Whose Watchdown is it Anyway: S03E31, or I’m Not Talking to you, Four-Eyes!

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


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.


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.”

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.”
Ryan: “AGAIN?”
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:
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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.”
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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.”
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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.

Whose Watchdown is it Anyway: S03E30, or FORGET THE PING!

The wealth of quality of quantity in Brad Sherwood’s episodes continues with this show from the same taping that brought us the 200 Pound Snatch show and the equally strong E24. Noting the rundown, we might be in for some similar quality here.

Hollywood Director: Ryan and Wayne are two motorists who run into each other while parking, Brad’s a police officer who arrives at the scene

Wayne is using this very wimpy, effete, yet angered voice for his character
Ryan: “…I didn’t do that to your voice, did I?”

Brad’s trend of loud Hollywood Director entrances begins here, with a police siren

Brad, in assessing the situation, beats up Wayne, going back to the overall point about the LAPD from this season. Wayne even starts taping him

Colin: “I think it was Tennessee Williams who said ‘Y’ALL ARE CRAP’

Colin, to Wayne: “You, YOU need a stepladder to get to THEIR LEVEL of crap”
From here, pretty much all of the rest of Colin’s HD playings have crap jokes

Ryan and Wayne doing the slow-motion stunts version of the crash is fun, cause Ryan adds the detail of his head running through the glass

Wayne also throws in the visual of him bouncing off the motorcycle and onto the ground several times. I also love how Colin’s in the shot, and you can see him just watching without a reaction

AND THEN, Wayne rolls towards the neon light, and nearly comes within a foot’s distance of breaking it. Ryan, having already experienced his run-in with the light 2 tapings earlier, starts going ‘WHOOOAH’, trying to get him away from there while keeping composure

Then, as Brad’s entrance, he steps on the four chairs and comes in from the back, which is fun

Then, as Brad starts beating up Wayne in slow-mo, RYAN JOINS IN. That’s a fun touch

Colin: “CRAP! CRAP! [to Ryan] ALL RIGHT.”

Ryan, now on Colin’s good side: “I thought so too.”
Drew loves this bit

Colin: “So do it like frat boys”
[three people clap]
Colin: “…NAKED”
[whole place goes wild]

Brad, instead of a cop entrance, runs across the back and goes “PARTY DUDES”

Then, even better, Brad starts beating up Wayne with his member, going ‘PING! PING!’.

Ryan: “I’m 45 years old!”
Colin: “I KNOW. [to Brad] FORGET THE PING.”
Brad: “…no ping?”

Ryan and Wayne crashing vehicles passionately is fantastic, especially the ‘OHHH’ Ryan emits

A really good HD, with fantastic variance and repetition jokes from the main 3, and solid work from Colin.

Duet: Brad and Wayne sing a Vaudeville song to Kim, a giant sea otter at the Long Beach aquarium

Wayne, first line: “Now, your dad’s proud of his daughter
Grew up to be a big SEA OTTER!”

Brad: “Well you truly passed the test
Breaking clams upon your chest”
Kim: [breaks]

Wayne: “MR. JOHNSON?”
Wayne has to take a moment after that name


Brad: “Well, she’s not quite Flipper
And her costume has a zipper!
Which I’d like to…unzip now!”
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Wayne: “Can ya tell me what’s the best part of going on a date with a mascot like Kim?”
Dear lord this song is so tacky, but so fun

A really fun, accurate Vaudeville number, with goofy stuff from Wayne and Brad

Sound Effects: Colin is John Hammond, the Scottish owner of Jurassic Park, Ryan is the scientist who realizes things are going terribly wrong

I love Gloria’s overwhelmed reaction to having to do Sound Effects

And yeah, Gloria’s reluctance is cracking up Ryan, and ESPECIALLY COLIN.

Drew describing Colin as the “Scottish owner of Jurassic Park” gives him a very confused reaction, as he turns to Ryan.

Ryan starts the scene on a microscope, but Gloria starts revving an engine anyway even if it doesn’t fit. Ryan shrugs, and gets off of a motorcycle

Gloria keeps doing random sound effects despite not really being prompted.
Colin: “Let me turn off the radio”
Gloria: “AAAA. AAAAA.”
Diane, following: “AAAAA.”
Colin: [closes window]

Colin, after several more random SFX: “oh LISTEN, COMPLETE SILENCE.”
Gloria: “….”
Ryan: “That’s what I mean…”

Colin: “OCH NO-”
Ryan just assumes there’s a baby in the lab, and goes “NO, DADDY’S…”
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Gloria, randomly: “AAAAHHH”
Colin: ‘that was my best impression, look” [does a zombie impression]
Gloria: “AAAAAHHH”

The basic ‘hook’ of this scene is that Gloria doesn’t know that she must wait for Ryan and Colin to prompt her in order to do SFX. So she’s just doing any SFX she wants, including bringing back the baby to placate Ryan. For the first real time, the scene is not at the mercy of Ryan and Colin- it’s at the mercy of the audience members. And that’s a very interesting subversion

Then, as Gloria and Diane keep doing baby gibberish

Ryan, picking it up: “not a very big one, is it?”

Ryan: ‘quick…raptors”
Gloria and Diane make some whirring and beeping noise that slowly slow down and quiet themselves
Ryan: “…they seem pretty peaceful…”

Colin: “I’ll just cock it.”
Gloria: “PEEWWW!”
Colin: [acts embarrassed]
Ryan: “point it AWAY from me…”

Ryan, as the game ends, doesn’t hold back, saying “That was WONDERFUL” to Gloria and Diane. I mean, I have to think he was thankful that they actually DID sound effects, as opposed to most audience members who don’t get the hint when prompted. And they did get the hang of it as the game went on.

Such a funny game of this. Gloria may be one of the single funniest sound effects audience members in the show’s history. Hers were ridiculous. And Colin and Ryan were so good at responding to the madness

Brad, back at the seats, does an impression of the baby noises
Drew: “I bet the grandkids look forward to her bedtime stories…”

Three Headed Broadway Star: Wayne, Brad & Colin sing ‘Whenever I See Your Warts’ to Shauna

They already did a 3HBS this taping as a Drew game, but here’s the other one, meaning everyone in the cast got to play this game, and Wayne got to play twice

I love Brad coming forward to hug Shauna, rather than letting all three shake her hand. It’s a variant on Ryan coming down to introduce himself to the hot audience member in games he’s not in

“When I see your warts I get so
Colin: “HORNY.”
Wayne: “…yes.
Brad: “HORNY.”

“When I look at those cute
Colin: ‘…bumps
Wayne: “I”
Brad: “Get”
Colin, again at a loss: “…RED.”

I am reminded how melodic and high-octave Brad can get, and he’s a moral center of this game.

Colin, again takes a second or two for his sentence ender, and goes with a loud, abrupt, “BUMPS.”

Wayne: “Waaaarts.”
Brad: “are.”
Colin: “…Warty.”
Wayne: “Yoooours
Brad: “are.”
Colin, without a choice: “SPORTY!”

I get a kick out of Colin painfully trying to replicate Brad’s high-octave note

Brad: “AND THE-” He then realizes his snafu, and buckles
Colin, helping: ‘THEY!”

An underrated playing of this. Colin had the best moments, but Brad’s intensity gave this some flair, and Wayne was at the edge of laughter for most of it, as was Shauna.

Quick Change: Colin is a woman in labor, Brad is the doctor, and Ryan enters as the anxious father (Drew calls change)

Oh, man. One of my favorite playings of this. God bless Brad for bringing it to the US version

Wayne is cracking up at the scene description before they even show him on camera, eventually reading: “Colin is a woman in labor.”
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THIS WORKS SO WELL. In E24, we saw him play a woman in Two Line Vocab, then wish “let me play a man in a scene” in SFAH. And now we have this, which means we have a THREE-PART ‘Colin plays the woman’ arc in this taping.

Colin: “I’m feeling in a lot of pain.”
Drew: “Change”
Colin: “I feel giddy. Very giddy”
Drew: “Change”
Colin: “…not bad”

Brad: “I can see you’re starting to dilate.”
Drew: “Change”
Brad, exact same read: “You know, you need to shave.”
THAT sent me laughing this time
Colin, knowing when this goes out, feels his chin

Ryan, entering: “Sorry I’m late, I got caught in traffic”
Drew: “Change”
Ryan: “Sorry I’m late, I was havin’ dinner with a thin woman.”
Colin: “I can’t believe you thought of yourself, you ungrateful…goof.”
Drew: “Change”
Colin, sweetly: “Really? That’s so sweet that you were helping thin people eat”
Ryan, with earnest: “I brought you a pork chop”

Brad, already changing: “I need you to go get me a pizza.”
Drew: “Change”
Brad, still going: “I WANT PEPPERONI…AND A SLICE EEL.”
Ryan: “Oh, wait, I brought one from the restaurant.”
[Smart move, as he’s gotta stay in the scene]

Drew: “Change”
Colin: “AH, OH. FIRE!”
Ryan: “FIRE? Hopefully your water’ll break pretty soon, put that out!”
Brad: [mops like this is all normal]

Ryan: “I’ve come to the conclusion I think we should name it Bill.”
Drew: “Change”
Ryan: “I think we should name it Drew”
Drew: “Change”
Ryan: “I think we should name it C3P0”

Brad: “Here, put on those scrubs”
Drew: “Change”
Brad: “Dress in that hula skirt and keep me entertained!”
Drew: “Change”
Brad: “Shave your head in the mirror!”
Colin: “AH, THE HEAD!”
I always lose it at that juxtaposition

Brad, realizing he means Colin’s baby’s head: “OH, YOU’RE RIGHT…Hello, Fella!”
I love Brad in this game
Colin even gives him a confused look

Colin: “AH! AH! AH! AH!”
Drew: “Change”
Colin, with perfect delivery: “…OOOKLAHOMA!”
I will never not laugh at that

I love the displaced ‘EEEW’s at Brad biting off the umbilical cord. And how pleased he seems with it

Oh, man, I love that game. I still love it now, because every line works, all three have funny lines of dialogue, there’s a great ending, and Brad does the heavy lifting and works SO WELL. They really should have played this game more often.

