Seasonal Code: S13E14
Production Number: 510
CW Seasonal Code: S13E04
Something you’ve no doubt noticed about the guest star bookings so far in S13 is that the quality has gone down. Much less nostalgia bookings and awesome names, and a LOT more CW synergy bookings. That’s kinda where we’re at for the S13 and S15 taping seasons, but…it’s fine. The improv is what we’re here for anyway.
This Jonathan show, from the same taping as E11, brings us an appearance from Marisol Nichols, who had a role on Riverdale when this went out, another CW titan. She was also on 24 for a bit.
Once again, as Spence 12Medbe was in attendance of this taping, he’ll be providing notes as we go.
Weird Newscasters: Colin hosts, Jonathan, Moose that licks ice sculpture, Colin, co-anchors, Ryan, the world’s angriest teenage girl, does sports while Wayne, a James Bond film in 30 seconds, does weather
Genuine Colin reaction to Jonathan’s. “REALLY??” To this point, most of Jonathan’s WN quirks inevitably lead to licking Colin
Colin: “Welcome to the 6 o clock news, I’m your anchor….Wayne Wayne Go Away…”
THAT IS PERFECT. They should have played the Incredible Hulk music in
Aisha just waves
Colin: “Apple has just developed a computerized car…there is a snag, they’re having trouble installing windows.”
THAT IS A PERFECT JOKE. One of his career best, I think
Again, Jonathan’s fearless.
I do love him screaming as he realizes he’s become stuck to Colin
Then Jonathan stabs himself and leaves himself hanging by Colin.
According to Spence, Colin followed this with the line: “This just in, anchor debates renegotiating contract”, which would have been priceless had it been kept in
But we do have Colin going “just a reminder, it is cold and flu season”, smirking
Ryan’s is actually excellent, playing a jaded, rejected girlfriend, then going right up to an audience member and confronting him
Ryan: “DID YOU LOSE MY NUMBER, JEREMY? OHH, you lost your PHONE.”
I love the girl next to him that yes-ands as Jeremy’s new girlfriend.
Ryan: “GET OUT.”
I love that move. Oh, you’re gonna be good at improv? Get out.
I also love the girl coming back, playing jaded now WONDERFULLY, and Ryan still going “GET OUT”
[Apparently, the girl yelled “GET YOUR HANDS OFF OF MY MAN” at this point, Spence says, but it wasn’t completely mic’d]
Jonathan, who’d been sticking to Colin for the entire quirk, suddenly falls:
Ryan: “OOOOOOOW, MOTHERF-”
That got me. It didn’t actually hit Ryan, but he played it up
And he just lies down for the rest of the quirk: “THIS IS YOUR FAULT, YOU BASTARD”
Colin: “…is there any point to weather? Let’s see”
One of Wayne’s first moves is going over and shooting ‘Jeremy’.
Ryan, pulling a random phone out: “HERE. FOUND YOUR PHONE, BITCH.”
PERFECT. And Wayne just shakes his head as…Colin signs off? Wait, that was like a 20 second quirk? Next to nothing happened!
Wellll…according to Spence, Wayne’s quirk was rewritten and shortened to allow for the entirety of Ryan’s, and Jonathan’s, to air. “Wayne’s initial quirk was more action packed with different stunts being done; and he did two tuck and rolls, off of the stage. As he did the 2nd roll, his phone fell out of his pocket and landed on a stair. As he was doing a few more secret agent-esque things/stunts, Ryan comes to Wayne’s side of the stage to pick up his phone; Showing it to Colin (and Jonathan on the ground) — Wayne comes back to stage for “Here, Found your phone bitch!” — which got Wayne a bit surprised — what was cut was Wayne starting to crack up — you do see the aftermath at the Newscasters ending shot”
So basically, the majority of Wayne’s quirk that made air was from pickups. A few shots, like Wayne shooting Jeremy Ryan’s ‘FOUND YOUR PHONE, BITCH, and Wayne’s final reaction, were from the initial playing. Everything else was from the pickup.
