Whose Offseason: Drew Carey’s Improv-a-Ganza Episode 40, or It’s a Rather Drunk Day

This one went too quickly.

I genuinely adore this series, and can say that roughly 3/4ths of it is made up of solid shows, which is a really good ratio for an improv show. This show gave opportunities for different improv dynamics, different improv games, and spotlights for performers like Jeff Davis, Jonathan Mangum, Kathy Kinney and Heather Anne Campbell.

And now we’ve reached the last episode, and I have to wander into Trust us With Your Life and CW Whose Line, which I don’t know as well, and I don’t think are as consistent, arguably. This is gonna be tough.

The reason why this is tough that with this episode, 3 huge figures leave the Whose Line story, 1 temporarily and 2 for good. And all three contributed a ton to get us here.

One is Kathy Kinney, whose contributions this season grew on me more as we went on, and who proved that you could be a female improviser without pandering too hard to demographics and audiences. Not every improviser looks like Kathy Greenwood- some look like Kathy Kinney, and despite what Youtube commenters think, Kathy provided some of the most dignified and funny improv moves of the season. Like with Greenwood, you just weren’t looking.

Another is Chip Esten, who would leave the picture for 6 years after this show in order to focus on his priorities for ABC’s Nashville. Chip, despite his troubles during the back half of IAG, was a landmark musical performer whose quick wit and excellent lyricism brought out the best in his scene partners, and made for some really strong scenes throughout ABC WL, GSS and IAG. I’m gonna miss covering him for a bit.

And the final, and biggest piece, leaving the project at IAG Episode 40 is the man above the marquee, Drew Carey. After IAG, Drew wouldn’t produce another improv TV series, and would focus on Price is Right and later his show on Underground Garage. Say what you will about Drew’s improv abilities, and I certainly have on this watchdown, but without Drew, we don’t get US Whose Line, and we don’t get the Whose Line fandom. Drew made hosting look easy, he took slams with a grin, he worked well with just about everybody, and despite his subconscious sexism that came out in desk jokes, he was a fun host, and a great performer at times. Covering his WL, and his other series, was a lot of fun because of how much fun he was having at the helm.

And now we go into the last of Improv-a-Ganza, a show from the white taping, and a farewell to a few performers and a few games.

Greatest Hits: Ryan and Greg sell Songs of the Doctor, sung by Jeff and Chip

Greg gets doctor from the audience. Ryan, who’s gotten doctor a million times, has him ask “any particular type of doctor?”, and the audience member  replies “gastroenterologist”
Ryan: “SO DOCTOR IT IS.”
HA

Ryan: “Hi, I’m Neil Patrick Harris.”
of course
Greg: ‘AND I’M THE GUY FROM STYX”
Chip, off-camera: [loses it]

Ryan: “I love my boy bands”
Greg: [moves his stool away from Ryan]

Ryan: “Should you really be called a band if you don’t play an instrument? Or should you really  be called a boy when you’re 52?”
A casual age drop here. Nothing to the extent of Ryan’s “I’M 42 YEARS OLD” from Greatest Hits in the S5 tapings

Jeff and Chip dancing about the stage right at the start of this number makes me sad that this is probably the last Chip-Jeff number we’re gonna get for a while. Which is very  sad

The lyrics are pretty basic, but the harmonies and musical ability coming from this song is pretty impressive.

Thank god there are cameras in the audience so we can get this shot:
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Chip absolutely nails a rap break in the song. Again, I’m really gonna miss him

A really good GH, and a strong number to go out on.

First Date: Kathy and Drew, with assistance from the rest of the troupe, act out the first date of Taryn and Michael

Last broadcast first date, though it’d continue to be a staple of Whose Live, much to the behest of certain whosers.

Chip asks for a couple who’s in love, then goes over to Taryn and Michael and notes “I saw ONE hand…”

Chip asks where they met for their date
Michael: “coffee shop”
Drew: “A COP HAVIN’ A CUP OF COFFEE…”
Taryn, not helping: “AND DONUTS.”

Kathy: “HOLY CRAP, YOU’RE HOT, YOU WANNA GO OUT FOR A CUP OF COFFEE?”
Taryn: [ding]

Jeff, as Drew’s roommate: “what’d she look like?”
Drew: “Hot…GIANT TITS.”
Michael: [infinite dinging]
Man, I’m not gonna miss Drew making everything about sex…
Jeff, as he is prone to do, does not put out the fire: “BIG, BIG, BIG, BIG TITS??”

Greg, as Kathy’s friend: “You must have dated every cop on the Tallahassee police force!”
Taryn: [honk]
Kathy: “I tried!”
[they both look at Taryn, and Kathy reshuffles]
Kathy: “No, I was working my way through the, uh, clergymen…”
[honk]
Kathy: “Just the frat guys and the football team”
Taryn, honking: “HELL NO”

I love the detail that Kathy namedrops Starbucks, and…that get dings, so that was where they met
Greg: “You must be a big spender! That last guy took you to subway!”

Jeff: “Let me give you some advice because I know you’ve never been with a woman before”
Michael: [hesitantly dings, then honks a few times]
Jeff, sighing, takes Drew upstage: “…WHEN A  MAN LOVES A WOMAN…”
PFFFF
Jeff: “You gotta treat her with respect…”
Michael: […honk]
Jeff: “DO WHAT YOU WAAAANT…”

Kathy comes in and HUGELY EXAGGERATES HER CHEST SIZE, which is a fun callback

Kathy: “I’ve been with thousands of guys, so don’t worry”
[honk]
Kathy: “I’m a virgin, too…”
Michael [casually dings Taryn’s]

Kathy orders a complicated beverage while facing the audience
Ryan, to the side: ‘…Okay…you’ll have to order over here, though…”

Drew: “Just a plain coffee with cream, please.”
Ryan: “Oooh, that’s a tough one…just…plain…coffee…”
Ryan is stealing  this scene, for the record
Ryan: “Sorry, we’re closing for the day…”

Drew: “Hey, now that we’ve had our coffee, wanna go back to my apartment and have sex?”
MULTIPLE DINGS FROM BOTH

A pretty good First Date. Doesn’t top Poo Beans for me, but this had a lot of fun  details throughout.

Sound Effects: Ryan and Chip; skydiving; Mason and Greg do SFX

I do love how much fun Greg’s having with an audience member named Greg. Just jokingly forgetting his name.

Mason tries doing Chip picking up a kitty, and does a very  literal and sarcastic “PURR.”
Ryan: ‘very good, SHE’S VERY GOOD…’

SFX Greg does a HUGE, SLOPPY noise for Ryan’s saw
Ryan: “It’s the electric saw. I’m using the wet, electric saw. Kids, don’t try this at home.”
Greg: “I really don’t see what could go wrong…”

Greg gets ‘skydiving’ from the audience, for dangerous occupation
Ryan, relieved: “I thought he said ‘al qaeda’…”

Chip: [tries to start propeller]
Mason: ‘…pff”
Ryan: [rides in]
Greg: “AAAAAAAGGHHH”
AND WE’RE OFF.
Chip: “I didn’t know it was ‘ride your wife to work day'”
Ryan: “THANK YOU, SARA, I’LL BE BACK IN A COUPLE HOURS…”

Chip notes it’s windy. Greg  does some wind  with a  burp thrown in
Ryan: “it’s…a rather drunk day.”
HA
Chip: “the weatherman said it was partly gassy…”

Greg has a surprisingly good propeller noise. Ryan is surprised: “GET IN, QUICK, BEFORE IT STOPS!”
PFFFF
Greg: [propeller slows]
Ryan: “…aghhhh, get out and start it again. I knew that was gonna happen”
At least Greg  is playing  into the comedy

Chip: “Lemme talk to the tower- ‘UH, TOWER, ARE YOU THERE? COME IN’
Mason: “sssssssss”
Chip: “oh, they’re using the bathroom…”
HA

Chip: “TOWER, WE MUST KNOW, DO WE HAVE CLEARANCE?”
Mason: “NO.” [cracks up]
On one hand, it’s a ‘no’ improv move, but on the other hand it’s a subversion of expectations. After judges’ ruling, this IS, in fact, funny
Chip:
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Ryan: “I’m gonna try MY tower…”
Chip: “my tower’s pissy…”

Greg, to his credit, answers professionally
Ryan: “Yeah, are we clear for parachuting, THE OTHER TOWER SEEMS TO THINK WE’RE NOT.”
Perfect
Greg: “You have temporary clearance.”
Ryan, impressed: “THANK YOU, FELIX.”
Chip: “Lemme try this, HEY MY TOWER, COME IN.”
Mason: “…ask again later.”
PFFF. BOTH OF THESE SFX PEOPLE UNDERSTAND COMEDY.

