Now back to your regularly scheduled Season 3.
This is a new Chip taping, one that’d bring a personal favorite episode mine in S4, but would just have some strong material overall.
I got a laugh at the sarcastic “yaaaaay dreeeeew” Ryan was doing as Drew sat down. Very Mulaney-esque
Drew: “and the loser has to teach George W. Bush to say ‘subliminal'”
Oh yeah, forgot this taping season was during the heat of the 2000 election. And also note that confirmed Republican Chip Esten is going along with this joke, trying to say ‘subliminal’ himself.
Drew: “Let’s go on, gahhh…SPEAKING OF GUYS WHO CAN’T TALK!”
This must have come after LMAD or Director in the taping order
Superheroes: Out of Paper
Colin: Staple Gun Kid
Ryan: Malfunctioning Robot with an Attitude Boy
Chip: Richard Simmons Kid
Wayne: South Park Kid
For the second Superheroes in a row, Drew asks ‘WHADDAYA GONNA DO?”, and Colin just shrugs, breaks, and shakes his head.
Colin: “HOLY…SHARP THINGS!”
Colin: “There’s no paper! OH….it doesn’t seem that bad, but NO! What will I staple together when I write my script…for Geppetto 2?”
AND I’M GONE! I wasn’t expecting that somehow. Drew grins and bears it, but the audience loves this.
Ryan, angry monotone: “WHAT IS WRONNG WITH YOUR DOOR???”
Colin: “Look, there’s no paper in the world..”
Ryan: “IS THAT MY PROBLEM???”
Chip: [BOUNDS IN]
Ryan: “Thank god, the Richard Simmons kid!”
Chip HOLDS THIS EXPRESSION FOR 5 SECONDS:
Ryan has no reaction. Chip eventually turns around, bends, and goes right into ‘BECAUSE YOU PEOPLE ARE FAAAAAAT!” It’s pretty perfect
Chip, to Ryan, mimicking his malfunctioning arm movements: “COME ON, WORK THE ARMS!”
Ryan: “YOU WORK THE ARMS! IF I COULD FORM A FINGER, I’D GIVE YOU ONE.”
Obviously Wayne’s South Park Kid is great, and Chip works off him pretty well
Wayne has a very weak solution [“why don’t you go down to the store and get some yourself?”], but exits to ‘Blame Canada’, which causes Colin to shoot staples at him as he exits
I love the juxtaposition of Chip doing some running exercises…then dropping it and leaving without a word.
Ryan: [smacks Colin]
Colin: [staples Ryan’s arms to his torso]
As Ryan sadly waddles off, Wayne’s laughing his ass off at this
A really strong Superheroes. All four were working off each other insanely well, Chip especially had some nice bits, and Colin was a fun proctor with his staple-shooting.
Drew: “1000 points to everyone but Colin on that one.”
Drew: “I’m gonna give him his points after the show, I’m gonna SING them to you.”
Colin: “…I LOVE YOU…”
Drew: “What? I can’t hear you, your shirt’s too loud.”
Colin, still won over, shakes his head: “What happened to us?”
Drew, as that cut off his intro for Duet, buzzes: “WHAT, SORRY, CAN’T HEAR YA.”
Yes, I know he was spiteful towards Ryan in this taping, but I’d forgotten Drew was so cruel to Colin as well.
Duet: Wayne and Chip sing to Laina, a camp counselor, as the Munchkins
Drew, hearing Laina’s a camp counselor, reveals he had a similar gig in Akron: “Lotta money in that.”
Laina, sarcastically agreeing: “oh, yeeeahh..”
Chip facepalms hearing he has to sing as the Munchkins. Not as good as his Richard Simmons reaction, though
Chip, gruff voice: “SHE KNOWS JUST WHAT SHE’S DOING
WHEN SHE TEACHES US CANOEING.”
Already, Wayne seems to not be on the same page as Laura and Linda, and them going into the main melody seems to catch him AND Chip very off-guard
So many silly little Wizard of Oz touches, especially Chip leaning over to Wayne’s side and going “IT’S TRUUUE!”, work here.
Drew: “I liked that little tableau at the end. That was two married guys clinging to that last bit of hope..”