Even with that knowledge, this is still a great round of WN. Wayne’s could have used more, but Jonathan and Ryan’s were so good that I kinda get it. A very full, collaborative and funny playing.
Also, apparently afterwards, there was some banter involving the phone drop:
Ryan: “What is with Wayne losing things on set?”
Aisha: “His phone just slipped out so fast”
Ryan: “So did his wedding ring”
A CALLBACK TO THE DREW VERSION PERHAPS??
Colin: “LICKED BY A MOOSE? Ohhh, it’s like that weekend”
Duet: Wayne and Jonathan sing a disco song to Marisol, about breaking into an aquarium
This is actually a really cool number, with very clear and fun lyrics from Jonathan and Wayne.
Wayne: “it’s a fact you can’t ignore
How many hours does she have on this mission?”
Jonathan: “HUH-HUH, 24.”
Mostly just cool lyrics
Wayne: “This is a bulletproof vest, and goggles for your face
and here is just a jetpack, just in case you go to outerspace”
Like, everybody’s just having fun with it
I also love Jonathan figuring out dumb rhymes for Marisol, like aerosol or carou-sol. ‘Aerosol’ does end up cracking Wayne up, though
I also love Wayne and Jonathan torturing Marisol with ‘over the lasers’/’under the lasers’, and here just switching her position
Jonathan, after that: “NOW DANCE”
Wayne: “I’ve just got one question, how long can you hold your breath?”
Marisol: “2 minutes! Tops!”
Wayne, barely even in character: “wow…THAT’S IMPRESSIVE”
A pretty fun Duet. Not entirely substantial enough to really charm me, but all 3 were having a really nice time, and Marisol seemed really into it
Spence: “The cast seemed to be at a high post Duet; little did they know what’d be coming in 5 games.” Yeah, the Wanya one blows this one out of the water
Ryan, on the 2 minute breath holding: “is that a long time?”
Jonathan: “you’re thinking of something else…”
Aisha, not pleased: “OOOOOOOOKIE DOKIE…”
Aisha: “We are going to move on QUICKLY AND MERCIFULLY to a new game…called MMMMM-”
Living Scenery: Ryan and Colin are canoeing [“OH”] up the Amazon [“OH”] to their luxury jungle lodge [“AAHHH”]; Wayne and Marisol are props
Mixed Messages followed Duet in the taping, a few games passed, then LS happened
Colin, as Aisha explains the game, whispering “I’m so sorry…”. Which was from the initial game.
Then, as Aisha explains the scene, Ryan’s throwing in some OHs and AHHHs. This was done during pickups, Ryan was very cranky and wanted to go home. “After that pickup, Dan went “Ryan, stop that” to which Ryan flipped him off and went “Oooh!”’ I love how easily Ryan can snap at the producers.
Colin is very quick to designate Marisol as HIS canoe.
Ryan, placing Wayne in the water, points to his backside: “I’ve got a dugout…”
Wayne: [audible giggling]
Colin: “…..I just like mine”
Colin uses Marisol’s arms as paddles. Ryan, who does oar-paddling miming, looks over and goes “THE HELL ARE *YOU* DOING?”
Colin: “I’ve got a double oar”
[Wayne AND Marisol are now laughing]
Colin casts Marisol and Wayne as snakes, and Marisol just gets down and rolls onto Colin’s feet
Ryan: “I’ve never seen a snake roll over like that…”
Wayne: [does a perfect owl impression]
Ryan, who will never, EVER let Wayne have the satisfaction: “…oh my god, that giraffe’s choking on something”
Colin: “I guess we’ll have to go through the bush here to go through the-”
Ryan: “ohhh, don’t even go there. OKAY…”
A rare no-sell in this game
Colin sets himself up for an Indiana Jones style rock to come. Marisol crouches down and holds herself
Ryan, not following: “oh, my…monkey’s scared too”
Colin: “OH NO I STEPPED OFF IT”
Ryan, cracking: “HERE IT C…OMES…”
Ryan: “that was easy…”
Ryan: “did you bring a cellphone?”
