Whose Line Is It Anyway?, the iconic improvised comedy show loved the world over, is now a hit show on America’s CW network. Actor and comedian Aisha Tyler is the host who sets resident improv’ geniuses Ryan Stiles, Wayne Brady and Colin Mochrie a series of hilarious games to play involving making up on the spot, sketches, gags and songs.
The fifth series, which aired in America, in 2018, was yet again a ratings winner and featured special guest appearances by, amongst others, Lance Bass (from boyband NSYNC), Carmen Electra, (Baywatch, Scary Movie), and Whose Line alumnus Charles Esten, (Nashville).
In each episode, the resident trio of Stiles, Brady and Mochrie are joined by a fourth improviser from an alternating cast including Keegan Michael Key, Gary Anthony Williams, Greg Proops, Jeff Davis, Brad Sherwood, Heather Ann Campbell and Jonathan Mangum.
The show was originally created in 1987 by Dan Patterson and Mark Leveson for BBC radio and, after a brief run of 6 episodes, it transferred to Channel 4 for a ten year run, hosted by Clive Anderson. It then ran for 219 episodes on ABC hosted by Drew Carey. By the end of 2018, the CW network had broadcast a further 108 new episodes with a further series commissioned for 2019.
Typical of shows created and produced by Dan Patterson and Mark Leveson, Whose Line Is It Anyway? nurtured many comedians in the early stages of their career and helped them develop into household names. In the UK this included, amongst others, Clive Anderson, Paul Merton, Josie Lawrence and Sandi Toksvig and in the US, Ryan Stiles, Wayne Brady, Colin Mochrie and Greg Proops.
Other famous comedians and actors who have guest starred include, on the ABC series, Robin Williams, Whoopi Goldberg and Steven Colbert, and on Channel 4, Stephen Fry, Griff Rhys Jones and Jonathan Pryce.
In 2015, Whose Line Is It Anyway? made a highly successful West End stage debut at the Adelphi Theatre garnering across the board 4 and 5 star reviews. 2016 saw a return to the West End with a limited run at the London Palladium, and 2018 will see three exciting, special 30th anniversary shows at The Royal Albert Hall.