Whose Watchdown is it Anyway: S04E01, or What a Friendly Seagull!

The year 2019 is about to end, and I still wanna fit in one more Whose Line. Because it’s a really damn good one.

Season 4 is another strong one in terms of Whose Line, as it’s really the last one before the producers would bank wholeheartedly on guest stars and gimmicks for shows. Like S3, it relied upon a small bank of fourth seaters- Greg got 3 tapings, Kathy got 4 (including 1 that airs in S5), Chip got 3 (including a carryover from S3 and a carryover TO S5), Brad got 3, and Jeff got 1. Since there’s a lot of S3 carryover (like one whole Chip taping), some S4 tapings wouldn’t get their material shown until S5, where they’d sort of be passed off as S5 tapings. Also, we’d get a few S5 episodes thrown onto this season in advance. So…very complicated stuff going on.

Still, the producers of Whose Line definitely wanted to put their best foot forward at the beginning of Season 4, because S3 was so damn strong, and it ended even stronger than they thought, so they wanted to start with something that good…and they picked the right one. This episode, featuring the welcome return of Jeff Davis, comes from a pretty great taping, and features pretty much the absolute best material from it (not counting an Infomercial here or a Greatest Hits there). This one was one of the few non-guest-star additions to WB’s Best of Whose Line DVD from last decade, and I can definitely see why it’s on there.

Note that as Drew sits down, Jeff is doing his ‘audience controlling’ hand signals

Remote Control: Chicken
Wayne: South Park
Jeff: Televangelist
Colin: Game Show Network
Ryan: Jerry Springer show

A GAME WE HAVEN’T SEEN SINCE THE UK ERA, and one that always seemed to be an amusing deviation from Authors.

Wayne starts right in as Cartman.
Wayne: “I like chicken, but chicken don’t make me fat, chicken make me big-boned.”

Ryan: “So you figure it’s okay to go out and get laid, is that what you’re saying?”
[this would have been censored a year ago..]

I love Jeff trying to do a healing ritual on a chicken, and then:
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Colin’s in this round are just simple and quick, like “I’m sorry, you didn’t cluck in the form of a question…”

Wayne throws in Chef, Garrison and Mr. Hand. The guy knows his stuff

Jeff, reaching: “Open your books to…chicke-miah, chapter two…”
And then he finally happens on a good pun: “AND THE LORD SAID unto the chickens of Israel, THOU HAS BE-FOWLED THE EARTH.”
YES

Ryan: “Jerry, I’ve been plucking that chicken for two years now, and my wife didn’t know about it…”

Colin: “WHEEL…OF…POULTRY!”
Drew cuts Colin off here, and is losing it as he passes off to Ryan
Ryan: “and now for my final thought [pensive chicken noises]

Wayne is given the last spot, and does, as Cartman, as many chicken-related products as he can. Drew just keeps him going, and doesn’t buzz. Once Wayne starts to run out of steam, he realizes what’ll get Drew to buzz, and goes into a rendition of Kyle’s Mom that just BARELY wedges a curse: “BECAUSE KYLE’S MOM IS A BIIIIG…SHE’S A BIG FAT-”
BUZZ BUZZ BUZZ

Then, once they head back to the seats, you just hear Drew waving his arms broadway style and doing more of Kyle’s Mom. It’s like Ryan going ‘BIIIIIIRDMAN’. You forget what these guys are into

A really fun Remote Control round. Everyone had fun lines.

After this game, Drew announces “of course you know, this is not a game show, the points don’t matter, but tonight…100 dollar bills, anyone who wins a game. Wayne, you’re the winner..”
And so commences the taping’s runner- Drew just hands Wayne a 100 dollar bill, and Wayne’s absolutely in awe of it, going “IT’S REAL!”

Ryan asks to see it, Wayne hands it over, Ryan looks at it…and pockets it, muttering “that’s not a REAL 100 dollar bill..”
Of course, he throws it back after a beat

Let’s Make a Date: Jeff must choose from Wayne, a novelty singing bass fish, Colin, a temperamental actor having to do take after take of his big kissing scene with Wayne & Ryan, and Ryan, a series of death row inmates in a crowded jail cell welcoming new arrival Colin.

Odd that they don’t start with LMAD.

Drew: “yes, I cannot wait for you, Colin…”
Colin:
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I love Colin’s casual ‘oh, hi’ as Jeff starts. Colin couldn’t be less excited for this game

Wayne…uh…
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This is a classic. And it gets like 10 seconds of audience reaction.

Wayne interrupts Jeff’s 1st question and breaks into song, then goes right back to that same pose. He is SO damn good at this

Colin gives the audience a second to get his, then kneels down to Wayne. I love how the camera slowly zooms in on Colin and Wayne as Wayne smiles a little

Of course:
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I love the detail of the quirk card flying off the stool as he does this.
Also, why the stain on his side? Was there a water incident in an earlier game?

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Then, Colin gets up and looks at Ryan. And Ryan is staying stern, but has this small little head-shake no. Like, quietly, “please no”. And Colin kisses him anyway.
Colin, to an unnerved Ryan, “CAN I GET SOMETHING HERE?”

Colin exits to his trailer, which makes it awkward for Ryan, as his quirk involves Colin being there. So he’s trying to stay alert
Jeff: “I don’t like #2, because on our first date he’s going to kiss other men”

Ryan begins the question: “I’m not gonna take YOU-”
Then he hears Colin come back in from behind him, and buckles: “oh, you’re back, are ya?”

I love all the characters Ryan has in there, like the guy with the shower mirrors, the old guy, the crazy guy, and back to the mirror guy. He then opens the cell door and does a kissing noise.
Ryan: “I enjoyed the kiss.”
Colin: [does nothing]
Ryan: [slams door, denied, cracking a bit]

Wayne’s wooing words: “YES I REALLY LOVE YOU, WE COULD HAVE A BALL
WE COULD MAKE LOVE AND YOU COULD MOUNT ME ON YOUR WALL.”
HAHAHAHAHA. PERFECT.

Jeff: “Bachelor #2?”
Colin: “I’m not looking forward to scene 51…”
He then eyes Ryan, still lusting over him, and sighs

Colin then suddenly kisses Ryan, who isn’t any more prepared or okay with it. Then, as Colin kisses Wayne again, Ryan hangs himself.

Once the scene ends, Wayne breaks, gets back up on his stool and puts an arm around Colin

Then, for one of the first times [if not THE first time], Drew offers Altoid mints to anyone who just got kissed, and Ryan takes a few.

As Jeff guesses, Wayne and Colin collect some altoids themselves

Drew gives Colin the 100 dollar bill, and throws in a smooch as well.
Wayne barely stays in his seat after this.
Ryan: “That’s just dirty money, now…”
Drew, tauntingly: “How bad d’you want it, Mochrie? C’mon, get your dirty money…”

Wayne: “He kissed really nice…for a DUDE.”
Ryan: “I don’t think the TONGUE was necessary…”
Wayne, singing: “I’m in love with a Canadian maaan…”

Drew: “Just when you thought Will & Grace was the gayest show on TV…along comes Whose Line is it Anyway…”
Ryan makes a point that he’s got a wedding band, as do Colin and Wayne (at the time). Jeff and Drew do not. Once Ryan sees Jeff without one, he points and laughs.
Jeff:
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This is arguably one of the first Jeff moments where we can see the kind of performer he’d turn out to be- daring, fearless, and damn funny.

A really strong LMAD. All the quirks led to some good interactions, Wayne and Colin did top-tier work, and there was a ton of funny moments.

Drew sums up this show: “the points don’t matter, but the 100 dollar bills sure do…”

Sound Effects: Ryan is a husband and Colin is his heavily-pregnant wife at an amusement park when Colin suddenly goes into labor and has to get to the hospital

Michelle comes down and hugs Colin, and lets out a very audible ‘AAAAIIIIE YEEEAHHHHH!”
Ryan hugs Michelle, then goes to hug Colin but they awkwardly don’t. Heheh

I love Colin’s resigned headshake towards playing a woman again

The first part is Ryan and Colin doing the shooting range, and Michelle and Charlene can’t do the noises right. Either the silencer’s on or “there’s gum in there!”

Ryan: “Let’s go on the roller-coaster, that’ll get the baby going.”
Colin: “Let’s go on the big Scream-a-Whirl-a-Noise!”
Charlene: “WOOOOOO”
Colin: “It’s the loudest roller-coaster in the world!”

Ryan: [opens roller coaster apparatus]
Michelle: [ker-chip]
Ryan: “excuse me”

Ryan and Colin have to close the bar a few times to get a noise out of them. I love Michelle’s confused ‘C-CLICK?”

Michelle: “SSSSHHHHHHH bum.”
Ryan, thinking it’s over, starts to lift up his bar: “Okay”
Colin: “MY WATER BROKE.”
AHAHAHAHA. PERFECT MOVE.

Ryan: “And we’re stuck at the top, what a time for your water to break!”
Colin: “Well, IT WASN’T LIKE I WAS PLANNING THIS 9 MONTHS AGO MISTER-”

I love Ryan trying to put on the gloves, and Charlene doing feeble sound effects so he just keeps trying to get them to stay on
Colin: “You brought the laughing gloves!”

Ryan: “Alright, we’re gonna need hot water, but we’re on top of a-”
Charlene, randomly: “SHHHHHHH”
Ryan, taking it: “OH, THAT WAS HANDY. THANK YOU!”
Colin: “WHAT A FRIENDLY SEAGULL.”
This cracks Ryan up, but he has to keep with it

Ryan: “Wait, I think I see the head!”
Charlene and Michelle: “…BRAAAAAAHHHHH”
Colin: “Oh, isn’t it smart?”
HAHA. I love this one so much. Colin’s just shaking his head, not believing it either

Ryan asks Colin to push, and Michelle throws in this VERY CLOSE TO THE MIC breathing which cracks everyone up

Ryan: “IT’S COMING!”
Charlene: “AAAAAAAAAAH.”
Colin, not sure:
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Ryan, with a line that will never not send me into hysterics: “IT’S THE COPS!”
And Ryan just shoots at them.
Colin: “NO, DON’T SHOOT!”
Drew is dying at this point. I don’t blame him

Somehow, it’s Colin who has the most genius move. As they’re still up on the rollercoaster, he realizes they should actually get to the hospital, and says “Oh, there’s a ladder, why don’t we climb down?”
AND THEN HE DOES THIS:
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[FFWWP]
And Ryan…not only cracks, but gets ANGRY
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And believe me, I know why he gets so mad- I’ve been in a scene where my scene partner has done something so stupid and GOOD that it makes you mad that they thought of it and got away with it. So I get that face.
I also get Drew’s:
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They get down the ladder, and Ryan’s still kinda gone, looking at Colin with a mixture of scorn and jealousy

Ryan: “TAXI!”
Michelle” “AIIIIIGH”
Ryan: “PUT YOUR PANTS BACK ON!”
ANOTHER GREAT MOVE
Ryan: “…they’re SCREAMING at you with a baby hanging out of you like that, TAXI!!”

Charlene throws in a screeching noise, and Ryan and Colin are very confused what that means.
Ryan: “…I THINK THAT SCREECHED TO A HALT, IF I’M NOT MISTAKEN.”

They get into the taxi
Michelle: “JAM!”
Ryan: “…you sat on a cockatoo!”
I love the randomness of that line.

Ryan: “Alright, take us to the hospital, quick!”
Both Michelle and Charlene start doing screeching and near-animal noises. I love Ryan’s tired, exhausted reaction.

Then, as they get out of the taxi, Charlene throws in a ‘BAM!’
Ryan, without a better idea, clutches his side, yelling “SOMEONE SHOT ME!”
Dear lord.
As the audience applauds, you just hear Ryan go “WHY WOULD SOMEONE SHOOT ME?”
Then, as he has a moment, Ryan remembers the other part of the scene and pushes the baby back up Colin, because we needed one more of those.

The scene ends, and…that was hysterical. One of the funniest SFX playings in the show’s history, and one of the few where some of the humor came from the strength of the SFX, and some came from just Colin and Ryan making each other laugh. It felt very advanced, and a lot stronger than some other ‘we react’ scenes. One of my favorites for sure.

Drew passes Ryan and Colin a 100 each, and Ryan immediately goes “let’s give it to the girls”, so they go up into the audience and give them to Michelle and Charlene.

We cut to Drew and he looks very awkward.
Ryan: “Oh, I’m sorry, did you want that back at the end of the show??”
Drew: “No, you just saved me $200 dollars, I was about to do that and now I don’t have to..”
Colin: “…hey, that was our money!”

Doo-Wop: Jeff, Wayne and Colin sing about Peggy, who died in a freak taxidermy accident

This is the first playing of this by the new rules- Drew asks for a woman’s name and a hobby, and they use those.

Wayne: “She would read all of the books from the shelf
I remember the day she stuffed herself.”

Jeff: “Ooh, Peggy, I remember when she died
I opened her up and I reached up inside
I stuffed that girl, arms and legs and head and all
Now that girl sits up on my wall.”
Fantastic verse from Jeff

Colin debuts his drastic bass voice for his verses

Colin mentions: “I didn’t have the chance to slip you the tongue.”
And his punchline: “next time you stuff a tiger make sure that he’s dead.”
HA

Then, as Wayne goes back up, Colin debuts his bass ‘buh-buh-buh-buh’, which he’s kept using to this day

Jeff gets the dollar there, which he deserves

Drew: “Thanks Colin, I love the way your cheeks go [imitates the buh-buh-buh bit]
Ryan: “You should have seen from behind, they were around the sides of his head…I’M SAYING IT’S A GIFT.”
Colin: “yeah…”

Colin’s fine without the 100 (this must have been late in the show), so Drew throws it into the audience
Ryan: “THAT’S *MY* DOLLAR!”
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A really damn good Doo-Wop, and a great standard for future playings.

