This Brad Sherwood taping is one of many Season 4 tapings leftover without actually being used in S4. And now, here it is in Season 5. Just hanging out.
All seriousness, this is a pretty good episode, and I often wonder why exactly it was pushed out of S4. Too many contractually-obligated third episodes from okay tapings? I dunno. It’s here now.
Award Show: Brad & Wayne present the award for Frat Boys to Ryan and Colin
Colin spikes the camera on the way into the audience, and:
You can tell this is an early playing, because Ryan doesn’t know that he and Colin have to start in the audience
Ryan ends up crouching behind Drew and getting into the shot to get to the audience, which is fun
Wayne and Brad already have the tone down. I love that Brad’s mouthing the words that Wayne’s saying, making fun of prompter readings
We cut to Ryan and Colin, and:
Colin’s abrupt wooing as they come downstage carries until they get to the podium, which is a fun gag
Colin: “I’d like to thank whoever it is I’m sleeping with right now…”
Plus, I love Colin getting serious about studying hard, “cause I really want to be a gynecologist”.
Ryan: “LOOK UP A FEW OLD FRIENDS, HUH?”
Colin, looking at the podium: “Hey, man, this’d be good to put our chips in…”
Brad comes back on, which is a new idea, and says “what better way to end the show than with some MOONING, DUDES?”
Wayne, chuckling, goes “you first”. This is our first clue
And Wayne’s standing there…awkwardly
The game ends, everyone goes back to the seats, and Wayne’s standing and talking to Brad. He’s literally saying “I would have done it with you, but I have a g-string on”, and he motions around his butt area.
DREW HEARS THIS
And he goes “Are you serious???”
Brad, meanwhile, takes an extra second with the knowledge that’s just been handed to him, straightens his belt, and sits down
Drew, smiling TOO WIDE: “WAYNE JUST SAID TO BRAD…”I would have done it with you, but I have a G-STRING on.”
The place suddenly understands.
Wayne, on the few audience members who are doing ‘OHHHH’s: “HEY, IT GIVES ME SUPPORT.”
Ryan: “IT’S NOT LIKE IT’S A LEOPARD G-STRIN-is iiiit?”
Brad, defending Wayne: “It’s a G-string”
Wayne, kinda pathetically: “…for when I’m hangin’ with my homies.”
Sure enough, he pulls the side of it up so the audience can see, which gets a WILD reaction from the audience
Drew: “…oh yeah, we got a show to do…”
A pretty good Award Show. Not my favorite, and we won’t get to that one for TWO SEASONS, but a solid one
Party Quirks: Brad hosts
Wayne: The I’ve Got a Secret episode of the SOUTH-AMERICAN Jerry Springer show
Colin: Performing seal in a marine park pool playing up to the cameras
Ryan: Series of hunting accidents caught on tape
This seems pretty consecutive. Which either means PQ was played early or AS was played late.
Ryan has some VERY NERVOUS LAUGHTER at his
Wayne comes in with full Jerry Springer ‘Y’ALL SHUT UP’ mode, proving he read 60% of the quirk. As for the other 40%….eh…
Wayne: “Me and Maurice, we were watching, you know, an episode of our favorite show, you know, The Drew Carey Show”
Brad, to Colin: “GUESS WHAT, WHITNEY HOUSTON’S AT MY PARTY!”
[this was at the beginning of her feuds with Bobby Brown, I presume?]
Colin, in response…bewilderedly claps his hands. Perfect
Colin does some seal tricks towards the central camera
Brad, smirking: “Whitney Houston, I’d like you to meet Stephen Hawking!”
THE AUDIENCE IS BETRAYED
Colin, still trying to do his thing, has the best reaction:
Just…barely holding it in, but visibly shocked.
Ryan, firing: “…….SORRY, GARY!”
Colin makes his way towards the camera, and…yeah:
I love that, in the background, Ryan accidentally shoots Wayne, Wayne falls and gets mad…AND THIS is what we continue to focus on. Man, oh man
As more violent things continue to happen with Wayne and Ryan…we stay focused on Colin, arfing into another camera
Brad guesses Ryan and Wayne, and Colin’s left with the camera, leaving us this shot:
Brad gets Colin and caps a pretty solid, and very frenzied, PQ. I do like this one, and I like the decision to focus on Colin as sillier things are happening in the background
Drew, when everyone gets back to the seats: “…that was the South American version of the Jerry Springer show…”
Wayne, not following: ‘….yeah.”
Drew: “I kept on waiting for the South American version to pop in there…”
Wayne: “was that what it said?”
Wayne thinks that’s not what it said, and opens the envelope, “now that the game’s over”, and reads it: “…I’ve Got a Secret episode of the…AWWWW CRAP.”
The audience gives a nice amount of applause, but…poor Wayne. Dude’s embarrassed in two straight games
Ryan, of course, has the perfect punchline: “…SOMEONE’S THONG IS TOO TIGHT…”
Wayne has no choice but to laugh at this one. Ryan got him good
Scenes from a Hat:
Drew, chuckling: “What life would have been like if your parents were insult comics”
Brad, to Wayne: “You gaining weight or is your ass eating your pants?”