Ryan, preparing Greg: “The SUCTION that happens when I open this door…especially on a drunk day like this…”
Greg: “RRRRRRRRUP”
Chip: “IT IS HAMMERED OUT.”

Greg does this spitting noise
Ryan: “QUICK, TRY TO JUMP ON THAT HORSE”
I was gone at that

Ryan: “I’m not sure if my chute’s even open”
Greg: “PFFFFFRRAAAHHHHHHHHH”
Ryan: “OH MY GOD, I PACKED IT WITH AN ELEPHANT”
Chip: “IT’S A PACK-ADERM”
YOU SLY DOG YOU

A very funny SFX. I think the Ryan-Chip ones just work really well because they’re awesome at reacting. Also, these two SFX people were very funny, and had a lot of silly things happen.

New Choice: Ryan and Greg; a nice restaurant; Jeff calls

The last scene of the last show, and the last New Choice.

Jeff: “You, in the blonde hair and the sparkly bracelet, what’s your name? BJ???”
Greg:
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PERFECT
Drew: [comes over and waves]
Ryan: [wipes sweat from Jeff’s brow]
Bob: [plays dramatic, tense music]
This is so damn funny

Jeff, high-voice: “…SO BJ-[cough]”

Ryan, for his opening miming, pours several glasses of wine…and drinks the rest of the bottle

Greg: “You guys open for breakfast?”
Ryan: “we’re open 24 hours a day”
Jeff: ‘new choice”
Ryan: “weeee are closed….but I’d be happy to make you something, sailor…”
Both Jeff and Greg chuckle at that line

Greg gets on a NC run of what he’d love, and lands on a sung “I LOOOVE…SPRING TIME.” AND BOB COMES IN WITH SOME MUSIC FOR THIS. I am gonna miss Bob, too

Ryan, NC’d a bit: “I’d like you to turn around for a bit”
Greg, shrugging, does so, bending over a bit”
Ryan: “…WAFFLES!”
Dear god

Ryan: “you’re wearing nothing but rollerskates and lederhosen”
Jeff: ‘new choice”
Ryan: “you’re wearing nothing but chaps”
Jeff: ‘new choice”
Ryan: “…I’M wearing nothing but  chaps”
Jeff: ‘new choice”

Ryan finally lands on: “I…want you for the rest of my life.”
Jeff: […]
Ryan: “I’M SORRY…I said something I probably shouldn’t have but [RIGHT AT JEFF] I HAD NO CHOICE, REALLY.”
I love when  Ryan does little meta moves like this in this game

Greg: “Do you mind if I put my syrup on your waffles?”
Jeff: ‘new choice”
Greg: “Do you mind if I put my ice cream on your ala mode?”
Jeff: ‘new choice”
Greg: “I wanna sprinkle your jello.”
Jeff: ‘new choice”
Greg: ‘pumpkin pie?”
Jeff: ‘new choice”
Greg: “I’m wearing it.”
PFFF
Jeff: ‘new choice”
Greg: “I have a cat in my slacks.”
Chip: [facepalms]

Ryan: “No one’s ever brought me a cat before..”
Greg: “Well I didn’t know I was gonna see you, but I always carry a cat in my pants just in case…”

Ryan: “I’ve gone out with 48 men in the last 2 months”
Jeff: ‘new choice”
Ryan: “i’ve gone out with…2 men in the last 48 months”
PFFF
Jeff: ‘new choice”
Ryan: “I’M MAKING THE BIG SWITCH.”
[…]
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Greg: [makes horrified cat noise]
Ryan: “NOT CATS!!!!”
Oh god

Greg, NC’d has a really fun read of “I WANT YOU TOOO…PUT THOSE WAFFLES ON A PLATE…”
Ryan, thrown by Jeff’s silence, begins to do that: “That seems pretty easy”. He’s already on edge
Ryan: “I’ll hold your cat…”
He then gets an idea, throws the cat on the griddle, pulls it up, and goes “LOOK, WAFFLE-CAT!”
And then, as Greg and Jeff let that sink in, Ryan just puts syrup on it and licks at it. Dear god…

AND THAT IS HOW THE LAST GAME OF IAG ENDS. WITH WAFFLE CAT, AND RYAN,  after being thrown by Jeff, Greg, Colin, and nearly everybody on the show, finally throwing Jeff AND Greg, and out-weirding everybody. That is a fitting  ending to a 40-episode series if I’ve ever seen one.

Oh yeah, New Choice was pretty good. A little light on plot, but the Greg-Ryan combo lifted it.

Overall: An insanely strong show to end the run with. Nothing felt bad or unfunny or underdeveloped, these were four very strong games that brought out the best in the entire crew without any lapses in improv moves. New Choice is probably the most famous, but GH, Sound Effects and parts of First Date are all among the highlights of the run, and mark some of the best moments of this taping. This is also a great sendoff for Chip, who’s solid in both of his games, and great a showcase for Ryan and Greg.

Best Performer: Ryan Stiles, for being all over this show and providing some of the best improv moments.
Worst Performer: Drew, in his sole game of the night, took a backseat to Kathy, and Jeff
Best Game: Sound Effects. SO FUNNY.
Worst Game: First Date was the closest to plain ‘good’, but I even still liked it.
Best Dynamic: Ryan and Greg had two games worth, and both counted.
Best Host: Jeff, for prattling with BJ late.

IMPROV-A-GANZA SUPERLATIVES:
Best Episode: E6, featuring a really good Freeze, DAMNED CYNTHIA DOING SOUND EFFECTS, and the immortal Flap My Jack, cracking me up all the way through, and providing so many small improv moments.
2nd Best Episode: E21, most notably featuring the Forward Reverse in Cabo San Lucas [PARTAAAAAY], but also featuring an Options that always cracks me up, a GH where all three are in sync, and a truly powerful Bob’s Call
3rd Best Episode: E1. Right from the getgo this show impressed me, with a drunken Moving People, a career high Song Styles, Wayne  and Jonathan’s duo in Kick It, and a great Freeze to start off.
Worst Episode: E10, which pissed me off far beyond only doing 3 games, and had a lot of suspect moves from Sean, Drew and Kathy, while barely having anything I liked, even  including Mousetraps.
Episode Most Worthy of Another Look: E12. Yes, the HELEN *FROZE* one, but this First Date, Sentences and Freeze are all really underrated, even by this show’s standards
Best Performer: Jeff Davis, who had the most show wins, and like in GSS, impressed me the most all show. Jonathan Mangum had an early lead, though
Worst Performer: Sean Masterson. A long fall from IAS, yes, but…he didn’t feel as energetic and inspired as before, and now felt yelly and overwhelming.
Best One-Taping Performer: Heather Anne Campbell, nudging out Wayne Brady for coming  off like a pro without needing special treatment, and nailing what was essentially an audition for CWLIIA.
Best New Innovation: Greatest Hits mobility, and having more of an ensemble quality, without just having Colin  and Ryan and Wayne do it every time. It’d be preparation for a few choice shows in CW version.
Best Dynamic: Ryan and Jeff. There were a ton of good ones, like Jeff-Chip, Colin-Kathy, Jeff-Heather, Ryan-Greg, and of course Colin-Ryan, but we saw the Ryan-Jeff combo a ton, and it always seemed to pay off, culminating in scenes like E21’s Forward/Reverse, or E35’s IT LEADS ME TO WONDER scene.
Best Host: Ryan Stiles, who came off like a pro everytime he had to lead in a game.
Performer We Wish Wasn’t Done After IAG: Drew Carey. Despite his flaws, I’m gonna miss him.

