Whose Watchdown is it Anyway: S02E11, or I’ll Get the Plunger

Three strong semi-regulars, in Josie, Sandi and Mike, plus a GUEST STAR, a guy who’s appeared on several panel shows I’ve covered, Arthur Smith! We’ve seen different levels of Arthur- on Qi he’s behaved, but barely. On Buzzcocks, he repeatedly gave Mark and Sean a hard time. Here? Who knows.

Clive: “Arthur Smith, with a face that’s less lived-in and more squatted-in.”
Arthur:
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Yeah, now we know which Arthur showed up tonight.
Sandi, by the way, is the first to try and quell the angry Arthur.

Film and Theatre Styles v1- Josie and Arthur- interviewing a prospective butler

Arthur’s improv, almost immediately, pales in comparison to Josie’s, especially in the Gangster Movie portion, when Josie holds a gun to him.
Arthur: “…two fingers won’t make me remember.”
Yeah, but Josie just offered a gun, and you should…nevermind, it’s pointless talking to someone from a program from 25 years ago.

Josie: “You got a cigarette?”
Arthur: “I have, but you’re not allowed to smoke on TV.”
BUZZ. Some of the audience groans. Josie facepalms.
Arthur, who’s dropped character: “Unfortunately….UNLESS YOU’RE PETER COOK!”

This scene never really gets going because Arthur can’t seem to yes-and, but Josie, during the pantomime, does manage to make it surprisingly great by getting the entire audience involved in an ‘OH YES HE IS’ on the subject of Arthur being an idiot. From the background, you can see Mike howling with laughter at this.

Film and Theatre Styles v2- Mike and Sandi- housewife and plumber knee-deep in water

From the farce style, this scene takes off, with Mike doing some fantastic physical work, swimming into the kitchen from under the dining room table.
Sandi: “WAIT! YOU’VE LOST YOUR TROUSERS!”

Screen Shot 2017-11-14 at 4.28.27 PM.pngBuzz
Clive: “…….I may regret this, but sadomasochism.”
Mike: [howls out in pain]
Sandi: “JUST A MINUTE…I’LL GET THE PLUNGER…”
[From the background, Josie’s visibly wincing in pain]

(Rocky film)
Sandi: “It’s the American dream….a boxer who makes a successful living as a plumber in England!”

The ending bit, James Bond, is fantastic, with Mike and Sandi chasing each other around with insane contraptions. Once it ends, they’re both smiling and cracking up. This was a really fun game, and had some very silly physical moments.

Film Dub- Arthur and Sandi return home from holiday

Sandi, 5 seconds into the scene, has to reprimand Arthur on playing the game. (“Darling, don’t speak when it’s my turn.”)

Very silly scene, one that didn’t really get going as a lot of the dubbing consisted of “OHHH, now- OHHH, IT’S THAT!” from Arthur.

Song Styles: Lemon Squeezer
Mike: Heavy Metal
Josie: Folk

Mike’s insane guitar playing/flailing right off the bat gets people’s attention, gets some early applause from the audience.

Mike’s song was pretty good, though I couldn’t really follow what time-sig he was going off, especially compared to Richard’s beat. Very powerful, more of a heavy metal song than Josie’s was last season.

Josie’s song is the better of the two, for being really thoughtful, and closer to a Bob Dylan folk song to John’s regional folk number last series, as well as having good rhyming and improvisation.

World’s Worst- Person to go on Holiday with

Arthur: “Hello, I’m Clive Anderson!”
[The whole panel gets a kick out of this one. I think Arthur just did the first Clive slam in Whose Line history]

Bit of a bawdy, kind of done-before round, but Sandi had some strong stuff here

Props: Mike and Sandi vs. Josie and Arthur

Screen Shot 2017-11-14 at 4.47.13 PM.pngJosie: “And tonight, we’re going to be talking to Elton John, hello Elton…”

Screen Shot 2017-11-14 at 4.47.52 PM.pngSandi: “MR. REAGAN, WE FOUND YOUR BRAIN…”

Mike, handing the slimy prop to Sandi: “Here…if you loved me, you’d swallow it…”
The panel has a nice reaction to this.

Sandi, handing it back to Mike: “I love you, I swallowed it, and this is the end product…”

Clive, postmortem: “I think two points each for the, uh…the two usable ones we may get out of that…”

Party Quirks: Sandi hosts
Arthur: Shady dealer
Josie: schoolgirl from a girl’s comic
Mike: possessed by the devil

Arthur, trying to show off his cheaper caviar: “BELUGA! BELUGA, DARLING!”
Sandi: “Well, bless you…”

The scene goes well enough, but Mike is shafted by people sort of talking and not giving him the proper stage to turn into the devil and all. He does have a nice line, looking at Josie’s photos and saying “you look so nice IN A PROPER CATHOLIC SCHOOL DRESS.”

Sandi, up to her wit’s end with Josie’s quirk: “…I don’t know who you are, but you can piss off, frankly…”

Clive eventually does explain Josie’s quirk
Sandi: “I thought she was very good…after a while I wanted her to stay with me, because I was lonely.”

Musical Producers: Arthur and Sandi discuss a musical on bricklaying, Josie and Mike act it out.

This game returns, though I honestly I thought it was more geared towards the 6-person structure. Not opposed, though.

Once again, Arthur’s not agreeing with his scene partner. He goes more for laughs than for good improv, which is slightly problematic.

Good news is Josie and Mike, as USUAL this series, are elevating the scene from being too blah, and giving some nice charisma to a very boring idea.

Arthur: “THE FOREMAN OF THE SIGHT COMES IN!”
Sandi: “And he’s plastered!”
[Third time tonight that a Sandi pun has gotten unnecessary groans from the audience]

The best parts of that scene were the Mike & Josie songs, as Arthur and Sandi got a bit too bogged down with details for me. Quaint enough scene.

Overall: Very middle-of-the-road show. Nothing terrific, nothing horrible. Arthur had good lines, but was the wrong choice for an improv show. The girls ruled this one- Sandi with some great lines, puns that I LIKED, and some great scene work, and Josie with some insanely good musical moments, and making some great work out of even dire-looking scenes. Mike didn’t have too bad of a night either, he was just overshadowed by Josie and Sandi.

Show Winner: Arthur
Best Performer: Josie, for excelling in several games tonight.
Worst Performer: Arthur, for not following a ton of improv rules.
Best Game: Film and Theatre Styles v2- lots of really fun scene work
Worst Game: Film Dub. Never really got going.

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