This…sort of counts as a thong reference?
“What’s on TV in Hell”
Wayne: “…UPN’S THURSDAY LINEUP!”
As it’s 2001, this gets a lot of audience response
Colin, keeping the gag going: “…BUTT CRACKS OF THE RICH AND FAMOUS!”
I love the little recurring chuckle Drew has before “Things Found in Hillbilly Fortune Cookies”
Wayne: “……hell, I can’t read…”
Ryan, with a truly dark one: “You just ate what could have been your lover.”
The audience is SPLIT on this one, and there’s a lot of outcry, sort of like there has been at Brad’s jokes all night. Ryan sees this and bows.
The simplicity kills me
Drew, kind of ashamed: “…hit numbers from a musical about breasts.”
Colin: “…I got a dime…FOR TWO NIPPLES.”
Wayne, a la Streisand: “….MAMMARIES…”
Colin, dancing way too happily: “I LIKE TO STICK MY HEAD IN, GO BBBBBBBB”
Wayne, with the speed to nearly outdo the censor: “OHHHHHHHHHHHHHH DAMNTHOSESOMEBIGTITS”
Pretty strong round of this. SFAH rounds are now shorter, but have longer, more fleshed out scenes, which I like.
Bartender: Brad tends bar
Wayne – Excited about Brad
Colin – Angry about a speeding ticket
Ryan – In love with ugly shoes
BARTENDER’S BACK! A game we haven’t seen since late in the UK era finally returns for some S4 & S5 tapings, and I couldn’t be happier, as this was always a fun one. Brad’s a great choice to tend, as well.
Also, as this game starts, all four are still cracking up over something. Not sure what game happened directly before this.
Already, we get a semi-reprise of the ‘in love with the barman’ one that Tony and Mike did, with Wayne being excited about Brad
Wayne’s admission of ‘dating girls for so long, it’s time for a switch’ gets laughs, because this is 2001.
Wayne does this right as Brad starts, which is a fun move
Brad: “And you know I’ve got a girlfriend, but I just might leave her
ever since I’ve found out I got Jungle Fever”
A very fun and cute Wayne-Brad number
Colin, already angry, enters: “…WHAT D’YA HAVE TO DO FOR SERVICE AROUND HERE?”
Colin, with a very clever verse: “I got a ticket, for going fast
I knew my good luck would never last
It seems like I was born under an evil star
I got caught for speeding, I DIDN’T EVEN HAVE A CARRR!”
Brad: “I’m the kind of guy who never stops
You saw me last week without a shirt on an episode of Cops”
Another fun number, and the intensity Brad and Colin brought worked
Ryan, possibly referring to Wayne’s: “Ah, glad to see this is still a gay bar.”
Brad: “you shoulda met my boyfriend Wayne, he was in here a while ago…”
Ryan: “I’m in love with my shoes and I don’t know how
It’s a shame that they had to kill 47 cows”
YES. Brad needs a moment to recompose himself after this. He does a spit take, and Ryan just casually wipes some of it from his brow
Brad: “You love your shoes cause they give you a little tongue.”
Once Brad ends a sentence with ‘don’t you frown’, he IMMEDIATELY knows the punchline that’s coming, and nods along with it:
Brad: “even though it looks like you stole your shoes from a clown..”
A really strong round of Bartender for our first one in several seasons. All 3 were strong, funny, and Brad made for a strong lead for this game.
Props: Brad & Wayne vs. Ryan & Drew
Colin, handing Drew a still-large prop: “you have the little one..”
Ryan: does Alfred Hitchcock Presents theme:
Ryan: “d’you have a table for Gumby?”
Drew: “…I’d like to report a missing wing…”
I love this one
Wayne and Ryan use theirs for consecutive “COME ON BABY, PUSH!” ones
Brad: “Now our Igloo have cable!”
Drew ends by doing a Twilight Zone reference. Ryan and Drew started with Hitchcock and ended with Serling, which is a fun contrast
Great round of this. Ryan and Drew had the better ones, but it felt pretty fun all around
Overall: Solid show overall, with no bad games, a fun runner, some good work from all four and a long-lost game returning to kick ass, so I have no complaints here. Bartender and Party Quirks were the strong highlights, but I liked everything, even Props and SFAH. I liked that Wayne felt vulnerable tonight as he was responding to thong jokes, and I like that Brad felt angry in responding to the audience response.
Show Winner: Colin
Best Performer: Colin once again nailed it, mostly from Party Quirks and SFAH. You know you’re doing well when there’s collaborative stuff going on, and the camera still wants to focus on you.
Worst Performer: Wayne’s job was to be the victim tonight, and he did little else
Best Game: Bartender. Every segment made me happy.
Worst Game: Award Show isn’t great til that ending.
COMING UP NEXT: Right back into S5 we go with another Brad show, one that came from the same taping as the Hef show last season. And, funnily enough, we have another guest star from that taping. It’s nowhere near as bawdy as Hef- think of the cleanest possible TV legend. Yeah, and watch as she does some dirtier material.