COMING UP NEXT: I was gonna go right into Trust Us With Your Life, but a reader pointed out that there is, in fact, a wholesale filmed version of a WL stage show that fills the gap between IAG and TUWYL. It features one of the most venerable improv duos of the show’s canon, and it’s available on prime, and I’ve never seen it before.

Whose Offseason: Drew Carey’s Improv-a-Ganza Episode 39, or Is Everything You Say a Premise??

This episode marks the last of 6 shows from the purple tapings, giving us the last IAG appearances of Colin and Brad, who’ve had nice showings here, and will be missed…for the .5 seconds I’m not covering them in between this and TUWYL. Brad doesn’t appear at all in this show, as has already essentially bowed out, which is sad.

Greatest Hits: Colin and Kathy sell Songs of the Gas Pumper, sung by Chip and Jeff

KATHY presents? Again, score for switching things up

Colin, in another very prophetic joke: “we’ll return you to your movie about transsexual chariot drivers in Been Her, in  just a second…”

Kathy and Colin cast themselves as that ‘great singing duo, Donny and Dinny’
Colin: “We had great hits like…OOOH…and EEE…AND?”
Kathy: “aaah”
Colin: “…sometimes y.”
EVEN THIS WORKS

Colin: “I’m a big fan of the 80s, of course, I guess because I was born then…”
Jeff: “…1880s…”
OOOOOOHHHHHHH
Colin, smirking: “…I’m also a big fan…of Pat Boone music-”
Jeff: [dies]
Chip: “80s is good…”

Colin takes an extra few seconds to get the title: “…WIPE THE WINDOW…HANG THE FRESHENER….LET’S GO.”
Chip, as Bob starts up, is still sounding out the title, looking at Colin: “…WIPE THE WINDOW…”

Then:
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From one opening singing of the title, they have the style down…and once they get to ‘let’s go’, Chip cracks up

Just the silly walk Jeff is doing, just sort of strutting over while keeping his torso straight, is so funny

For 80s numbers, you can see these two go into specific impressions- Jeff always does Simon Le Bon, Chip always does Robert Smith from the Cure, and they’re both great here

Jeff: “HANG A FRESHENER, HANG IT FAST, I HAD A BURGER AND MY CAR SMELLS LIKE ASS”
[facepalm]

Jeff and Chip just keep rolling out the chorus, playing to the cameras. Jeff even slides onto the floor, yelling “AAAGHH, FLOOR BURNS, GAAHHHH”

As Jeff gets up, both Chip and Jeff look at each other and try  to start a new verse, but neither is the same, and they both sort of stop and are taken aback.
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Chip gets insanely worked up for the last part of this song and he’s dancing back and forth and the audience is completely loving it, as Jeff sings the chorus. It’s a  very cool, very well-done musical moment

SUCH A GOOD GREATEST HITS. That song is probably Jeff and Chip’s best work on the program period. Colin and Kathy had really funny banter. One of the best GHs on the show in a while.

Sentences: Colin and Jeff, from the soap opera Like, Seriously, I don’t Know

Last playing of this til CWLIIA.

Jeff: “I thought you were let go after the…terrible things that happened yesterday.”
Colin: “I was let go, but then they forgot and I came back”

Colin: “Lesson 1, every doctor should say, right before an operation, “that looks like Einstein with an afro”

Colin has an explosive arm gesture towards Jeff during a line
Jeff, mimicking it: “DO NOT DO THIS TO ME WHEN YOU TALK”
Colin, now flailing both arms: “SERIOUSLY, SERIOUSLY I WILL, I DON’T KNOW WHY BUT I WILL.”
He suddenly stops: “oh, nipples.”
Then continues as if nothing’s happened. This is why I love Colin

Jeff: “We have a lot in common, you know…I’m [without a better idea]…having sex with your wife…”
Pause
Jeff: “Not right now, but EARLIER I was…”

Colin speaks of making mad, passionate love last  night, “and right in the middle she screamed out “SAY HELLO TO MY LITTLE FRIEND, HIS NAME IS PAUL!”
PERFECT
Jeff gives Colin a moment to bask in that, then fires: “…she used to call MY little friend Paul…”
Colin: ‘…’s more like a Ringo.”
HA

Jeff: “As the philosopher once wrote…’Gandhi and Joe Pesci in…”
Colin: “IS EVERYTHING YOU SAY A PREMISE???”

Colin: “But if you look at this x-ray, you’ll see that won’t happen-”
Jeff, taking his pronunciation literally: “A SEX RAY?? YOU INVENTED A SEX RAY???”
Colin: “yes, it’s…an x-ray of your sex parts, and as you can see from this low front coming down….’quick, take a video of me shooting a laser beam out of my ass and put it all over youtube’
Jeff: “I’LL USE THE SEX-RAY. I’LL FIRE THE SEX-RAY AT IT.”
Colin: “WAIT…let me put on the lead curtain.”
This scene has embraced bizarreness SO WELL.

Jeff: “I’m afraid it’s too late, doctor, I’ve irradiated your sex parts.”
Colin gives him a very confused look. YES, A RARE CASE OF SOMEONE THROWING COLIN. It’s interesting- you get Jeff and Ryan in a scene, Ryan gets thrown, you do a Jeff-Colin in a scene, Colin gets thrown. So who throws Jeff??

Jeff: “You’ll go on fine, but you’ll be sex-part-less”
Colin: “I don’t use them”
Jeff: “…I know, that’s what your wife said!”
HE PLAYED RIGHT INTO JEFF’S HAND

We cut off slightly early, and I would have loved to see the actual ending, but this was still a pretty good scene. Not perfect, as there were some early parts that weren’t as funny, but once we got going it was really funny, and Jeff and Colin worked really well with each other.

Options: Chip and Colin; embroidering; Jeff calls

Last playing of this as Options, which is a shame, as I loved this version

Colin: “Your last batch of hats have all been returned. They all say SAP RANCISCO. SAP. RANCISCO.”

Chip: “I told you, I’m not a good spellerer.”
Western style
Chip: “I DON’T TAKE TOO KINDLY TO BOOK-LEARNIN'”

Colin, silently, tries to do a John Wayne walk towards Chip, but it comes off very awkward and goofy
Chip: “YOUR BACK OKAY?”

Colin keeps the scene going, and says Black Bart’s game requested those hats
Chip: “He hated when I spelled his name with an F…”
Okay, that’s funny
Colin: “…FLACK FART.”

Jeff: “ANOTHER STYLE OF FILM….HORROR….at least I think it was horror, not porn. Horror.”

Chip and Colin’s overdramatic horror movie acting is really good.

Colin: “What you are about to face is the most horrible of all deaths.”
Jeff: “Freeze, horror porn.”
Of course
Colin, putting on gloves: “YOU ARE GOING TO HATE THIS.”
Chip: [runs away]
Jeff: “FREEZE, that’s all I want to see of that…”

Both Chip AND Colin knock the romantic Shakespeare style out of the park. Especially Chip.

An alright Options. It never got anywhere, but it was pretty good.

Sound Effects: Chip and Drew: Oil field mechanics; Hilan and Brandon

Jeff asks Hilan where she’s from, and she’s in from  Israel. For good measure, he also asks Brandon if he’s from anywhere exotic: “Halifax, Nova Scotia”
COLIN GIVES THE LOUDEST CHEER FOR THIS. A BIG “YEEEAHHHH”. I love how passionately Canadian he is.

Brandon gets the concept of the game, and throws in a fart noise AS JEFF IS EXPLAINING THE GAME.
Chip, ONCE AGAIN:
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Chip is the most consistent reaction supplier of this run
Jeff: “DON’T WORK AHEAD, BRANDON!”
Chip: “NOT YET!”

