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Favourite Contestant?

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    Anybody_No_Dust

    [21]Feb 1, 2006
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    I like how they have a fourth member in the US version, and keep the permanent three. But, as I said, I would like to see the other ‘guest’ performers – some of whom are my favourite comedians – perform together. However, in the US version, they sometimes get a fifth guest on to participate in the games. I love that. I’d prefer that to them replacing the fourth performer with a special celebrity guest.

    I didn’t like in the UK version when they split up Colin and Ryan! Sound effects just wasn’t the same…
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    evildevil97

    [22]Feb 1, 2006
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    Ryan sound effects was only played with Colin. It was played in the first few years with Archie Hahn in the sounds.

    And how can you say they "split up" Colin and Ryan? Ryan debuted a year before Colin. Colin failed the audition first time around, after all.

    Colin didnt become a permanent member of the cast, appearing in every episode, until season 8. Ryan in season 7.
    Edited on 02/01/2006 10:08am
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    Anybody_No_Dust

    [23]Feb 2, 2006
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    Sound Effects – when an audience member is asked to provide the sounds – was sometimes played with Ryan and another performer.

    I know Colin wasn’t hired until much later; when I said ‘split up Colin and Ryan’, I was speaking in present/past tense. I meant that after Colin was hired and him and Ryan became almost partners, I hated it when they weren’t on the show together.
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    evildevil97

    [24]Feb 4, 2006
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    Well, Colin wasnt a permenent fixture until 1996. He had the fanbase, but not the stature on WL until then.

    The audience sound effects was NEVER played on Whose Line without both Colin and Ryan. They played it sepereately on Green Screen and on live performances, but not on Whose Line. I have seen every Whose Line episode to air, UK or US, so I know this for a fact. I assumed you were talking about the mime style, when Colin performed an activity, to Ryan's sounds. That version was played from the early UK days to season 2 or 3 of the US version, I believe. In the early UK days, Archie Hahn provided the sounds, to another performer's (Paul Merton, Jimmy Mulville, Tony Slattery, Ryan Stiles, etc) actions.
    Edited on 02/04/2006 10:43am
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    jasobres

    [25]Sep 18, 2006
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    Definitely the bald guy, the tall guy, and the guy who looks like Woody Allen.

    (Before you tell me who they are, I already know. They are Colin Mochrie, Ryan Stiles, and Greg Proops respectively.)
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    evildevil97

    [26]Oct 3, 2006
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    really? I wouldve guessed Steve Frost, Steve Frost, and Greg proops.
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    ManchesterRed

    [27]Jan 10, 2007
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    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.

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    Minarvia

    [28]Mar 15, 2007
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    Here is my list:

    Ryan Stiles

    Wayne Brady, has to be the best singer out of the regulars.

    Brad Sherwood

    Colin Mochrie

    Greg Proops

    Tony Slattery, especially when he with Colin and Ryan.

    Edited on 03/15/2007 8:21pm
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    bwind

    [29]Apr 26, 2007
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    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"...

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    troll3y

    [30]Sep 7, 2007
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    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:

    Ryan Stiles

    Colin Mochrie

    Niall Ashdown

    Rory Bremner

    Greg Proops (particularly in the UK version.. I guess it suited him more)

    Steve Frost

    Tony Slattery

    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.

    Edited on 09/07/2007 5:59am
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    Richiebcfc25

    [31]Sep 17, 2007
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    paul merton and tony slattery were my faves
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    mckenzie5555

    [32]Nov 3, 2007
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    The originals...Ryan,Colin and Greg also then later on the gorgeous Mr M Brady....a gem of a show.
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    mckenzie5555

    [33]Nov 3, 2007
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    Sorry hate typing... Wayne Brady - he is so cool!!!!
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    evildevil97

    [34]Nov 8, 2007
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    mckenzie5555 wrote:
    The originals...Ryan,Colin and Greg
    They arent the originals! Stephen Fry, John Sessions, Paul Merton, and Josie Lawrence are!
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    Inhuman_Rampage

    [35]Dec 18, 2007
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    Anybody_No_Dust wrote:
    Tony was brilliant, too. I was really sad when he stopped playing
    I know same I thought Tony was absolutely AMAZING and that song he did with Chip about his clothes sucking was fantastic...I love watching the old repeats on Dave but is there any way of me actually buying a DVD of the show on Amazon or something??

    My 5 Faves were
    1 Tony Slattery
    2 Colin Mochrie
    3 Ryan Stiles
    4 Greg Proops
    5 Niall Ashdown
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    XxsexiliciousxX

    [36]Jan 7, 2008
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    Ryan, Greg and Colin are the best on the UK 1. Iv nevr actually seen the American 1.
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    Princess-peach

    [37]Jan 23, 2008
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    Ryan Stiles and Colin Mochrie.
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    lovingpizonica

    [38]Feb 4, 2008
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    I personally thought that Robin Williams was wonderful in his guest spot, a real high point for me.
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    kitty1987uk

    [39]Feb 10, 2008
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    My favourites are:

    Ryan Stiles

    Colin Mochrie

    Steve Frost - he's just so jolly and I love his laugh, haha

    Greg Proops

    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?

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    pyroguy9

    [40]Feb 14, 2008
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    Welllllllllllllllllllllllllll...

    Colin Mochrie, Ryan Stiles, Steve Frost, Ardal O'Hanlon, Tony Slattery, Jim Sweeney, Steve Steen, Paul Merton, Josie Lawrence, Caroline Quentin, blahdy-blahdy-blah!

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