Colin, grabbing Marisol: “yes, I brought my phone from…1980”
I love Colin’s momentary struggle of lifting Marisol’s arms and realizing he’s made her chest the body of the phone, and not wanting to be too pervy, so he just…puts his head kinda hear her chest?
Colin: “NO BARS.”
Ryan, cracking again: “ah, DAMMIT…’
Wayne just suddenly appears on the scene and waves, cracking up Ryan
Colin: “…OH THANK GOD, IT’S JERRY.”
Ryan: “JERRY, WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE?”
Wayne, in a too-casual voice that NO ONE was expecting: “…I was just walkin by, thought-”
As Aisha’s buzz is overlayed in, Ryan is doing an impression of this voice. Dear god
There was a lull midway through, but this was funny. I loved that ending, that just caught me off guard, similar to the voice of God in S3. The emphasis was more on screwing over each other than screwing over Marisol and Wayne, and Ryan and Colin had good reactions to things here
Props: Ryan and Jonathan vs. Colin and Wayne
Which is funny enough on its own.
Ryan, who somehow doesn’t crack at this, thinks of a punchline: “…Mister President, you’re wanted outside.”
Also, I honestly don’t think this counts as our third Trump joke of the administration. It’s more a general ‘president shouldn’t be on a playground’ thing.
Colin: “I got my penis caught in the shredder.”
Wayne: [tries touching Colin’s]
Colin: “it’s still a little tender..”
Ryan’s ‘Hawaiian boat’ one doesn’t get the applause it needs, so Jonathan saves HIM: ‘We should get out of the bathtub…”
Wayne: “YOU HAVE COME SEEKING KNOWLEDGE?”
Colin: “I’m sorry, I thought you were a table”
Wayne, in an understanding read that cracks me up: “OH, NO…”
Ryan makes one of his first true ‘lots of weed in Washington state’ jokes, of many
At one point, after Colin has to explain a car wash one, he just drops entirely:
Then, immediately next:
Oh my god. Ryan had to stop and crack up for a little after this during the taping. But this is really funny, and again is a symbol of Jonathan’s aggressive improv nature
Ryan, finally delivering a punchline: “we got a build a bigger tennis court, man…”
Colin: “…w-what would YOU do with these fuckin things???”
According to Spence, this was the end of pickups, and Colin was exhausted
Jonathan has one last good idea in him:
This is why Jonathan is so damn good. HE WILL do that thing no one else will do. Always.
“There was another variation of Jonathan’s spin the bottle prop; Where it stopped on the piano and he goes “Oh.. Guess I’m kissing no one”‘
A pretty good Props round. Honestly, we’ve been on a roll with Props playings over the last season or so. Usually they’re ‘worst game’ fodder by default, now they’re consistently pretty fun
Spence: “There was a slight pause during banter after Props, and all of a sudden out of the silence, Colin looks to his Prop off stage and goes “Should we have done a Trump Golden Showers joke?” The Entire Audience bursted out in one gigantic “AWWWWWW”. I can’t remember if they went back and did that suggestion in pickups.”
Greatest Hits: Songs of the Holidays
Colin: “We’ll be back to our documentary on a restaurant that serves eggs benedict on hubcaps….There’s No Plate Like Chrome for the Hollandaise”
Ryan does a very tired segue from his sadness at the holidays to Bollywood musicals, going “god, I can’t believe I got there.” Needless to say, this was from pickups. His original segue was longer.
Not only is Wayne’s Bollywood voice from nearly injuring Jonathan earlier this season still great, but Jonathan provides great harmony here
This is an excellent Bollywood number, taking the joke of making it about Christmas while also making it an authentic, funny Bollywood number that both performers are good at.