Brandon  and Hilan’s demonstration rounds are both very weak.
Jeff: “I DON’T SEE WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG”
He then goes to Drew, who has to work with Brandon, and goes “you’re screwed, bro”

Brandon, opening up Drew’s toolbox, does a “WOWWWWW”
Drew: “I also have a lot of ACME equipment”
Brad, in the back, literally turns around to crack up

Yeah, both SFX people aren’t very good, and just throw in random noises and words every once in a while, and Drew and Chip are trying their best.

Chip gets out a megaphone so he can warn  people to clear the area
Hilan: [high pitched woo]
Chip: “That was for the dogs…now I’m gonna warn the PEOPLE…WITH WORDS.”

On the third try to get Hilan to do a megaphone noise, Chip just sinks to the ground and gives up

Not a great SFX. And badly edited, too.

Overall: Nothing in this episode could top that amazing Greatest Hits at the top, so everything else sort of slid downhill after. We had some good two-person scenes in the middle, and Sentences was pretty funny, but this show just got progressively worse as it went on, and it was a meh affair by the end, despite Greatest Hits being awesome. Good news is it was a fitting sendoff to Colin, and had a lot of great Chip material. Bad news is we barely saw Brad, Kathy or Drew.

Best Performer: Chip Esten, who was strong in all three games he appeared in tonight.
Worst Performer: Brad was not in this show.
Best Game: Greatest Hits. A classic number, by far.
Worst Game: Sound Effects was just a big pile of nothing.
Best Dynamic: Colin and Jeff, Sentences. The moment where Jeff throws Colin is phenomenal.
Best Host: Jeff proctored both games in the second half and was great

COMING UP NEXT: We’ve sadly made it to the last episode of Improv-a-Ganza, which will be a sendoff for multiple members of this troupe on the blog. It is also a send-off for two classic Vegas games, First Date and Sentences, and we end with a bang.

Whose Offseason: Drew Carey’s Improv-a-Ganza Episode 38, or The Horse Put His Shoes Back On!

Another round of the white tapings, including some ‘lasts’ for not only the run but for WL in general

Moving People: Jeff and Kathy; Amusement Park Day

we won’t see this game again until well into the CW era

Drew: “Oh, you’re volunteering your husband? Oh, good, YOU!”
HA

Drew, coming on with Christy: “and what’s the other guy’s name.”
Jeff: “Drew.”
Drew: “NO SHIT?”
Ryan: “There ARE other people named Drew…”

Then, to the bespectacled mover Drew, Ryan: “do all Drews have bad eyesight?”
Again, he was in such a good mood this taping!

Already, mover Drew has forgotten how to move Kathy’s legs and is just dragging her shoulders over to Jeff

Jeff: “Well, let me look to see if the manager’s anywhere around”
Christy: [turns Jeff’s head, then back]
Jeff: “…he’s not, you’re in!”

Christy crouches Jeff as she moves him towards the ride: “duck down, this is kind of a low entrance, here…”

This is a pretty competent game, as both movers are good listeners and know how to move them onto the ride, and up the “really steep incline”
Christy, however, tilts Jeff a bit too far back:
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Jeff, after the ride, gets Christy to lean him over to vomit…and she just keeps him there, and for like 10 minutes he keeps doing the sound, adding a ‘SOMUCHPUKE’ in between, which is like an Andy Samberg move

Jeff tries getting on his knees to get into a ‘secret tunnel’, but Christy doesn’t get him down all the way so he’s just sort of croucher over
Kathy: “I’m coming, but I’m only looking at one tunnel now…”
HA

I love how Jeff turns this scene into them thawing out Walt Disney, which is such a goofy idea, and it’s so well played by both of them
Kathy: “Oh my god, the SMELL”
Jeff: [brings back vomit prelude noise]
Kathy AND Mover Drew know what’s coming. Kathy goes ‘OHH NOOO.”

A solid enough scene. Not perfect, but Jeff took it to some really fun places, and the movers were pretty good.

Sound Effects: Kathy and Ryan; a rancher, Jeff and Heather do SFX

Kathy: [gets on something]
Heather: ‘EEK…EEEHEHEHEH…”
Kathy: “oh, sorry…saddled the goat”

Just Ryan bouncing in on something is funny, as are Jeff’s minimalist but funny SFX

Kathy: “I’m just surveying the herd, they’re really-”
Heather: “mrrr…”
Ryan: “There’s not much of a herd, we’ve only got the one cow left…PACKS OF COYOTES ATTACKING COWS…”
PFFF

Kathy fires a ‘coyote gun’, and Heather does a modest firing noise
Ryan: ‘…looks like you dropped your bullet…”

Ryan: “I’m hopping on my horse, hop on your…whatever it was that you rode in on…I think it might be a goat, but keep up.”

Ryan responds to the return of Jeff’s clopping noises: “Hold on…lemme take these tap shoes off…”
Jeff is at least enjoying this game himself

Once they arrive, and Ryan whoas, Jeff can barely emit a noise
Ryan: “That god, this horse is tired…”

Kathy: “Is that a woodchuck?”
Heather: “kht-khht-kht-kht-kht”
Ryan: “IT’S A BOMB, GET DOWN!”

Ryan: “there is a bomb in here, listen to it ticking”
Heather: “tik-ti-ti-ti-ti-ti”
Ryan: “THE HORSE PUT HIS SHOES BACK ON”
HA. I love that he brought that back

A pretty basic SFX, but Ryan did well leading it. Kathy mostly deferred to Ryan, but her stuff wasn’t bad either.

Freeze Tag: Greg on his knees, Jeff jumping jacks

The [sigh] last-ever Freeze. Well, I mean we did have a TON of good ones, so at least this feels right.

Greg kneels behind Jeff with his hands up.
Jeff, of course: “I told you, I have nothing to declare…”
Greg: “I haven’t finished looking”

Greg hops in on a Ryan-Kathy scene and starts a jumping-rope chant, but Kathy takes a second to figure out she’s in the middle, which is amusing

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Kathy lets go, snapping Jeff’s side back into place. Ryan, cleverly, rolls his line up, dragging Jeff to him.
Ryan: ‘Alright, NOW, we need the rent money!”
I love that punchline so much.

Jeff, with Drew’s finger out…leans in and smells it. Ryan shushes the audience, giving Jeff so much buildup.
Jeff, finally: “ROOT BEER.”
PFFF. This Freeze is slowly getting to me

Chip: “In other news, a man in a Drew Carey mask has been robbing banks all over the tristate area.”
Drew and Jeff, with Bob’s assistance, make this into a 30s-era silent newsreel.
Chip: “…it happened in the early 1920’s apparently…”
Jeff and Drew keep miming admirably
Chip: “Police are certain it is not Drew Carey because he’s about 40 pounds lighter!”
HA

Greg and Drew do a really fun mirror scene, then Jeff brings Ryan in: “hello, sir, and welcome to Nerdy White Guys with Glasses”
HA
Greg: “I THINK YOU’LL FIND IT’S *SOPHISTICATED* WHITE GUYS WITH GLASSES”

Jeff: “They’re very nerdy, listen to this one-”
Drew: “Have you seen my new app?”
A callback to E1, and a taping that hasn’t even happened yet

Chip, with Kathy, Drew, Ryan and Jeff onstage, has an inspired idea: “And I’m sorry, that means it’s gonna go over on Celebrity Password to CHRISTOPHER WALKEN, you have 10 seconds.”
Jeff, as this is one of his marquee impressions, rears back: “…DOE.”
Ryan: “MONEY”
Jeff: “….BAMBI.”
Ryan: “uhh, FAUN?”
Jeff: “Get  the CRAP out of your EARS, I-”
Ryan: “Q-TIP! Q-TIP!”
Jeff: “NOOooOO! I swear to GOD, I’m gonna KILL him!”
Not a bad Walken at all

Kathy, with four guys onstage: “AND NOW THE BATHING SUIT PORTION OF MISS NEVADA.”
Greg enters in a walker and swaying, saggy breasts
Kathy: ‘and we have…MISS SUN CITY!”

