipolar disorder before anyone says, lol). For me the most cringeworthy performance has to be Ardal O'Hanlon, tehehe bless him, he was so poor. Anyone remember?
Colin Mochrie, Ryan Stiles, Steve Frost, Ardal O'Hanlon, Tony Slattery, Jim Sweeney, Steve Steen, Paul Merton, Josie Lawrence, Caroline Quentin, blahdy-blahdy-blah!