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 third series, currently airing in America, is yet again a ratings winner and features special guest appearances by, amongst others, magicians Penn & Teller, Duck Dynasty star Willie Robertson, and Fresh Prince of Bel Air star and Dancing With The Stars champion Alfonso Ribeiro.
In each episode, the resident trio of Stiles, Brady and Mochrie are joined by one other improviser from an alternating cast including Keegan Michael Key, Gary Anthony Williams, Greg Proops, Jeff Davis, Brad Sherwood and Heather Ann Campbell.
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.
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 sees a return to the West End with a limited run at the London Palladium.