Overall: Dear lord, this taping was ironclad. This is the THIRD top-tier show we’ve gotten from this taping, OUT OF THREE. Which means they couldn’t have cut a weak show from this taping if they tried. Nothing in this show even felt meh. Sound Effects was meant to be the tentpole, and my god did it deliver, with some pants-wettingly funny stuff from Gloria. Director was a strong opener, Quick Change was an ELECTRIC closer, and Duet and 3HBS were solid singing games. Not much is wrong with this show at all, and I say that mostly because the fourth-seater, Brad, didn’t feel overshadowed at all. I’d love to just go through this taping in its order, and see how everything flowed into each other, because it seems like a pretty complete portrait of a WL taping.

Show Winner: Wayne
Best Performer: Colin gets it for carrying SFX, Director and 3HBS, but Brad should get an honorable mention for his strong work all night.
Worst Performer: Once again, Wayne didn’t have much to do at all tonight.
Best Game: I want to say Sound Effects…but I can’t. Because Quick Change is just phenomenal to me, and is one of my favorites. It’s also an all-time-great Brad game [HELLO, FELLA!]
Worst Game: I really don’t wanna say any of these games are bad, or even worse than the rest. I’ll just say Duet, because it was the most traditionally funny/corny one. But it was still great

COMING UP NEXT: Another show from the Greg taping that brought us episodes 19 and 21.

Whose Watchdown is it Anyway: S03E29, or I Don’t Know Anything About Vampires!

In our third of three Kathy Greenwood episodes in a row, we’re introduced to our third Kathy taping of the season. This is a pretty well-known taping, for reasons we’ll find out in 9 episodes. I’m interested to see if there’s any fallout from it hiding in this show.

Your first clue that something is off:
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[this episode vs. last episode. Notice something that isn’t lit?]

Also, note that Ryan has his blue shoes on.

Film & Theater Styles: Ryan is a truck driver running late, he stops to give a ride to hitchhikers Colin and his pregnant wife Kathy, who’s in labor

[Note that, for continuity, the shot of Kathy, Ryan and Colin coming downstage cuts off before he crosses to Drew’s desk, so we don’t see that the neon light is working at the top of the show]

Colin, top of the scene, to nervous Kathy: “WATCH…THE SHIRT.”

Ryan: “Hop right in”
Colin: “Well, hopping really isn’t an option”
Ryan: [closes door, prepares to take off]

As Kathy hops on, Drew buzzes, and we freeze in this position:
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[Colin would one up this next season]

Ryan: “IT’S A COP!”

Brady Bunch

Kathy, grabbing the baby: “OH, MY NOSE!”
I dunno why, but Kathy’s always really good at this style

Murder Mystery:
Colin: “I’m takin’ the baby. AND the cord…”
Then, Colin takes the baby, and Kathy has a great motion as slowly being pulled towards Colin as the cord is still attached

The croc hunter style ends on this visual:
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Drew: “…just stay like that for a minute”

The Gong Show style forces Colin to do a Jaye P. Morgan impression:
Colin: “…well, I thought it SAAAACKED….that’s the best Jaye P. I do…”

Ryan: “…you two aren’t married?”
Colin: “…no”
Ryan: “…you whore.”
There’s an audience reaction. Then Colin leans in and sounds out ‘HORROR’ for a confused Ryan. Ryan plays it off like an actual mistake, and apologizes to Kathy, trying to keep it in. I do think he actually misheard, but he maybe just didn’t actually have anything for horror? It’s kinda hard to tell.

Drew: “Thousand points to Ryan for using the word ‘whore’ on national TV.”

A really strong F&TS, with enough cohesive parts all throughout, and enough strong work from all 3.

Song Styles: Wayne sings to Michelle, a meter maid in Orange County, as Public Enemy

Wayne, thankfully, has listened to enough Public Enemy. He makes this a sort of ‘down with the establishment’ anthem against Meter Maids telling him where to park, and gets down a lot of the different members.

Wayne puts more energy into this one than to most Song Styles games, and it really pays off. It’s kind of a sequel to his invading Peru number from last show.

Ryan, postmortem: “…scared the HELL out of that little girl…”
Wayne: “That’s right, give ME a ticket…”

Millionaire Show: Jerry Springer version. Colin hosts, Ryan’s the contestant, Wayne’s in the audience, Kathy’s on the phone

For the record, this is the last-ever playing of this game. It’s had a good run, but it’s hard to edit the show when you have to add ample time for this one.

From a quick shot, you can see that this game happened before Party Quirks, as the neon light is still lit here.

Colin starts by censoring a long string of curse words.
Ryan: [punches Colin]

Ryan: “Million bucks? I can get a double-wide trailer…”

Colin: “If your mother divorces your…’FATHER’…”
Colin: “And marries your aunt’s uncle’s father’s son…”
As requested, the audience starts booing
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Colin finally finishes the question: “What relationship are you now to yourself?”

Ryan sets up Wayne as “a man who I *THINK* is my daddy.”

Wayne pathetically taunts Colin before eventually stopping midway through and going ‘…IT’S D.”

Ryan: “Actually I’ll go with A, cause I got a lot of Canadian friends”
Colin stands up, appalled
Ryan: “You want some of this?”
Colin: “Oh, I wouldn’t want that on a PLATE.”

Colin’s 2nd question concerns a transvestite, and what to do with one. D is “tell her to lose the chaps.” This one hasn’t aged well.
Ryan: “I don’t know anything about vampires…”
Colin: “Transvestites, not transylvanians, you moron!”

Ryan: “I wanna call the mother of my baby…my sister Alicia…”

Ryan, suddenly southern: “Is it A, B, C or D…I dunno WHERE I got an accent from all of the sudden…”

Colin, after Kathy admits that C’s her favorite number, reveals Kathy’s onstage, as well as revealing that her mic is a converted phone-mic. This entire time, people on the phone in this game have been using a phone equipped with a mic. Which is cool

Then, as Kathy comes onstage, she and Ryan kiss for an uncomfortable amount of time

Kathy, not following that logic, shrugs anyway.

The scene bypasses the final result, and ends with Colin kicking Ryan’s ass and furiously making out with Kathy, which is an amusing enough ending

A pretty good Millionaire Show. No chance of topping the Gangster Movie one, but still this one had some funny moments, a great Kathy performance, an unhinged Colin, and several nice deviations from the formula. I’ll sort of miss this game, but I do see why they stopped playing it.

Drew, moving on: “Let’s go onto a game called the Millionaire Show, this…no, it’s not”
Ryan, sighing:
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Motown Group: Wayne, Colin and Ryan ‘Do the Carjacker’

From the keyboard master shot, I can tell this game is ALSO before Party Quirks. The neon light is still lit.

Wayne, cracking up at the suggestion: “THAT’S A JOB NOW!”
As Drew explains the game, Wayne’s still cracking up at ‘carjacker’

Wayne: “I don’t have a car, man, I want yours!”

Colin: “The latest one they took made me perspire
Because I had Firestone tires.”

Ryan: “The last time I stole, I didn’t get far
The vehicle I stole was a POLICE car…”

A line of Wayne’s was cut out, something rhyming with ‘face’. How very sneaky

Wayne’s energy totally sells the last verse of this

A pretty alright playing of this, but there have been better ones.

Hoedown: Playboy Photographer

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Drew asks for a glamorous profession
Drew: “no, we said GLAMOROUS profession…”

Wayne talks about getting a job shooting for Hefner, but stopping “the day you said “hey Wayne, take pictures of Drew nude”

Drew: “What’s the best thing about working over there?
Well, I saw Wayne’s mom in her underwear.”
Wayne has this dejected look on his face, right until Drew gets him to dance around with him
Wayne, eventually: “HOW’D YOU KNOW?”
Drew: “…you got a fine mama.”

Colin has a very clever “Father Knows Breast” pun for his. After which, he just shakes his head and shrugs, knowing it wasn’t his best

Ryan does a hoedown about shooting Drew nude
“After looking at him I think I’ll need a telephoto lens”

A really good Hoedown, surprisingly. Everyone’s verse was pretty funny, even though there were slams all around

Overall: Another very solid show, even if it’s not especially top-tier. The highlights were Film and Theater Styles and Millionaire Show, and Kathy did better character work here than usual. Wayne also got a lot of time to shine, carrying Song Styles and Motown Group, and being the center of Hoedown. There wasn’t a lot of hints at 3×38, except for minute details, and while this wasn’t THE funniest assortment of games, I had more laughs than I did at last episode.

Show Winner: Kathy
Best Performer: Wayne Brady had some strong stuff all night, thank god.
Worst Performer: Ryan had a few moments, especially in F&TS and Millionaire Show, where he felt off. Maybe it was that whole taping, cause these games were pre-PQ
Best Game: Film & Theater Styles was the most concise for me.
Worst Game: Motown Group, as charming as it was, had the least to it.

COMING UP NEXT: Back to a Brad taping that’s given me 2 of my favorite shows of the season thus far. This one looks to have 2 of my favorite playings of games in there.

Whose Watchdown is it Anyway: S03E28 I’ve got a Bad Baryshnicough

We’ve had three shows from the 302 taping, the Milk Duds taping with Kathy. Two were good, one was meh. So, with this FOURTH show from here, I must ask, WHAT’S LEFT? The answer, looking at this rundown, seems to be ‘several extremely basic WL games’

Drew’s contestant intros have an Aerosmith theme, which is pretty great.

Let’s Make a Date: Kathy must choose from Wayne, 2 catfighting inmates in a women’s prison, Colin, recently arrived alien trying to learn behavior from the others, and Ryan, gradually turning into a nervous lizard

Drew: “Oh, wow, you got kinda screwed there, Ryan…”
Ryan, shaking his head: “yeah…”

Kathy: “What would be your turn-on?”
Wayne, smoking a cigarette: “YOU.”
[i kinda love his sleazy delivery on that]

Wayne doing the ‘beating someone against the prison bars’ motion is nice

Colin, once we get a lock on him, starts copying the physical motions of Wayne’s quirk, including the ‘prison bars’ mime, his head sort of tilted on an angle. It’s pretty impressive character work

Ryan’s gradual ‘nervous lizard’ face, which we’ve seen before, is funny, but then Colin starts doing it as well, and it’s fun to see them doing that in consecutive motion

The all-three pandemonium, with Wayne getting his nipples grabbed, Colin copying the motion absent-mindedly, and Ryan crouching onto the desk, is pretty funny

Colin, odd voice: “I AM SO CONFUSED.”
Something about this just gets me. In the middle of all this insanity and physical motion, a sole cry of illogical thought.

Kathy, cracking up as she asks: “#3, what would be your idea of foreplay…”
Ryan: [still waggling his tongue]

Kathy gets ’em all pretty spot on

A pretty solid game of this, with enough collaboration and insanity to stand out.