A cute number, but…forgive me if I don’t rewatch it as much, since it was just a bit annoying at times. Still a great effort from Chip and Wayne, but…eesh.
Good Cop Bad Cop: Wayne has called Ryan and Colin over to his house to repair the dishwasher
A NEW GAME. ONE THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN PLAYED MORE OFTEN. Basically a fixed Old Job New Job variant, but a lot sillier
Colin enters and immediately smacks Wayne to the ground. Ryan’s going ‘HEY, HEY, HEY.’ Tonally, we’re there.
I love Colin pacing around like a vulture while Ryan is the calmer, more sensible person. I also love Ryan suggestion Wayne step over away from Colin as he comes around.
Ryan, very understanding: “Between you and me…you don’t think ya might’a overloaded it, do you?”
I also love Ryan coming away after this and letting Colin smack Wayne around
Ryan: “The place where you put your detergent, it closes, it appears to be stuck”
Colin, from across the stage: “WHAT?”
Ryan again comes away and lets Colin go in, which makes me laugh. Colin this time sticks Wayne’s head in the dishwasher, which is a very funny escalation.
The moment of released tension, when Ryan’s pulled Colin away from a crying Wayne, and Colin’s just tilted his head, angry as hell…that is perfect
Ryan asks Wayne if he set it for a short wash, and Wayne, before he goes further, looks over at Colin, knowing what’s about to happen. Colin then comes in and smashes plates over his head.
Wayne: “NO, PLEASE”
Colin: “BIG POT!”
BAM. Wayne goes down. This cracks me up.
Ryan: “Look, when he gets a big pot in his hand, I can’t control him!”
Wayne: “CAN’T YOU JUST FIX IT? THIS IS A *DISHWASHER!*”
That is this entire game in a nutshell. Wayne comes as a voice of reason, saying “it shouldn’t be this escalated.” And Colin, the center of escalation, shrugs. Perfect.
I love Ryan walking off after Wayne asks how he should get in the dishwasher, as if even the calm character is sick of this. And Colin, for a great final gag, closes Wayne in, and Wayne tumbles around.
I also love that Colin immediately helps Wayne up, and goes “nice work!” He knows he just put Wayne through the wringer, and that he performed like a pro. This is definitely a sign of Wayne leveling up from just being a choice for a regular…to BEING the spokesman for the show that he is now. Games like this one.
Also, this may be one of my favorite one-time games next to Video Player. So much is bare-bones improv magic in this, and so much is done so well between Ryan, Colin and Wayne. Also, during a later taping, they would play this game again, but with DREW as the straight man with Ryan and Colin. I would have LOVED to see that.
Sound Effects: Ryan is Noah and Colin is Mrs. Noah, they get the message to build and load the ark just before the big storm hits
So far, we’ve done three audience member playings of SFX. One has been classic, the other has been pretty good. This one…is closer to the former.
Aaaah, so I have some notes here about Ashley, who did SFX for Ryan in this game, including, well, the BIG ONE coming late in this game. This is not Ashley’s first WL rodeo. Ashley was sung to by Wayne during a S10 UK episode, the Patrick Bristow show. Ashley, according to a few taping accounts, was described by a few chief early whosers as “one of us”. Yes, folks…we’ve gotten to the point where the fans are directly interacting with the show. Believe me, this trend would continue to this very day (where modern day whosers like Angela and 12Medbe can be plainly spotted in the audience shots of Aisha episodes), but…Ashley here breaks the mold.
Ashley’s not the only original Whoser to do SFX, by the way. Elyse, a supplier of S5-era taping reports, was featured in a game of SFX from the Halloween taping (I think). But Ashley’s one of the few to do SFX AND make it to air. So that’s pretty cool.
Also, how the heck does Wayne not recognize Ashley? That taping was only like 2 years before this one!
Right, right, onto the game. And this is a good one, too.
Drew: “Ryan is Noah, and Colin is…”
Colin, knowing this show: “His wife!”
Drew: “Mrs. Noah, yes..”
Ryan starts the scene looking upward. Ashley, clearly having some improv/comedy knowledge, comes in with a heavenly “aaaAAAAahhh”. That is PERFECT.
Colin: “What was that?”
Ryan: [takes out headphones] “Sorry.”
Ryan: “I’m expecting rain soon.”