Jeff stops it right when Ryan has a good idea for an ender, which frustrates him.

A pretty damn good Freeze. I’m certainly fine with this being the last one.

Bob’s Call: Ryan and Greg; collecting bathing suits

And the last-ever Bob’s Call. I will miss this game.

Ryan: “Do you really COLLECT bathing suits, or do you just have a lot of bathing suits?”
Audience member’s friend: “it’s a weight situation.”
Ryan, Kathy AND Greg are taken aback by that
Ryan: “That’s from your FRIEND…”

Ryan begins the scene trying on a bathing suit
Greg: “Been a while since you could fit into that one, huh, Nick?”
Ryan: [cracks]
Greg: [slaps Ryan’s butt]
Ryan: “well THAT was unnecessary…”

Ryan: “Why do people laugh at me, they tell me it’s wrong?
I’ve got the body for a thong.”
Obviously Ryan’s favorite article of clothing

Ryan: “I probably shouldn’t wear one, I just feel comfortable with something riding…”
PFFF
Bob: [comes in with a bouncy, fast-paced backing]
Ryan: [takes a moment to recover]

This is a similar backer to the Colin song from E32 [gibberish included], but right when it gets to the chorus, Greg peters out

Ryan, as Greg tries out one of his bathing suits, throws in the line “can I suggest some nair”
Jeff and Chip lose it at that
Ryan: “May I suggest for you…Brazilian wax…”
Of course

Ryan cracks up as he says this next line: “Look, I don’t know if that’s too forward of me, we’ve only known each other for a week…but we ARE in my room trying on bathing suits…”
PFFFF. When he puts it like that…

I feel like this is a funnier version of the shoe store Bob’s Call, because Greg and Ryan aren’t making this a serious gender scene, it’s just a goofy scene about guys who don’t know what guys do so they try on bathing suits. It’s a lot funnier, even though the songs aren’t as good

Greg: “I wanna try this one on over here”
Ryan: “That’s my wife’s but go ahead. That’s a whole different closet…”

Greg, with the suit on, gets a jazzy backer from Bob
Greg: “I got one…I got two.”
Ryan: “AND YOUR THING’S HANGING ON MY SHOE.”
WHAT???
Greg gets midway through his next line and just…loses it
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And Jeff has to mercy-kill it. Such a funny ending.

A pretty good Bob’s Call. Not the best one [transformers one for sure], but still really funny, and with some good peas-in-a-pod moves from Ryan and Greg, escalating the silliness right towards the end.

Overall: A good show, though…I won’t be shocked if this one gets overshadowed by a lot of other good shows in this series. There were no bad games, and there were strengths like Freeze Tag and Bob’s Call, but not too much stood out period. Moving People and Freeze were good, but maybe not the best of the season. Sound Effects wasn’t bad either, but there’s better Ryan showcases. Also, a lot of the two-person scenes were very nominal, with only some commonplace, boilerplate improv moves going on.

Best Performer: Ryan edges out Jeff for appearing in more tonight and seeming strong throughout. The white taping seems to have been a good one for him.
Worst Performer: Chip was barely in the show.
Best Game: Freeze Tag. Lots going on throughout.
Worst Game: Sound Effects, for having the least to it, despite Ryan’s best efforts.
Best Dynamic: Ryan and Greg, Bob’s Call.
Best Host: Drew proctored multiple games tonight.

COMING  UP NEXT: The very last of the purple taping, and the last we’ll be seeing of Colin and Brad on IAG [but they won’t be away for long]. We also say goodbye to Options before it becomes Sideways Scene

Whose Offseason: Drew Carey’s Improv-a-Ganza Episode 37, or You Really Are From New Jersey

Back to the white taping, hopefully for some more consistent substantial work than E35.

New Choice: Ryan and Drew; yacht brokering; Jeff calls

Jeff: “You’re a YACHT-BROKER. Sorry, we get that all the time…”

Ryan, with the perfect initiating line: “Hi, I’d like to buy a boat, a big boat.”
Drew: “…we call ’em yachts around here..”

Drew: “What kinda boat you looking for?”
Ryan: “Big one, I want one over 50 feet”
Jeff: “new choice”
Ryan: “I want one with TWO DINGYS.”
PFFF
Jeff: “new choice”
Ryan: “I want one with WHEELS.”
Jeff: “new choice”
Ryan: “I want a yacht that I can [broken voice] find a MAN…”

Drew’s on a new choice run, and is detailing the boat that can get you to “the Indian ocean”, then “the Caspian sea”, then, knowing something about the rule of threes, goes “it can get you to Catalina.”
HA
Drew, eventually: “it’s not a yacht per se”
Jeff: “new choice”
Drew: “it’s more of a motor home”
Jeff: [loses it]

Drew: “If you put sails on it, you can sail your motor home-”
Jeff: “new choice”
Drew: “if you put wings on it, you can fuckin’ FLY in it…”
HA. Yes, Drew has gotten better at this game, since…last  show

Ryan: “I have one question- how much is it.”
Jeff: “new choice”
Ryan: “Do you actually work here?”
Jeff, chuckling: “new choice”
Ryan: “You have the bluest eyes”
Jeff: “new choice”
Ryan: “I…don’t really want a yacht.”
Jeff: “new choice”
Ryan: “I WANT A YACHT”
Jeff: “new choice”
Ryan, for a moment there, has the closest thing to a reaction you’ll find in this game, just of sheer exasperation, like a mini-sigh.
Ryan: “I want something with a hot tub and four bars”
Jeff: “new choice”
Ryan: “I want something with a bar and four hot-”
Jeff: “NEW CHOICE”
Ryan: “I can’t afford a boat.”
Jeff: “new choice”
Ryan: “I WANT THAT MOBILE HOME.”
HAHAHA
Jeff: “NEEEEW CHOICE”
Ryan: “IIIIIIII LOVE A PARADE.”
Bob: [comes in  with  music]
Jeff: “NEW CHOICE”
Drew stops him and goes with the parade one, which is an odd move but he’s looking out for Ryan, really

Drew: “Picture yourself…nude…in your new mobile home…no one can see you…the wind’s billowing…sailing down the I-15”
Ryan: “YOU’VE SOLD ME!”

Ryan: “How much is this Mhyacht gonna cost me?”
Drew: “…what?”
Ryan: “Motor-home-yacht, MHYACHT.”
Heck, that’s a Colin move. Glad he used it. It does crack Drew up, though

Drew gets into a NC run where he’s visually  struggling. Ryan, owing back to what Drew did for him, goes “STOP TALKIN, I’M SOLD.”

Ryan: “I’ve got cash in my car.”
Jeff: “new choice”
Ryan: “I’ve got gold bars in my pants”
HAAHAHA
Jeff: “new choice”
Ryan: “…I have a picture…”
Jeff: “new choice”
Ryan: “…I’m just gonna go for a minute”
Jeff: “new choice”
Ryan: “I…have changed my mind”
Jeff: “new choice”
Ryan: “IIII-”
Jeff: “new choice”
Ryan: “I’M…going to get my mhyacht…and my mhyobile home-”
Jeff: “new choice”
Ryan: “I’m…sorry”
Jeff: “new choice”
Ryan: “…would you put some clothes on, please?”
THIS DOES IN JEFF

A really, REALLY good New Choice, right up there with Ryan’s other NC from this taping. Drew was really good in this game, and was right there with him, despite stumbling a little late. Ryan, though, was fantastic here, and remained unfazed no matter how many times Jeff went for him, and continued to make this scene really funny while also technically being the straight man. Genuinely phenomenal. THIS IS WHAT WE NEEDED MORE OF IN E35.