The ‘wonder-points’ banter bit is recycled from an earlier episode.

Scene with an Audience Member: On the Titanic, Ryan, and impoverished artist Molly, is doing a nude sketch of our audience member when her fiancee Colin enters

Molly, from the moment she comes down, seems very aloof and out of it. I don’t know if she’s just young, or just really calm and collected, but there’s something kinda odd about her

Drew, reading the scene description, gets to Molly’s part: “Oh man, I forgot to read this thing before I picked her.”
[Yeah, what if she’s underage!]
Drew even asks if her parents are in

Ryan, trying to avoid a prison sentence: “You see, if I look at you through your reflection in the mirror, it’s not like I’m REALLY LOOKING AT YOU…”

Colin, entering: “…what is this nude artist doing here?”
Ryan, again being very careful, puts HIS clothes back on

Colin: “I thought we had something special!”
Molly, still a bit green: “When’s the last time you took a bath?”
Colin: “…it’s always the bath thing with you, isn’t it?”

Molly, still a bit too giggly: “I think I’m going to be sick”
Colin: “No wonder! Look at him, he’s like a mutant jellyfish!”

Ryan: “Molly, tell him you want him to go!”
Molly: “Wow, you’re gorgeous!”
Colin triumphantly puts an arm around her
Ryan: “She’s looking at my painting.”

Ryan, trying to progress the scene, acts like “we hit something”. Colin and Molly don’t follow.
Ryan: “…I guess we only hit it on this side, as i’m the only one that moved…”

The scene ends kind of clumsily, but…to be honest, it was kinda clumsy all the way through. Molly was kind of a wet rag in this scene, and didn’t give a lot to her reads, and really just seemed like a bystander. There have been better playings of this game. I dunno if it was Drew’s fault, or if Molly smoked a joint before the show, but…this wasn’t great, even as Colin and Ryan tried

Props: Ryan & Kathy vs. Wayne & Colin

I love the inefficiency of Ryan’s Spock suggestion, as the props sort of swing back as he throws them on his ears

Screen Shot 2019-12-19 at 4.04.58 PM.pngColin: “Jim, I think I’ve figured out why the raking took so long…”

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Screen Shot 2019-12-19 at 4.06.44 PM.pngColin: “Well, there’s a fundamental flaw in the design of this teeter-totter…”

A pretty alright Props. Lots of original ideas on Colin’s side

Greatest Hits: Songs of the Marine Corps

Drew does mention he “used to be in the Marine Corps reserves”, which is a nice fun fact

I love Colin’s confusion over Ryan introing a ‘tex-mex’ hit.

Wayne’s song is a bit more of a Mariachi song, but it’s still pretty good.

Colin: “When I was young, I belonged to a folk group called Granola Joe and the Crispy Oatmeal Trio.”
Drew loves this one

Ryan seems to think Colin says “DROOL” instead of Jewel.
Colin: “No, ‘Drool’ was one of the Oatmeal Trio”

Wayne does nail the Lilith Fair quality of Jewel’s music, including the higher notes. I’m pretty impressed with this one

As Ryan’s throwing a few random details about Swing to specify that he’s not actually that old, Colin goes to his old standby, “SLEEP!”
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Wayne’s great in the swing number, even throwing in the line “in the shower, all men are created equal”

Colin awakens Ryan, and he thinks he’s a chicken.
Colin: “…aah, that’s good enough…”

Colin has a great song title for Santana: “Invading Peru for the hell of it”
The audience has a mixed reaction to this
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Wayne does make this a Supernatural-era Santana song, but has some very fun, critical lyrics about America invading countries. It’s a very pointed satirical song, and Wayne knocks it out of the park.

A solid GH, but even as far as GH games go this season, I wouldn’t rank it very high. There were some fun banter moments, and Wayne had some great songs, but, like most of this episode, not a lot stands out.

Foreign Film Dub: Drew and Kathy act out the Russian film Dead in the Gulag; Ryan and Colin translate

Ryan: “You must be a woman, because you have more hair than I do”

Kathy: [some really good, Andrea Martin-esque Russian]
Colin, well-delivered: “I am a woman, and I’m sick. I’ve got a bad Baryshnikov.”

Kathy: [explains what’s wrong in Russian]
Colin, a la Steve Frost: “…you wouldn’t understand”

Drew: [yells skyward]
Ryan: “I shall put on my tights and do the dance of love.”

Kathy is surprisingly into this, and starts clapping and singing something in Russian
Colin, in delivery that will never not crack me up: “I’M A LIT-TLE TEAPOT, SHORT AND STOUT.”

Drew: [shakes ass]
Kathy: [says something and pulls out a gun]
Colin: “…would you like some finger sandwiches?”

Drew: [feels belly while talking]
Ryan: “Already these tights are like a thong on me”

So this is one of my favorite FFDs from my childhood, it’s so goofy and nearly every line works. So it’s still pretty damn funny, and Kathy’s giving her all. I’d have gladly accepted this one in favor of one of the hoedowns.

Overall: Not much was left from this taping, as a lot of the games here felt depleted, dull, or just plain bizarre (Scene with an Audience Member), however, I did really like Foreign Film Dub, so it has that over some of the hot mess shows this season.

Show Winner: Wayne
Best Performer: Colin had the funniest lines, and took initiative in more scenes.
Worst Performer: Kathy, other than FFD, didn’t have many opportunities to prove herself.
Best Game: Foreign Film Dub is a sentimental favorite.
Worst Game: Scene with an Audience Member was just plain weird.

COMING UP NEXT: The last of 3 Kathy shows, and this one’s from a new taping. It’s a relatively low-key lineup for a taping that’d become infamous by the end of the season.

Whose Watchdown is it Anyway: S03E27, or Look, Those are Ryan’s Shoes!

This episode begins 3 straight Kathy Greenwood shows, and seeing as she’s improved a bit in the footage from the 302 taping, I’m kinda all for this. In fact, Kathy dominates the rest of S3, as we have 2 more tapings of hers to debut, plus one more 302 episode and one more episode from her S2 taping.

But here we get a new taping featuring a multi-colored ensemble from all four. Lots of pinks and purples.

Also, as this is one of the later S3 tapings, Ryan’s hair is back to its usual dark self

Questions Only: The patrons of an Old West saloon prepare for the arrival of the notorious Ugly Gang

Kathy, forgetting what game she’s in: “WELL HONEY I’VE BEEN…oh gosh, yes I am…”

Ryan, bringing back his ‘playing the piano’ character: “WHAT HAPPENED TO MY TEEETH…”

Ryan: “Where’d you hear that?”
Wayne: “Would you believe Bob, the little guy down the road who lives in a teepee?”
Ryan, in an effort to confuse everyone: “AIN’T BOB AN ANAGRAM?”

Drew buzzes Wayne out for a very clever pseudo-question: “…YOU WANNA TAKE A LEFT…?”

Colin, of course: “…this where I join up for the ugly gang?”
Ryan, taking it further: “WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED TO YOU?”

Ryan: “You ready to draw?”
Colin: “…draw what?”
Ryan: [slowly cracks]

Kathy: “Are you the man they call ugly?”
Colin: “D’ya have to ask?”

I love Colin’s somber turn to the camera after Kathy asks why anyone would call him ugly. It’s a random soap opera moment

Kathy: “Are you feelin’ something like I’M feeling something?”
Colin: “…is that possible???”

A pretty fun round of this, with some good back and forth from couples we don’t see often, like Wayne & Ryan, and Colin & Kathy

African Chant: Wayne sings to Mike, an astronomy grad student, backed up by the other 3

Mike looks like either Eric Bogosian or Jerry Seinfeld

Drew, making fun of Mike’s job: “Someday, he’ll be like…’would ja like pepperoni on that?”
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Wayne quietly consoles him

Ryan, miming a pizza box, looking skyward: “I DON’T NEED A MAP, I KNOW WHERE I’M GOING…”
Okay, THAT is funny

Drew ends up mixing up astronomy with astrology, which Ryan cracks at

Drew: “And the other 3 are gonna do backup”
Ryan: “THAT’s the part I don’t get…”
Colin waves at Wayne pathetically
Wayne: “You’re from the suburbs of Africa…”
Drew: “On a small, nondescript cul-de-sac in Africa, there is Wayne Brady…”
Dear god..

The chant has a different tempo/beat this time

Wayne has some clever lines, like “he keeps on his pants with Orion’s Belt”

On one particular ‘MIIIIKE’ refrain, Wayne looks back at a wiggly Colin, then back at Drew for help.

Again, Ryan and Colin’s backup dancing cracks up Wayne after they repeat a few of his motions pathetically

Wayne: “Mike, if you are good, and you had any luck
You could use the stars to find me better backup”

Like the Chris playing, there’s a moment where Wayne says something that isn’t meant to be repeated by the other 3…and Ryan repeats it anyway, which cracks Wayne up again

Wayne: “After the show Mike’s gonna get drunk in one of LA’s bars..”

A very fun African Chant. Wayne not only did a good song, but the other 3’s motions were goofy enough to keep throwing him off without ruining the song.

Millionaire Show: Frisky Old People; Colin hosts, Ryan’s the contestant, Wayne’s in the audience, Kathy’s on the phone

Ryan and Colin have confused, near-devastated reactions to the suggestion. One lady in the back ‘WOOOs’, and Colin immediately shoots her a look

Ryan, after a dramatic pause from Colin: “Oooh, hurry up, I’m not sure how much time I’ve got left…”

Colin: “You have two lifelines left [grabbing Ryan] I MEAN THAT. YOU ONLY HAVE TWO.”

Colin: “Are you ready to try for…”
Ryan: “Hurry up, my toenails are gettin’ yellow…”

Colin: “VIAGRA…”
Ryan: “Oh, I spent my honeymoon there…”
Colin, quieter: “…well, there goes the first answer.”
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[Ryan did NOT mean that…]

Colin: “Well the first answer is A, a tourist attraction many people come to see. B…RESPONSIBLE for something that could become a tourist attraction that many people would wanna see…C, A GODSEND…D, none of the above.”
Colin’s gravelly-enough voice works here

Colin, after a beat: “…E, THERE IS NO E. F, SAME AS E.”

Kathy does a great job playing a golddigging-type over the phone, giggling for no reason.
Colin: “Oh, they don’t have to be smart, they just have to live..”