Props: Wayne & Colin vs. Ryan & Drew

Jeff is controlling the audience response at the desk, telling them when to start and stop the applause. He’s a NATURAL.

Wayne starts with a favorite:
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Wayne: “ANIMAL! ANIMAL!”

This is such an energetic round of this: even mundane ones, like ‘the clean and jerk’ or ‘wrestling belts’ are coming off as fun. Also, this probably the best ‘King Kong on the Empire State Building’ one.

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I love Colin, man

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Ryan: “Lemme tell ya, this is a hard stone to pass…”
HOORAY FOR PROPS RUNNERS

Drew, as he sends off, is spitting out bits of a prop.

A really strong Props, one of the better ones we’ve had. It’s always nice when they’ve got enough energy to make even the mundane ones fun.

Overall: Last season we had to wait 2 shows for our first 10/10. We don’t even have to wait that long this season, because MAN is this good. Two games are classics, the other three are among the best playings of that specific game. The $100 bill runner is a classic, and carries into the other shows from this taping. Jeff had more moments where you can see how important he’s gonna be to later seasons of WL. The looseness of S3 carried over to here, where lots of fun things happened between games, the Altoids came out, and it felt like a really fun environment. And plus, you have the hook of that Let’s Make a Date, and the hilarity of that Sound Effects, to have people coming back for years anyway. A personal favorite episode, and one that seems to be remembered fondly by the fanbase as well.

Show Winner: Jeff
Best Performer: Colin juuust beats Wayne for those Props moments. The most live moments of the show (Colin grabbing Wayne, pushing up the baby) came from him.
Worst Performer: Ryan had solid moments, but felt like a bystander in many games.
Best Game: Sound Effects. It’s very close to my heart, but I can’t say it’s worse than anything else here.
Worst Game: Uhhh…GOD THIS IS TOUGH. Nothing here is even remotely bad. Let’s just say Remote Control cause it’s the most self-contained? But even that one’s awesome.

COMING UP NEXT: First Kathy episode of the season, and suffice to say they do her dirty. Luckily there’s a new game and a classic SFAH moment.

Playing Editor: Whose Line Season 3

Like I did for Season 2, I decided to play detective with the numerous tapings from Season 3, and tried to determine what wasn’t played, when things were played, and countless other things.

301 Taping: Greg Proops
E14 Games: Superheroes, Film TV and Theater Styles, Hats/Dating Service Video, Greatest Hits, and World’s Worst
E26 Games: Sound Effects, Song Styles, Scenes From A Hat, Improbable Mission, Three-Headed Broadway Star, and Props
S04E11 Games: Let’s Make A Date, Newsflash, Whose Line, Weird Newscasters, and Irish Drinking Song
Probable Unaired Games: Film Dub, Party Quirks, Questionable Impressions, Scene with an Audience Member and Moving People are all good guesses. Also, no Hoedowns! As far as Drew games are concerned, I don’t see Questions Only, 90-Second Alphabet or Foreign Film Dub. And you have to think they did a second 3HBS with Drew.  For a taping that seemed to be out of Drew games by the third episode, there’s a lot of Drew-based potential here, so you kinda have to wonder what went wrong. There’s enough for a fourth show.

302 Taping: Kathy Greenwood:
E1 Games: Weird Newscasters, Song Styles, Scenes From A Hat, What Are You Trying To Say?, Party Quirks, and Irish Drinking Song
E8 Games: Film TV and Theatre Styles, Song Styles, Narrate, Newsflash, Motown Group, and Hoedown
E17 Games: Questions Only, Sound Effects, Three-Headed Broadway Star, Scenes Cut From A Movie, The Millionaire Show, and Hoedown
E28 Games: Let’s Make A Date, Scene With An Audience Member, Props, Greatest Hits, and Foreign Film Dub
Probable Unaired Games: Film Dub? Whose Line? Moving People? Most of regulation seems like it made it into shows. Drew probably played 3HBS, World’s Worst or 90-Second Alphabet.

303 Taping: Chip Esten
E2 Games: Let’s Make A Date, Scene With An Audience Member, Sound Effects (with audience members), Motown Group, and Three-Headed Broadway Star
E16 Games: Film TV and Theatre Styles, Duet, Song Titles, Party Quirks, Greatest Hits, and Hoedown
E33 Games: Superheroes, Duet, Scenes Cut From A Movie, Greatest Hits, and Hoedown
S04E18 Games: Weird Newscasters, Title Sequence, Scenes From A Hat, Improbable Mission, Irish Drinking Song, and Props
Unaired Games: Hair Transplant IDS, Moving People, a bit more SFAH, another 3HBS, possibly Whose Line and Questions Only. I honestly think this would have been enough for another show, and you could even do the British Monarchy Credit Reading
Taping Report Source: https://web.archive.org/web/20020707045958/http://www.angelfire.com/tv2/whoselineisitanyway/tapings/taping1.html

304 Taping: Jeff Davis
E7 Games: Weird Newscasters, Scenes From A Hat, Party Quirks, Greatest Hits, and Hoedown
E15 Games: Let’s Make A Date, Whose Line, Props, Sound Effects (With Audience Members), Duet, and Hoedown
E20 Games: Questionable Impressions, Film TV and Theatre Styles, Irish Drinking Song, Duet, Newsflash, Hoedown, and Foreign Film Dub
Probable Unaired Games: Narrate, Moving People, Scene with an Audience Member, Motown Group, and definitely Three-Headed Broadway Star, either with or without Drew. I also wonder if they did Scenes Cut from a Movie here. Drew also probably played something like 90-Second Alphabet or World’s Worst.

305 Taping: Greg Proops
E4 Games: Weird Newscasters, Sound Effects (With Audience Members), Song Styles, Newsflash, Irish Drinking Song, and World’s Worst
E5 Games: Survival Show, Scenes From A Hat, Reunion, Greatest Hits, and Props
E23 Games: Let’s Make A Date, Narrate, Song Styles, The Millionaire Show, and Hoedown
E32 Games: Superheroes, Film TV and Theatre Styles, Wedding, Greatest Hits, and Three-Headed Broadway Star
Possible Unaired Games: Questionable Impressions, Whose Line, Scene with an Audience Member, Film Dub, Moving People, Improbable Mission, Party Quirks, 3HBS with Colin. With Drew, his IDS, Foreign Film Dub, and possibly a 90-second Alphabet. Yeah, this is enough for another episode.

306 Taping: Brad Sherwood
E6 Games: Let’s Make A Date, Duet, Infomercial, Scenes Cut From A Movie, Irish Drinking Song, and Foreign Film Dub
E25 Games: Weird Newscasters, Doo Wop, Narrate, Greatest Hits, and Props
S05E24 Games: Superheroes, Sound Effects (with audience members), Title Sequence, If You Know What I Mean, Film Dub, Scenes from a Hat, and Hoedown
Probable Unaired Games: Film, TV & Theater Styles, Questionable Impressions, Scene with an Audience member, Whose Line, Three Headed Broadway Star (Drew or no), a second Duet (?), Quick Change, Song Titles. Drew probably played 90-Second Alphabet,  a 3HBS, and possibly an IDS. If it weren’t for the WOOOO show making this taping difficult to edit, we’d have gotten a fourth.

307 Taping: Greg Proops:
E19 Games: Hollywood Director, Song Styles, Sound Effects (With Audience Members), Hats, and Three-Headed Broadway Star
E21 Games: Weird Newscasters, Two-Line Vocabulary, Party Quirks, Greatest Hits, and Props
E31 Games: Superheroes, Song Styles, Improbable Mission, Scenes From A Hat, and Hoedown
S08E10 Games: Award Show, Newsflash, Irish Drinking Song, Hats, Film Dub, Greatest Hits, and World’s Worst
Unaired Games: APPRAISAL. The lost, never-aired Greg centric game. Would have loved to see this one. Also, they never aired the LMAD from this taping for some reason, which is sad because all 3 quirks sound great.
Source: http://www.angelfire.com/tv2/lkkwliia/us/s3/T09_15_2002.html

308 Taping: Kathy Greenwood
E29 Games: Film TV and Theatre Styles, Song Styles, The Millionaire Show, Motown Group, and Hoedown
E38 Games: Weird Newscasters, Song Styles, Action Replay, Party Quirks, and Hoedown
S04E04 Games: Questions Only, Sound Effects (with audience members), Scenes From A Hat, Greatest Hits, and Irish Drinking Song
S08E17 Games: Let’s Make A Date, Whose Line, Props, Greatest Hits, and Foreign Film Dub
Unaired Games: Narrate, Improbable Mission, Moving People, Scene with an Audience Member, Newsflash, Film Dub, Three Headed Broadway Star. Possibly two-line? With Drew, World’s Worst or 90-Second Alphabet.

309 Taping: Chip Esten
E12 Games: Superheroes, Duet, Good Cop/Bad Cop, Sound Effects (With Audience Members), Irish Drinking Song, and Props
S04E03 Games: Weird Newscasters, Narrate, Duet, Infomercial, Hoedown, Three-Headed Broadway Star
S04E19 Games: Let’s Make A Date, Motown Group, Song Titles, Scenes From A Hat, and Hoedown
S06E09 Games: Film TV and Theatre Styles, Title Sequence, Action Replay, Greatest Hits, and 90 Second Alphabet
Unaired Games: Scene with an Audience Member, because of accents. Party Quirks is a pretty big omission. Easter Bunny IDS or Questions Only is the Drew game. There also could be more GH and SFAH. I don’t know if it’s enough for another episode, as there’s a lack of a strong opener.
Taping Report Source: https://web.archive.org/web/20020708153025/http://www.angelfire.com/tv2/whoselineisitanyway/tapings/taping3.html

310 Taping: Brad Sherwood
E18 Games: Weird Newscasters, Award Show, If You Know What I Mean, Greatest Hits, and Props
E24 Games: Superheroes, Two-Line Vocabulary, Scenes From A Hat, Greatest Hits, and Three-Headed Broadway Star
E30 Games: Hollywood Director, Duet, Sound Effects (with audience members), Three-Headed Broadway Star, and Quick Change
Probable Unaired Games: Let’s Make a Date definitely, as its absence as an opener is felt. Also, no Irish Drinking Songs or Hoedowns from this taping made it out, which is weird. A Ryan/Colin game, like Whose Line, Moving People or Narrate was probably played. We’re also missing Scene with an Audience Member, Film Dub, Title Sequence, Motown Group, a second Duet, a tap-out game like Questionable Impressions or Song Titles, potentially Scene with an Audience Member, and Party Quirks. Drew played one of the aforementioned singing tentpoles, Foreign Film Dub and possibly 90-Second Alphabet. This may have needed a fifth.

311 Taping: Kathy Greenwood
E27 Games: Questions Only, African Chant, The Millionaire Show, Scenes From A Hat, and Hoedown
E35 Games: Hollywood Director, Infomercial, Action Replay, Greatest Hits, and Props
S04E12 Games: Weird Newscasters, Song Styles, Newsflash, Greatest Hits, and Hoedown
S07E12 Games: Let’s Make A Date, Sound Effects (with audience members), Motown Group, Helping Hands, and Foreign Film Dub
Unaired Games: Another show that didn’t air Party Quirks, mostly because this one was apparently bad. Also, a Three Headed Broadway Star game was played both with Colin and with Drew. They also played Good Cop Bad Cop again this show, which would have been fun to see again…but as a Drew game. Which is interesting. Drew also played 90-Second Alphabet. There also seems to be a bit left in SFAH.
Source: https://web.archive.org/web/20020708153210/http://www.angelfire.com/tv2/whoselineisitanyway/tapings/taping4.html

312 Taping: Chip Esten
E5 Games: Hollywood Director, Duet, Narrate, Themed Restaurant, Greatest Hits, and Three-Headed Broadway Star
E22 Games: Superheroes, Sound Effects (with audience members), Three-Headed Broadway Star, Whose Line, Irish Drinking Song, and Helping Hands
S04E05 Games: Let’s Make A Date, Duet, Scene To Rap, Party Quirks, Doo-Wop, and Props
S08E02 Games: Weird Newscasters, Title Sequence, Scenes From A Hat, Greatest Hits, and Hoedown
Probable Unaired Games: Scene with an Audience Member, Whose Line, Newsflash, Action Replay, Song Titles. Drew must have played World’s Worst, Foreign Film Dub, and the remnants of the other Hoedown.

313 Taping: Euphegenia Doubtfire
E9 Games: Hollywood Director, Song Styles, Party Quirks, Scenes from a Hat, Props
Unaired Games: LOTS OF THEM. Let’s go through ’em all:
-Weird Newscasters. Robin climbs onto a light near the audience and nearly dies.
-Let’s Make a Date. Robin, like the theme, overpowered everyone here
-Another Duet- this one a blues number
-Greatest Hits (Astronaut)
-TWO DIFFERENT ROUNDS of Three-Headed Broadway Star
-Motown Group- Racecar driver
-HATS. HATS. MORK-RELATED HATS.
-Questionable Impressions. With Robin. How do you not air that?
-Foreign Film Dub
-Newsflash with ROBIN in the field.
-Action Replay- pairs were Wayne and Colin and Robin and Ryan, which would have been fun to see.
-Film, TV & Theater Styles
To say you could get 2 more shows from this is an understatement, and this is without the fact that you can probably get more from SFAH.
Source:
https://web.archive.org/web/20050308041440/http://www.colinmochrie.com/media/transcripts_tapings.html#T9

318 Taping: Chip Esten
S04E09 Games: Hollywood Director, Duet, Song Titles, Scenes From A Hat, and Hoedown
S06E10 Games: Superheroes, Duet, Weird Newscasters, Newsflash, Irish Drinking Song, and Themed Restaurant
S07E09 Games: Let’s Make A Date, Film TV and Theatre Styles, Doo-Wop, Greatest Hits, and Props
Unaired Games: Whose Line was played. Party Quirks sounds so fun that it SHOULD have aired. Sound Effects. Moving People and Action Replay (yes, these were played after Hollywood Director). There’s enough for more Greatest Hits. They also dug Telethon out of the archives, which I would have loved to see. They did 90-Second Alphabet as a Drew game. Also, 3HBS was partially inspired by Ryan’s back injury.
Source:
https://web.archive.org/web/20020517083210/http://www.angelfire.com/tv2/whoselineisitanyway/tapings/taping6.html

Whose Watchdown is it Anyway: S03E39, or ROOOOOOOOULETTE. OF. LOOOOOVE.