Duet: Jeff and Chip sing a Broadway number to Debbie, a mathematics teacher

Ryan, as Debbie comes onstage: “hey Debbie…ignore us, sure. DREW CAREY. DREW. FUCKING. CAREY.”
Debbie goes over and gives Drew a hug.
Chip: “easy”

Greg, as Debbie comes back over: “DEBBIE, around the block you have been…”
Greg is not the highlight standout of this show, but he is responsible for so many funny moments

Greg: “Debbie, darling, are you here with your husband.”
Debbie: “I am”
Ryan, to Drew: “UH OH.”
Greg: “Does your boyfriend know?”
Also, I love that Ryan’s in a goofy mood, so it must be early in the show

Greg: “and what does your husband do”
Debbie: “He is an FBI person”
Bob: [plays mysterious music]
Chip: “FBI *PERSON*”
Greg: “Could you be more VAGUE AND UNSPECIFIC ABOUT HIS JOB?”

Debbie says her husband handles security and intelligence
Greg: “Ah, security and intelligence, two things are government is in sore need of.”
HA. HE SAID THIS DURING THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION. And it also fits right now.
The audience applauds this
Chip: “Greg Proops, ladies and gentlemen. ROCKING THE ANARCHY.”

Chris calls Debbie ‘vivacious’
Chip: “Great word to rhyme, thank you…”

I love that this is how this starts:
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Jeff: “I’M SITTING IN THE BACK OF YOUR CLASS”
[it’s literally the opposite of ‘Hi, and welcome back to YOU’RE SITTING TOO CLOSE.’]
Jeff draws out the rhyme: “If I’m naughty won’t you…paddle my AAAASSSSS”
HA

Jeff: “My attention span is very very short, but tonight we can make division long…”
Yeah, they’re killing this

Chip, similarly: “we’ll take a long walk on the beach, and tonight we’ll multiply..”

Jeff and Chip’s dramatic ‘FBI guy’ turn is very goofy.
Jeff: “He’s an FBI *PERSON*”

Jeff does a dramatic ramp-up AND rhymes ‘vivacious’, so this song is doing some impressive things. And a lot of the rest of the song is Chip and Jeff throwing in other rhymes for ‘vivacious’

Jeff, finally: “my goodness gracious…”

Hell, even Jeff and Chip’s final note is pretty fantastic.

A fantastic Duet. So many great musical moments and moves, and a lot of nice lines. Close in  quality  to E1’s broadway number, but…doesn’t surpass it, yet it’s still really good.

Question This: Ryan hosts, Kathy, Drew, Greg and Chip are contestants

The last QT in IAG, and really ever broadcast. Thank god Ryan’s hosting, as he was always really good.

Kathy: “I’M SUSAN BOYLE AND I WON AMERICAN IDOL.”
PFFF

Greg comes on as Mark Twain: “I’m dead now.”
Ryan says he doesn’t know any of his books “but I look at a lot of maps and stuff, do  you give directions?”
Greg buckles a bit, but nods

Drew: “My name’s Tony, I’m the high-roller that always comes in late with his family to all the Cirque du Soleil shows.”

Ryan asks where Drew’s from
Drew: “New York”
Ryan: “Where in New York?”
Drew: “New Jersey”
Ryan: “What part of New Jersey do you live in?”
Drew: “EXIT 32.”
Not only is that a good joke, but as someone who lived off an Exit 32 in Jersey for a while, that’s eerily accurate

Chip comes on as a british TV anchor who talks in a very specific cadence.
Ryan: “Yes, I just thought you might have a british accent.”
Chip:
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Drew does a ‘Lamborghini’ joke that bombs, basically saying that lamborghini is a type of pasta. You can see that Ryan’s not impressed, but thanks to a cut he gives him the point

Kathy, Uranium: “WHAT IS THE OPPOSITE OF MY-RANIUM?”
PFFF

For unusual pet names, Ryan gets ‘pickles’
Drew: “What was my stripper name?”
Yes, his trunk answer.
Ryan  at least has a good reply: “we understand you also danced under the name ‘baby dill'”
AMAZING

Greg, Madrid: “Where would I rather be than standing beside Tony?”

Kathy, Ukraine: “WHAT IS THE OPPOSITE OF MY-KRAINE?”
People in youtube  comments say it’s annoying, I say it’s funny. Kathy has this absent-minded persona down pat in this game, and it kinda works every time
Ryan: “See, it’s really a simple game if you do it that way…”
Chip: “What did Tarzan say to a crane?”
BRILLIANT

Greg, skee-ball: “What happens if you spend too much time on the slopes?”
Greg is not the showiest performer in this, but his answers are really funny
Greg: “I REMEMBER A CASE ONE-”
Ryan: “YES, THANK YOU MARK”

So. Ryan picks ‘Odd Italian Names, right up Tony’s alley, gets ‘Luigi’
Chip: “Who makes the best LAMBORGHINI?”
Drew: “What comes after Lui-H?”
Ryan takes a moment then realizes what Drew’s about to realize, and counts him wrong
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Just…not believing this. “No, I think that would be-”
Drew does the math and it hits him: “OH, SHIT!”
Ryan, after the audience and Drew have had enough time to react: “Tony, I didn’t believe you at first, but you REALLY ARE from New Jersey”

Chip comes in with a good answer: “What kind of board do Italians use to contact the dead?”
YES

Drew, sacrilegious: “What d’you have if you have a lot of religious…gathered together, what do you carry it in?”
Chip nearly spit takes
Drew, realizing how dumb that is, cracks: “…a sack o’ religious”
Chip: “HOW DOES HE DO IT?”
Greg, taking inventory: “He doesn’t know his alphabet…”

Kathy, with some semblance of sanity: “What doesn’t rhyme with pudding?”
I really hope this was a direct reference to E35’s Expert [“PUDDING! *PUDDING!*]
Ryan turns to Bob, who nods: “OUR JUDGE SAYS CORRECT”

Ryan, for unusual names of towns in Ireland, gets Cork
Greg: “If Ireland sinks, what part will float?”
Again, some of the most intelligent answers here are coming from Greg

Ryan: “EVERYONE HAS ONE, EXCEPT FOR TONY WITH THAT MISCUE WITH THE ALPHABET!”

Ryan: “UVULA- Susan, the only one that has one, for the win”
Kathy, obviously: “What’s the opposite of MY-VULA?”
Ryan: “CORRECT! HOW DOES SHE DO IT!”
I genuinely think Kathy winning with the dumb answers is a great ending, because it’s just a non-sequitur in comparison to having someone like Chip or Greg win. It’s the WL equivalent of Rocky the Snail coming in first

So, this is probably the best Question This. All five seemed to be edited well, Ryan was a great host, Drew’s fails were at least relished, and Greg and Chip had some really fun answers amidst the goofiness.

Greatest Hits: Ryan and Greg sell Songs of the Bank Manager Trainee, sung by Jeff and Chip

Greg: “Do you have a cousin? Yes. The questions get harder, here’s the next one.”
Again, he’s so damn good at hosting.

Ryan gives Greg a setup of ‘I’m Philip Wilson’, expecting Greg to finish with ‘I’m Wilson Philips’, and Greg instead goes ‘I’m Tim Gunn’. Greg will occasionally do selfish things like that, but whatever works for him
Greg, to Ryan: “WHO’S PHILIP WILSON?”
Ryan, breaking, as this must be very late in the night: “Tim Gunn? REALLY?”
Greg: “Sure. MAKE IT WORK.”

Ryan: “Did you go right into fashion, didn’t you have to train to be a fashionista?”
Greg: “I worked under so many men…”
OOOOH. Cheap joke, but still works
I also love how Ryan sees this silence and just goes on with the pitch, and so does Jeff

I love the energy from Jeff and Chip in this 60s funk number.

Chip, who’s been in a slump recently, seems to get right back out of it with his ‘leave a penny take a penny’ rhythm right into a split.

They end by screwing with Bob, doing a ‘give me one’, and eventually ‘GIVE ME SEVENTEEN DOLLARS’, all of which he happily obliges

A pretty good GH, but a little short. I would have loved to see a bigger song to end this show. Still pretty fun though.

