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Whose Line Is It Anyway? (TV Series 1998–2007) Poster

(1998–2007)

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Ryan Stiles and Colin Mochrie are best friends in real life.
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Drew Carey often jokingly introduced the Hoedown as "Our favorite game in the whole wide world." The cast members hated it with a passion. Ryan Stiles hated it so much that many of his songs insulted Carey, the Hoedown itself, or both.
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Drew Carey starred in and directed both this and The Drew Carey Show (1995) at the same time, a fact frequently referenced by Ryan Stiles.
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Ryan Stiles and Colin Mochrie are the only two performers to appear in every episode.
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Drew Carey has Pepsi Cola in his mug.
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When Robin Williams was a guest performer, his hair was blond. He was working on One Hour Photo (2002), and had dyed his hair for the role.
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The show was revived in 2013 and brought back most of the same cast members. Regular stars Ryan Stiles, Wayne Brady and Colin Mochrie returned to those same roles. Frequent "fourth chair"/"guest-of-the-day" performers Brad Sherwood, Greg Proops, and Jeff Bryan Davis have all returned as well. Additionally, Charles Esten has appeared in one episode as a special guest performer but was not available for a guest role. Pianist Laura Hall was also brought back for the new series. Notably, host Drew Carey did not return and was replaced with Aisha Tyler due to his current TV obligations hosting the Price is Right. See Whose Line Is It Anyway? (2013)
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Drew Carey appears in a game in each show until Show No. 345.
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Colin Mochrie is nicknamed "The King of Whose Line".
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Clive Anderson, the host of the British version (Whose Line Is It Anyway? (1988)), was asked to host this version as well, but declined because he neither wanted to move to or commute to Los Angeles. However, he did perform the final season of the original show on the same American set, and it could be seen as a transition to this version as it also used Laura Hall for the music and mostly American guests (such as Wayne Brady, whose appearances on the original show were only in that season).
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Most of the cast members (excluding Drew Carey) had also appeared on the British version of the show (Whose Line Is It Anyway? (1988)).
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Wayne Brady is absent from just three episodes in the five-season run, and none after season 1, so he is not listed as a guest star obviously
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The 90 second alphabet game almost always uses "Xaviera Hollander" as the X line, and "Zippedee doo daa" as the Z line.
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In Whose Line Is It Anyway?: Show No. 318 (2001) (broadcast October 10th, 2001), during the game Scenes from a Hat, the players were given the audience suggestion of "Difficult Questions for Mommy to Answer". Wayne Brady acted upon this by asking "Mommy, why is there no one like me on Friends (1994)?", to denote the absence of any relevant African American characters on the sitcom. As Whose Line was against Friends in the broadcast schedule for most of its run, the cast members would frequently take jabs at Friends. It is unsure if Friends' producers took the comment to heart, but in S09E20 of Friends (original broadcast: April 24, 2003), the first actually recurring African American character was introduced to the show. Charlie, a university professor played by Aisha Tyler, would be initially Joey's and later Ross' love interest. Any connection between both shows is unclear, but Tyler would later go on to host the revival of Whose Line Is It Anyway? (2013).
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Whose Line Is It Anyway?: Show No. 521 (2003) featuring Richard Simmons was, by far, the longest Whose Line episode to shoot due to the performers having a hard time not laughing hysterically or breaking character. It was also the only time they ever stopped shooting in the middle of an episode and had to take a break because of how hard the audience, the performers and the crew were laughing following the infamous Living Scenery game in which Simmons was to be used as a prop by the performers. It also stands out as one of the very rare times Simmons publicly acknowledged the on-going speculations about his sexual orientation.
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The show was cancelled by ABC in summer 2003 due to declining ratings. ABC aired remaining unaired episodes during the summer of 2004. Reruns aired on ABC Family beginning in 2002. These reruns were so popular that the producers cobbled together "new" episodes out of unused footage from the tapings. These episodes premiered on ABC Family in 2005.
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Sid Caesar got an even bigger round of applause than what shows up in episode 503 "Salute to American Television" episode. When he stepped out, the audience apparently cheered for so long that the applause had to be cut short due to time constraints.
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Despite the line "...and the winner gets to do a little something special with me" being said by Drew Carey in some form in every show's opening introduction, the "winner" is often the one who sits behind the desk and does not participate in the final game with Drew. However, the first season actually had the winner participate with Drew Carey in something special.
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The participants typically wore bright solid colors, and rarely ever did two participants wear the same color.
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The first episode was chosen by the fans as their favorite, and as a result was rebroadcast on 24 September 2000 during ABC's "Fans' Choice Week".
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The Whose line crew was such a well oiled machine that they could shoot 9 to 12 episodes on a single weekend. Shooting a whole season took only three or four weekends every year. The cast revealed it was one of the reasons they were so great together and had great relationships with each other, because they didn't have to spend that much time together.
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When Ryan Stiles was introduced at the beginning of each episode, he pretended to be sleeping, looked scared, or tried to hide from the camera.
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Charles Esten is the only performer to perform a Hoedown from all four positions during the run of the series.
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The title, which refers to the improvisational style of the show, is a takeoff of the title "Whose Life Is It Anyway?", a 1979 Tony-award winning play about a quadriplegic artist. It was later made into a film starring Richard Dreyfuss.