I started S1 of US Whose Line in July, and I’m finishing S3 in December. Sounds about right.

Season 3 of Whose Line was, as I recalled, pretty damn strong, with a few less moments of ineptitude than S2, and a bit more of a solidified rep company. Wayne Brady had his best season to date in S3, and is beginning to get the hang of mastering his presence on the show, even if this remains largely a Ryan-Colin-centric season. And limiting the recurring fourth seaters to just five was an experiment that paid off, as each fourth seater brought something different to the show, didn’t skew the proceedings downward, and led to different high points of the season. It’s not like Denny Siegel in S2, where all of hers kinda pointed downward. Everyone had high points (Greg in 3×31) and low points (…Greg in 3×32).

And so we end S3 with another peek into S4, with a Brad Sherwood taping whose material we’d see in its ENTIRETY, with 5 episodes airing from this taping, pecking it clean.

All of Drew’s contestant intros as ABBA-themed. Very classy

Let’s Make a Date: Brad must choose from Wayne, a violently jealous woman who keeps catching people making eyes at her boyfriend Colin, who himself is the severed head of an evil genius kept alive in a lab launching his plans for world domination, and Ryan, a castaway who washes up on the Whose Line set and must use whatever he finds to survive

As you can see, in S4 the quirks get a lot wordier.

Let’s make something clear first off: this isn’t the first game of the taping. We start with Hollywood Director. Something in Hollywood Director factors directly into this game, and I’m surprise there’s not more attention drawn to it

Wayne’s polite giggle before tearing the audience member a new one for looking at Colin is a perfect little move. He’s great at quirks like this

Colin’s on his stool for all of Wayne’s quirk, as if not to give it away, but then once Brad questions him:
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Two funny things happen while the audience is reacting to Colin’s quirk
1. Wayne starts petting his hair out of shot.
2. Brad starts talking about how he loves someone with ‘A FULL HEAD OF HAIR”

Colin: “The first people to go will be the people that make HAIR CRACKS.”

Wayne does end up scratching Colin’s nose for him, and babying him, which allows Colin to alternate between diabolical and adoring

Brad: “Thank you, #2, I’m sure that stool smells great!”
Colin:
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Ryan knows that Wayne’s already using Colin as part of his, but he nevertheless makes Colin into Wilson. Because how can he NOT? He’s already in that position.

Ryan: “YOU’LL be my friend!”
Colin, being Colin: “WHAT THE HELL. I ain’t got no body.”
HA
Ryan, smirking: “IT TALKS TO ME.”

Ryan realizes he needs a place to live, then goes over to Wayne and Brad’s seats, saying “THIS’LL BE MY BATHROOM.” And he proceeds to piss in Brad and Wayne’s water jug. Also, he may or may not have spat in it as well.
DIRECTLY BEFORE THIS GAME, Ryan and Colin’s water jug got taken down in a game of Director, and Brad and Wayne were very pompously pouring themselves water. So this was Ryan’s payback. Wayne has a wry smile as Ryan starts, and he kinda glances at Brad.This is also referenced in Brad’s follow-up line: “…I’m no longer thirsty.”

Wayne: “My secret fantasy would have to be your body…with my little baldy-waldy head on it…”
Both Colin and Brad shake their heads

Wayne rushes into the audience to yell at someone else in “the fourth row”, comes back to cradle Colin…and we get this amazing shot:
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Brad: “…that was only the third row.”
Wayne realizes this and tries not to laugh.
Brad: “BUT WHO’S COUNTING…”

Brad: “Bachelor #2…I LOVE A MAN WITH A REEEEAL SEXY BODY.”
Colin:
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[I’m gone]
Brad: “DESCRIBE YOUR BODY IN GREAT DETAIL TO ME.”

The game ends with Ryan paddling away with Wayne’s shoes and Colin, which is a fantastic visual:
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BUZZ
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Ryan: [breaks]

Brad describing Colin as “an evil head who wants to rule the universe” is arguably sillier than what it said on the card

An overpowering, all-time-great LMAD, with funny stuff from every contestant, both rounds, and all four. It was worth getting the whole 6.5 minute round.

Drew gives extra points to Wayne “so he can take row-finding lessons”

Brad: “Can we get new water?”
Drew: “NOPE. Sure can’t.”

Two-Line Vocabulary: Colin is performing a life-or-death operation on a powerful mob boss, Ryan is the anesthesiologist, and Brad is the nurse assisting him
Brad must say: “Is it always that big?” or “I don’t think that’s a good idea.”

Ryan must say: “Run that by me again” or “Who needs this?”

Colin: “Alright, we’ve really got to concentrate on this”
Brad: “I don’t think that’s a good idea.”

Colin: “If we don’t save this man, his people will kill us.”
Ryan: “who needs this?”
Colin: “EXACTLY.”

Colin pulls back to reveal the body
Brad, quite obviously: “is it really that big?”

The back-and-forth here is just as strong as last playing, with Brad and Ryan knowing the exact timing to come in with their other line

Brad throws in the ‘give Colin the scalpel pointy-end-up’ gag, which helps

Colin, with the body open: “There’s the trouble”
Ryan, taking out the heart: “Who needs this?”
A GENIUS MOVE

Ryan and Colin get in a back-and-forth argument, with Colin calling him a moron.
Brad: “I don’t think THAT’s a good idea…”

A solid playing of this, though a few steps back from last time.

Greatest Hits: Songs of Las Vegas

So…Drew just starts randomly cracking up in the middle of his game description. No one seems to know why, but it amuses everyone.

Ryan: “I’ve been playing the slots all weekend- I SAID *SLOTS*.”
Colin: “Thank goodness…I was worried…”

Colin has some build-up for his AC/DC song, saying it spent “5 days in the #1 position”
The audience does the innuendo work here
Ryan: “WHO HASN’T!”

Colin’s title, “I Dropped My Chips in your Nuts”, gets a big smile out of Ryan

Brad’s Brian Johnson impression is pretty good.

Brad, similar to “A Squirrel Chewed My Bag”, cracks up by the time he has to say “until my nuts went back”
Wayne and Brad take a moment, and Brad adjusts his vocal chords for a moment, as Ryan just looks at Drew

Brad: “AND I’M LOSING MY VOICE…RIGHT ON STAGE.
SOMETHING BOUT CHIPS AND NUTS…AND YOU CAN’T SAY NUTS, UNLESS YOU’RE TALKING BOUT THE KIND YOU EAT.”
And with that, Brad shakes his head and kneels down, crumbling, and trying to feel his throat again

Ryan asks Colin: “What do you get when a smurf relieves yourself on your lawn?”
Colin: “…crab grass?”
Ryan: “NO, BLUEGRASS.”
THE ENTIRE AUDIENCE: “AUUUUGHHH”

Brad, bluegrass style: “She’s lookin awfully good
I’m really sportin’ wood-”
Wayne:
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[they censor ‘wood’. Because of course they do]

Colin, referring to ‘sporting wood’ I imagine: “…they don’t write ’em like that anymore…”

Colin: “You know…they say that music helps soothe…the savage beast.”
Ryan, confused: “WHO’S THEY?”
Colin: “The same people that say “No, they won’t ride up!”

Ryan has a truly bad Supremes pun, and looks at someone offscreen who has a particularly harsh reaction to it

Colin intros the Motown song and disaster strikes: he pauses for 5 seconds, and has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. The pause continues. Ryan’s just watching to make sure he’s alright.
Eventually, Colin begins to emit sound in the slowest possible speed: “…….ROOOOOOOOOOOUUULETTE….OF….LOOOOOOOOOOVE.”
Ryan:
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The Supremes number is Brad and Wayne’s best of the night, as they’re both musically in sync, the tune is very fun, and Wayne includes a ‘bet on black’ joke.

A pretty great Greatest Hits. The Colin-Ryan banter was super sharp and fun, Wayne and Brad were loose enough to allow for crack-ups, but sharp enough for allow for that final number, and there were several great moments throughout.

World’s Worst: Super Bowl Halftime Show

[…so Maroon 5?]

This is a nice step up for Brad: This is the only game all night he’s not appeared in. Yay for fourth-seaters!

Ryan, doing the echo: “AND NOW now now…LADIES AND GENTLEMAN gentlemen….HOOOOOOEDOWNDOWNDOWNDOWN”
I love this one so much.

Drew, Sylvester the Cat voice: “THEEEEE THUN’LL COME OOOOUT-”
BUZZZ

Wayne does some air-drumming that’s a direct reference to a game of Duet from this taping which won’t air for a while.

Drew: [sobbingly sings ‘the Entertainer’ while taking off his jacket]
Wayne: [watches]

Colin: [does a mime act]
BUZZZZZZZ

A very silly, very fun WW.

Overall: Not even the lowest amount of games to date could stop me from enjoying this episode. If anything, it let the two longer games, LMAD and Greatest Hits, breathe without much need to edit them, which is nice. I got a full, complete picture of that LMAD, and it deserved it. We also got some amusing supplementary games, but even they felt charged by the tentpoles. It just felt like a wholly monumental, strong show that barely squeezes into my Top 10 right before the close of the season.

Show Winner: Brad
Best Performer: This was pretty spread out, but Brad felt like he had the best presence tonight, even getting laughs from proctoring in LMAD and BUZZING in WW.
Worst Performer: This is too close, because nobody really had human moments. Honestly, since Ryan had the most deferred moments, I’ll go with him.
Best Game: Let’s Make a Date was masterful.
Worst Game: Two-Line was the most basic.

SEASON 3 SUPERLATIVES!
Best Episode: E9, the Robin Williams episode, brimming with the littlest moments, the funniest moments, and so many once-in-a-lifetime moments with Williams interacting with the regulars, AND Colin surprising him.
2nd Best Episode: E38, the Neon Light episode, for being much more than just one silly game, and having impressive playings of Weird Newscasters, and a career-high Action Replay, to lead into the infamous game of Party Quirks. Above all else it felt rewarding, and substantial.
3rd Best Episode: E26, the Whistle on Cue show, taking a deadly runner involving Ryan and stretching it throughout, throwing in great rounds of SFAH and 3HBS, and including a strong, ridiculous Improbable Mission, all while showcasing the looseness that S3 came to represent.
Worst Episode: E32. Not a single game worked in this one. Even Greatest Hits felt a bit off.
Episode Most Worthy of Another Look: Episode 17, which is, on paper, a quieter Kathy show, but it includes so many deep-cut games and moments that deserve more attention, as well as having the best Scenes Cut from a Movie.
Best Taping: The 310 taping with Brad Sherwood, as it gave us episodes 18, 24 and 30, all of which are great.
Taping We Wish We’d Have Seen More Of: OBVIOUSLY the Robin Williams taping. There’s still two shows worth of stuff from there left.
Best Regular: Colin Mochrie, with 16 show wins over Ryan’s 14.
Best Fourth-Seater: Brad Sherwood, second season in a row, although Chip came very close. Brad just felt very omnipresent in his episodes this year.
Best Guest Star: Robin Williams, E9. Because who else am I putting here?
Episodes Ranked: See my Twitter, @WLIIAWatchdown

Coming Up Next: Season 4 begins with one of my all-time favorite Whose Lines of all time. It doesn’t rely on a game-based runner, there’s not one single game that everyone remembers…but the entire episode is the stuff of Whose Line legend. And it also marks the return of a guy who had a great first showing in S3.

Whose Watchdown is it Anyway: S03E38, or You Wouldn’t Happen to Have a Suture Around the House, Would You?

After a landmark show with E37, we get another all-time classic, from the same taping as E29. Even then, you could see brief foreshadowing of this episode if you were to have an eagle eye in establishing shots.

Also, very weird that S3 is two episodes from ending and we’re ending it with this sudden boost of awesomeness.

Also, a note that this one aired a MONTH after 3×37, for whatever programming reasons in May 2001.

Oddly enough, as Drew comes downstage, the neon light is LIT. So this must have been a true opening standup? So the others were done for reshoots?

Weird Newscasters: Colin anchors, Kathy, has had one drink too many at lunch and has lost all her inhibitions, co-anchors, Wayne, an ugly hillbilly desperate to get someone to accept his marriage proposal, does sports, while Ryan, Indiana Jones in the middle of a hair-raising quest, does weather

Drew: “Wayne, you are an ugly hillbilly.”
I love his reaction, just motioning to the crowd
Drew: “And you will be PLAYING…an ugly hillbilly…desperate to get someone to accept his marriage proposal”
Wayne, now laughing: “OH, THERE’S *MORE*?”
Drew: “No, you’re not JUST an ugly hillbilly…”

Colin introduces himself as ‘Lars of the Mohicans’, which has Drew laughing well into his opening joke: “According to a statement released by the National Viagra Association, contrary to popular belief, the points DO matter.”
HA

Kathy, already gone: “…you called me beautiful…”
Colin: “well, it was on the card.”

Kathy’s is great, as she has the character down, and does some excellent drunk ballet dancing

Wayne, immediately:
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good god

With Wayne, you know what’s coming. Any buildup will lead to one thing, and you know what it is. So the buildup is great, and that character is fun…but you’re just waiting him to turn to Drew. Which he does.
Drew:
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Screen Shot 2019-12-28 at 4.03.27 PM.pngI love how reluctant Drew is as Wayne drags him onstage.