Overall: Thank the gods, a really good show. Question This is the big one that people remember, and for good reason, as it’s probably the best playing to make it to air since the IAS one, but New Choice deserves to be better remembered just as a classic Ryan scene, and Duet is one of the best ones since the start of the run. Pretty much everybody had strong material tonight, and even if Drew had his well-reported boner in QT, he was still insanely strong in New Choice. This was also a vast improvement for both Chip and Greg, who’ve been  doing  backup work in a lot of recent shows.

Best Performer: Ryan squeezes past Jeff and Greg for ruling the bookends and QT.
Worst Performer: Drew, despite NC, made the mistakes in QT.
Best Game: Question This. Definitely the best one.
Worst Game: Greatest Hits, but…again, I still liked that one. Just, in comparison  to the other 3 games, a bit underwhelming.
Best Dynamic: Jeff and Chip had two games to give us their awesome dynamic, despite the strength of Ryan and Drew’s.
Best Host: Greg was charming as hell in Duet and GH.

COMING UP NEXT: More from the white taping, including the last Bob’s Call, and the last Freeze Tag

Whose Offseason: Drew Carey’s Improv-a-Ganza Episode 36, or Nuremberg: Birthplace of Flight?

Back to the purple taping for some games we’ve seen twice already from this taping. I’m not saying it’s overkill, I’m just saying it’s odd.

Duet: Jeff and Brad sing an R&B ballad to Mary, who does customer service

Colin: “Customer service for where?”
Mary, not sure if she’s allowed to say it on TV: “…a…company?”
Jeff:
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Two shows after the Colin mini double-take, we now have this, which is the closest we can get to a true ‘you guys seein’ this?’ look.

Colin: “You don’t have to name the actual company, but what does this company do?”
Mary: “…many things.”
Jeff: “ARE YOU A DRUG DEALER?”
Mary: “…distribute product.”
Colin: “Distribute product, so you’re a drug dealer.”

Colin: “Tim, d’you  have any pet names for Mary?”
[…]
Colin: “You do love your wife, don’t you?”

Colin, still probing: “HUN. IT TOOK YOU THAT LOOK TO THINK OF ‘HUN’?”
I love Colin

AND HERE COMES THE PAM BACKING AGAIN. SECOND SHOW IN A ROW.

These, so far, are some pretty basic lyrics done very  goofily by Brad and Jeff.

Jeff: “I don’t know what you distribute but I’ll take whatever you’ve got…”
Brad: “That’s true, I know it’s a shock but I’d like to back up to your LOADED DOCK.”
Okay, they’re getting better

Hell, even  doing a rhyme that ends in ‘Tim’ is goofy as hell, because y’all know the rhyme is coming, and Jeff and Brad are doing  so much funny buildup and soulful hits.

The song just turns into Brad and Jeff convincing  Mary to dump Tim
Jeff: “I hear Tim has an electrical short, WELL I HAVE AN ELECTRICAL LONG…”

A really fun song, and a great use of the rare Brad-Jeff duo. Yes, the lyrics weren’t as strong as the form, but…I still had fun.

New Choice: Drew and Kathy; construction

On a run, Kathy suggests “I ran over a little boy at a school crossing”, and Brad cracks a little, but still calls New Choice

Kathy gets whittled down to “getting beamed up to be an exotic dancer…yeah, on MARS.”
Drew: “You think that’s the first time I ever heard that story?”

Drew: “Let’s get to work, what are you sawing things there?”
Brad: “new choice”
Drew: ‘what are you, hammering things there?”
Brad: “new choice”
Drew: “it’s my first day, I don’t know what the fuck I’m doing”
This…contradicts his earlier line establishing  himself as Kathy’s boss, but…sure

Drew: “Hey wait a minute, since we’re in the construction business, why don’t we take 10 minutes off and go get high?”
I thought Greg wasn’t on this show…
Brad: “new choice”
Drew: “Since we’re in the construction business, why don’t we take a 10 minute break and have a beer.”
Brad: “new choice”
Drew: “Since we’re in the construction business, why don’t we take the afternoon off.”
Drew has gotten much better at this game

Brad pulls a ‘combination of all 3 previous choices’ on Kathy for her hobbies, leading to “I have knitted you a sweater out of mud and I think we should drink some hot chocolate about now…”
BOOM

Drew, on a NC run, stumbles a bit more, which is kinda normal at this point, I guess. He lands on: “…FUCK THIS IS GOOD.”
As has become the norm with reactions lately, we cut to Chip:
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Oh, from Drew!
Drew: [vomits]

Brad even calls ‘new sound effect’ from Drew, until he gets to…for some reason, a Bonanza ‘BUMPITY-BUMPITY-BUMPITY’ noise. WHERE’D YOU GET THAT?
Brad, still: “NEW SOUND EFFECT”
Drew just does a mime bit, meaning it didn’t make a sound. Brad cracks up at this

Kathy has a nice detail of ‘flying that chocolate in from Nuremberg for you”
Drew: “NUREMBERG CHOCOLATE? HOME OF THE TRIAL???”
Not only is that a great line, but you can catch Chip still facepalming in the back.
Brad: “New choice”
Drew: “NUREMBERG? Birthplace of flight?”
Brad: “new choice”
Drew: “Nuremberg…where all the…gold coins are, that I hide in my safe?”
Brad, losing it: “NEW CHOICE..”
Drew, with a chuckle: “NUREMBERG? Never heard of it.”

An alright NC. Toward the middle it had some phenomenal laughs and great runs, but the improv itself was a little wonky, really just owing to Drew’s improv abilities and Kathy’s minimalist notions. Still, great calling  from Brad

Freeze Tag: Tippy-toes Headstand Chip, Stretching Brad

Kathy asks for a position for Chip: “On his tippy-toes”
Jeff: “I heard on his head.”
Kathy: “Yeah, I heard on his head, too…alright, on his head with his tippy-toes.”
Chip, realizing they’re going with that: “WAIT, WHAT?”
Kathy: “You can figure it out…”

Brad, getting his: “Oh, I’ve gotta STRETCH?”
Chip, coming towards the lady in the audience: “AND I GET HEADSTAND, RIGHT MA’AM? THANK YOU.”

Chip, sure enough:
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Jeff, entering: “Sesame Street  is brought to you, tonight, by the letters I and T.”

Once Jeff uses Brad, with his arm up, as a slot machine, YOU CAN HEAR SEVERAL DRUNKS IN THE CROWD CHEER.

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Brad: “The good news is my condom fits like a glove.”
HAAAAAAAAH
[Ryan as Tonto voice: “OLDEST TRICK IN BOOK, KIMOSABE”]

Btw, we cut to the audience:
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RANDY COUTURE. Wrestling  dude and friend of the show Randy Couture, in the audience. Like Joey Fatone, he’d end up onstage with the WL guys eventually

This is why  I love this game: Jeff comes in and gets in a pitcher’s stance. Brad, as the catcher, starts signaling to him. Chip runs in as a batter. Colin runs in as a fan in the stands
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Drew has to come in as the ump. And it’s this whole tense, drawn out, silent scene with these baseball characters, and it’s really funny

Then, as Chip charges the mound, Jeff AND BRAD pull out handguns and it turns into a slow-mo Tarantino mexican stand-off

Kathy tags out everybody but Chip: “HERE WE ARE IN NEW ZEALAND AS THE NATIVE WALRUS GIVES BIRTH”
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AMAZING

Jeff brings back ‘Cirque du SoGay’ for these two.

This goes on for a good 30 seconds because the other 4 are just watching Chip and Brad

A pretty fun Freeze. We seem to be back on the right track with games of these.

Two-Headed Expert: Brad and Colin interview Jeff and Drew about kangaroos

Brad and Colin: “Good evening, and welcome to STUFF ABOUT KANGAROOS.”

Jeff IMMEDIATELY FORGETS THE UNISON THING, and just goes ahead and says ‘well’, forgetting he has to wait for Drew. He then remembers, and kicks right back in with Drew

Jeff and Drew, Drew leading: “WE WERE…ATTACKED…ATTACKED I TELL YOU.”
At least Drew has a handle on what works in this game

Jeff and Drew: “kangaroos usually carry  a…..knife.”
PFFF
CHIP REACTION SHOT NUMBER 80 THIS SHOW.