Kathy: “I’ll just go with A, because it’s nice and quick and easy…”
Colin, beating 2 people to the joke: “What does THAT remind you of?”
[Colin is absolutely killing it this game]

Ryan, signing off: “you keep it warm for me…”
Kathy: “….eeeewwww…”

Colin does his final question to confuse Ryan: “TO BE OR NOT TO…A., Be…B., C. C., WE….D., WHA?”

Ryan: “…to be or not to whaaaa…”

Ryan: “I’m gonna go up into the audience…”
Colin: “…no, sit here.”

Wayne, as Ryan’s caretaker, Phyllis:
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One lady screams loudly at this sight

Colin: “…for god’s sake, watch out for the people in front of you…”

Ryan: “She’s from Montana.”
Colin, not following: “…oh…yeah.”

Wayne: “One time I had relations with 45 men at one time…”
Ryan: “Those were GERMANS, honey, this is different times now!”

Wayne, after Colin throws an insult in, has a well-delivered: “…I hate you.”
Colin: “I can live with that.”

A really funny Millionaire Show, and the best one this season for sure. The central banter was great, and there were enough funny moments for everyone.

Scenes from a Hat:

‘Scenes from the Eskimo Soap Opera’ is a simple enough round, but the sight of Wayne and Colin nose-kissing is classic
Colin: “…I don’t have protection”

Drew: “Rejected show names for Whose Line is it Anyway”
Ryan: “It’s time for ‘DREW AND FRIEND.”
Drew, taking this the other way: “…I had no idea…”

Drew: “What Kathy Greenwood is thinking right now”
Kathy, chuckling: “Oh GOD I LOVE THIS GAME!”
Colin: “…man, that Colin…”
Kathy: [nods, cracking at that]

Drew: “Trying to look cool while doing very uncool things”
Wayne: [mimes pressing buzzer]

Drew: “What people say to each other in the bathroom during the Whose Line intermission”
Ryan, to Colin: “Sylvia? Can you sing a Hoedown, this is gonna be noisy…”
awww man.

Wayne, to Kathy: “I don’t think Drew has any pants on under his desk…”

Drew, chuckling: “Titles for Colin Mochrie’s autobiography”
[I always laugh at how abrupt his delivery of that is]
Colin: “…’You Don’t Need Hair to Satisfy Every Woman You’ve Met’
The place goes wild

Drew: “Other things you can see from the moon besides the great wall of China”
Kathy, taking initiative here for a non-lay-up: “…look, those are Ryan’s shoes!”
Ryan nods at this.

A strong SFAH, continuing this game’s hot streak. I also enjoyed the amount of meta/self-referential jokes in this one, as pretty much everybody on the panel (except for Wayne, really) got slammed in some way. I’m glad we’re at the point where we can do that.

Hoedown: Got Arrested

Drew has a clever one, saying he was beaten and stripped and everything, “well, to tell you the truth, it’s because I was arrested in LA”. Like Wayne’s, which has a Rodney King jab, it’s a thinly-veiled jab at the LAPD and police brutality, which…I’m glad we’re seeing in a show shot in 2000.

Colin has a genius verse:
“I am not imbalanced, my mind it not quite steady
I once pummeled a guy with an Everready
They took me down to jail, and they arrested me
and they charged me with assault with a battery”

Ryan’s is a usual soap-dropping joke.

Not a bad hoedown, but we’ve definitely seen better this season.

Overall: Another solid show without many weak points. This show was good at keeping its momentum strong, even if at a distance it doesn’t stand out a great deal. Millionaire Show and African Chant are the clear highlights, and SFAH has some mileage to it as well with all the meta jokes. There were also some fun dynamic moments here that we don’t see often, like Wayne and Ryan in QO, Ryan and Kathy in Millionaire Show, and Colin and Kathy throughout. This was another show where there was a looseness felt, like in the Drew bits of African chant, and the bits back at the seats. Not a high-tier one on this season, but still a fun watch.

Show Winner: Kathy
Best Performer: Colin’s Hoedown put him over Wayne, but Colin just felt more prevalent throughout.
Worst Performer: Sadly I’m going with Kathy, as her highlights were too fleeting, even if she went for the offensive more in SFAH [“look, those are Ryan’s shoes!”]
Best Game: Millionaire Show was the only slam dunk for me.
Worst Game: Hoedown didn’t have much to it other than Colin’s

COMING UP NEXT: For our next Kathy episode we go back to the 302 taping, to see what standard games are left. And yes, this’ll be our FOURTH show to come from that taping.

Whose Watchdown is it Anyway: S03E26, or There Isn’t Room for Hashbrowns!

Two tapings into season 3, there was a noticeable shift.

After 2 seasons of having Ryan Stiles supply Sound Effects for Colin Mochrie, the game became an audience member game. It happened out of nowhere, and the way the tapings were arranged, we were dropped right into it, only getting a Ryan SFX in a Kathy episode well into the season. The whole season’s going by and we don’t know what happened, or why it changed, even if the new SFX is funny.

Well…26 episodes into season 3, we’re about to find out. This is from the very first taping of Season 3, a taping we’ve seen in E14. With Greg Proops. And a tacky orange Colin shirt.

…yep, this is THAT episode. Get ready.

As this is the earliest S3 taping, Ryan’s hair is VERY BLONDE HERE

I’ve also always noted how different the lighting is, especially over Drew, on this show. He looks a lot more similar to his S2 self, or is at least lit that way- every other S3 show looks different.

Sound Effects: Colin is a novice gladiator making his preparations before entering the Colosseum, trying to win his freedom

Ryan starts the scene patting Colin on the back, as if HE’s the one that’ll need help

Ryan does bring in his old running gag of having a recurring trumpet sound to get Colin on. Colin, warming up, arrows the trumpeter in the face.

I love Colin’s little tied-up motion as he’s trying to get out of the ring throw.

Ryan sounds the trumpets again
Colin, opening the stage door:
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He gives a little ‘five minutes’ sign, and wobbles back in. This is going on Bugs Bunny logic, and I love it

I love the detail that Colin tosses the sword, Ryan does a horse noise, and Colin reaches up and grabs the sword, just hanging in mid-air, before petting the horse

Colin gets on the horse, rides it a little, gets off the horse to open the gate and the horse runs off without him. Colin bites his lip. Greg and Wayne love this.

I love the scene of Colin fighting the lion, sticking his head in, putting himself inside and flailing the lion around, all while Ryan does surprised gargling noises.

The audience boos Colin, so as Ryan comes back in with the trumpets, Colin throws a sword into the crowd, and AGAIN it hits the audience member. I love Ryan’s sudden yelp in pain.

Ryan, as Colin prepares, does a random galloping noise that diminishes
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[he just shrugs at Ryan]

Colin finally figures out he needs to signal the horse, so he puts his fingers in his mouth to whistle.

After Drew calls off the scene, a very embarrassed Ryan is still trying to whistle with no luck.

Drew: “That was some whistle.”
Ryan: [does even more pathetic whistling]

Regardless of the snafu, one of my all-time favorite SFX playings with this arrangement. All the things thrown at Colin were all hysterical, and Ryan for the most part was right there with him.

Song Styles: Wayne sings a German cabaret song about a vacuum cleaner- the other three backup.

Wayne is cracking up as he sets up the chairs, knowing that the other 3 must be in this one.

After reluctantly coming downstage, Ryan and Greg immediately get the hang of this:
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Wayne, who has clearly seen Cabaret, gives a very strong dialogue intro to this, getting the accent and style down perfectly

Wayne’s actual song is…masterful. He approaches singing a cabaret song about a hoover as if it’s a serious gig for him. The other three are just cooly lounging for now

Greg eventually gets the idea to get out of his chair and start dancing, and…
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Wayne gets the idea, and slaps Greg’s ass a bit

Wayne: “Because my Hoover is my best friend; it sucks!”

As Wayne continues, the other 3 occupy different positions- Greg on his back, Colin going on and off the chair, Ryan coming around

Ryan, passing in the background, takes a big gulp from a drink, and I love that this gets a close-up

As the music calms down, we get this visual:
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…which might be a bit more Jodorowsky than Fosse, but that’s neither here nor there.

And as Wayne finishes:
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And Greg ends by twirling his chair to the ground. Dude doesn’t have  to say a word yet this episode and he’s already killing it

This is one of my favorite Wayne and backup dancers Song Styles playings. Even if Ryan was clearly out of his element, Wayne’s song was MASTERFUL, and Colin and Greg were very game to ooze sex in the background, especially in that final shot.

And speaking  of that final shot:
Drew: “I’ll give you a thousand points each if you can find me a BRAIN SCRUBBER…”
Ryan: [whistling finally]
Drew: “That’ll get that tongue-wagging thing out of my head…”
Ryan: [still whistling]
Drew: “So I can sleep tonight.”
Ryan: [whistling and applauding]
Drew: “…you’re about a game too late, I’m sorry…NOW he can whistle…”
Ryan: [still not done whistling]

Scenes from a Hat:

Drew: “Rejected State songs”

Drew: “Canada: The Upside”
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Drew: “Self-help titles that didn’t sell well”
Ryan: “Learn to whistle on cue.”

Drew: “Bad things to say when stopped by the police”
Wayne, the yin to Colin: “…it’s okay, I’m from Canada.”
Greg, saying his first line of the episode: “Of course it’s a dead body, I’m in the diamond lane!”

Drew: “Rejected sayings on candy heart valentines.”
Colin: “I’ve always faked it.”

Drew: “Ways to describe your motorcycle, but not your girlfriend”
Ryan: “Just give it a kick and it starts right up”
Greg: “It’s small, but it makes a hell of a noise…”
Colin: “It’s okay if you don’t mind the bugs in your teeth”
[I LOVE THAT ONE. Drew takes a while to recover. Colin just shakes his head]
Ryan: “If ya really push up tight, you could get 3 people on it.”
Greg: “Sure you can ride her, everyone else has!”

Strong SFAH round. They’ve been getting a ton better as of late.

Improbable Mission: Cooking

I’ve always liked Greg’s bewildered response to the suggestion: “…cooking. Alright.”

Greg: “The Grand Pooba of Snackitoba, a small Canadian province-”
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Greg: “If you or your team are either caught or killed, I DON’T WANNA KNOW YOUR BUTT, YOU’RE SAD LOSERS. This tape will self-destruct NOW BOOM.”
Colin, unfittingly: “..dammit…”

Ryan starts by saying they’re out of eggs.
Colin: “Wait…I was implanted with some chicken dna, give me a second.”

