We’re rounding the last few shows of S3, and things are about to get weird. In the remaining 9 shows of the season, only 5 of them are from S3 tapings- 2 are from S2, which is normal and fine, but two are from the rounds of S4 tapings that have already commenced by the time S3 is airing. One of them is an understandable push-forward, and the other…isn’t. Like, you’re gonna be backlogged with S3 stuff for 4 more seasons, why dry it up now?
Anyway, this Greg Proops episode is one of two straight Greg shows that mark his last S3 tapings of…S3. He’ll be around later, but for a very special occasion. This one’s from the 307 taping, which we’ve gotten pretty good stuff from so far.
The points don’t matter, “just like who the president is”
This was filmed after the 2000 election results. And it’s pretty relevant as I type this now, as the US president has been impeached.
Superheroes: Out of Doughnuts
Greg: Imaginary Friend Boy
Ryan: Break-Up and Make-Up kid
Colin: Overly Sensitive Kid
Wayne: Matrix Boy
For the record, this is the first of three straight episodes starting with Superheroes.
The audience member who suggests Imaginary Friend Boy has a notably high-pitched voice, one that Greg cracks at and Drew and Ryan imitate lovingly
Greg, to someone: “No, don’t you DARE say that about Drew, I think he’s fantastic!”
And then, to someone else: “No, Colin IS TOO trying to grow it back…”
Colin, from the sidelines, shakes his head. I can imagine this is Game 1 of the taping, and the abuse has started THIS EARLY.
Greg’s cry of ‘GREAT LEAPING SALAMANDERS’ cracks up Drew, and eventually Greg
Ryan: “YOU LOOK HORRIBLE TODAY I’m so sorry..” [hugs Greg]
I love Ryan
Ryan: “GET OFF ME- come closer.”
Colin, still sore: “I HURRIED OVER AS QUICKLY AS [drops, to Greg] I’m not talking to you, four-eyes.”
There are some surprised OHHHs from the audience
Ryan, as this swerves his hand, cracks: “THE OVERLY SENSITIVE KID…”
And the dynamic between the three of them for the next 10 seconds is hysterical, as all three are a mix of emotions that just fit together
Colin: “DADDY, DADDY, WHY DID YOU LEEEAVE…”
Wayne’s Matrix stunts are pretty cool, and showcase his physical abilities pretty well
Wayne then, for the SECOND SHOW IN A ROW, tries doing a stunt off of Drew’s desk, and comes within foot-length of the neon light. Because this one filmed directly before the 308 taping, Ryan doesn’t react- it’s more of an omen for 3×38 than anything..
Wayne’s solution is a cool one- he has the donuts fly at him like bullet time.
Greg, to someone else: “I like his ass too!”
Wayne: [waves and blows a kiss to this imaginary friend]
Ryan: “SHUT UP!”
Colin: “Was he making fun of me?”
Greg: “No, I don’t think so”
Then he fails at keeping composed at something an imaginary friend says, and Colin dropkicks him offscreen. I’m loving this one.
Ryan: “I NEVER WANNA SEE YOUR FACE AGAIN- dinner at 8?”
And Greg ends the scene by addressing all his imaginary friends and saying “COME ON EVERYBODY, WE’RE GOING TO LEGOLAND!”
Such a fun Superheroes. So much happened! And Greg had so much fun with his, even if it meant pissing off Colin
Song Styles: Wayne sings to Robin, a Candy Girl, as Louie Armstrong
Oh, so THAT’S why Greg went up in Hats and just said “I’m a Candy Girl in Vegas…”
Though Robin specifies she works at a Casino in Gardena, which Wayne starts discretely writing down
…having Anne King on trumpet does give a pretty cool effect to this, tbh
Then, Wayne starts doing the face and we can already see he’s got this down
Wayne has a truly silly pun: “She’s arrived…in the nic’o’tine…”
Wayne glances at Colin after this, and we see Colin start laughing soonafter
Wayne even has a cool line with “Hurry up with my pack of Kools, lend me a Snickers.”
And then Wayne does a great job miming alone with Anne’s trumpet playing
Even better, he starts riffing along with Anne, doing some vocal trumpet work as Anne responds. It’s a really fun collaboration
SUCH A GREAT Wayne number. Probably one of his best solo SS ones in a while, as he just dominated, especially in the back-and-forth with Anne.
Improbable Mission: Mow the Lawn
Ryan immediately has a subversion- the tape is actually a letter. “I’ll read it, you listen to my thoughts.”
SO ALREADY WE’RE AT ‘UNBELIEVABLE’
Greg, reading: “Hello, how are you? I am fine. RECENTLY, OUR FAMILY-”
Ryan, throwing it away: “THIS IS FROM MY AUNT.”
Greg has a nice gag with going back on the Grand Duke’s name 3 times before concluding: “The Grand Duke of Hardtopronouncia”
Ryan: “The White House. That’s more than 500 miles away.”
Colin, thinking: “…YEAH…but, you know what? If we go in the other direction, it’s next door!”
I love this game
Ryan mentions that there’s a lot of security. Colin asks for a chocolate bar, which Ryan hands over. Colin…proceeds to eat it while thinking. It’s a very classic, Abbott-and-Costello style gag that Ryan can’t help but laugh at
This whole game is just a series of bizarre solutions. Colin eventually goes with “I’LL DIG A HOLE UNDERNEATH THE GRASS, YOU PULL IT DOWN UNTIL IT’S LEVEL.”