I do love Wayne’s cute hillbilly banjo song he rolls off, with lines like “and we can even share my tooth”. It ends with Wayne trying to kiss Drew and Drew pulling away…for a beat…until finally Drew relents and they do a kiss with backs to the camera

Then, right as Wayne eases out of it, he jumps around like hell. I kinda love whenever Wayne does a character like this

Colin: “This just in: hillbilly viewership down..”

Colin: “Now, why don’t we go over to the weather, with our weatherman, Bud Ugly- Bud?”
Ryan:
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[I didn’t think we’d have a second contender for game of the show, but this one’s just phenomenal all around]

Ryan: “As you can see we had a major earthquake today, an 8.1…shakes…why does it have to be shakes..”
HA

I love Ryan’s Indiana Jones stunts, like hanging off the camera crane from his whip, and then walking on the four chairs in the back. Then he scales the audience behind Drew.

Then, he grabs an audience member’s purse, goes to Drew’s desk and tries to do the ‘weight switch’ thing from Raiders. Drew, just on-surface knowing Ryan wants his mug, goes “NO!”
Then…he does the weigh switch very slowly…takes the mug and takes a VERY LONG DRINK FROM IT.

This was like a 6 minute game, and it didn’t feel like it. Every anchor/person had something fun to do, Wayne had a big stretch to shine, and Ryan did one of his most dynamic WN quirks in a while

Drew: “…can I have another soda PLEASE?”
Wayne, hillbilly voice: “I’LL GET YOU ONE, HONEY.”
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Song Styles: Wayne sings to Chris, who reviews video games, as Britney Spears

Chris’ website, DailyRadar was absorbed and shut down by around the time this episode aired in June 2001.

Wayne does some ass-shaking to start the song, as he should

Then, in a genius move, he starts the game moving his lips with no sound coming out, and arguing with an unseen tech guy. That, any era you look at her in, is Britney

Wayne’s lyrics are just dropping as many Video Game references in as possible, like Pong, Sega, Quake, etc. Chris is loving it, of course. And the backing track is VERY 00s Britney.

Wayne: “why don’t you review this” [shakes ass]

Then, towards the end, he goes back to the ‘mic-cutting-out’ gag, which is funny [reminds me of an Aisha-era Greatest Hits song]

Then, when he can’t get audio back, he just sort of runs off crying, which is a very funny end to this song.

I liked this one! Wayne’s lyrics were just geeky enough, he got the style down, and it made me laugh.

Action Replay: Wayne and Kathy are Newlyweds fighting and making up while doing the laundry; Ryan and Colin must re-enact

Two episodes later, this game is back. Thank god!

As Drew intros the game, you can hear Colin open up his headphones and the music sort of blaring out. You just hear Colin go “GEEZ!”. Ryan throws his on, then throws them back down, going ‘OW!’. So they clearly set the volume up to the highest mark.
Drew: “…if they can still hear at all when the thing’s over…”

Wayne and Kathy play this pretty dramatic, but I love Kathy’s randomly squeaky “GET OUT OF HERE!”

Wayne uses his strength and dynamic with Kathy as a tool here, and picks her up to prevent her from getting away.

Then, Wayne after getting down on himself, just crawls on the floor for a bit to screw over Colin
Colin:
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Kathy: “I can’t even remember what the fight was about”
Wayne: “…I think you wanted to segregate the whites and the colors.”
PFFFHAHAHA. THAT IS A GREAT LINE. I forgot Wayne could deliver lines like that

Ryan, after Wayne and Kathy exit, says “we switched when we started”, which Wayne has a reaction to. I’m not sure what that means. I think it means Colin was originally supposed to do Kathy’s part, but they switched it to doing Wayne’s? Maybe Kathy and Wayne mixed up who was supposed to replicate who? Either way.

Colin, with a great setup: “Come on, dear, we’ve gotta get all the animals on the ark.”

My favorite contrast of the two is this one: Wayne goes in and out of his house in a motion to show how much power he still has over Kathy. Colin goes outside twice and goes “LOOK…IT’S RAINING!”

Ryan: “I think we’re all full up top: lift me up so I can see through the hole”
And that leads to Colin lifting Ryan

Ryan: “Wait: not all the animals are here, we still have no snakes!”
Colin kneels down, sad: “aw, alright, I’ll do the impression…”
Ryan: “WE STILL HAVE NO SNAKES!:”
Colin:
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Such a goofy move. I always love when he does this. He’s so casual and mournful about it, just calmly going “COME ON, SNAKES!”

Colin, getting up: “Oh, wait, I got callouses on my testicles!”
PFFFFFF. GOOD LORD
Ryan gives the audience a moment to catch up, as that’s a great line. Drew loves it too.
Ryan, of course: “AND WE ONLY BROUGHT TWO OF *THOSE!*”

Probably my favorite-ever Action Replay. Just…not only the first scene, which is well-acted…but the compact, funny stuff Colin and Ryan do in return is all hysterical. That snake impression is too damn funny.

Drew, trying to save face after Colin’s line: “50,000 points to our censor, a hell of a guy!”

Party Quirks: Kathy hosts
Wayne – The more he is attracted to someone, the faster he talks
Colin – Increasingly frustrated french pig hunting everywhere for truffles
Ryan – Carol Channing whose head keeps getting stuck to things

So let’s get something straight. Prior to this game, we have two 10/10s, and a solid 9. We’re absolutely cruising, and this is in a show I thought would boil down to one game. So it helps that everything else is great, before we get into this behemoth

I love Colin’s startled reaction to his. Ryan…doesn’t really have a huge one, which is ironic

Wayne has a funny hook to his- he speeds up like hell when talking to Kathy, Kathy turns him to Drew to get the door, and he slows down immediately

Drew, for the 2nd time this show:
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Colin’s incoherent french babbling always works for me

The audience has a huge reaction to Ryan’s. I don’t blame them. And yes, the impression’s excellent from the moment he begins

Then, he rams right into Colin and gets stuck to him

After Kathy gets Colin and Wayne easily, we’re left with Ryan stuck to the floor. Which is where the real fun begins
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Kathy: “Can I help you at all?”
Ryan, with a tremendous echo from where he is: “IS THIS SHAG, IT’S JUST GORGEOUS!!!”

Then, as Kathy mislabels Ryan as ‘depressed Carol Channing’, Ryan goes right for the desk. And…
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[CLINK!]
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[the realization happens RIIIIGHT here.]
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Kathy cries out in surprise. The audience is worried as hell.
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And then you can see Colin, in the back, already trying not to lose it

Kathy drops character and asks he was okay, which is a sign of professionalism. A different sign of professionalism is Ryan saying he’s fine while STAYING COMPLETELY IN CHARACTER. There’s not really a wrong way here.
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Drew is astonished, but Ryan, sort of like last episode, just wants to soldier on
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And everyone just…reacts:
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Screen Shot 2019-12-28 at 4.44.47 PM.pngThis is my favorite. Colin wants to be supportive, and he’s already looked at Ryan’s envelope and seen what he’s doing, but he just can’t help but laugh. This is Colin to me.

Ryan, trying to keep going so the audience can settle down, still as Carol: “You wouldn’t happen to have a suture around the house, would you?”
Then, as Kathy mimes getting one, Ryan just looks right at Drew, from where he is, and goes, still as Carol, “STOP PICKING THE GLASS FROM MY HAIR.”
The audience, meanwhile, doesn’t know whether to laugh or to be concerned, but I’m with Colin. Ryan’s just making me laugh

Kathy: “Carol? It is Carol…”
Ryan: “I USED TO BE, I CAN’T REMEMBER ANYMORE…”
Drew: [falls over onto his chair]
Ryan: “…TELL ME, AM I BLEEDING?”
[this is just something that sounds funnier when said in a Carol Channing voice]

Drew’s now trying to get Kathy to guess
Ryan: “DON’T MAKE ME RUN INTO ANYTHING ELSE”

Drew: “He’s Carol Channing who’s…”
Kathy: “who’s drunk as a skunk?”
Ryan: “NO!”

Kathy finally guesses, Ryan checks five times if his head’s bleeding, Colin looks for him and gives him a pass, and the audience TRIES to calm down.

And, as a bonus, the cameraman gets us another view of the damage:
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Drew, wiping his eyes: “Hey, it’s always funny when it happens to somebody else.”

Ryan: “There better be some extra points in this…”
Drew: “I’M SORRY, WE SPENT ALL THE POINTS REPLACING THE GLASS.”

Ryan, to Colin: ‘was that lit?”
[YOU HAD TO ASK? YOU’VE BEEN DOING THIS SHOW FOR 2 YEARS]
Colin: “Oh yeah”
Ryan, nervously laughing: “whooah…”
Colin, immortally: “it would have been better if your head burst into flames…”

Drew screws with Ryan, saying “how many fingers am I holding up” and changing the number.
Ryan: “…four?”
Drew: “ah, close enough”
Ryan: “How about me?”
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[this is from a DVD rip, not the cable version, but…it still happened]

So yeah…regardless of the easy first two quirks, this is still a memorable, classic Party Quirks, solely because of A.) Kathy’s guessing skills, and her way of making sure Ryan was alright before proceeding, and B.) Ryan’s sheer determination and ability to stay in character even as he’d come very close to injury. This is how professional Ryan Stiles is. He doesn’t break for something that could have injured his head. He just keeps going, because that’s what improv is. Improv doesn’t stop for pain.

Also, this game cemented Ryan’s Carol Channing impression as one of his marquee ones, and the show would go back to this well several times SOLELY because of this game.

Hoedown: Wrestler

Also, they didn’t fix the glass after the game, so it’s unlit for the rest of the show.

Wayne talks about he and Drew watching WWE, “and then we get freaky and do our own version of Smackdown”

Drew says he loves being a wrestler, but: “The only thing I don’t like that gives me such a fright
Is when I see Ryan in his little tights.”

Colin: “i am a wrestler, let me on the loose
Over the years I’ve taken lots of abuse
My head has been smacked, I’ve been hit in a turnbuckle
Because of all my injuries i’ve lost the ability to rhyme”
I love Colin so much

Ryan talks about how wrestling seems very fake:
“The way they act you think they are really dead
But can they break a neon light by slamming it with their heads?”
YES! The best kind of callback joke!

Second really good Hoedown in a row. Not bad.

Also, I’d be remiss if I didn’t include this reaction from the credit reading: “i want you to read the credits as Carol Channing while everyone else pulls glass out of your head”
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Overall: I thought this would just boil down to Party Quirks, but…because Season 3 is so damned good, there wasn’t anything I disliked in this entire show. Weird Newscasters was awesome, Action Replay was awesome, Song Styles was fun and inspired, Hoedown was more creative than usual, and, of course, Party Quirks had the big moment which is still as funny as ever despite the overplay. Kathy continued to do impressive stuff that was more well-done-improv than funny, Wayne had an amazing night, and Colin might have had the biggest laugh with that ‘callouses on my testicles’ line. There’s so much more than the Neon Light incident, and it’s proudly…the second consecutive 10/10 show, and the seventh 10 show of the season, and the 2nd-best show of the season. Season 3 really went there.

Show Winner: Kathy
Best Performer: I was expecting to put Ryan here, but he only really stood out in Party Quirks. So I’m awarding MVP to Wayne Brady for completely dominating the first act of the show, doing some great acting in Action Replay, and feeling the most polished tonight out of everyone.
Worst Performer: Sadly, Kathy still didn’t overpower the other 3 enough.
Best Game: Party Quirks. Even if Action Replay is a favorite of mine, I can’t put anything else here.
Worst Game: Song Styles, but even then it’s one of the better Song Styles of the season. That’s how good this one is.

COMING UP NEXT: Rather than ending on a huge note, Season 3 ends with another S4-preview taping, with Brad, with one of the shortest number of games in an episode to this point.

Whose Watchdown is it Anyway: S03E37 or Watch Out for Those Tempo Changes, Man…

In the last three episode of Season 3…the producers made some very odd decisions.

Maybe it was a move made in accordance with slim ratings or network egos, but the producers didn’t think ending the season with consecutive Season 3 tapings of varying quality would be the best idea. So they wanted to stack the end of the season with some knockout episodes. Despite, like…4×03 existing, they didn’t think many knockout episodes came from S3 tapings, so they used one great S3 show…and picked the other two from Season 4 tapings. A series of tapings that were not meant to air until fall 2001, because they’d taped while S3 was airing, and…look, the producers don’t make sense.

This episode comes from a S4 taping, one of three S4 tapings featuring Greg Proops. All three of these tapings produce goldmine moments, which is a nice showing from a fourth-seater whose shows had felt so uninspired lately. This one was billed, in show, as the 100th episode.

…it’s the 94th aired episode of the show. So Dan & Mark either can’t count or couldn’t wait 6 more shows to air this one. Either way, I get it. This one’s undoubtedly a classic, for reasons not exactly owing to the 100th show theme.

Drew: “I am pleased to announce that for the 100th episode, we’re each getting a new car.”
Ryan and Colin have big reactions to this
Drew: “Oh, wait, I’m sorry, that’s just me…”

Number of Words: Ryan is Luke Skywalker battling Greg, who’s Darth Vader, when space adventurer Lando Calrissian, Wayne comes in to help, Colin keeps entering as other Star Wars characters
Greg – 2 words
Colin – 3 words
Ryan – 4 words
Wayne – 5 words

A GAME WE HAVEN’T SEEN IN YEARS. At its mere mention, Ryan emits a loud groan. Which leads to Greg’s trademark cackle
Ryan: “…I mean YEAH!”

I find it interesting that this game has LMAD-esque title cards to remind us how many/few words they must say.