I also love that Jonathan randomly chooses this moment to tell Wayne: “You were adopted, I’m sorry told you now…Happy Holidays, YAY, HOORAY”
Jonathan tries going under Wayne’s legs again, but thankfully this time is more careful around the buckle area, and has a good ‘ball carrying’ gag
Colin: “…you just can’t buy memories like that…”
Colin calls Hamilton “a risky venture after the colossal failure of Coolidge”
THAT cracked me up
Doing a Hamilton number in 2017, the year Wayne Brady would be PLAYING Aaron Burr in Hamilton Chicago, is a very cheeky and meta moment. Wayne has done this show before, he’s doing it as they tape, so of course he knows the style well. He even starts out with “HOW DOES A HOLIDAY, ONE TIME, ONE PIECE OF YEAR…”, which is a play on Burr’s opening lines of the show.
Jonathan does have a perfect line here: “listen to the future, don’t listen to the past
Look at my skin, OOPS, I’ve been miscast.”
THAT IS PERFECT. A great reference to Hamilton’s race blind casting and preference for POC in main roles [with the exception of King George].
Jonathan does respond with a VERY Hamilton-y line: “you can be ANYONE on the fourth of July!”
Wayne has Jonathan prep some burgers [kinda taking from Yorktown, detracting from the My Shot-esque backer]
Jonathan, who recognizes the backer: “I’m not giving away my…CARBS.”
Wayne, knowing a good line when he hears it, repeats that as the refrain
Jonathan: “Yeah, ON THE FOURTH”
LONG PAUSE FOR THE REST OF THAT BAR
Wayne and Jonathan, on the next beat: “….OF JULY.”
Both of them crack at that
They finish the number with crossed arms, and I can tell they both know they’ve done a good one. That might be one of the best Greatest Hits songs they’ve ever done, seriously. Jonathan had Wayne on the ropes at some points, too.
An awesome GH. Fun banter, but both songs were the stars here, and Wayne let Jonathan have some strong moments along with him.
After GH, according to Spence, “Wayne joked about Whose Line pimping out Hamilton”. I don’t blame them, at least in this situation
Spence: “Pickups into Greatest Hits. Ryan & Colin did a secondary open to Greatest Hits, did different segues and tie into the songs. As the two went and on with their segues and banter, Jonathan and Wayne decided to sit down on the other side of the stage and started to lay down and act like they were sleeping (Unless they REALLY fell asleep and we didn’t know it!). One Point Dan yelled out to Jonathan and Wayne to get up.”
Overall: A pretty strong show, and one that felt less like a guest show and more like a great WL that happened to have a guest occasionally. The highlights were non-guest games, like that huge WN carried by Ryan and Jonathan, and the GH round where Wayne and Jonathan came alive in both their songs, including that incredible Hamilton one. While Marisol’s games were still good, and I did love the end of Living Scenery, they hit a lot of familiar guest game beats, and Marisol didn’t add a TON to the show. But this show was a great showcase for Jonathan, who was insanely well-edited and was in 4/5 games, and a great, proactive show for Ryan [at least early on]. There’s a lot to enjoy about this show, and while it’s not as good as the Wanya show, it’s still a great picture of some great moments from this taping.
Thanks again to Spence for your help. Very excited to hear about some moments from 14×07 when we get there. You know the one.
Show Winners: All four
Best Performer: Jonathan Mangum. LMAD, Props and GH had some classic moments of his, and he was in peak form all over this show.
Worst Performer: Colin was mostly in charge of setting up other people’s material. He did well in LS, though.
Best Game: Greatest Hits, man. I can say this when we’re not being beaten over the head with it, but that’s just a GOOD ROUND OF THAT. Both songs were among the best this duo have done, and the best the CW has done.
Worst Game: Duet was fun, but was the lightest content-wise.
Guest Star Rating: 8/10. She was having fun, but I didn’t get a ton from her
COMING UP NEXT: Just as quickly as it began, Season 13 of Whose Line ends. Last season I complained about getting a white person from Empire, so here’s a person of color from Empire.