Ryan, about to go under: “THIS…COULD TAKE A WHILE…”
He then mimes going under and plucking each individual blade of grass
Colin: “Put on this sheep costume.”
Colin nervously shakes his head
Colin sets up that all the sheep are gonna be on the lawn, and Ryan needs to entice them
Ryan: “Put on my French maid outfit. YOU HEARD ME.”
Colin: “…on me?”
Ryan: “NO, ON ME.”
Ryan falls back after getting half the lawn mowed: “AND I’M INJURED. IT’S UP TO YOU.”
It’s a good picture of the haphazard balance of control in this game. Sometimes it’s Ryan doing a lot of the work, sometimes it’s Colin. This was Ryan’s cue that Colin needs to do some.
I love Ryan making sure he’s on the same page as Colin as he’s solving the conflict [“WAIT, YOU’VE…TURNED THE LAWN OVER?” “THAT’S RIGHT!”]
Colin: “I broke into the presidential pool room. I ripped off the top of- DO I HAVE TO EXPLAIN EVERYTHING???”
Again, they’re not on the same page, and they’re still going ahead with the scene, but they’re trying so hard
Ryan: “The felt off the top of the pool…what are all these stains?”
OH GOD. Even Colin cringes there.
Annnd Drew has to kill it there.
Drew, to the four: “When he makes jokes about presidential stains, that’s when I hit the buzzer.”
Drew thanks Ryan for “getting the sheep image in my head. Now I can count you if I get sleepy tonight…”
I really liked this playing. Granted, both performers were on shaky ground for most of the scene, and a lot of the wackier moments happened thanks to individual merits, but it was still really funny. The entire sheep in a French Maid outfit was so bizarrely WL that it worked.
Scenes from a Hat:
The game begins with this visual:
Greg’s zeal in both fast-forward suggestions is great, especially the ‘date-to-impotence’ one
I love Wayne doing an elaborate handshake to Colin as the Queen, and how puzzled Colin is the whole time
Ryan, improper etiquette when meeting the queen: “OKAY, WHO AM I- [does facial impression of Prince Charles]”
“The Good News and the Bad News” makes its debut here. I always like when they do this one.
Wayne: “Ooh, the election’s over….President Bush?”
Ryan: “The good news is…the surgery was successful and now you look like a movie star. The bad news is that movie star is Drew Carey.”
Greg, to Wayne: “MERRY CHRISTMAS, TOMMY…IT’S GEPPETO ON DVD!”
LOUD BUZZ BEFORE HE CAN FINISH
Wayne, trying to save face: “…I *LIKE* IT. I was IN IT, I liked it!”
Greg, trying: “…the bad news was it was Christmas…”
Drew: “Pull the string on the Drew Carey doll and it says…”
Colin, perfectly timed: “…it was nice the time we worked together, Greg, you’re fired.”
Ryan: [comes onstage]
Drew, audibly: “…no…”
Ryan, pulls string: “LOWER.”
I love Greg’s hesitance to go up. Drew just goes “whatever you want, baby, I don’t care.”
Greg, pulling string: “…Mimi and I are the same person.”
OH MAN. The place explodes. Drew has to fight to keep from laughing too hard
Drew: “Announcements that will cause this audience to go wild.”
Ryan, to a room of tired taping participants: “In 10 minutes, we bring out the liquor.”
Wayne: “….I’M THE LICKER.”
Ryan: “Everyone pull out their ticket stubs…we will now raffle off Drew’s Porsche.”
Pretty strong SFAH, though it took like 2 or 3 to get really good
Hoedown: Rock Star
I love Wayne’s insinuation that N’Sync get more women than most rock stars. A. One of them is gay, and B. Only one of them is Timberlake.
Drew’s one is fine, and ends in the realization that “Colin Mochrie is my only groupie”
Colin’s clever, saying he’s a rock star who slept with all these supermodels
“Well I didn’t get one, but that is her loss
A Rolling Stone never gets no Kate Moss”
Ryan: “Rock ‘n roll isn’t the best music I found
But at least they don’t have to do a stinkin’ Hoedown.”
Solid Hoedown. No real dud verses.
Also, the credit reading features Ryan playing a character from a Let’s Make a Date playing that never aired, as a hypnotist trying to enslave the audience.
Overall: This one started off super strong, proceeded to shift to just plain ‘really good’ for a bit, and ended with an Okay hoedown. So, true to form for this taping, a solid show but a bit more uneven than I’d like. I’ll admit this one’s better than its cousins from the same taping, as everything was really good (even Hoedown), and I’d say that there are several highlights, even from games that weren’t THE best (SFAH had a ton of highlights). We also just had some really fun vibes, especially from the first 3 games- Superheroes and Song Styles were outstanding, and Improbable Mission outdid its shakiness to still entertain me. I also thought Drew was pretty responsive in this one, and he’s slowly getting looser and looser behind that desk.
Show Winner: Greg
Best Performer: By a very slim margin, I am giving this one to Greg Proops. He appeared in the least amount of games, but his ratio of highlighted-games per-games-played was higher than Colin’s.
Worst Performer: Honestly, Ryan’s stuff seemed pretty ‘been there done that’ aside from Improbable Mission.
Best Game: Superheroes, man. Just the most full.
Worst Game: Hoedown, but you could guess that.
COMING UP NEXT: Another Greg show, back to the 305 taping, and breeding ground for several new games. We’ll see one of them next.