Greg: “Luke, I’m…”
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Ryan: “YOU’RE NOT MY FATHER.

I love how they even make sure they do the same number of sound effects (lightsaber noises) as words.

Wayne’s Lando comes back, and that impression is welcome anytime he uses it.

Colin enters as Chewbacca, and even does three noises to fulfill his.

Colin: [wookie noise], [wookie noise], [cough]
HAHAHAHA

Wayne: “I’m not afraid of you.”
Greg: “…should be.”
Wayne: “…Schlitz Malt Liquor Bowl, anyone?”
Had to be in there somewhere. Not Colt 45, though?

Colin enters as C3P0, waddling across
Wayne: “Why you walkin’ so funny?”
It takes Colin an extra few seconds to answer, but he does: “…my pants METAL!”
And with that, he exits before Wayne can compose himself

Colin, entering again: “Luke, Luke…it’s Me Leia”
[…counts fingers]

Drew, back at the seats: “PANTS METAL.”
Wayne: “pants…metal”
Ryan: “He’s Tonto! ‘Mmm, pants metal!”
Drew: “Points 1000!”

A pretty shaky game of this, as it was, like Scenes Cut from a Movie a few shows ago, a series of impressions with only a thin plotline and some good jokes to keep us connected. This one was very funny though, mostly thanks to Colin and his metal pants

Song Styles: Wayne sings to Howard, an engineer that designs closures for hazardous sites, in the style of the village people- Greg, Ryan and Colin backup dance.

And now…here we go.

Drew: “This is Howard, he’s an engineer…though, since he’s an engineer he can’t simply explain his job…”

To be fair, Howard’s a very good sport with Drew explaining his job, and saying “glad we have you around”

I love Colin’s tired reaction to have to come up and do backup

The eventual reveal always cracks me up:
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Colin’s just there in the back, smiling in the sailor hat
Drew: “You know what, Colin, you look like a Cracker Jack box with a BAAAAD prize inside…”
Colin:
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So already this is funny as hell

The initial sight of the three turning around in these hats and dancing feebly in the back still cracks me up.

Wayne: “Howard: makes the casa de poo.”
Alright then

Ryan is the first to initiate the buttslaps:
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Also, Ryan just picked the goofiest hat for the 6’6 guy to wear. And so they all follow, and alternate the butt-slaps

Then, when it comes time to do a ‘YMCA’-esque spelling, Wayne initiates it: “H-O-R-W-A-R-D”, which the three in the back feebly try to recreate. A few audience members laugh at this, catching that Wayne spelled Howard wrong [Horward], but they don’t have time to completely address it, because immediately after this, going into the next verse, DISASTER STRIKES!
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THE KEYBOARD GOES INTO DOUBLE-TIME OUT OF NOWHERE. It startles the hell out of Wayne, and ESPECIALLY the backup guys, who now have to start dancing TWICE AS FAST.
Ryan, trying to find the tempo: “HOWARD!”
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I love Colin’s face. He’s part horrified, part determined.
Wayne sort of looks over, makes sure everything’s alright, but keeps going: “Howard, can ya last. Howard, how’d this song get so damn fast?”

I love the, in-between verses, “HEY! HEY! HEY HEY HEY HEY!” that Ryan orchestrates for the backup line, as all three are confused but are still trying to hang onto the tempo.

There’s a cut, because right before Wayne starts misspelling Howard again [“H O R”], the tempo evens out a bit more, so maybe Laura figured out what happened
I also love the shot of Ryan and Colin panicking, throwing their arms in the air, trying to keep calm.

Then, Wayne looks back at Colin and he’s flailing his arms up and down with the same facial expression, and Wayne completely loses it.

So, Wayne’s done. Laura’s keyboard cuts out. Ryan, Colin and Greg are still dancing madly. Cece’s ending it with a sax solo. Howard’s smiling through, and taking it all REALLY DAMN WELL. Again, this works because he has such a great sense of humor.

The detail I never notice is that once Drew buzzes, Ryan IMMEDIATELY takes off the headdress. Even through the post-game, Ryan doesn’t want that on his head.

Drew: “We had a little equipment breakdown, right? What happened to the…”
Laura, saying her FIRST SPOKEN DIALOGUE ON RECORD: “um, it’s hard to explain…”
[I imagine that Laura explains things here, and they cut out a lot of it for air]
Laura: “I’m so sorry”
Drew: “That’s okay, you know, I didn’t even know the Village People even DID polkas..”

Colin: “I didn’t think it was that noticeable.”
Drew: “yeah, but then I then I saw [does impression of Colin’s arm flailing] DUHDUHDUHDUHDUHDUH…man, it was like a wind-up monkey”
[Ryan puts the headdress back on here, as they’re probably gonna be out here for a while]

Greg, who’s been silent and calm through most of this game, finally speaks up, towards Wayne and Laura: “Watch out for those tempo changes, man…cause we go into the second bridge, this shit takes OFF!”
An IMMORTAL line. And Wayne loses it some more.

So Drew lets Howard go back to his seat, everyone puts down their hats, and things calm down…but Drew’s not done, because he hasn’t addressed the thing Wayne thought we all missed
Drew: “Thank you, Howard, or as Wayne spells it…Horward.”
Wayne, not even negating it: “…YEAH. Man, if you’re not in my mind, you don’t know what i’m thinking…”

Drew: “If this ever makes it to air, i’ll be so amazed. H-O-R-W-A-R-D…Horward…”
[Greg tries to get a line in here, but he’ll get around to it later]
Wayne’s now over it enough to laugh at himself, as Drew keeps going.
Wayne: “It’s hard to spell at 210 beats per minute.”
ANOTHER CLASSIC LINE

Greg, finally, to Drew: “Thanks for letting me wear your hat, man…”
And, of course…this ends with a Drew slam. As the lord intended.

So…even with the snafu, this is a great, memorable Song Styles with fun lyrics from Wayne and some hysterical backup dancing from the other 3. Both Wayne’s screw-up and the keyboard’s screw-up make this one a classic, because the entire scene’s closing in on them, and everyone keeps carrying on and rolling with it. It’s pretty admirable, as this could have completely fallen apart and been unbroadcastable, but by the force of will, and of Ryan and Colin, we got a game that could go out in the 100th show. Which is pretty phenomenal.

Show-Stopping Number: Ryan, Colin & Wayne are at an accounting firm

A NEW GAME, one that had been played prior to this but not aired yet. This is a game that would always do well in tapings where there was a running gag present, and this is one such taping.

Ryan starts the scene announcing he’s been fired: “Apparently they say I don’t fit in anymore.”
Colin: “But you add so well!”

Ryan: “well, they said I’ve been taking too many days off.”
Colin: “How many have you taken off?”
Ryan: “43.”
Colin: “DOING WHAT?””
Ryan: “I like to go to the beach!”
BUZZ. And with every buzz Ryan gets in this game, there’s always a moment of pivoting and shaking his head.

Ryan: “And now my record- my record’s marred!
AT LEAST I CAN PRONOUNCE THE NAME HOWAAARD!”
THERE WE GO. I feel like this must have happened right after Song Styles, because by Wayne’s reaction, it still seems very fresh.

Ryan gets Colin to stand up to the boss, Mr. Flecker
Colin: “You know what, I’m gonna go there. I’ll say: “HEY, MISTER, HIRE MY FRIEND BACK OR I’M GONNA KICK IN YOUR BUTT FROM HERE TO TUESDAY.”
Ryan, knowing he should set up Colin for a number: “…well, maybe you could shorten it a bit..”
Colin: “HEY, BUSTER, HIRE MY FRIEND-”
BUZZ

Colin’s initial number is…pretty great:
“Hey buster, hire my friend
Or I’ll shove my foot right up your end!”
[The audience loves this]
Then…from here…Colin is absolutely out of ideas, and just starts flailing his arms, like with the keyboard in Song Styles, and goes “WHIRLWHIRLWHIRLWHIRLWHIRLWHIRL”
Greg in the background COMPLETELY LOSES IT. It’s been YEARS since I’ve seen him laugh this hard.
Colin then rolls off a string of absolute nonsense words until Ryan cut him off.
The first time I saw this, I laughed so hard I nearly peed myself. This was so ridiculous and random that it killed me, and it still does.

Ryan, after that: “You know what? I think it’s best that I just leave.”

Wayne, entering: “I was in my office and I heard ‘BLAAHBLAAAHBLAAAH…”

Wayne: “Now, normally I’d fire someone for their impudence, but-”
The audience is one step ahead of him, and start losing it. Colin gives him a look. Ryan, taking this further, starts crying. And Wayne starts audibly laughing at how this backfired.
Ryan: “I’M LEAVIN’, YA DON’T HAVE TO INSULT ME!”

Wayne offers to give both Ryan and Colin a raise
Colin: “…I didn’t know I was fired!”

Ryan sets Wayne up for a number by mentioning the company motto
Wayne: “That’s right, don’t…Don’t Fuss with Flecker.”
BUZZ

Wayne’s Flecker song is pretty silly, with the line “Flecker might get Fleckerized and Fleck inside your butt”
He ends a measure early, but it’s still a fun ending. Plus, Wayne gets Ryan and Colin to do another bit of ‘BLAAAAHBBLAAAHBLAAAAH’ to spite Laura and Linda

Probably as good as you can get from this game, and a very silly, cohesive debut, with all three doing funny verses and ACE callbacks.

Scenes from a Hat:

The first one is a continuation of what’s now a recurring SFAH: “Things you can say about the food you eat, but not your girlfriend”
Wayne: “Would you look at the mold on that!”
Drew: [watches the audience react to that]

Drew, cracking: “What President Bush does in the Oval Office when he’s all by himself.”
Greg: [plays hopscotch, and loses]
Greg, down again, with a mirror: “Who beat Al Gore? WHO BEAT AL GORE?”
With all the ‘idiot’ portrayals of Bush, it’s nice to see one who’s just self-confident and surprised he beat a shoo-in like Gore for the presidency

Drew: “…a brief glimpse into the dreams of Colin Mochrie”
Greg:
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“…mmmm…”
Colin:
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And then Ryan calls the other two down:
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“AAIIIIIGHHH!”
Colin:
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Greg: “Yeah, you were great, Sharon Stone…no, I’m not gonna CALL ya…”
Colin cracks up at this one

Drew: “Statements that will get bleeped by the censor.”
He then shows this one to Greg, not believing they got this one either.
Wayne, finally: “En español, I am El Grande Ricardo, but you can call me Big Dick!”
I love how smug he looks after this one

Greg, still not done with Bush: “I’m George W. Bush, and I’m a fucking idja-ma-nit!”
A great callback to the earlier one

Colin’s is the best. He goes up, waits for the applause to die down, has a slack expression, and goes “…HERE, PUSSY!”
IT IS THAT SIMPLE.

Drew: “Outtakes from the first 100 episodes of Whose Line”
Colin, without skipping a beat: “HERE, PUSSY.”

And then:
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PERFECT
Greg: “He, uh…thinks he’s-”
Wayne: “Starts humming the Irish Drinking Song”
Greg, not topping that, joins in

Wayne, taking a card: “Hi, welcome to Whose Line a-I’d…AHHH, I’M SO STUPID!”

Colin, once again slack-faced: “….H-O-R-W…”

Probably one of the best SFAHs in the show’s history. It doubles down on the runner, adds so many funny bits, has callbacks in itself, and every scene has something funny. Aw man.

Hoedown: 100th Show

This Hoedown is probably the most similar to the ones the Rooster Teeth guys do at the end of their telethon.

Wayne has a standard talk-show verse, ending with a line of “if it wasn’t for Whose Line, I’d be on UPN.”

Drew: “Let me tell you something, even though it’s been a blast
All you that have been watching Friends, you can kiss my ass!”

Colin, of course, has the best verse:
“100 episodes of Whose Line, where our name’s been called
100 shows of all of them saying that I’m bald
Does it hurt the friendship? Can it stand the test?
Yes it can, cause I’m hung the best.”

And instead of doing a verse on the topic, Ryan has a DIRECT RESPONSE TO COLIN:
“Colin says he’s hung the best, that I just can’t see
I’ve known him for a long time, and it cannot be.
He says he’s got a big penis, but it’s not a lock
Cause I have to tell ya right now mine’s tucked in my sock.”

A really dang good Hoedown. Better than most of these. Everyone had something funny, and the random penis interlude made it funnier.

Even the credit reading’s pretty good, with Ryan just…whipping out his penis, and getting annoyed with Greg stepping in it.

Overall: The subtitle promised a landmark, and oh man did we get one. No bad games, several classics, a behemoth of a runner, and an all-time great with the HORWARD Song Styles. You can make a case that this one succeeded in spite of disaster, and that a lot of games go back to breaking, but…I think about Show-Stop and SFAH, and most of SS, and how ironclad they all were in the face of certain defeat. This show could have been a failure, and it could have been a hot mess, but everything stayed together and was not only pants-wettingly funny, but lawful. No one got hurt, Howard got his game on TV, Laura and Linda kept their jobs, and everyone laughed about it in the end, which makes sense for a 100th show.

Show Winner: Greg
Best Performer: Colin Mochrie. Even if he wasn’t the basis of the humor in some games (SS), he was doing funny shit all night.
Worst Performer: Ryan, to be honest. Just didn’t have many standout moments, and went for defense in a lot of games.
Best Game: Song Styles. Has to be.
Worst Game: Number of Words was the most haphazard.

COMING UP NEXT: The sole S3 episode we’re getting out of this season-ending run. And, oh my, did they pick a good one or what? Kathy Greenwood’s here, from the same taping as E29. And…there’s a rather famous round of Party Quirks that I can’t wait to write up.

Whose Watchdown is it Anyway: S03E36, or Are Those Your FINAL Points?