Ryan is surprised by how big the egg is.

They’re out of pans, too: Ryan asks how hot it is out
Colin: “Why it’s hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk”
Ryan, thinking very quickly: “We can’t go outside, the door’s- STICK YOUR HEAD OUT THE WINDOW.”
Colin does this motion lackadaisically, like the joke is beneath him

As Ryan does the whole mechanism, Colin just stands there with an unimpressed look on his face. I am wondering how he gets Ryan back for this

As they need bacon, Ryan, again, pegs Colin: “You weren’t a pig at one time, were ya?”

Colin, with eggs and bacon sizzling on his head: “THERE ISN’T ROOM FOR HASHBROWNS.”
I love this game

Colin FINALLY gets Ryan back with the bread.
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Ryan at least has a good line: “Do me a favor…set it on light.”

Ryan, putting the entire scene into perspective: “…nothing like butt toast and head eggs…”

Colin unintentionally calls back to The Cat playing by mispronouncing the guy’s name: “HEY, HE’S THE GRAND POOBA OF…NAGAMUFFIN.”

Then, as Ryan looks for a vase or something fancy, Colin makes an INTENTIONAL callback to last playing: “if only we had a CAT…”
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Colin, going forward: “OH, THIS CAN OF BEANS!”
Ryan, not making sense: “…it’s CLOSE to a cat…”

Ryan pours the beans on Colin’s head. COLIN HAS NO REACTION. I LOVE THAT THIS GAME HAS BROKEN HIM.

Right as they’re about to wrap up the scene, Colin makes an actual discovery: “MY GOD…THERE’S NOTHING TO DRINK.”
Ryan, trying to think: “…my god…you weren’t-”
Colin: “No, I have no coffee DNA anywhere in me.”
Ryan: “…I’m not…talking coffee MISTER MOO.”
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Screen Shot 2019-12-16 at 9.17.53 PM.pngDrew, with no choice, ends. And my god…what an ending.

Colin, back at the seats: “…Mister Moo?”

Drew: “I dunno about you, but I saw all I wanted to see.”
Ryan, shaking his head: “Pretty quick on that buzzer…”

SUCH A GOOD SCENE. On one hand, it’s not as good as the CAT playing, but…it was a full scene, with a full objective, a TON of odd moments, and a great ending, plus tons of great Colin-Ryan interplay. It felt like a game of this from the UK version.

Drew, finally bringing his attention to Mr. Moo: “Wow, we’ve got a new nickname for Colin, I’m so happy…”
Greg: “…Colin Moochrie.”
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Drew: “He said he was sick of the bald jokes.”
Colin: “…yeah.”
Drew: “…FINE, Colin Moochrie, no more bald jokes.”

Drew: “So hey, 500 points apiece.”
Ryan: [whistles]
Drew: “Hey…1000 cause you whistled…”

Drew: “Let’s go onto a game called IMPROBABLE MISSION, THIS-”
Ryan and Colin:
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Three-Headed Broadway Star: Wayne, Colin & Ryan sing ‘Whistle on Cue’, from the musical Whistler’s Mother

Drew: “Whistler’s Mother…it’s like he’s been waiting to shout that all night, huh?”
Ryan: [nods politely]

Someone else yells WHISTLE ON CUE. Ryan does a very nice mocking look at that section of the audience. This, I assume, is why they changed the 3HBS suggestion strategy after this taping.

After a sensible first verse, Ryan decides he’s gonna go for it…and whistles in lieu of a word. THIS WORKS.

I do love the fun lyrics of this one:
“I have two arms
She…does not
I love her arms
She loves
Colin: “CLOTHES!”
The best part of that last line was the fact that they got 3 separate camera angles on the 3 performers to get each line of that on a different shot. It made the final punchline of it even funnier

Wayne: [whistles]
Ryan, caught off guard: [whistles]
Colin, not even trying: “…again.”

A very silly 3HBS, but I feel like this was shortened after ‘CLOTHES’. Still pretty fun though.

Props: Wayne & Colin vs. Drew & Ryan

Colin, prop in hand: “Yeah, it’s a little big, but it makes it easier hitting the bull-eye…BULLSEYE…”
Wayne: [hands him a drink]

Screen Shot 2019-12-16 at 9.30.04 PM.pngColin: “I’m the old lady Smurf”

Ryan and Drew’s jack-in-the-box is very silly

Like 3HBS, a little short, but seeing as Improbable Mission and SFAH were longer, it’s forgivable.

Overall: I knew this would hold up going in, but…this is one of my new favorites of the season. The entire run from Sound Effects to 3HBS is pretty legendary, meaning even if Props is a downside, it can’t kill the momentum entirely. The runner is a classic, with Ryan being the butt of the joke as well as supplying others. The games that don’t exactly connect to the runner, like Song Styles and Improbable Mission, are STILL pretty damn good. And I’d call several games here, like SFX, Song Styles and Improbable Mission, among my favorites of all time. I also loved how loose the group felt, especially in scenes back at the chairs with Drew. Props and Greg’s lack of screentime keep this from lapping the Robin show, but this is still a HUGE showing for this pairing, and a must-watch show from this season.

Show Winner: Greg
Best Performer: Colin dominated the hell out of this show. Just saying the word ‘again’ worked. Just staring at the camera for 10 seconds as Ryan did the work was funny.
Worst Performer: Greg was BARELY in this show.
Best Game: I want to say Sound Effects. I really, REALLY do…but Improbable Mission is a sentimental favorite of mine. There aren’t many bad spots in that game, and it’s got that incredible ending.
Worst Game: Props. But how could it compare?

COMING UP NEXT: The first of THREE STRAIGHT KATHY GREENWOOD SHOWS, each from a different taping. This upcoming one is from a new S3 Kathy taping, and a pretty solid arrangement of games.

Whose Watchdown is it Anyway: S03E25, or When a Man has Two Large Bass Attached to His Ears..

Another Brad Sherwood episode, which is nice because all his shows this season have been great. This one is from the same taping as E6, which I genuinely liked. Hopefully this one will follow suit.

Weird Newscasters: Colin anchors, Brad, aggressive fire and brimstone televangelist, co-anchors, Wayne, female dancer in a steamy rap video, does sports while Ryan, 15-year old gawky teenager practicing making out, does weather

Drew, reading Wayne’s: “…heheh..”
Wayne: “…oh.”
Drew: “Yeah.”
So simple, but gets the point across

I don’t know why, but the opening zoom-in for this game is extra funny tonight.

Colin: “60s Musical Group the Byrds today announced a 24-city reunion tour with their new band member George W. Bush. To save on money, Mr. Bush will play guitars and drums. According to a spokesman, “a bush in the band is worth two in the Byrds”


Brad’s preaching/screaming is pretty fantastic, and he keeps the energy and cadence up as long as he can

Wayne’s is pretty standard gyration, but he eventually goes right against Drew’s desk and starts thrusting right up to it. Note that he doesn’t get anywhere near the neon light

Then, when Brad goes to confront the ‘devil woman’, Wayne starts sliding up and down Brad, which frightens the hell out of him. This is a very long struggle, and it’s amusing as hell

And, of course…
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Ryan’s is simple- he tries doing the weather, gets aroused, then goes back to making out with no one. He also throws in a [miming undoing the bra] thing

He switches it up by going over to a camera, apologizing…then making out with the camera. He does this for so long that the camera eventually fogs

Ryan: [slowly turns around]
Brad, from offcamera: “…SINNER!”

Colin, back at base: “…I’m so sorry for that.”

A pretty strong WN. Everything was frenzied enough, and Brad was great at roping in everyone

Drew: “And 2000 points for Ryan for your wonderful impression of Bill Gates”
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Ryan, shrugging: “I’m MicroSOFT…”

Doo-Wop: Brad, Wayne and Ryan ‘Do the Trucker’

A new game, to sort of replace Motown Group, though it still goes by Motown Group rules for this playing

Ryan is FANTASTIC as the bass in the back of the group.

Wayne throws in a “just graduated from DeVry”, which is a very SoCal reference

Brad: “Just keep driving those 18 wheels
And see how sleepy your eyelids feel…”

Ryan is a little late on his cue, but once he comes in with “OH BABY”, the audience loses it.

Ryan, still bass: “I’ve been driving, much too long
Now I sing this trucker song
Turns out now, every time I stop
The sound I make is PFFFFFFFFFF.”

You can tell this is a trial run of this game, as some cues weren’t well defined, but this was still a pretty good group game, and Ryan got some good laughs

Narrate: Circus

Ryan’s opening mime is one of my favorites: he’s just somberly throwing juggling balls in the air in slow-motion. It’s one of those things that is funny when you make it serious

Colin: “I’d been working on a case. During that case, a lion and a tiger had been set upon me, chewing me to bits. I thought maybe a circus would give me the answer I was looking for. I was looking for a freak. A TALL, TALL FREAK.”
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Colin: “Scuse me? Seen any tall freaks?”
of course

Ryan: “I knew he was gonna try to blame me for everything. Probably even that elephant dung he was standing in.”
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[the background stuff in this game is awesome]
Ryan: “…if I could do ’em that big, I’d be a proud man…”

Colin says he’s gonna try and get back at Ryan
Colin, upstage: “It was then I realized I had nothing to kill him with. But then the dung gave me an idea…[one guy in the audience AUUUGHHs]…BUT THEN I GOT RID OF THAT IDEA, and came up with a better one!”

Ryan, upstage: “Lucky he didn’t know my true identity as Bobo the Clown. I guess he didn’t…spot the zipper on the hood I wear over my head. I…hope he’s not listening.”
Screen Shot 2019-12-16 at 3.34.20 PM.pngColin, upstage: “I WAS LISTENING…But I’d already noticed the zipper, I didn’t need him talking about it.”

Screen Shot 2019-12-16 at 3.37.09 PM.pngI always laugh at Ryan’s clown ears mime. It’s so goofy.
Colin: “Okay, THIS WAS DIFFERENT. I WASN’T EXPECTING THIS. When a man has two large bass attached to his ears…”
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Colin: “…you just don’t know what to do next.”

And then, with perfect timing…
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[I love how Ryan whips around with him]
I love Ryan’s wry smile at this. He knows Colin’s as cooked as he is.

Thankfully Drew calls it here. I’ve always considered this one of my favorite Narrate playings, just because of the little things each performer does in the background while the other is narrating. And also because of the little Bobo the Clown ending. It’s not the BEST, but it’s an underrated, really funny one.