Colin: “Why, what have you heard?”
Kimberly, trying to do a thunder noise, just does a low roaring.
Colin, rubbing his stomach: “I’m hungry…”
Ryan: “Well, go cook up one of those goats for us, there’s three of them over there anyway.”
Ryan is really good at justification in scenes involving Noah’s Ark. From the amount of games of Secret, or whatever, involving Noah, he always includes so many fun comedy details just from the basis of there being 2 of every animal.
Colin: “I hate when they make the noise right as you cut their head off!”
Ryan, realizing he hasn’t yet, tells Colin he needs to build an ark: “and we haven’t got much time left, so I’m gonna build a VERY SMALL ARK.”
Colin goes to cut down a tree. Kimberly makes a sucking noise.
Ryan: “DON’T USE THE HOSE, USE THE AXE!”
Ryan tries cutting it down, and due to a false start by Ashley, has to pick up the head of the axe. Then, finally:
Ashley: “CRICK! CRICK! CRICK!”
Ryan: “…I’ve got a crick!”
Colin’s confusion over a mooing noise coming over as he’s about to call the ducks is…priceless.
Ryan: “Was that thunder?”
Colin: “No, I think that was the band next door, practicing…”
Dear god, I love this scene. They’re doing great sound effects, but Colin and Ryan’s justifications are just awesome
Ryan: “I thought I felt a drop of rain…”
Kimberly and Ashley: ‘pspspspspsps”
Ryan: “…GOOD, YOU GOT THE MICE!”
Colin, now testing them: “OH, HERE COME SOME HIPPOS!”
Kimberly and Ashley do a harsh, cacophony of loud sound
Then this visual happens:
Which is hysterical
Colin: “…we better get some throat lozenges…”
Ryan: “I don’t have time to build an ark, put ’em on the log, and we’ll get em all on the log.”
Colin: “won’t we need a bigger log?”
Ryan: “…who’s Noah, and who’s Noah’s wife?”
Not only is that a funny line, but it’s also a very meta line from Ryan, saying “he gave me the scene, so we’re doing it this way.” It’s very amusing
Ryan immediately apologizes, and kisses Colin’s character.
Kimberly: [kissing noises]
Ashley: “OHHHH. OHHHH YEAH. OHHH YEEAHHH.”
Colin: “If you notice, I’ve been practicing my ventriloquism so I can talk while we’re kissing!”
Ryan: “Go find two unicorns!”
Colin: “…LOOK AT THE SHEEP WITH THE CONE ATTACHED TO HIS HEAD! HE’S TRYING TO FOOL US!”
Colin calls for thunder once again, and gets a good one from Kimberly, nodding in approval.
Ryan, counting animals, reports under his breath that they’ve got “green alligators and long necked geese.” Which is a very, VERY obscure Canadian/Irish music reference. Thank you, Youtube comments.
I love the chain of events that leads Colin and Ryan off the log as it floats away. Colin points to ‘THAT”, which leads to a noise that confuses everyone.
Colin: “No, that beside it!”
Ryan: “This is never going to work, I guess we’re going to die.”
Colin: “Well, that seems awfully harsh.”
I got shades of the Alamo scene from that
Ryan, finally: “I guess it’s the way the Lord intended it [looking upward], right, My Lord?”
Ashley, gruff voice: “….yeah!”
BUZZ BUZZ BUZZ BUZZ
I love that right when Drew buzzes, Colin and Ryan look right at Ashley, very impressed, but also very confused.
Drew, postmortem: “I especially enjoyed the voice of God.”
Ryan, trying to imitate her: “aaaahh”
Drew, also trying: “HEYYY, WHAT’S GOIN ON DOWN THERE.”
I love that they love this as much as we do. Because it’s pretty great.
So…this is in my Top 3 US Sound Effects playings. Not just because of the YEAH bit. But also because it’s just top to bottom hysterical, with so many great lines and justifications from Colin and Ryan, amidst the surprisingly great SFX work from Kimberly and Ashley. Just…amazing stuff. This show is really impressing me so far.
Irish Drinking Song: Drew Carey
Drew: “…to a game called…I’m just warmin’ ya up, because now ya have to do THE IRISH DRINKING SONG!”
A perfect momentum carrier, even if this is a topic we’ve seen before.