So as you can tell, I’ve been burning off a lot of these in the last few days, but I’m not disrespecting this stretch of S3. Overall, things have been alright- there have been downers, but nothing in S3 can really be described as abhorrently BAD. But I’m burning through these because right after this one we get two CLASSICS back-to-back. And I am very excited to cover both of them.

Not to disparage this one, which is our last S2 holdover of Season 3, and it’s from the Melissa taping, which has given us rock-solid material thus far. Plus, it’s the last Chip episode of S3. Good news is he’s all over S4.

Weird Newscasters: Colin anchors, Chip, surfer dude looking for the ultimate ride, co-anchors, Wayne, being sucked into a black hole in the camera, does sports while Ryan, shipwrecked survivor spotting a possible rescue plane, does weather

I love Wayne coming over, confused, and asking to read the card after Drew tells him his quirk. He reads it, sees it’s legit, and mouths ‘DAMN’.

Ryan rolls his eyes at his
Drew: “Hey, would you rather be sucked into a black hole in the camera?”
Ryan, smirking: “…we’ll talk about that later…”

Chip starts the game like this:
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Chip:
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[He’s breaking as much as allowed]
Drew:

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Drew slams the table LOUDLY he’s laughing so hard.
Chip is laughing so hard he has to get back onto the stool.
Colin hasn’t moved

Colin does his top story while everyone’s still cracking up: “Today, a man who was swallowed by a whale escaped today by running as hard as he could til he was all pooped out.”
Drew TRIES to recover, but starts laughing again.

Colin, after Chip’s pretty good but egg-headed report: “…hey, I can hear the ocean.”

Colin dubs Wayne “Bubba Dubba” in handing it over to him. Wayne, who must have watched Zoom, cracks a little

Wayne’s is all physicality, and it’s all him running against a current, and of course he nails it.

Chip, as the wave approaches:
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I love Ryan’s anguished desperation interrupted by Chip running by on a surfboard

Ryan, spelling letters in the sand: “HEP…HEP…”
He then realizes he’s gotten something wrong, adds an L: “HELP”
That is the kind of goofy stuff Ryan can throw out whenever he wants

A pretty good WN. I liked that Chip kept his character going through everyone’s.

Sound Effects: Noah, Colin, is told that he must build an ark before the storm hits- Ryan does SFX

It’s kinda nice to see two-person SFX in the era of audience member SFX.

Ryan: “NOAH…NOAAH…”
Colin: [waves]
Ryan must have gotten this bit from an old Bill Cosby routine.

Ryan gives him a full phone call, with gibberish words and suddenly ‘STORM HITS’. He also ends this call with a random ‘HOOOOOOHHH’, which Colin has no idea how to respond to, so he hangs up. Ryan cracks at this

Colin, after cutting down a tree, is trying to yell TIMBER, but Ryan doesn’t get this. After a few tries, Colin gives up

This becomes a pretty funny one, with Colin trying to build an ark out of the trees, then Ryan throwing in the torrential downpour. Colin attempts to throw the water out of the boat as he’s building it

A very silly SFX. There were a few gags I didn’t get, and there was some obvious dissonance between Ryan and Colin, but I laughed.

Song Titles: On a road trip across America

Ryan and Wayne are shaking their heads as they head up for this
Drew: “Yeeeah, they love this game..”

Wayne, putting an arm around Chip: “I got you, babe”
Chip: “…don’t stand so close to me..”

I love Chip’s physical reaction to not thinking of one in time, and Wayne’s physical reaction to beating him

Colin, pointing: “…Oklahoma.”
Wayne lets this rest for a bit
Colin: “Do you KNOW the way to San Jose?”
Wayne, taking a long beat: “…I gotta pee..”

Funny in short spurts, but kinda empty overall.

Film, TV & Theater Styles: Two security guards in a nuclear power plant are alarmed when they see that a suspicious stranger, Colin, has gained entry to a highly-secured area.

Awful late for F&TS..

I love Wayne’s little thumbs-up at Australian Soap Opera…and then Drew trying to pronounce it in the accent.

Audience member: “DISASTER!”
Ryan: “Ohhh, it’ll BE a disaster…”

I love the connotation that Wayne and Ryan are drunk on the job

Melodrama style, Colin raises his eyebrows at the camera and twirls his mustache

Melodrama ends on this visual:
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Drew, in a delivery I’ll always love: “…just for the heck of it…Australian Soap Opera…”

Ryan cracks at the barrage of bad Australian accents going on here.

Drew, after several CRIKEYs, buzzes: “Oh, I’ve heard enough…”

Shakespeare:
Wayne: “My lord, what sayest thou shalt we do about this stranger of the clean palate-an head”
Colin:
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In the middle of Religious Channel, Ryan starts doing Tammy Faye eyelashes with his hands, which cracks up Chip. He literally has to explain to a very confused Colin “I was doing eyelashes”.

Spaghetti Western
Colin: “I can’t believe we’re going to die like this: [turning to Wayne and Ryan] good, bad and ugly…”
Ryan stays exactly still as Drew buzzes, shaking his head finally. This is a precursor to the sort of ‘you started it’ game they play.

This was a really good F&TS, one of the better ones since the game devolved midway through UK version. Also because there was funny stuff in pretty much all the styles.

Drew gives out 2 billion points just to challenge Regis Philbin
Ryan: “Drew, are those your…FINAL points?”
Drew:
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The whole cast loves this motion

Motown Group: Wayne, Chip & Ryan ‘Do the Shower’

We’ve seen lots of clips from this game from the clip montage from the Best Of special.

Ryan, as Drew announces this game: “ohhh…OHHHH…”
Drew: “Oh, when I think of Motown, I think of Ryan Stiles…”
Ryan, not loving this: “aaaahh…”

Ryan even does a praying signal as Drew explains the game

Ryan’s verse is pretty good, saying “Every time I turn, I break the glass”

Chip has the strongest verse here, and he has the energy to pull it off

There’s a cut before Wayne’s end verse.

Not much to say about this one. Okay playing of this.

Hoedown: Talk Shows

Ah yes, a hoedown without any mention of Melissa so they can air it.

Chip stumbles through his punchline about his “transvestite gay lesbian…second aunt”

Drew’s is a great verse- he’s died, and hell is appearing on Regis and Kathie Lee every day

Colin’s came from the censorship hoedown from this taping:
“I play at the stadium of baseball games
I once got censored- that’s my claim to fame
It really was done by the censor named Morgan
when I told the crowd I love to play with my organ”
This cracks up Ryan and Wayne

Ryan’s verse ends in his usual Drew slam.

Alright Hoedown.

Overall: So…not much was left in this taping evidently, other than a good Weird Newscasters and a strong Film & Theater Styles. It was good to see this taping’s dynamic again, and there were some fun moments of Ryan or whoever screwing around in between games, but most of these games weren’t very memorable or very good, which is a shame.

Show Winner: Wayne
Best Performer: Colin runs away with it again.
Worst Performer: Honestly, Ryan’s best work was between games.
Best Game: Film, TV & Theater Styles was the most consistent.
Worst Game: Motown Group was weak.

COMING UP NEXT: The Whose Line producers cannot count. The next episode is the 94th episode of the American run. And yet this one is billed as the 100th Episode Special. So, the producers can’t count, Wayne can’t spell, the keyboards can’t keep time, and the censors can’t keep up. Sure to be a classic.

Whose Watchdown is it Anyway: S03E35, or Hi, Hunky Pool Boy..

Back to Kathy’s 311 taping we go [‘Amber’ starts playing distantly]. I enjoyed the first round of games from this one, as a lot of dynamics felt really fresh and well-explored, which is rare for coasting-era WL. So we head back and do some more stuff from this taping.

Hollywood Director: Kathy, a frustrated wealthy woman who lives on a horse ranch, has called over hunky pool-boy Ryan to clean her pool, Wayne is her jealous husband who arrives home early on his prized stallion
Colin directs

Drew: “Kathy, a frustrated wealthy woman who lives on a horse ranch, heh, just like your normal life.”
Kathy chuckles at this
Drew: “Has called over HUNKY POOL BOY RYAN…”
Ryan:
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Ryan, chuckling: “save that card for me, after you’re done…”

Wayne, after Drew tells him he’ll becoming in on his “PRIZED STALLION”, nods under applause, going “you’re DAMN RIGHT…”

Ryan: “I gotta say…I got fired 3 weeks ago, but I still come and clean your pool…”

Wayne comes in on a shorter height than we’d think: “H’YA, PRIZED SHETLAND PONY STALLION…”

Wayne, with a nice move, to Kathy: “What are you doin’ butt-naked in the middle of the pool?”
Kathy: “…did I forget to dress AGAIN?”

Colin, to Kathy: “YOU ARE SO LUCKY I’M SLEEPING WITH YOU!”
[Kind of meta there if you think about it, with production and all]

Ryan: “YOU’RE SLEEPING WITH *HER*, TOO?”
Colin: “WHAT?”
I love Colin’s little grasped hand motion he does toward Ryan

On the Baywatch Lifeguards style, Ryan rakes out of the pool before diving into it to save someone. After he gets up after rolling around on the floor, he noticeably adjusts his battery pack.

I also love Ryan’s stilted, purposely-bad line delivery

Wayne: “I’ve arrived on my Kawasaki Shetland Pony 2000!”

Too Much Caffeine Ryan pulling leaves out of the pool by hand is hysterical

I love Kathy continuing the gag of just calling Ryan “Hunky Pool Boy” in every iteration of the scene

Kathy’s been impressing me this scene in doing moves that aren’t HUGE, noticeable improv moves, but still good foundational improv moves. Like…the same things I noticed with Catherine O’Hara in her S10 appearance. But Kathy has more time to show these off. Like her progression of just asking Ryan, hopped up on caffeine, “so you wanna go for it?”

Then, Wayne comes in on the shetland pony and goes so fast that he’s offscreen again after like 2 seconds, which is a great visual

Ryan and Kathy even make the Supermodels one work, saying the same dialogue while doing poses and not even facing each other. Kathy, halfway through, starts gagging herself.

Drew sadly buzzes this before Wayne can come in.

A really strong director- so well acted by Ryan and Kathy.

Infomercial: Diet Aid

Ryan: “Hi, I’m Jack Furlong, and I’m here with television star Craig T. Nelson.”
YES. Colin’s nonexistent Craig T. Nelson impression returns!
Drew is howling throughout the first few seconds of this, maybe just at Colin’s subdued nodding once he realizes what Ryan’s gifted him with

Colin: “First, by using these:
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Once you can fit through these, you’ve lost enough weight…”

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Oh man, Colin’s so good at this game

I love how the Action Replay headphones are in the box, and Ryan uses them for a suggestion to cut out names
“Under these headphones is a continuous loop of Hoedowns from Whose Line is it Anyway!”
He demonstrates by listening to it for a second, then vomiting. I love whenever they make fun of having to do Hoedowns

The obligatory ‘I’ve got nothing’: Colin pulls out a shower head, Ryan asks what it is, Colin sheepishly goes “oh, that’s for…something different”

Screen Shot 2019-12-27 at 10.47.02 AM.pngColin: “This, you get a friend to use to beat you so that you will start exercising”

Ryan, as an encouragement tool, pulls out a feather duster, then in a french accent, goes “should I dust in the bedroom Mr. Nelsoonn?”
Colin: “That’s right, when you lose your first 50 pounds, we’ll throw in an authentic french maid!”

A pretty damn good Infomercial. To me, it’s not quite Celluloid-levels, but it was a fun one that had an even balance between the two of them.

Action Replay: Kathy and Wayne are a couple on their honeymoon entering the bridal suite, as they are getting ready for bed they spot a mouse
Ryan and Colin must re-enact

A NEW GAME, one that Whosers had been clamoring for ever since they heard the description

This begins the running gag of Ryan or Colin bobbing politely to the incredibly loud headphone music. Ryan’s really enjoying the music tonight

You can clearly see what this game will become- Wayne and Kathy are doing a bunch of elaborate physical motions so that they’ll screw over Ryan and Colin when they have to go.

As Wayne does the worm getting rid of the mouse, we cut to Colin, shaking his head on the sideline. ‘I’m gonna have to do that, aren’t I?’

Also, Wayne and Kathy’s chemistry in their scene is really damn good.

As Wayne goes offstage, Colin points at him and says something, perhaps referring to the worm bit he’s gonna have to do. Wayne cracks.

Ryan and Colin go onstage, and Colin motions for Ryan to get into his arms, sighing.

Ryan and Colin’s scene ends up being two stage actors backstage as Ryan’s broken his leg, which is pretty funny. Also, this scene does illuminate a fun leg of long-form improv, doing an analogous second beat with the same game as the first. While the game might be slightly altered here, the motions and structure are the same, and they’re given free reign to do whatever scene setup they want, which is a fun bit of this.

Ryan: “Imagine all the things i could do if my leg was okay!”
Colin: “Yes, you could do plenty of things…like what I’m about to show you now!”
And, with a sigh, Colin does the worm, and a bunch of other physical things. Wayne, on the sideline, is dying

A really fun debut playing of this. I love the ‘proof of concept’ factors we get here, and the dynamic between the two scenes, and how screwed-over Colin was.

Drew, postgame, to Colin: “Is your back okay?”
Colin: “What?”

Greatest Hits: Songs of the Race-Car Driver

After some old codger yells the winning suggestion, another loud female voice is heard screaming “EXOTIC DANCER!”
Wayne:
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Colin: “Hi, we’ll be back to the extra letter theater production of ‘Beauty and the Breast’ in just a second…”

Ryan: “You know Sol, Colin, heh I called ya Sol there”
Colin, not amused: “That’s funny…”
[as we’d later find out, Sol is Colin’s Egyptian name]

Ryan: “What comes to mind when I say ‘Lattes and Microsoft’?”
Colin: “Uncle Phil.”
[pfffff]
Colin: “His lattes made him Micro-soft!”

