So, as a rule, in California, as it gets hot, the tech people like to keep the temperature lower so that nobody sweats, nobody feels like they’re dying. This, for the most part, works well for Whose Line tapings, but occasionally the performers get too cold, and have to deal with it.
This is one such taping. We’ve seen offerings from it before, in 4×20 and 4×28, two very alright episodes. This is a very good one. Brad Sherwood’s here, and….and it’s cold as shit.
Drew even says this out loud: “Our producers have it FREEZING in here. It’s unbelievable. There’s witches backstage dipping their breasts in hot coffee.”
Superheroes: it’s cold in the studio
Brad: Cottage Cheese Man
Ryan: The Narrowly-Escapes-Death Kid
Colin: Captain Salmon
Wayne: Caught in a Wind Tunnel Boy
The guy who yells out Cottage Cheese Man is SO LOUD AND READY TO GO
Brad has a great scream when he realizes his thighs have curdled.
Ryan, entering: “Oh, I see your small curd…”
Brad reveals his legs again
Ryan: “I almost got hit without cottage chese”
Colin, entering: “Sorry I’m late, someone stole my sleeves!”
I love Colin’s look when Ryan names him Captain Salmon:
I mean, Colin’s salmon impression has been a staple of WL since his debut in UK S3, so this shouldn’t be too shocking
Brad, with a very cheesy joke: “If only I were CREAM CHEESE MAN”
[Wonder if Mira liked that one too]
Wayne has some good physicality to his, but, of course:
Keep in mind, this now makes TWO DIFFERENT S4 BRAD TAPINGS WHERE A WATER PITCHER HAS SPILLED EVERYWHERE. HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE?
My favorite part is the shot of Drew’s panicked reaction:
Wayne: “IT’S OKAY! IT’S ALRIGHT!”
Colin goes over to the spilled puddle and starts drinking from it like the salmon would
Colin, solving the problem in lieu of Wayne: “all that activity seemed to heat up the studio!”
Brad, meta: “You think that’s bad, I have nowhere to sit now!”
The other departures are cut, and we end the game here, which is odd. But it’s still a good ending. Even if there wasn’t much TO this Superheroes, it was still an eventful one, and Brad was a good proctor
Wayne is good enough to fix the chairs, and he and Brad sit down like nothing happened
Drew: “OOOOOH…WE CAN NEVER HAVE ANYTHING NICE!”
Brad: “I’M SO THIRSTY……”
I think this taping came after the other one where Brad broke their pitcher, so this is the perfect antithesis
Drew: “You boys always BREAKING THINGS with your Superhero games…”
Drew, to Keith and Dan: “are we gonna take a minute to clean that up?”
Ryan: “There’s a LOT of water by the electrical circuits…and I’m done with my near death thing”
Nice they kept that in. A very behind-the-scenes kinda moment
Drew: “Yeah, we had to chop a block of ice to get another pitcher of water….so damn cold in here.”
They add in Wayne and Brad getting a new pitcher, but I doubt it came immediately after Superheroes
If You Know What I Mean: Brad, Ryan and Colin are 3 supermarket employees on night shift
Brad: “I’d like you to help me wax these bananas if you know what i mean…”
AND WE’RE OFF
Colin: “I know what you mean, I’ve been busy squeezing the melons if you know what I mean…”
Colin: “I gotta peel a cucumber if you catch my drift…”
Brad: “…not really”
Colin, with nothing: “I notice you’ve been dating the new checkout girl……changing her cash receipts if you know what I mean.”
Ryan: “I’ve been looking for a bargain if you know what I mean.”
Brad: “But I hear you’ve been coming up a little short, if you know what I mean.”
Ryan: “Well I’ve got one wheel that wants to go different from the others if you know what i mean.”
Ryan: “…I guess you don’t know what I mean…”
Colin: “You’re using the express lane if you know what I mean?”
Ryan, now sad: “…yeah, I know what you mean…”
An alright round of this. Not much out of the ordinary for this game.
All in One Voice: Brad and Ryan are Ricky Ricardo, Colin and Wayne are Lucy, singing “The First Time We Swam”
Of the two of these that made air, this is the better one, in my opinion
Once Colin here’s he’s doing Lucy, he cracks. Oh no.
The opening of this song cracks up. Just the sung exchanges of ‘LUUUUUUCY’ and ‘RIIIICKY’ are funny enough on their own
Ryan and Brad: “I was…enthralled…with youuu.”
One of the things about this song is how much it ACTUALLY WORKS AS A SONG. IT’S A REALLY GOOD SONG.
Wayne’s taking the lead for him and Colin, and I love that he just pushes the speed of his and Colin tags along. Colin tries stringing Wayne along the second time they have to do this, and Wayne barely keeps composed
Ryan and Brad: “MAKES MY HEART….GOOOOO….BOOBOBOOBBOOOBOOO…”
Brad cracks here. I don’t know how Ryan’s keeping it together
There’s a moment of perfect harmony between all four, and…that’s the sort of thing this game was made for
Even Wayne and Colin’s last line is heartfelt: “PUT ME…IN YOUR SHOOOOOOW.”
A really, REALLY good round of this. Again, it works so well as a song, as well as just a comedy bit
Drew: “I feel like I’m in an airplane in here”
Ryan: “OH WAIT A MINUTE” [mimes turning off air]
Film Dub: all four- A team of suit salesmen are trying to make a sale
The S7 Film Dub takeover continues
Brad: “What about these ties, I can’t get rid of ’em, I look like Colonel Sanders for God’s sakes!”