Drew refers to Laura, with her sparkly top, as ‘Liberace’s sister’, which gets a VERY mixed response from the audience. And the closest I’ve ever seen to Laura NOT smiling, which would be a rarity.
I love that someone answered the ‘someone or something you’d really love to be’ prompt with “Drew Carey!”
Drew, setting the four up: “…remembering who signs the checks around here, let’s hear…”
Chip: “I’m handsome as a God!”
Ryan, rhyming: “my face looks like a cod!”
This is what we’re dealing with here, I presume
Wayne: “All the women love me.”
Chip: “AND ALL THE GUYS DO TOO.”
Colin: “Everybody loves me!”
Colin: “I’ll make everyone laugh.”
Ryan: “I’ll run around with my clothes off.”
Wayne, without a better line: “.HAHAHAHA HAHA.”
Colin: “Here, all my friends
Ryan: “Come live in my house”
Wayne: “Hey come on, ah, you!”
Chip, putting his arms around Wayne and Colin: “we’re all hung like a mouse!”
It just turns into an IDS about Drew just deciding to be nice to all the cast members, which is very wholesome
Ryan: “I’ll give them all my cars.”
Wayne: “I’ll let them sleep in my beds.”
Chip: “Cause I’m the greatest boss there is.”
Colin: “I’ll rub Colin’s head!”
YES! Such a fun, cute final line to send us off. Not dirty, not regrettable, just very wholesome for a group of people who, snark aside, really enjoy working with, and being friends with Drew.
It’s also very full-circle for a taping, and episode, involving some barbs being shared between Drew and Ryan & Colin. At the end of the day, they still love him, as long as he gets to rub Colin’s head in the end.
Such a fun IDS. I know I’ve been saying that about a lot of them, but just a really fun throughline and payoff.
Props: Chip and Wayne vs. Ryan and Colin
Drew, back to his old self, after declaring Colin the winner: “I dunno what happened either, some kinda mix-up…”
Colin, handing the props out: “I have a hundred ideas for both of them, but oh well!”
Ryan: “If we were thinner, we’d be dry…”
I kind of love the originality of the waves for Chip and Wayne’s Titanic one
And then this one:
Ryan: “YOU MUST TELL THE ENGLISH TO LEAVE NOW…”
Ryan, now very clear: “…WHILE I MAKE THE BUT-TEERRR!”
Drew loses it here. As do I. Not since Ryan’s UK S2 move of literally yelling “I’M A CONSTRUCTION WORKER!” have I seen Ryan this disgusted by an audience’s inability to get a Props joke
Drew finally does the one I thought of with Ryan and his prop: Bugs Bunny munching on a carrot. Ryan’s even impressed by this one.
I also thought Ryan mounting the prop on top of Drew as he cuts to commercial was pretty cute.
Solid Props round. A lot really worked in this one.
Overall: Season 2 had three 10/10 shows from me in 39 episodes. Season 3 already has three in 12 episodes. There’s definitely been an uptick in quality.
Anyway, this one was phenomenal. Duet sours things only slightly, but…regardless of my annoyance, it wasn’t with anything Wayne or Chip did. Their improv and singing abilities did not sour the game; it was my own personal preference. Literally everything else was top-of-the-line Whose Line, from the memorably strong Superheroes, to Good Cop Bad Cop, which SHOULD HAVE BEEN PLAYED MORE OFTEN, to a great IDS, to a solid Props, to one of my favorite Sound Effects they ever did. It’s not even the best show of the season, but it’s damn close, especially considering that even if I came in adoring another episode that came from this taping, this felt just as good, and very consistent with that show’s mood. The heights of this show just really impressed me, and made me laugh hard.
Show Winner: Colin
Best Performer: Ryan Stiles. It was nearly Chip, but Ryan was more of a driving force in this one, especially in SFX.
Worst Performer: Wayne Brady, despite GCBC.
Best Game: Sound Effects. You can tell how much I loved that scene by the fact that I loved Good Cop Bad Cop and Superheroes almost as much, and still give SFX the win.
Worst Game: Duet, for annoying me.
COMING UP NEXT: Well, that was a nice S3 show. Back into past tapings we go, as we have a leftover from the Africa taping to cover.