This show is the debut of Wayne’s rare-but-funny Macy Gray impression.

Wayne: “Because I’m not gonna catch on fire like my name’s Michael Jackson”

This is a pretty funny Macy Gray song, getting her drawn-out hooks down pretty well.

Every Honky Tonk song they do reminds me of Wayne and Brad’s ‘sportin’ wood’ song from S2. This one Wayne does is very quick

Colin, after Wayne’s fast-paced Honky Tonk: “You know what? I’d have loved to hear him and Macy Gray do a duet…”

Ryan, after a pause: “…I can’t get Macy Gray out of my head…”

Wayne’s Louie Jordan song is pretty fun, and his most energetic one of the night.

Solid Greatest Hits, but not in the top tier of ones from this season.

Props: Colin & Wayne vs. Drew & Ryan

Some pretty commonplace ones to start off, but I love Colin and Wayne’s goofiness, like Wayne’s bug-eyes coming out of the sarcophagus

Screen Shot 2019-12-27 at 12.05.21 PM.pngColin: “…well, Eve, I’m flattered, but I think a fig leaf would have been fine…”

Drew, biting the hand that feeds him: “Hey, look at the new chairs ABC sent us..”
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Not a bad Props round, but very okay throughout.

Overall: The first three games were really good, and the show tapered off after Greatest Hits, but this was still a pretty good, if flawed, show. Action Replay was a phenomenal new game, and the newer games (AR, Director, Infomercial), breathed new blood into the show that the million-times-before games like GH and Props couldn’t carry. Once again, I’m impressed with Kathy’s scene work and improv mechanics, even if it’s very limited. Wayne felt a bit more present tonight than before, screwing with Colin, and the audience, a lot.

Show Winner: Kathy
Best Performer: Wayne Brady lifted his scenes, and willed his scene partners, especially Colin, to do more.
Worst Performer: Kathy, again, is a victim of the fourth seater edit.
Best Game: I was gonna go with Action Replay…and then I remembered Director. And I couldn’t not give it to Director after that fun work from Ryan and Kathy.
Worst Game: Props.

COMING UP NEXT: Back to Season 2 once more, with some remnants from the Melissa taping, and a very underrated moment of Colin absolutely breaking Chip.

Whose Watchdown is it Anyway: S03E34, or Hello, Police Chief Colin

Considering how many S4 shows are made up of S3 tapings, I don’t know why the producers chose to flash back so many times in S3, although picking Kathy’s S2 taping for another show was a wise one, as there was still some material left to pick from.

Let’s Make a Date: Kathy must choose from Wayne, a pro-wrestler, Colin, turning into a frisky rabbit, and Ryan, a caveman slowly defrosting

Ryan has the most elaborate reaction to a LMAD quirk I’ve seen- he throws down the card and mouths “COME ON.”

Kathy’s great at subtle reactions- I love her confused, unnervedness when Wayne threatens to “bring the pain”

Colin’s is entirely great facial expression work, and the minimal moves slowly become full-fledged faces. Of course, the audience loves this

Ryan….oh, Ryan…
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…I friggin love this one

And slowly his finger just starts wiggling. Ryan is doing a great job at holding that expression
I also love Kathy just rescinding the question in response to Ryan’s silence

The image of Wayne trying to pull wrestling moves on an oblivious Colin is one that…honestly should have been in S2

Then, Colin starts hopping around and narrowly avoiding all of Wayne’s hits. After which he has like 10 kids.

Ryan’s second round is perfect- he grunts, stands up…and goes over and takes a very, very long piss.

Right after Drew buzzes, Ryan turns around, looks at Colin, and starts nervously laughing, not believing what he just had to do

Kathy doesn’t seem to get WHO Ryan is, and he keeps doing faces, then beating Colin with a club.

Very fun LMAD. I liked everybody’s but Ryan’s was a classic.

Drew: “I dunno HOW you got the wrestler one…”
Wayne, smirking: “Because I try to be SUBTLE with my clues…”

Film, TV & Theater Styles: Police chief Colin arrives at the academy shooting range and discovers his wife, Kathy, getting very cozy with maverick shooting instructor Ryan

Drew: “Police Chief Colin…heh, that’s what they call him. ‘HI, I’M POLICE CHIEF COLIN'”
At least Drew’s having fun

Ryan: “See you gotta hold it real tightly…cause when you squeeze it, it’s gonna kick back on ya…”
Kathy, grinning: “…Oh, the GUN!”
That line did NOT get enough laughs

Then, as Colin enters, Ryan keeps it going: “…well…hello, Police Chief Colin…”

Three’s Company:
Ryan: “Hey, I don’t belong in this academy at all, only reason I’m in here is cause I’m pretending I’m gay…”
Ryan watched more Three’s Company than I would have pegged him for.

Ryan, realizing the other two maybe haven’t seen it: “…does that make sense at all?”
Colin: “No, I thought you were REALLY gay” [turns and laughs at camera]

The Teletubbies style is kind of a crapshoot, but Ryan does have a good gag as he says to Kathy “stay away from [Colin]. He’s the purple one…”

Kathy has a good line in Western, saying “I’m tired of you telling me what guns I can handle…”
Colin: “I took you from being a lowly schoolmarm into being…Police Chief Colin’s wife…”
PFFFF

Ryan’s accent swerves more towards Nashville than a western: “I’m the Elvis Cowboy, I guess…”

A little haphazard, but I laughed at some of it, especially the Police Chief Colin lines.

Motown Group: Ryan, Colin and Wayne ‘Feed the Dog’

I love Wayne and Ryan trying to do a little ‘secret handshake high-five’, and Ryan getting so wrapped up in it that he nearly falls off the step

Wayne gives this one a left hook, with the line “I go over to my neighbor cause I’m a cannibal, and then I kill ’em…”, before adding later “it’s 10 times cheaper than a can of Alpo…”

Colin’s, in lieu of a verse, is just a high pitched “FE-E-E-E-E-E-E-EEE-D THE DOG”. This must have been an early playing. And then whatever he said after those first two lines was edited out. W-w…what?

Ryan’s is funny, as he feeds his dog, and realizes “Oh my god, he’s been dead for a week!”

A pretty alright Motown Group. Oddly edited though.

Party Quirks: Kathy hosts
Wayne – Great baseball fielding moments in slow motion
Colin – Crazed hairdresser desperate to restyle everyone’s hair
Ryan – A spider that slips into an emptying bathtub

Wayne is doing great with his, but to catch one he goes onto Drew’s desk, and:
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Colin, after fixing Wayne and Kathy, comes over to Drew: “OOHHH, CHALLENGE.”
Drew:
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Then, he looks into the audience, and exclaims an immediate “AIIGH”

Ryan’s physicality is fantastic, as he’s being yanked all over the stage, and does the quirk in every facet. I do love Kathy’s concerned “…Ryan?” as he gets yanked around

Drew gives Kathy the hint that Ryan has 8 legs
Kathy: “Ooh, you poor little squid..”
Ryan: [cracks further]

Ryan gets mad that Drew gives it to Kathy on the spider and not the bathtub part, and Ryan just sighs back to the seats
Ryan: “No, it was so easy I didn’t want to give it away at FIRST. [rolls eyes]”

A pretty alright PQ. Kathy had done better games of this, as we’ll see in like 4 episodes.

Three Headed Broadway Star: Wayne, Ryan and Colin sing ‘I Lost My Leg-Warmers’ from the musical Memorabilia.

Colin starts this game getting laughs already just by looking around oddly. If they think THAT’s funny…

“They freeze away my
Colin: “HAIRS”

The first part of this is pretty alright, nothing fun yet…then…AND I’m gonna detail the rest of this:

Ryan: “Leeeeg”
Colin: “WARMERS:
Wayne: “I”
Ryan: “miss”
Colin: “YOUU” [1]
Wayne: “Where”
Ryan: “are”
Colin: “YOOUU” [2]
Wayne: “I”
Ryan: “NEED”
Colin, more passionate than ever: “YOOOOUU” [3]
Wayne: “To.” [and then the melody changes]
Ryan: “…why”
Colin, deciding now he can’t stop it: “…yooou…” [4]
Wayne: “LEAVE”
Ryan: “me?”
Colin: “…yooou” [5]
Wayne: “leave”
Ryan: “me.”
Colin, back: ‘YOOOOU” [6]
Wayne: “LEAVE”
Ryan, trying not to crack: “ME”
Colin: “YOOUU” [7]
Wayne: “LEAVE”
Ryan, having enough: “MEEEEE” [and he just doesn’t end it, so they can end this sentence.
Colin, behind him, does another “YOU” [8]

Colin, after a beat goes by: “…YOU” [9]
And from here they go back, as Colin surprises them next by going “TODAY!”, doing regular words again

Colin, back: “YOU!” [10]
Wayne: “NEED”
Ryan: “Me”
Colin: “To”
Wayne: “Hold”
Ryan, taking his shot: “yyyEWah.”
Colin:
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PFFFFFFFF

From here, they do one last refrain of the title [Ryan finally smiles, cracking a bit], then Wayne lets out a commanding note.
Ryan: ‘…OW.”
Colin: “…that…”
All 3: “…smaaaarts…”

Right after it ends, Ryan says something to Colin and Wayne: “Did I do something wrong???” Perhaps referring to taking Colin’s ‘YOU’

Oh man. Not wholly funny, but that entire run where Colin keeps going ‘YOU’ is one of the most dedicated comedy bits in this show’s history. He could have stopped at any time, and he knew exactly when to, when to bring it back. It’s like a music motif. That was masterful.

90 Second Alphabet: Ryan, Colin and Drew are on a camping trip when panicky Colin gets bitten by a rattlesnake, starting with J.

Downside of an old S2 taping? This is our Drew game.

Drew grabs Colin’s shoulder
Colin: “Like THAT’s where it bit me.”
Drew, sighing: “…Marty, you know I’m not gonna suck it out of there.”
Ryan: “NOT ME EITHER.”
Colin: “Oh boy, YA THINK YOU KNOW WHO YOUR FRIENDS ARE.”

Drew: “Quit fighting, you’re ruining the whole trip!”
Ryan: “Right, we don’t want the trip ruined WITH ME DYING AND EVERYTHING…”
Ryan: “SSSSSS” [stomps]

Colin can’t think of a V. So he just takes a second, and goes “…Vuueeeghhh..”
I died at this. As does Drew

They do get a little frenzied as they get close to 25/15 seconds, but they get around to J and Colin goes “JUST HELP ME. SUCK! SUCK!” And…I guess that’s our ending.

A little clumsy, but better than these usually are.

Overall: Like last show, you can define this one by a single game and leave out the rest, although this one was a little more even than last show. You still had LMAD, 90-second Alphabet and Party Quirks that you can enjoy, even if there are better playings. But Three-Headed is still the classic, and it’s pretty damn funny. Overall, Kathy had some nice little well-improvised moments that didn’t get audience recognition, which is sad, but she felt less stiff in this show than she did in other shows from this taping. So…fine enough show, but boosted by having a highlight.

Show Winners: Ryan & Colin
Best Performer: Colin, continuing his streak this season of being dominant in everything.
Worst Performer: Kathy didn’t have much to do.
Best Game: YOU!
Worst Game: Nothing I hated here, so…Film and Theater Styles did the least for me.

COMING UP NEXT: A more contemporary Kathy episode, from the taping that gave us the solid 3×27. A new game debuts, and it’s one that most of the whosers at this point had been waiting…IMPATIENTLY…to see on TV.

Whose Watchdown is it Anyway: S03E33, or Did You Hear the Nose-THE NEWS?

The Chip shows in S3 have honestly been more similar to the ones in S2 than I’d thought- there’s fewer of them than other fourth-seaters, a lot of them are significantly better than other tapings, and Chip’s utilized pretty well. The reason there’s so few this season is because the third Chip taping of S3 was pushed to S4 due to concerns over A.) censorship and B.) Ryan falling ill mid-taping, and showing it.

This Chip taping gave us a gem in episode 2, and a solid, if middling, show in E16. And now we see what the taping had left, keeping in mind that we’ve still got a great runner-based show coming next season from this taping.

Superheroes: No More Bee-Gees
Colin: Disco Boy
Ryan: Captain Hummingbird
Chip: The Lap Dance Kid
Wayne: The Barroom Brawler

1000 points to the quick-thinking audience member who shouted ‘No More Bee-Gees’. Ryan was even impressed by that, as was Drew, who wrote it down almost immediately

Drew slightly alters his intro, saying “each guy will try to screw the other guy by naming them-”
Ryan:
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Colin has his first genius move immediately. He notices the light’s out, and:
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Yes, he unscrews a lightbulb while disco dancing. The applause that follows is warranted. Gotta love Colin. Even the other 3, and Drew, stand and applaud.

Then, to subvert, he moves forward using a walker. Haaah.

Colin: “OH NO…NO MORE BEE-GEES…HOW WILL I STAY ALIVE, STAY ALIVE?”

I always get a kick out of Ryan blowing a line: “Did you hear the noise-THE NEWS?”, and then trying to do a Gibb-esque high note.

I also love Ryan’s very confused expression when Colin names him Captain Hummingbird.
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And Colin just has this shrug which also kills me. At which point Ryan goes right into his hyperactive bird schtick

The image of Ryan fluttering all over the stage and Colin subtly boogieing while trying to think of something is ALSO fantastic

Then, as Chip leaps in, he does so in a motion that startles Ryan and hurts Colin’s leg. Everything in this scene is working. EVERYTHING

Then, Chip lap-dancing against Colin as he does more 70s dance moves. Oh man.

Then, Chip does a direct callback/insult to Ryan: “DID YOU HEAR THE NOSE- THE NEWS?
Ryan:
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I also love the dynamic of Wayne, trying to kick everyone’s ass, while Chip is trying to grind against Wayne

Wayne has another astonishingly simple solution. Because of course.