Ryan: “And get rid of all the mohair suits, I don’t want the word ‘hair’ in any of our suits!”
Wayne, as a very white guy: “NOW, GENTLEMEN, GENTLEMEN…nothing like the double-breasted sear-sucker tweed-back…”
Colin: “DOES IT COME WITH PANTS? TWO PAIRS OF PANTS? THREE PAIRS OF PANTS? FOUR?”
Ryan, with such a great pause: “……LOOK….I don’t wanna say that none of us like women…”
Right after that line, Brad and Wayne’s characters remove their suit jackets.
Wayne: “I…will…tae-bo you so quick-” [his character punches out Ryan’s]
A pretty good Film Dub. Lots of fun comedy details one after the other
Sound Effects: Two nervous World War II paratroopers are about to leave on a mission to parachute into occupied France
Ryan tries buttoning his chute. Mina responds with gunfire.
Colin closes the window: “THE HELICOPTER’S ALMOST HERE.”
Mina adds bomb noises, getting the feel for the scene, rather than waiting for Colin and Ryan to prompt her.
Colin: “THEY’RE BOMBING US! WE’RE ON YOUR SIDE!”
Ryan: “WE HAVEN’T EVEN LEFT YET!”
Ryan, helping Colin with his chute: “let me help you buckle it”
Colin: “Oh, I’ve got one of those velcro things…”
Ryan: “Sounds like we’re taking off!”
Mina and Kathy: “MMMMM….MMMMM….”
Ryan: “Now we’re up in the air.”
Ryan: “…THE ENGINE JUST STOPPED!”
He tries frantically flapping his arms. Dear god this is so damn funny, right from the start
Mina has some loud engine noises as Ryan and Colin prepare to jump
Ryan: “Try to land on those cows!”
Colin: “I’M PULLING MY CHUTE”
Ryan: “UH OH!”
Both Kathy and Mina re laughing too hard to do sound effects. Meanwhile, Ryan and Colin are frantically trying to open their parachutes
Colin: “I’M COMPLETELY NAKED”
I’m laughing too damn hard
Colin: “OKAY I USED MY PANTS!”
Mina comes in with another low hum. Colin has no idea how to respond. Ryan does
A really fun scene. Like usual this season, perhaps it was cut a bit too early, as I would have wanted to see some more conflict, but this was still really funny, and didn’t let up.
Scenes from a Hat:
Drew: “The curriculum at Hillbilly University”
Brad: “Learning About Your Mother-Daughter”
Drew: “I didn’t know the mic was on…”
Ryan, to Colin: “…jesus, it’s fuckin’ cold in here, isn’t it?”
Ryan: “That’s 1000 points to everyone, we’ll be back after this commercial…….you alright under there?”
They reuse Drew’s buzzer dance from the ‘Drew doesn’t do a damn thing’ one
Drew: “Nightly bedside prayers of Whose Line castmembers”
Wayne: “Please lord…don’t let the Mr. Drew come in my window…”
Brad: “Jesus, don’t let Wayne knock over the table.”
Colin: “Lord, please let me out of my contract that says I must shave my head so they can keep making bald jokes?”
Brad: “Lord…please make Ryan stop wearing clown shoes…”
Wayne: “Lord…please give me ringside seats when Ryan kicks Brad’s ass”
I love the progression of that entire suggestion
Much better round than the initial one, though just as short.
Props: Brad and Wayne vs. Ryan and Drew
Brad: “So what’s the next fight, Mr. King?”
Wayne: “BECAUSE MY CLIENT IS MOST SPLENDIFOROUS…”
Ryan, with a very funny voice: “…AND THEN I’M GONNA TIE YOU TO THE RAILROAD TRACK!”
Ryan: “So what are you saying, I’m on FIRE?”
Wayne: “See? It’s so cold in here the shower froze!”
Ryan, similarly: “Wow, EVEN THEY’RE COLD!”
Brad: “DAMN YOUR BALLS ARE HAIRY.”
…damn ABC Family censors neutering that line…
A pretty good props. Nicely balanced between the two pairings, and nice use of the runner.
Overall: After two straight meh episodes, S7 is now ON FIRE. This isn’t as good as last episode, but still had some pretty impressive heights, like All in One Voice, Sound Effects, SFAH and even Props. Superheroes is also kinda a height, because the big inciting incident happens there, even if the game itself is run of the mill until then. My one problem with this show, like a lot of S7 shows, is the editing, and a lot of games are being cut short for time. I would have preferred skipping IYKWIM to get the end of Superheroes, the second half of Sound Effects and one more SFAH suggestion. But that’s just me being an editor. This is still a pretty good show, and a good runner-based episode in a very piecemeal era of the show.
Show Winner: Colin
Best Performer: Brad beats Ryan for dominating this show, and coming up with scene-stealers in Props, SFAH and If You Know What I Mean
Worst Performer: Surprisingly Colin had the quietest night
Best Game: Fuck it, All In One Voice wins. Such an amazing moment. Not even a Sound Effects I laughed my ass off can top it.
Worst Game: If You Know What I Mean, which didn’t need to be here.
Should It Have Aired in S4?: YES! I’d have switched this with 4×28 any day. Besides, ‘I’m sorry I wasn’t listening’ seems like more of a S7 runner anyway
Coming Up Next: Ironically onto another taping where the temp was cold as shit, the last taping of S3, the Nice Pants taping. If 6×10 wasn’t enough for you, here’s some more Chip merriment, and hopefully Ryan’s illness won’t be as obvious