Greatest Hits: Songs of the Beekeeper

Right at the end of the audience suggestion for ‘what you wanted to be when you grew up’, someone in the very back shouts out ‘DREW CAREY!’

Ryan throws in a “what a lonely profession it is, really”, which neither of them know where to take. Colin’s very confused by that

And now, an early favorite ‘comes to mind gag’
Ryan: “What comes to mind when I say the word ‘ska?”
Colin, smiling: “SANDPAPER.”
Colin: “Cause that’s the sound you make when you scrape wood! ‘skkkaa, skaaa, skaaa…”

Ryan: “And no, it’s not a hairlip crow either”
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[good lord, the dynamic is KILLING ME tonight]

Wayne and Brad are great in the ska number, with each one knowing the right time to come in and keep the rhythm going

Colin mentions a ‘flan’ instead of ‘fan’, which Ryan calls him out on
Colin: “Because it’s nice to eat when you listen to music. A nice flan…”
Ryan, scraping: “ssssKA, ssssKA”
Colin, smirk: “…to get rid of that celluloid.”

Colin, on Green Day: “They’re from your hometown, right?”
Ryan: “I don’t know, where am I from?”
A great line. I love Colin’s pained look and pause before going into ‘ANYWAY…”

Wayne’s Green Day voice is more of a generic 90s-alt-rock voice. Brad definitely has the Billie Joe nasal kind of thing. Neither can think of very good lyrics, and barely hang on for most of the game. Eventually, Brad singing all of Wayne’s lyrics in a higher voice does crack up Wayne, which makes Brad smile…and keep doing it

Ryan, suddenly: “OH…Seattle Washington.”
An awesome punchline to earlier

Ryan: “And you know, growing up in that lovely town of Seattle, we listened to a lot of country music.”
Colin, for the umpteenth time this game, just shakes his head

The square dance number is pretty good, if a bit below the other two.

A pretty good GH, though the banter WELL EXCEEDED the song portions

Props: Brad and Colin vs. Drew and Ryan

I’ve always liked Ryan and Drew’s jackhammer motion

Screen Shot 2019-12-16 at 3.56.23 PM.pngBrad: “Don’t back up, honey! SEVERE TIRE DAMAGE! SEVERE TIRE DAMAGE!”

Screen Shot 2019-12-16 at 3.56.57 PM.pngRyan: “Oh, Homer.”

Ryan and Drew’s lightsaber battle is fun too. Man, they’re just having fun with these

Screen Shot 2019-12-16 at 3.58.08 PM.pngRyan: “D’you have a table for Jeff Goldblum?”
Ryan: “…is he here?”

Ryan’s boobs joke is not new, but his delivery of ‘can we PLEASE TURN UP THE HEAT’ is great.

One of the better Props rounds of the season. Lots of fun stuff from everybody.

Overall: The Brad shows keep on rolling. While this one wasn’t as strong as the other three, it’s still a VERY SOLID episode overall, as Narrate and Greatest Hits let this one stand out over other similarly solid shows. Everything was pretty good here, though the first half is, in hindsight, a little slower to get going. Unlike E6, I will say that you can see fragments of better episodes from this taping, like a celluloid gag or a renegade ‘WOOO’, but the core of the episode was strong enough for me to enjoy myself. Which helps.

Show Winner: Wayne
Best Performer: Ryan wins another one, thanks to winning even some support games like Doo-Wop or Props
Worst Performer: Wayne didn’t have a lot of moments to shine
Best Game: Narrate was my favorite. Just enough silliness
Worst Game: Doo-Wop was a bit untested, but it’d get better

COMING UP NEXT: We’ve seen this Greg taping before in E14, but the selection of games felt very dull. Thankfully, we’ve got a much wider range of fun stuff in the next show, all because of an incident in Sound Effects.

Whose Watchdown is it Anyway: S03E24, or I Give Myself a Thousand Points

There’s been a stunning lack of Brad Sherwood this season, as there’ve been 23 episodes in S3 thus far and Brad’s been in 2 of them, but thankfully they threw us a bone and gave us 2 new Brad shows in a row, both from the tapings that were established this season. This episode is from the ‘200 Pound Snatch’ taping, that gave us the very strong E18.

Drew: “The points are like if N’Sync and the Backstreet Boys traded guys”

Superheroes: Out of Milk
Brad: Slappy
Ryan: Panicky Ski-Jump Puppet Man
Colin – The Bitter Drunk Kid
Wayne – Captain Flubber

Brad plays this character as broadly as he can, which is nice. He realizes the milk carton’s empty, yells “ZOINKS”, and slaps himself repeatedly, then slaps the fridge

Ryan, coming in with the obvious joke: “Hey, Slappy. Got Milk?”

Ryan has a great reaction to Brad’s. He jumps into action, then processes everything, tilts his head a little and goes ‘what?’ towards Brad, THEN goes right in
Then we get the visual of Ryan’s arms wiggling as he skis down a mountain as Brad repeatedly slaps him

Colin, as Brad goes to slap him: “GEEEET AWAAYYY…”
I kinda love Colin being slow and downbeat in contrast to Ryan and Brad being energetic and physical

Wayne bounces all over the studio, lands on Ryan and SLOWLY ROLLS DOWN RYAN, MAKING A RANDOM TENSE MOMENT, before coming off. Ryan’s face nails this

Wayne’s solution is ‘going to the store and getting some’, which is fine because Brad made the crisis that THEY were out of milk, not that the WORLD was out of milk, so I’ll let it slide, especially after the line “Flubber’ll kick ya ass!”

Brad ends the game by going over to Drew and slapping him, which just works.

A very fun Superheroes- I loved Ryan, Brad and Wayne running around energetically as Colin stood and moped. Lots of fun interactions

Two Line Vocabulary: Colin is a female boss who has invited Brad and Ryan over for a barbecue to discuss the fact that only one of them is getting promoted
Brad must say: “What do you mean by that?” or “I want one of those”
Ryan must say: “That’s my job” or “somebody needs a hug”

Ryan and Colin still hate this game at the mention

Colin has a funny squint when he hears he’s playing a woman

Ryan and Brad already get the hang of how their lines will correlate
Ryan: “Someone needs a hug”
Colin: [fine]
Brad: “I want one of those”

The change in making Colin the proctor is evident immediately, as Colin is great at providing structure and plot, in saying that “only one of you will be promoted to the position of head feeder”, bridging a gag from earlier into the scene as the real plot of the game. Greg couldn’t exactly do a decision like that

Brad uses his to get Colin to explain the very simple premise of promotion multiple times, getting more and more exasperated each time. Brad is great at this game immediately, and he’d also excel at Mixed Messages.

Ryan, as Brad is still confused: “Somebody needs a hug.”
Colin: “I KNOW someone needs a hug-”
Colin: “…there” [hugs Brad]
Ryan: “THAT’S MY JOB.” [hugs Brad]

Colin lets the bombshell off that Brad’s not being promoted because of his desire for hugs, then moves out of the way to let them stew.
Ryan: “Oooh, SOMEONE needs a hug…”

Colin: “Would you like a daiquiri?”
Brad: “…what do you mean by that?”
Colin, sighing: “You’re incredibly stupid, that’s why you’re not getting the job…I spent too much time explaining things to you.”
Ryan: “THAT’S MY JOB!”
Colin is so damn good at this. This is what this game needed

Ryan, aggressively: “SOMEONE NEEDS A HUG.”
Colin: “I DO NOT NEED-”
This starts a 10-second long back and forth between all three spitting off yelled lines in perfect timing of each other, with Ryan getting 2 forced Colin hugs out of it. It’s the kind of back-and-forth that should be studied.

Colin: “I stand ALL DAY explaining what has to be done.”
Brad stands there, gearing up for his line, but Ryan, subverting, comes in with a ‘somebody needs a hug’
Colin: “I’M GONNA…”

Colin, to Brad: “Now, you still have the same job, you’ll still make the same amount of money…you’ll be happy!”
Brad, double-taking: “…what d’you mean by that?”
Colin, on top of him: “AIGH!”

Colin finally asks Brad to take off his clothes.
Ryan: “Oooh, someone needs a hug.”

This honestly went for maybe one beat longer than it should have, but as it was, it’s a masterful improv back-and-forth, and a great showcase for Colin’s talents of keeping a scene going. This playing probably gave everyone confidence that this game had legs.

Drew: “Colin, as far as I’m concerned you stopped that just in time.”

Scenes from a Hat

I love the ‘What the cast of Cats is doing now that the show’s closing” one, mostly because as I write this the film adaptation of Cats is about to be released, but also because it’s just an easy hairball joke without going into more detail.

Drew: “Graffiti in the Whose Line bathroom.”
Drew can’t help but laugh at this one.
And then, to push it over the line:
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PERFECT. The best kind of scene dressing

The ‘wrong thing to say to a heartbroken friend’ round has the best kind of progression. Wayne first consoles Brad, saying “she doesn’t kiss THAT well.” Then Wayne repeats the same like to Ryan, only it’s “HE doesn’t kiss that well”. Which, knowing Colin and Ryan, is a great one.
Ryan, after that line, comes back and flushes again, which is a VERY nice update on that.

Wayne, to Colin: “aww…it’ll grow back…”
Colin shakes his head, and makes a note of this in an invisible journal

Drew: “What Whose Line cast members wish for when they blow out their birthday candles.”
Wayne: “No more Hoedowns!”
Colin, perhaps referring to 2-Line: “Let me play a MAN in a scene.”
Ryan: “Please don’t let Drew make me go under that desk again…”
Drew, of course: “Young man, I’ll see you at my desk…”

Drew: “In-laws that make you question your engagement.”
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[I will never not laugh at when they do this]

Wayne, with Brad: “Hi, this is Tipper, I’m Al…”
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Fantastic SFAH round. Every scene suggestion had something funny.

Greatest Hits: Songs of the Traveling Salesman v2:

Another round from this game, which I’m not arguing with, as first time around was great

Colin: “Hi, we’ll be back to the Wrong Emphasis Theater production of “What’s New? PUSSYCAT??” in just a second.”
I frigging love his Wrong Emphasis Theater ones, especially another one that’s coming up soon.

I love Colin’s little eyeroll when Ryan mentions he’s ‘much too young’ to remember the traveling salesman
Ryan, turning to Colin: “But it must hold a lot of fond memories for YOU..”

I love Colin adding ‘Little Richard’ in with his list of Great Canadians, which gets Ryan smiling
Colin: “Of course, not many people know he was actually called Little RiSHARD.”