After getting 20 dollars from Colin, Chip leaps off in the exact same way he leapt on

Ryan, at the edge of cracking: “I’m gonna go just because my arms are tired..”

Drew: “…Colin, all the points go to you for that one. When COLIN starts a game out physical, all the others are goin ‘uh oh..”

Probably one of my favorite Superheroes playings ever. The littlest parts of this, like Colin’s shrug, Chip slamming Ryan, and Colin’s old-person switch, elevate even the broad stuff that everyone’s gonna laugh at anyway.

Duet: Chip and Wayne sing a line-dancing song to Kris, an accountant’s assistant

Wayne gets the twang down, and has fun lines like “she likes to assist cause she can’t count for herself”

Chip OBVIOUSLY has this style down, and has some little Georgia Satellites yodel-singing in there as well.

This is an okay Duet, but I feel like Kris dragged it down a bit by being so neutral about the whole thing.

Scenes Cut from a Movie:

The Braveheart scene is a nice experiment in long-form improv- Colin is just unsure about how this is gonna work, and his sort of Scottish reluctance contrasts greatly with the film, and Wayne’s character. It’s one of those where the funny isn’t evident immediately.
Wayne: “All ya have to do is RUN IN STARK NAKED SCREAMIN AT THE TOP OF YOUR LUNGS”
Colin: “Okay, okay…I’m not runnin’ anywhere naked…IT’S BLOODY COLD OUT THERE. MAH CABER’LL SHRIVEL UP FASTER THAN…”
Wayne: “It’s alright, I’ll protect Nessie.”

The Exorcist one is much sooner to the point- Wayne’s puking, and Colin’s the angry janitor, going “I’M QUITTING THIS JOB.”

Free Willy also takes a while to get to the joke, as Wayne and Chip take a while getting to a punchline [they cook the whale and sell it for free], so Drew buzzes multiple times.

The Star Wars one is literally just an excuse to do impressions, but they’re good impressions- Wayne’s Lando is always solid, and Chip debuts his spot-on C3P0. Colin’s Chewie is silly enough, and Ryan just comes in for a gag as R2.

Not a great one to finish this game’s run with. Not a lot worked here at all. But Drew’s still doing Billy Dee as they go back to the seats.
Drew: “Hey, Colt 45, gets ’em every time..”
Wayne, as Lando: “One of the galaxy’s FINEST malt beverages…”

Greatest Hits: Songs of the Cowboy v2

Ryan: “Hey, Colin, what’s another name for Cow-poke?”
Colin:
Screen Shot 2019-12-26 at 11.44.14 AM.pngRyan thankfully clears up that it’s Cowboy: “Besides, you’ve done your time…”

Colin: “Well, as our regular viewers know, I have 8 children, although only three of them are actually mine…[glares at Ryan]”
That silence says it all. I just love their dynamic in this game

I love Colin’s Hanson song title: “MMMMMMMMMM…ooooo.”

Wayne and Chip’s Hanson number is pretty fun, and a good taste of 90s-era teen pop.

I love Wayne unbuttoning his shirt for the grunge number, and keeping his head down

I also love Chip’s Cobain-esque grunty “I HAVEN’T EATEN IN TWO WEEKS” to start the song
Also…damn this one is awesome. Chip has the 90s Seattle grunge bit down, and Laura and Linda have a very Soundgarden/Alice-in-Chains-esque backing track in there

Chip keeps it going, too, leaping off the stage and towards the cameras, and doing some long, Layne-Staley-esque yells

I do think it’s funny that Ryan offered up the title “That Horse Looks Good” as a sort of sexual inclination, but Wayne and Chip took it as ‘we wanna eat the horse’

Colin, post-song: “…I just realized, it wasn’t grunge I was into…”

I love Ryan screwing up and saying it’s a Ballad after already introing a Doo-Wop song, then combining it as a ‘Doo-Wop Ballad’

Chip and Wayne’s doo-wop ballad is a career high for them in this game, I think. It sounds like something they would have put out in that era, and the lyrics are so smartly done. Hell, Wayne even uses the phrase “bustin’ a cap in his ass”, and it still comes off as earnest.

Cut from the same cloth as the GH from E16, quality-wise as well, but They Shot My Pa is a classic number.

Hoedown: Plastic Surgery v2

Like the last version of this, Drew goes for a slam in his verse, saying “at least when he got done with me I didn’t look like Ryan”

Colin’s is about his mother getting so much plastic surgery “her bum is at her neck.”
And immediately after, he just shakes his head and shrugs. He had nothing

Ryan’s, of course, is a rebuttal verse- he gets surgery, “I thought that I might shoot myself because I looked like Drew”

Not as good as the other one from this taping.

Overall: A very, very okay selection of games, with a lot failing to really get a reaction out of me…and, alternatively, an AMAZING Superheroes and that awesome Doo-Wop number in GH. So…a very mixed bag, and the quality is stretched in two different directions. I did like that Chip was in every game tonight, which is rare for him.

Show Winners: Everybody
Best Performer: …hell, I’m giving it to Chip Esten. He boosted the singing games, he was high-energy all night, and his Hoedown was better than Colin’s IMO.
Worst Performer: Wayne was in, and did, the least tonight.
Best Game: HAS to be Superheroes. That one was masterful.
Worst Game: Duet was very average.

COMING UP NEXT: In the essence of…I don’t know what, we go back to Season 2 and take a look at some extra games from Kathy’s first taping, featuring…a LANDMARK Three-Headed Broadway Star

Whose Watchdown is it Anyway: S03E32, or That’s Almost Like Humor

The 305 taping, which has been admittedly a mixed bag, was at least a testing ground for some new games. A few we’ve seen, like Survival Show and Reunion, never got played again, and we get another one of those here. A lot of new games introduced this season where meant to emphasize Greg’s role, and like Appraisal (which never aired), none of these really caught on. I give them credit for trying, but the way to let Greg shine could have just been pairing him with Ryan or Colin in scene games, not having him proctor a bunch of times.

Superheroes: No More Shampoo
Greg: Captain Dandruff
Ryan: Elvis Kid
Colin: Captain Bondage
Wayne: Trick Tap-Dancing Kid

Two people begin by yelling, as loud as they can, “CAPTAIN FLATULENCE!”
Drew: “…we did it already!”
[So does that mean this was the Superheroes cut from either the 203 taping or the 210 taping?]

Drew: “No more shampoo, Captain Dandruff, what are you gonna do?”
Greg, in a very Greg way: “…stand by for the next episode.”

Greg: “Hmm, I wonder, was Captain Flatulence just here?”
HEH

Greg, continuing a trend from last show: “GREAT LEAPING…SNOWY FLAKES OF DEAD SKIN!”

Ryan: “Sorry I’m late, it was snowin’ outside”

Ryan, as the Elvis kid, notes “I gotta give Cilla a call”. Yes, this means Priscilla, but as a Whose Line fan I immediately thought he meant Cilla Black

Greg, also continuing a trend, to Colin: “Wow, how d’you do that, no flakes at all!”
Colin gives him a look, and possibly mutters something
Greg: “THERE’S NO SHAMPOO LEFT!”
Colin, blunt: “who cares?”

Wayne’s solution is a simple “I’m gonna go to the store.” Ugh

Greg, after Wayne leaves: “Who was that man, I wanted to spank him!”

A pretty light Superheroes. Greg tried, but the jokes were kinda self-contained

Film, TV & Theater Styles: Three soldiers wading through a dangerous river on a mission to blow up an enemy bridge, Colin is the tough sergeant, and Ryan and Wayne are two rookies who have reached their breaking point

Colin’s first line is unintelligible gruff nonsense. 10/10

Ryan: “I’ve reached my breaking point.”
Colin: [hits with gun]

By the time Drew adds styles, Wayne hasn’t said a line yet. Almost like we really don’t need 3-person F&TS or something. Although there is a cut, so maybe something happened?

After getting bigger guns in Anime, Drew calls Charlie’s Angels, and they do silly poses with them.

The Spanish Soap Opera style is funny because none of them really know spanish. Wayne mutters ‘Maria Conchito Alonso”, and Greg starts howling in the back
Ryan, knowing the audience, mutters ‘West Covina’

Ryan prompting everyone to dance around the stage in Burlesque got a laugh out of me, but it shouldn’t really have taken this long

Not a great F&TS. The scene never got going, the styles didn’t help, and it was kind of a mess.

Wedding: Kristen, from the audience, who stresses like you wouldn’t believe, is marrying Colin. Greg officiates, Ryan’s the drunken relative, Wayne’s the entertainer

This does give us a new aspect of improv, using a real-life couple and their story/characteristics in the improv. They’d do this a lot better in First Date during Improv-A-Ganza [“I’m sorry, I had the poo beans”], but here Drew interviews a couple about what the wife does that can be used in the scene. And he promptly nearly falls into the next row of audience members.
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Drew: “Man, 200 crew guys just yelled ‘MY MORTGAGE!”
Greg: “We were just watching our career pass before our eyes”

This is basically an excuse for Greg to take the reins of the show, and improvise his way through this whole thing like a Vegas show. Which is nice, because until the Vegas shows, we wouldn’t get many opportunities to see that

Colin says Kristen’s the most beautiful person he’s ever seen.
Greg: “Is she better than your last 3 wives, you think?”
Colin:
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Ryan enters as ‘Uncle Bob’, and gives Kristen a hug…and promptly gives her another one. This is clearly going on Sid Caesar-esque ‘repeat/milk if funny’ logic.

Greg: “Now Uncle Bob, you used to take Colin for walks, didn’t ya?”
Ryan discloses here that he “thought I was Kristen’s uncle”, as Greg sort of lapped himself in family logic, but Ryan rolls with it anyway. This can be the problem with Greg handling a scene, as he’ll make little lapses like this.
Ryan: “Well, I’m actually both their uncles, which is very odd”

Colin introduces Wayne as James Brown’s brother, Wayne Brown. Which is a very nice improv gift to give Wayne

And, of course, Wayne’s James Brown is routinely great

Greg, as Wayne’s in mid-song, drapes his jacket over Wayne, which Wayne throws off after like a second

This is a pretty interesting scene. It’s loose enough, allows everyone to do something fun throughout the scene, has a musical component, involves an audience member’s story, and is one of the few glimpses of a longer-form improv game in this show. The only issue is that this playing was very okay, and didn’t work as well as it could have, which means any future playing had to be really thought about. This is a very complicated game to play, and I wish they would have done it at a future taping to see if it had legs, but i see why they stopped at one.

Greatest Hits: Songs of the Safari v2:

I love the audience turning on Ryan’s ‘safari so good’ joke, and Colin taking full advantage by going, with a big smile, “WHY, RYAN…That’s almost like humor!”
Ryan has to limit himself to a single hurt glance at Colin without breaking the facade

Colin, on being a chorus member on Broadway: “I didn’t get very far, and I broke my hip 15 times”

Wayne spends an extra few seconds laughing at “there’s a pygmy in my pocket and a rhino on my tail”

Wayne is clearly aping Chicago in his musicality and patter. Him throwing in random animal sounds helps

Colin’s exclamation that this show won “15 Tonys and a Jeff” gets a very long, drawn out audience reaction

Colin tries to do a “IF YOU CALL RIGHT NOW” gag
Ryan: “You can’t call right now, the lines are busy
Colin:
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he just holds this
[The laughs have been very few this show, but this was a good one]

Colin: “And we will send you absolutely free…the packaging…it comes in.”

Ryan, innocently enough, asks Colin what he likes “on your burritos, or taco chips”
Colin knows what he must NOT say: “Whyyyy…a little bit…of PAPER.”
[Drew and Greg start absolutely losing it. This kind of refusal to say the style on the card is pretty hysterical.]
Ryan, still trying: “Say the paper you’re eating is kind of BLAND. What would you put on the PAPER to make it more exciting.”
Colin: “SALT.”
Ryan, still trying: “…SA. SALSA.”
Dear god

Ryan does a ‘simply titled’ one for this salsa song: [LOUD ELEPHANT NOISE]

Somehow makes a salsa song with this title work really damn well, which is a testament to his musical improv skills

Not as good as the other GH from this taping, but still strong, and that Salsa banter is classic.

Three-Headed Broadway Star: Wayne, Ryan and Drew sing ‘B-Block Wife’, from the Musical ‘Doin’ Time’, to Michelle

We’re still getting the SHOW for this song, for some reason, but okay. It’s early, I’ll be fine with it.

This is a pretty standard song, but I love Wayne’s move to end the sentence “come to my cell late” with “…TEEERR…”

I love Wayne’s horror in what’s happening with the “Shower with me” line, followed with a well sung “Don’t drop the SOOOOAP”. Wayne is shaking his head

I love that Drew forgets to cut to commercial until after sending Michelle back to her seat. Ryan basically has to remind him.

Pretty limp 3HBS.

Overall: Not a lot stood out to me at all. Only Greatest Hits worked, and even that one had some flaws early. Wedding was a nice experiment that could have worked better, and both F&TS and 3HBS just didn’t have the laughs I wanted. This may be the second consecutive season that some of the weakest shows are Greg shows, and while it’s not exactly his fault, his style of proctoring isn’t the most open-ended, and a lot of times he makes concrete decisions that negate other people’s.

Show Winner: Greg
Best Performer: Ryan over Wayne for making them do a Drop the Soap joke in 3HBS.
Worst Performer: Greg made more faux pas’ tonight, sadly.
Best Game: Greatest Hits by default.
Worst Game: 3 Headed Broadway Star had like 2 funny lines.

COMING UP NEXT: It’s been like 10 shows since we’ve seen Chip Esten. Let’s go back to the 303 taping to see if there’s any more zaniness hiding there.