Whose Line Is It Anyway? the iconic improvised comedy show loved the world over, now a hit show on America’s CW network. Actor and comedian Aisha Tyler sets resident improv’ geniuses Ryan Stiles, Wayne Brady, and Colin Mochrie to a series of hilarious games, involving making up sketches, gags, and songs on the spot.
Now on its twelfth series on the network, Whose Line Is It Anyway? has been a ratings winner and featured special guest appearances from 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, after a run of 6 episodes, it transferred to Channel 4 for a ten-year stint, hosted by Clive Anderson. It then ran for 219 episodes on ABC hosted by Drew Carey. It now finds its home on The CW network, first airing in 2013.
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, helping them develop into household names. In the UK this included 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 over the years include Robin Williams, Whoopi Goldberg, Steven Colbert, 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 4 and 5 star reviews. The following year the show returned with a limited run at the London Palladium, and 2018 a set of special 30th anniversary shows at took place The Royal Albert Hall.