Colin stalls a bit because he can’t think of one for his Barenaked Ladies one, which Ryan finds a bit amusing.
Ryan, flashing back to Songs of Women: “SLEEP. The title of the song is…”
That’s a nice little sequel to the ‘Ryan can’t think of one for Pizza’ one from 2×24, and it’s nice that Ryan can help Colin out

Wayne’s Barenaked Ladies voice is a bit more Blues Traveler, but Brad’s is a bit more accurate. It’s actually a pretty nice Brad-Wayne song, even to the end, where Brad hangs on for another measure and nearly cracks up
Colin: “You know…you held that that ‘OOOOH’ for 15 minutes, beating The Beatles’ ‘mmm’ in Day in the Life by…some time.”
He looks at the camera, knowing he’s off his game, as the audience reacts. And he goes the ‘SLEEP’ thing to himself

Ryan’s ‘FUN FACT’ came from the other playing of this game [segueing into soul]

Ryan: “In 1964, I received my draft notice to go to Vietnam.”
[Drew snickers here, knowing the punchline]
Ryan: “Unfortunately I was 5 years old.”

Ryan’s Protest song title is one of my favorites: “Knock Knock, Hello, Slam.”

Wayne, in an obvious impression: “Hello…I’m here to sell
My name is Bob, I know you don’t know me too well…
I got my suitcase…knock on the door
Such a funny delivery of those. Kinda reminds me of Eddie Murphy doing Tyrone Green

I do love this protest number from Brad and Wayne, as they’re doing a lot of nice runs, and they end in a really good final note from the whole music section as well.

Colin’s “you know, I know you like your Bluegrass” comes from the other playing [“yes, sometimes blue.”]

I love the one audience member who audibly groans when Colin mentions the Bloodhound Gang. To be fair, they’re not for everyone [I refer you to the line “we don’t need no water let the motherfucker burn; burn motherfucker” as evidence–they’re no Bob Dylan]

Because it’s 2000, Laura and Linda play a backing track that’s VERY REMINISCENT OF ‘THE BAD TOUCH’. Brad does a good job replicating the lead-singer’s fact-paced line-dropping.

Most people think that in the middle of Brad’s run, he drops an accidental f-bomb. I am one of those people. He very clearly goes “I FUCK-uh, what I’m gonna say”. As Wayne handles the chorus, Brad loses it a bit, knowing they’ve kinda lost themselves. Wayne has to turn to Brad, as he’s losing it now

A very strong GH, just as good as the other playing from this taping. They just got a lot of good ones out of this, and I’ll even say the Brad-Wayne songs were better here.

Three-Headed Broadway Star: Wayne, Drew and Ryan sing ‘The First Time we Kissed’ to Becca

Ryan has the first goofy lyric, completing one with “Looking into my FACE”, which gets a weird look from Wayne

Then, as Wayne tries to keep the song moving, Ryan extends a ‘WAAAY’ note long enough to mess him up

Wayne: “You”
Drew: “Are”
Ryan: “My”
Wayne: “And”
Drew: “…joyed?”
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Ryan: “Take”
Wayne: “My”
Drew, pulling a Ryan: “…pants.”
Ryan: “…to
Wayne: “The”
Drew: “Cleaners”
[Becca’s gone here]

I love Becca’s reaction to the line “kissing in the dark”. Just wide-eyed disbelief
Drew: “In”
Ryan: “My”
Wayne: “PINTO”

A very cute and fun 3HBS, with a lot of fun misdirects from Ryan.

Overall: Man, this whole taping surprised me. I forgot it had enough good material for E18, and NOW I’m caught off guard by all the great material here too! Good stuff! Every game was great- two, Two-Line and SFAH, were classic, and one, GH, was damn near classic. And the others, Superheroes and 3HBS, were fun too. I liked that there weren’t many solo showcases, or many games to single out a duo in this one- the majority of games involved all four, and pretty much everybody had moments to shine. You also saw the relaxed nature of this season creep in during Scenes from a Hat and Greatest Hits, and helped through some goofy moments. And you saw Wayne standing out a lot more than usual, not just in singing games but also in SFAH.

Show Winner: Colin
Best Performer: Ryan stood out the most, but Wayne was tailing him.
Worst Performer: I’m only putting Brad here because he supplanted in scenes more than he stood out, but he still had a great night.
Best Game: Two-Line Scene was some of the most skilled back-and-forth we’ve seen.
Worst Game: Three-Headed Broadway Star, even if I did like it a lot, was the lightest here.

COMING UP NEXT: Our second Brad show in a row, this one coming from the other S3 taping we’ve seen him in. A new game debuts here, one we’d keep seeing til this very day.


Whose Watchdown is it Anyway: S03E23, or I’m Stuck with Miss Penis!

In the two consecutive shows from this taping, back in E4 & 5 of this season, we got a good sense of the Greg Proops taping 305- capable of funny games (Reunion, Newsflash, IDS), but finite. Tonight we get a third taste of that taping.

Let’s Make a Date: Wayne must choose from Greg, Dr. Ruth, Colin, Egyptian Mummy coming to life and looking for love, and Ryan, temperamental choreographer desperate to get his chorus line in shape.

I love that once Colin reads his, you can see him forming his mummy face, complete with the jaw realignment.

The audience goes wild at Greg initially, and just from the way he’s hunched over and squinting, he’s got it down.
Then, after a beat: “ALVAYS *GRAB* DE PENIS!”
And I’m gone. Wayne even fans himself.

Colin: “mrrraaaughhh…”
Wayne: “You’re gonna have to be a bit more articulate than that, Bachelor #2…”

Screen Shot 2019-12-13 at 3.03.47 PM.pngThis turn is pretty great. Colin unwraps himself, sees what Greg looks like, then rewraps himself.

Ryan gets the whole panel on their feet. Greg, wisely, gets on his knees to portray Dr. Ruth’s height

Greg: “Making love is the most important part of life!”
Colin: [unwraps again]

Wayne asks Greg about his heroes
Greg: “Ah, I had so many heroes. But, MOSTLY…DE PENIS.”

Colin springs into action, picking up Greg and carrying him offstage, as Ryan applauds his technique.

I love the cuts between Wayne getting taught dance moves by Ryan and Colin carrying Greg into the audience. Then, once Colin sees some audience members, he drops Greg and starts lusting after them.

Ryan: “We’ve got three weeks to opening and it’s never gonna come together. HE’S sand! I’m stuck with MISS PENIS.”

Wayne guesses Colin is “The Mummy”
Drew: “He’s *A* mummy, I dunno if he’s THE Mummy…”
Wayne: “TO ME, HE’S *THE* MUMMY.” [WINK]

Such a strong LMAD. I’ve always loved Greg’s, and the interactions with everyone were so damn strong, especially Colin.

Narrate: Supermarket

Colin: “Scuse me, you happen to see any Casabas that are dusty or diamond-encrusted?”
Ryan, for the audience’s sake as well as his: “…you’re talkin’ melons, aren’t ya?”

Colin: “Hey, what’s that bulge?”
One lone audience member: “…oooOOOhh..”
As Ryan comes upstage, the rest of the audience starts in on him.
Ryan’s doesn’t fan the flames of the audience: “I knew what the bulge was…but I wasn’t gonna tell him…”

Colin: “He thought I didn’t see the Casabas hiding in his cheeks.”
As the audience didn’t get through the innuendo of the bulge line, they certainly didn’t get through this one either. Colin just stands there and waits for them to stop laughing.

For the second time, Ryan and Colin both try to do a monologue at the same time, and Colin wins, hiding his excitement. They both kinda have nothing. And then he pulls out this gem:
“I let him think for a while. Cause I knew he had the answer, I knew it was a good answer, and he was gonna tell it to me. Cause when you ask a question, you expect an answer, because that’s the way it works- question, answer, question, answer. If he gave an answer, I’d have to come up with a question, that would be Jeopardy, that’s wrong.”

In lieu of an ending, Drew calls it here. This was a fine Narrate, though not one of the best ones.

Song Styles: Wayne sings to Alexis, an ice skating coach, as Michael & Janet Jackson

Wayne’s MJ is still pretty strong, and he does his usual flaunting here. However, when he does Janet, it’s a lot of inaudible, barely sung, incomprehensible lyrics. I think Wayne was confident in his Michael, and could do that, but since he had to do Janet as well he sort of…half-assed that part?

A pretty forgettable SS.

Millionaire Show: Hillbilly Themed; Greg hosts, Ryan’s the contestant, Wayne’s in the audience, Colin’s on the phone

Once again, they give this playing its own segment.

Ryan’s line about “waiting for guys and canoes” gets a nice reaction, and one concerned ‘awww’ from the audience.

Again, Greg makes the joke that these are incredibly easy questions that aren’t related too much to the style. Fine for this specific subversion, but it can’t be his tactic every time.

Wayne, Ryan and Greg have a nicely timed repetition of ‘HEY’. Wayne throwing in a goat noise is a nice touch too

Greg even steals Colin’s ‘Capital of’ joke, with Wyoming’s capital being W.

Yeah, not a great Millionaire Show. Not as good as the other ones, and I just didn’t laugh much at all here.

Hoedown: Skydiving 

Wayne’s verse is pretty well-thought-out and arranged, with the punchline of “if the date goes well, guess who’ll be yelling GERONIMO!”

Drew has a different approach, saying it’s a great way to break up: “You get her up there, take her chute off, and kick her off the plane”

Colin’s is a fun one, about how his parachute failed and he was so scared, but “luckily all my urine broke my fall.”

Ryan has an easy slam: “I survived cause I landed on Drew Carey’s tummy.”
Drew, ever the sport, throws to commercial puffing out his belly.

Overall: A solid first half, and…everything else. I hate to say it, but Let’s Make a Date is the only highlight-esque thing to take from this show. Narrate and Hoedown are fun but flawed, Song Styles is forgettable, and Millionaire Show was WAY too on-the-nose and unfunny for me. There were some moments in every game, and that separates it from hot mess shows like E13, but…the entire second act was just sluggish, and I can’t overlook that.

Show Winner: Greg
Best Performer: Colin had the best laughs here.
Worst Performer: Greg, despite Dr. Ruth, screwed up his only other game tonight.
Best Game: Let’s Make a Date.
Worst Game: Song Styles was very, very forgettable.

