After relying on Greg Proops for the bulk of the early season 2 tapings, the producers evened things up by only giving Greg 3 tapings in the third season, not counting a S4 taping that’d be introduced into this season. Which is fine. Greg, more than any other fourth seater, could let the other three go without upstaging them much- the producers liked this a lot.
So here’s the first of Greg’s 3 S3 tapings. Not the first chronologically, as…we’ll get to that one in a bit, but the first that made air. Colin’s tacky red shirt always sets this one apart for me.
Weird Newscasters: Greg anchors, Colin, a frat boy cruising in a car with his buddies, co-anchors, Wayne, in a Miss Fitness USA pageant, does sports while Ryan, Inca high priest who must sacrifice a virgin, does weather
I love Colin’s confusion as to his. It’s brief, but it works.
Drew’s entire rundown of Ryan’s makes me laugh: “And Ryan, in an effort to keep you strange, you are an Inca high priest”
Drew: “who must sacrifice a virgin. And uh, gotta remind you, if you come near my desk, I’ll kill you.”
HA. Drew knows Ryan.
Colin’s is just goofy enough to work
Greg: “This just in, underage drinking is bad.”
Wayne’s is great, because he keeps throwing in empowering messages to girls watching while doing strenuous physical activity
Colin, post-Wayne: “wow, she’s ugly, BUT LOOK AT THAT BODY!”
Ryan’s is pretty great, consisting of him running into the audience, looking over the crowd and figuring out who he can use.
Eventually, after combing the entire audience, and…not even looking at Drew, he stops and exclaims “WE’RE GONNA DIE!!!”, before running backstage screaming. A pretty fun punchline to that
Greg: “This just in, virginity abolished in Southern California.”
Colin: [gives thumbs up]
I also like the ending of Wayne picking up Colin, which he’s kind of into.
Drew: “Is that what you usually do when you find out we’re all gonna die? Grab the first bald guy you can?”
Wayne: “It’s Billy Black’s Kojak Tae-Bo Diet”
Solid round of this, though I could have used a bit more.
Sound Effects: Ryan and Colin are two firemen who are sleeping in the station house when the alarm sounds
The audience members have a different approach, thankfully, than the last two: Colin and Ryan start out sleeping, so they do snoring noises.
Colin: “Huh, thought I heard an alarm.”
Eventually Colin’s comes in with one, which…gets them up.
Colin: “…was that the alarm or just a sick bird?”
I also love how both an alarm and a phone sound bee-like to this audience member. Colin even goes “WHAT’S WITH ALL THE BEES??”
Ryan’s, as he gets his uniform on, does a “wsh-wsh-sh” noise
Ryan: “…better close the windows, there’s a breeze coming in.”
Yeah, they’re just screwing with the ladies doing effects, even if they’re actually doing alright ones
They do the ‘waxing down the poles’ motion from…another SFX from this season, but this one ends in a ‘WHEEEEEW’ noise from the poles as they try again.
Ryan: “Well, not only did we have fun, the poles did too!”
Colin’s also screwing with his, who keeps closing his door until he hears a slamming sound that isn’t “glunk”.
Colin: “DAMN DUCK!”
Ryan’s doesn’t do much better, with his audience member doing a ‘BING’ every time.
Ryan, shaking his head: “…damn Japanese imports…”
After a few noises they can’t do, including a car engine, Colin puts on the siren and his audience member does a really good siren noise. So Colin smiles.
Ryan: “Wait, someone’s screaming for help!”
Audience member: “AIIIIIIIIGH, HELP!”
Ryan, smirking: “it’s an…old Indian woman!”
They set up the trampoline, the lady falls, and the audience member does a screaming sound that just stops.
Colin, looking mortified: “Oh, we should have put something in there…”
A very silly SFX, but as fun as it was, it’s not even a high-tier one for me, tbh
Song Styles: Wayne sings about a coffee grinder in the style of Rocky Horror. Ryan, Colin and Greg backup dance.
With this number, you can tell who’s seen the movie (Greg, Colin), who’s seen the movie at a shadowcast (Wayne), and who’s never seen the movie (Ryan).
Wayne’s Tim Curry impression, including his entrance, is fantastic.
I will say, Greg, Ryan and Colin’s dance moves are pretty damn fun. So maybe Ryan has seen it.
Wayne’s delivery at the line “and then your coffee…STARTS TO ERUPT” is so Tim Curry that I genuinely wonder if he ever was part of a shadowcast in Florida or something.
I also love the detail of Greg, knowing how the Time Warp works, falling to the ground at the end of the song.
Such a fun number. Great tour-de-force from Wayne.
Newsflash: Greg and Ryan in the studio, Colin in the field in front of scantily clad models on the beach
This is the first Newsflash we’re seeing since the Colin one, so I don’t even know how it’ll compare.
Ryan, being Ryan: “Colin, can you keep us abreast of what’s going on there?”
Colin’s first accidental genius moment: “Well, I’m just trying to keep up with them.”