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Brad Sherwood and Colin Mochrie revealed in an interview at the New-York film academy that Drew Carey was a big fan of improv and wanted to give it a proper stage which is why he got involved with the show. However, Carey had no previous experience with improv as a performer and just wanted to host the show. It was the ABC's executives decision to have Carey improvise with the other performers. As soon as they found out, all cast members took Carey to different theaters and comedy clubs to teach him the art of improv.
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Ryan Stiles regularly impersonates Carol Channing in the show.
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Colin Mochrie would frequently make Ryan Stiles crack up laughing when acting out a scene.
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Drew Carey's sitcom The Drew Carey Show (1995) would often be referenced on the show. Ryan Stiles plays Lewis Kinski in the sitcom. Kathy Kinney who played Drew's nemesis Mimi Bobeck in the sitcom, appeared as herself in Whose Line Is It Anyway?: Show No. 102 (1998) as a performer.
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The show with Richard Simmons (Whose Line Is It Anyway?: Show No. 521 (2003)) was voted by fans as the funniest episode ever mostly due to the game of Living Scenery in which Simmons pretended to be Colin Mochrie's jet ski, which the TV fitness guru's face is facing the Whose Line performer's clothed genitals and he moves his head backwards and forward, which makes it look as if he's giving him oral sex, which causes Drew Carey, Wayne Brady and the studio audience to roar with laughter and get out of their seats.
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A recording made on 9 September 2001 featured several Foreign Film Dub languages with Sid Caesar, all of which were used except the Italian (possibly for timing reasons) and the Arabic which was presumed dropped after the terrorist attacks on the USA of 11 September 2001.
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American version of a British TV show (Whose Line Is It Anyway? (1988)) which, in turn, was based on a BBC Radio 4 radio show.
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The Party Quirks game which Colin Mochrie touches Kathryn Greenwood, Wayne Brady and Ryan Stiles's clothed private bits to see if they are of the same sex was heavily censored for broadcast, but was uncensored for DVD.
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Ryan Stiles hates hoedowns so much, he once actually got Drew Carey to stand behind him and sing while Ryan just mouthed the words.
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Drew Carey played the title role in Wonderful World of Disney's The Wonderful World of Disney: Geppetto (2000). The film was poorly reviewed and cast members of Whose Line would often make jokes about Drew's participation in the film.
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Colin Mochrie being bald was a recurring gag in the show.
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Greg Proops made a cameo in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) as Fode. In the show, Wayne Brady impersonated Jar Jar Binks and Proops impersonated Yoda. In a couple of games, Brady, Proops, Colin Mochrie and Ryan Stiles acted out scenes from Star Wars.
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Robin Williams appeared on the show whilst working on One Hour Photo (2002) which he dyed his hair for the movie.
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Drew Carey would later go on to host The Price Is Right (1972) and Wayne Brady would later go on to host Don't Forget the Lyrics! (2007) and Let's Make a Deal (2009).
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Ryan Stiles would often be straight faced and laconic during the show.
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Wayne Brady appeared in Stargate SG-1: It's Good to Be King (2005) between seasons.
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In a game of Weird Newscasters, Colin Mochrie's newsreader character is called Wolverine St. Jack John. A nod to actor Hugh Jackman whom played Wolverine in X-Men film franchise and spin off's.
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During games of Scenes from a Hat, Ryan Stiles and the cast would make fun of Drew Carey.
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The show originally started with Drew Carey having the winner(s) acting out a game with him or one winner playing host while he does so, and that was it. Eventually they would return the reading credits in the style of the host's choosing to the show. However, the winner wouldn't be the one doing it, and it was often one of the other guests doing it in the style of someone or something he imitated earlier in the show.
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The film title "Happy Waldo and the Salty Monkey" which Colin Mochrie makes up in a game of Greatest Hits is innuendo for penis.
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The show and Drew Carey were once criticized for constantly choosing only young, attractive female audience members to participate in games and sketches.
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Colin Mochrie would often play cantankerous characters.
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In the British version (Whose Line Is It Anyway? (1988)), Clive Anderson gave the performers points which the winner with the most points reads the closing credits in the style of Clive's choice. In the American version, Whose Line Is It Anyway? (1998) makes up the points as a recurring gag as the points don't matter and Drew chooses a winner and Drew and the winner plays a game.
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In 1 Helping Hands game which Ryan Stiles and Whoopi Goldberg play pirates. Ryan eats two chicken drumsticks. Stiles appeared in KFC adverts on television.
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Unlike the British version, Drew Carey just gives out points as a recurring gag and he just chooses a winner. Instead of having the winner read the closing credits in a style of his choice, Drew participates with the winner in a game.
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Ryan Stiles would frequently impersonate Mickey Goldmill from Rocky (1976). Colin Mochrie impersonated Rocky Balboa during a game of Questionable Impressions.
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In 2 games of Weird Newscasters, Colin Mochrie tells the same news story twice about a man getting swallowed by a whale and trying to escape by running all the way to the other side until he got pooped out.
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In most games of Let's Make a Date, Ryan Stiles would interact with the studio audience whilst in-character.
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In two games of Weird Newscasters, Colin Mochrie called his newsreader characters Thor But Not Complaining and Thor Buttocks. A nod to Thor the god of thunder from Norse mythology.
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