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Review Drew Carey's Improv-A-Ganza

Review of Drew Carey's Improv-A-Ganza

 

  Some things refuse to die, and believe it or not that can be a good thing. It all began many years ago in 1988 on BBC Radio 4 with a little improv comedy show called Whose Line Is It Anyway?

 

  The premise behind the show was simple, a pseudo game show that consisted of a host (Clive Anderson) and a cast of four contestants, two of whom were regulars and two of whom were guest performers, all of them acting out wild improv scenes. After six episodes on the radio, Whose Line Is It Anyway? was converted into a successful improv comedy television series on Channel 4 in the United Kingdom and ran for 136 episodes.

 

Whose Line Is It Anyway? BBC

                                           

 

  An American version of Whose Line Is It Anyway? was developed in 1998 with Drew Carey taking over the role of hosting duties from Clive Anderson. Ryan Stiles and Colin Mochrie two regulars from the U.K. version of the show became the regular guest "contestants" on the American version, with two other guests switched in and out, most of the time also former regulars and guests from the U.K. version like Stiles and Mochrie. The American version ran for 220 episodes.

 

Drew Carey Whose Line Is It Anyway?

                                I wear a bowtie now, bowties are cool.

 

  The pseudo game show format was really just an excuse to tie together different improv games that the cast would play.

 

  You might be asking yourself at this point what does this all have to do with the new Drew Carey's Improv-A-Ganza show? Well basically it is almost entirely the same show, no really I mean except for dropping the pseudo game show pretense (which is odd considering it's airing on the Game Show Network) and adding more cast members, it's the same exact show. This is a good thing for fans of the old Whose Line Is It Anyway?, or even fans of Drew Carey's short lived Green Screen Show.

 

  Well okay they are identical but what is it all about? The show is made up of several segments of improvisational comedy usually acted out by two to four of the cast members. Many times random themes and suggestions are taken from the audience and the cast has to act out a scene based on their suggestions. It is a true wonder to see this group in action.

 

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  Some examples of the types of improv comedy that they perform on the show are;

 

Sentences; a game where the comedians have to work random notes written by the audience into a scene.

 

New Choice; two of the comedians act out a scene, while a third can yell out "new choice" at any time and the last comedian speaking has to change the last line they said.

 

Moving Bodies; two audience members get to act as puppeteers and position the comedians and move them around while they act out a scene.

 

Sound effects; another great game were the comedians act out a scene while two audience members get to provide all the sound effects.

 

Songs Of; a game were two of the cast come up with a cd collection that the other cast members have to make up songs for.

 

  There are dozens of these types of games that they perform.

 

Drew Carey's Improv-A-Ganza

Come my minions tonight we feast in hell!

 

  The only downfall of this show that I have noticed so far is that it seems to be very short compared to the old Whose Line Is It Anyway? episodes. This could just be a reflection of the advertising creep that has shortened every television show in the recent years. If you have the Game Show Network, check out this series, to see some impressive improv work and a great comedy team in action.

  

Final Verdict Drew Carey's Improv-A-Ganza 9/10

 

 ~Professor

 

 

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