I also love the bits where Colin is standing in front of something that might otherwise be censored.
Colin: “It all started…with a tae-bo Kojak class.”
I forgot about that callback
Greg: “Might you move aside a bit, so that we can see behind you better?”
Greg: “We wish you weren’t there!”
Ryan: “This is one of those stories where you’re just getting in the way, Colin…”
Colin: “Well it’s my job to be here”
Colin’s second accidental genius moment: “I’M GONNA STICK MY NOSE IN THERE-”
PERFECT. THE PLACE GOES WILD
I love how in the background of Ryan and Greg’s shot, you can see Wayne come back to his seat. Maybe he just got up and went over to Drew, as he was laughing too hard.
A very fun Newsflash.
Greg: “Now, THAT’S what I call a game! I don’t care who you are, that’s good TV. Something for the kids, grandma, everybody..”
Irish Drinking Song: Voted for Ross Perot
Drew, as he does, asks the audience for something ‘that might happen to you that you might want to keep a secret.”
A very smart audience member: “VOTED FOR ROSS PEROT.”
That reaction is my second favorite.
Here is my favorite: as Drew explains the game, you can hear Greg emit his trademark cackle. When we cut back to the master, he and Wayne are giggling. According to people at this taping, when Drew announced the suggestion, “voted for Ross Perot”, Wayne turned to Greg and literally went “but I did, though!”. Apparently Wayne voting independent in ’92 was made a bit clearer after the game, or even during. But Greg, seasoned democrat, thought this was fucking hysterical.
Note that this IDS is in its normal key. I’m gonna try to pinpoint this season at one point Laura decided to raise the pitch.
The first verse is great. Colin says he voted for Perot years ago.
Ryan: “He bought me lots of beers.”
But, when Wayne and Greg mention his large sums of money
Ryan, reneging: “He NEVER BOUGHT ME HASH.”
Yes, ‘hash’ is censored, but it’s a great line.
Ryan: “He didn’t get a lot of votes.”
Wayne, honest: “HE GOT ME!”
Wayne: “I went and I cast my ballot”
Greg: “…I laughed along the way”
Colin: “He lost by a landslide”
Ryan: “But I support him so.”
Wayne: “I wonder what he’s doing now.”
Greg, brilliantly: “I heard he lives alone.”
Ryan and Wayne suggests he runs again
Greg: “I hope that when he runs this time”
Colin: “He gets better ears”
Ryan: “Again, he’ll have my vote there
Wayne: “You wait and see”
Greg: “Because there is no one else.”
Colin, lacking options: “…HA HA HA, HEE HEE. OHHH..”
Such a silly closer. This cracks up Ryan and Wayne. And, as Drew buzzes and cuts to commercial, HE’S still cracking up.
A really fun IDS, and one of my favorites of this era of the show. Just the added detail of Wayne having actually voted for him, and the amount of funny lines, makes this a classic.
World’s Worst: Thing to say or do on a Romantic Date
Greg: “I know this is only our second da-I LOOOVE YOU. BE WITH ME!!!”
Drew: “Hey, wanna see a picture of my penis?”
Ryan, with his first suggestion of the round: “Hey, wanna see a picture of Drew Carey’s penis?”
Drew, with the first nod to this we’re getting all season: “Hope you don’t mind, I thought we’d just sit at home and watch Geppetto.”
Greg: “Thanks for inviting me up, Melanie, I….NINTENDO???”
The round is World’s WORST, Greg.
Drew: “Sorry I’m late, me and the wife just had a big fight.”
Ryan, behind the buzzer: “Oh, nice…VERY NICE.”
Not a bad round, but there have been better.
Overall: A solid show, even if the bookends, and the lack of a clear highlight, puts this back a bit for me. Nothing bad in this show, though- SFX, Newsflash and Song Styles are fun favorites, while Irish Drinking Song is a personal favorite of mine. Everyone had a really strong show, with an edge going to Wayne, who killed it in his early games as well as making IDS extra special, and Greg, who finally showed more than just his usual fourth-seater performance.
Also, I know we’re only four shows in, but the quality of material so far has been stronger than the first 2 seasons. There have been less truly bad games, and less merely okay games. Maybe it can be chalked up to this show hitting a groove after S2? Maybe they’re releasing the best material first? Either way, I’m impressed so far.
Show Winner: Wayne
Best Performer: Wayne, honestly. That WN/Song Styles double-threat couldn’t be beat.
Worst Performer: I’m giving it to Ryan, because in a lot of games tonight, most specifically Newsflash and World’s Worst, he was more lethargic, and went for easier jokes.
Best Game: Irish Drinking Song. I swear, I’m not always gonna give this game the win.
Worst Game: World’s Worst was the most take-it-or-leave-it.
COMING UP NEXT: If you liked this taping, have another episode from it. We never get ’em this conveniently done. This episode features a few games that Dan and Mark figured we should give a shot, with varying results.