COMING UP NEXT: A return to the Brad taping that gave us the 200 Pound Snatch show

Whose Watchdown is it Anyway: S03E22, or Who Needs to be a Big Tinker?

Onto another Chip Esten show- this is from the same taping as the relatively good E3, which had strong singing games and little else. This one has at least one memorable singing game in here too.

Superheroes: No Teleprompters
Colin: Presidential Candidate Man
Ryan – Toddler Doing Everything for the First Time Boy
Chip – The Mosh Pit Kid
Wayne – Can’t Control His Stallion Man

Colin’s first move as Presidential Candidate man is putting on a toup. Of course.
Colin, crossing fingers: “I…WILL CUT TAXES.”

I love Colin’s horror after finding out the crisis. His…speechless horror.

Ryan can do his quirk in his sleep, so he just holds his wide-eyed expression towards Colin, as he politely goes “AWW..”

Chip moshing against Ryan and knocking him over gave me my first big laugh of the show. Then, when Colin confronts him, Chip punches him in the face.

I feel like it’s always the Chip playings of this that are really good with interactions, as Chip and Wayne are physically running into everyone.

Colin, as Wayne leaves: “DAMN, I REALLY NEEDED HIS VOTE!”

I also love Chip trying to do a stage dive by running into a section of the audience predominantly made up of older women.

And before Ryan leaves:
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Drew: “That one kinda backfired on ya, didn’t it Colin?”
Colin, still shaken by Ryan sucking his tit, nods

A pretty solid Superheroes playing. Not one of the better ones with this matchup, but still had some fun moments.

Sound Effects: Ship’s captain Ryan and his new bride Colin are getting romantic in their cabin on the Titanic moments before it hits the iceberg

I love Colin’s resigned look after finding out he’s playing the woman again.

Colin: “Why don’t I just open the porthole for a little air?”
Melissa: “WSSSHHHH”
Colin: “Oh, it’s already open!”

Ryan: “We should be hearing the sound any minute of the twelve-o-clock horn.”
Ryan, as the audience reacts to this, goes over to the porthole: “LOOK, SEALS!”
And then Colin and Ryan do their impressions of the seal, and Trish’s noise, as everyone keeps dying laughing

Ryan realizes they’re about to hit the iceberg.
Both SFX girls: “AIIEEEEEEE”
Melissa: “AAIIIEEEEE!”
Colin, confused: “…boy, we were just.”
Ryan, determined: “NO, WE’RE GONNA HIT IT! HERE IT COMES.”

Eventually someone does come in with a loud noise
Ryan: “That’s odd, we hit it AND I think we blew a tire…”

Trish adds some impressive footsteps as Ryan and Colin head downstairs
Colin: “Boy, the echo in this stairwell is…strange”

Ryan: [opens door valve]
Trish: “REE! REE!”
Ryan: “RATS!”

Ryan notices the band’s still here.
Colin: “What’s that song they’re playing”
Melissa: [looks to Drew for help]

Ryan gives Colin a token of his appreciation.
Colin: “…a piccolo?”
[I can hear Trish, or Melissa, audibly say ‘NO..’, for the umpteenth time, before Colin’s piccolo solo]

Ryan: “I’ll ring the horn, let everybody know you’re coming”
Trish: “DING!”
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Such a fun SFX! Trish and Melissa got the hang of it over time, and there were a TON of fun SFX reactions, especially that ending one.

Three Headed Broadway Star: Colin, Wayne and CHIP sing “You’ve Got a Beautiful Bald Spot” to Allie

After Brad’s turn at this game in S2, Chip gets his turn to replace Ryan, which is a nice change of pace.

Ryan does his usual ‘say hello to the pretty girl despite not being in the game’ schtick. Chip, this time, has to coax him away, which is pretty funny

I love Colin’s restrained little head-shake upon hearing the suggestion Drew is going with. He’s numb to it.

Chip has a very melodic way of going about his one-words, which is nice.

The first big line for me is “When I look into it, I can see
Colin: “YOWZA.”

As they start to come up with comparisons, Colin brings up “Brilliant”
Wayne: ‘as”
Chip: “a”
Colin: “…PROFESSOR!”
Chip chuckles at this, knowing it’d come sooner or later. Wayne looks at Chip and smiles. We all know what game THIS came after in the taping.

I also love the late-on-time delivery of “your bald spot can
Chip: “…reflect…”
Colin: “LASERS.”

A very underrated, and very sweet 3HBS, with just the right amount of silliness.

Whose Line: With the Philistine army approaching, Samson, Colin, is furious with Delilah, Ryan, for cutting off his hair

This game has a great callback to SFX, and…really any game where Colin plays the woman.
Drew, reading the scene description: “SAMSON…..COLIN!”
Screen Shot 2019-12-12 at 4.59.15 PM.pngDrew: “Not so fast. Is furious with Delilah, Ryan-”
Colin, knowing where this goes: “FOR CUTTING OFF HIS HAAAIR…”

Colin, with a strong opening line: “You know, I just wanted a little off the top.”

Ryan: “Why when you walk down the street, people go “THERE’S SAMSON, ‘Hold me close and call me Ginger.'”
Colin, sighing:
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Ryan: “Oh, you know how much I love that!”
Colin: “Agh, you smell like paprika.”

Colin: “I don’t know what to do…’Aren’t you hot in that wetsuit?”
Ryan: “No, not at all. It’s the only way I’ll let you hug me…”

I like how this is progressing like a game of Secret, once Ryan confesses that he gave Colin’s hair to “Jim the Tinker”

I do love Colin’s response: “WHO NEEDS TO BE A BIG TINKER! HE’S A TINKER! Ya tinker, ya don’t TINKER!”
Ryan: “Why does everything you say sound sexual?”
Colin: “…it’s just the way I do things.”

This does have a great improv detail of Ryan having super-strength because of the extensions. And the character dynamic here is so great, because Ryan says he could fight the Philistines “if I wanted to, but I don’t FEEEL like it today.”

Colin convinces Ryan with those little words, which end up being “Hop on, and I’ll show you what this baby can do.”

An underrated Whose Line playing. I don’t see this one talked about too often, which is a shame, as Colin and Ryan treat this like a more traditional two-person improv scene, with some good long-form strategies. Really impressive stuff.

Irish Drinking Song: Got Mugged

And now we get to the first time that IDS becomes must-see TV.

So, first verse, normal so far, they sing about getting into a fight. Chip says he ‘ran away so fast’
Colin: “I started crying.”
Ryan, with no other ideas: “…at a stone I passed!”
Wayne loses it. Chip’s close. Ryan, as they’re not back together yet, initiates a second refrain so Wayne can calm down, which is a classy move. But this is a great moment, and the bigger moment probably wouldn’t have happened without it.

I’ve always thought Wayne’s detail that after chasing him, “he beat me in front of a crowd”. Like, it just gets worse for this guy!

Chip also adds the great comedy detail of naming the character Tim after the mugger has already been named Tim. So they have the same name!

Ryan: “I still hear from him.”
Wayne: “From…often.”
Chip, not knowing how Colin’s gonna rhyme that: “he writes a little letter…”
Colin: “…it’s as soft as cotton.”

Before the big moment, I wanna point out that I love the details that now they’re not only best friends, but pen pals. Dude mugged you and beat you, and you wanna be pen pals? Such a goofy mood.

But, since Wayne ended with ‘friend’, and Colin’s not coming up with any wise ideas, he ends on a classic: “HE PUT MY STONE BACK IN MY END!”
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Colin is the only one to get through the final refrain without laughing. Chip, Ryan and Wayne are all gone.

As Drew, who’s crying, buzzes, Wayne and Chip are still dying laughing.

Ryan, still very amused back at the seats: “PUT MY STONE BACK IN MY END. OOOOHHH”
Wayne: “Now THAT is a good friend…”

Colin, right before fade-out: “Try doing that, Cole Porter.”
I’m still not entirely sure what this is referencing. Perhaps a GH bit?

A great IDS, even if the middle was a bit more normal. Those bookend lines slay me every time, especially Colin’s ending, which is pretty much the first ‘oh my god’ ending Colin comes up with.

Helping Hands: Ryan is an angry football coach trying to inspire his quarterback, Drew, at halftime

I’m glad that after this game’s overexposure, we’ve limited ourselves to only seeing it every once in a while.


Ryan tries to show Drew a diagram on the board, but Colin picks up some action figures instead

Drew: “Hey, you better watch your tone, remember what happened to Bobby Knight?”
I love that, as Ryan apologizes, Colin’s hands are just spread out, calmly.

I love how elaborate Colin’s board-drawing is, and how Ryan goes along with it like nothing.

Also, Drew having a helmet on is a source for comedy by itself, as you can’t see most of his face, and just seeing him hunched shoulders without a facial expression is funny enough, as you just imagine one. It’s like how stormtroopers doing anything is funny, because they have no visible facial expression, and you just assume they’re serious under there.

Colin gets back to his old tricks, shoving both halves of a banana in Ryan’s face. I also love Colin having a hand under Ryan’s chin, KNOWING he’s gonna spit something out…and yes, eventually he does, which the audience reacts to.

Ryan, after trying to eat an orange shoved in his face: “…WAIT TIL THEY’RE RIPE!”

A pretty funny Helping Hands, with a lot of fun Drew-Ryan dynamic moments, and some good Colin screwing. Perhaps the distance from last HH has made me softer on this game. I’m not looking forward to seeing all 10 million Aisha-era playings of this, though

Overall: Another really strong Chip episode. I didn’t dislike any games, I thought 2 were classic, and I enjoyed everything else. This show had a lack of showcases for Wayne or Chip (unless you count 3HBS), so it was a lot of Ryan and Colin games, but they were definitely up for it. Sound Effects and Whose Line were both really good, and Helping Hands was a pretty fun one, as maybe that game is better when spread apart more. Also, for a game known for one moment (IDS), the highlights were pretty evenly spread out, and there was time for cute moments (3HBS), great improv (Whose Line), and great audience participation (SFX) right before the big ‘everybody cracks up moment’. So I think this one was a success.

Show Winner: Wayne
Best Performer: Ryan had the most time to shine, especially in games like SFX and Helping Hands.
Worst Performer: Wayne did the least tonight.
Best Game: Whose Line. Most people say Sound Effects, but Whose Line was the fuller game.
Worst Game: Superheroes was very take-it-or-leave-it tonight.

Coming Up Next: One more episode from the taping that gave us two consecutive Greg episodes, E4 &E5. This one features one of my favorite Greg LMAD performances.