Drew and Jeff struggle immensely to say the word ‘book’, and have to try 3 or 4 times to say it in unison…’A BOOK ABOUT KNIVES.”
#81:
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Brad and Colin: “does that mean the kangaroo is…..”
Colin: “….literate?”
HA

On explaining this theory, Drew and Jeff ONCE AGAIN FAIL TO SAY ‘BOOK’ IN UNISON. THIS HAS BECOME AMUSING AS HELL.

Colin  and Brad ask what a person can learn about this
Jeff and Drew: “NOTHING.”

A pretty funny round of this, and good uses of A.) a good pairing, and B.) a less-put-together, funny pairing.

Overall: Far from a perfect show, but better than last show on the basis that good improv moves happened more consistently…but at the same time, nothing here is as memorable or as funny as ‘PUDDING’ or ‘IT LEADS ME TO WAAANDER’ from last show. So yes, this show pissed me off less, and also had some more good improv, especially in games like Freeze, Duet and New Choice, but…I can’t say I’ll remember some playings here more than better playings all season, even if Expert was pretty good.  This also had a few improv mistakes from Drew, and, surprisingly, Jeff.

Best Performer: Brad impressed me the most tonight.
Worst Performer: Drew made the most mistakes.
Best Game: Freeze Tag had the most going on
Worst Game: New Choice was a little incompatible
Best Dynamic:  Brad and Jeff, Duet. I wish they’d done more Duets together.
Best Host: Colin, Duet, for screwing with Mary

COMING UP NEXT: Back to the white taping, and we get the last, and arguably best, Question This

Whose Offseason: Drew Carey’s Improv-a-Ganza Episode 35, or IT LEADS ME TO WONDER, JAWARHELLO

And so, for the final taping of the eight filmed for IAG, we go to one of the first weeks of the show, and a lot of the same participants of the purple taping, though swap out Colin and Brad for Ryan and Greg, meaning Ryan and Colin didn’t get to do a scene together until a few tapings in.

This dispatch from the white taping has the distinction of being the only IAG show with five games instead of four. Considering the editing issues I’ve had with this show, I’m proceeding with caution.

Two-Headed Expert: Kathy and Drew interview Greg and Jeff in a laundromat

Drew: “It-”
Kathy: “the”
Drew: […]
AND WE’RE OFF TO A ROUSING START
Drew: “HELL”
Kathy: “of…”
…..
wow

I love Jeff and Greg goofy-laughing in unison, then snorting.

There’s not many substantial pieces of this game, but…the moment where Jeff and Greg repeat the word ‘pudding’ at gradually ascending tones is hysterical
Chip literally has to stop Ryan from falling off his stool

Drew and Kathy: “Excuse me, did you say ‘pudding?”
Greg and Jeff: “PUDDING!!!!”

Jeff and Greg: “Here is a can of pudding, and here are panties. [slurping noise]”
DEAR GOD

Kathy and Drew: “How long do you wait for the pudding to clean the panties until it’s fluffy?”
Jeff and Greg: “DING! THEY’RE READY!”
This is so stupid, but somehow it’s winning me over
Jeff and Greg: “AHHHH, NOW THAT’S A FLUFFY PANTY.”

This game is the ‘Tyrannosaurs in F14s’ of Whose Line. It is…so stupid, and so ridiculous, but you can’t help but laugh. And sometimes you need a scene like that. There’s barely any substantial improv in this scene, but the goofy shit that  Jeff and Greg pull is worth it.

Duet: Chip and Jeff sing an 80s R&B song to Deanna, who used to do computer programming

Once again, as Deanna announces that her husband’s a lawyer, Ryan quickly comes in to sidewipe and Jeff is going ‘DEANNA, EVERYBODY.’

Deanna reveals she was a computer programmer
Drew: “Are you still on the computer every once in a while…maybe while your husband’s away?”
DREW.

Of course, the Pam backing track makes its return

First bit of this song is pretty basic, some good harmony, some good vocalizing, but nothing lyrically is going on yet. Jeff throws in a ‘WOO-WOO-WOO-WOO-WOO’ that  reminds me of Jonathan Mangum backing away from Wayna Morris

You can tell that Jeff and Chip don’t have a lot to work with lyrically, but they’re at least making this a good, and well-performed, song

Jeff and Chip finish the song with some insane vocal back-and-forth on top of each other, which is goofy enough to keep me interested. Jeff keeps going so hard that Chip has to snap him out of it.

An alright number, but, like Expert, barely any substance in it.

Freeze Tag: Chip sitting, Jeff crawling

Drew, with Jeff still on all fours: “I’ve been out in  the desert for a while…time to get on the donkey…”
Ryan, immediately: “FREEZE.”
Drew: [STILL TRIES GETTING ON JEFF]
Ryan AND JEFF have to repeat that

Ryan, shaking Jeff’s ass: “ASK AGAIN LATER.”
PFFF

Kathy, sitting on Jeff: “If you wanna marry me, you have to get down on your knees IN  FRONT OF ME.”
Ryan: “I was actually proposing to the chair…”
PFF

Drew tags Kathy and Ryan out, sits on Jeff, goes “Well…BETTER GET BACK ON THE DONKEY”, and races to straddle Jeff before anyone can call freeze.
Jeff: “OHHHH GOD!”

Greg tags out JEFF, which shocks Jeff and Chip, and gets under Drew’s legs: “I am so tired of carrying you, Drew Carey.”
HA

Jeff comes back in: “…excuse me senor…is there room for one more on your donkey?”
YES.
And, of course, Chip and Ryan get on as well
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An improvement on the last few Freezes, but still a bit light.

Forward Reverse: Chip and Drew in the Revolutionary War

Already, Chip’s accent and snootiness is funny as hell. “GO ONNNN”

Drew starts cracking  up as he has to do ‘GENERAL WASHINGTON, GENERAL WASHINGTON’ backwards, so…this is him already. I know what’s coming, so that’s funny

Chip, all the way reversed: “…I wonder if news will come from the front soon?”
[Now I wish we could find the ‘I have news from the front’ F/R that was on the GSN site]

Jeff calls forward/reverse on Drew like FIVE TIMES as he’s doing his ‘GENERAL WASHINGTON’ running in. Eventually:
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Jeff: “FAST FORWARD”
Drew, exhausted: “…GENERAWASHINGTONGENERAWASHINGTON…”
Drew even throws in ‘I have news from the front’, which isn’t from this game, it’s from the other one.

Jeff now F/Rs Chip on  ‘WHAT’S THAT YOU SAAAAY’, which is interesting as hell, eventually going  ‘SLOW-MO’, making Chip do the line in slow-motion, which is also amusing

Chip: “Well, we must come up with a plan of some kind, I know what we should do, we should call together all our forces and put our brains together and come up with something to do, for I do know this, THIS COUNTRY WILL NOT LONG GO WITHOUT INDEPENDENCE, FOR IT IS OUR GOD-GIVEN NATURE TO GO FOR THAT INDEPENDENCE, I WILL NOT LET A KING OR HIS TYRANNY REIGN DOWN THEIR ANGER UPON THIS FINE LAND.”
APPLAUSE
And then, inevitably, Jeff almost sings this: “REVEEEEEERSE!”
Chip doubles over, and…does his best to recreate as much of that as possible while still getting applause.

Really good, funny playing of this. Like the theme, very empty, but still funny.

Sentences: Jeff and Ryan; The soap opera Tales of Intrigue

OH THANK GOD A GAME INVOLVING ACTUAL IMPROV MOVES.

Ryan, in collecting sentences, grabs a beer off a nearby  table and goes ‘cheers’. As he returns it, you can  hear the lady go ‘you can have it!’

The opening melodramatic miming is funny as hell here. Ryan even dramatically rings a phone, eventually answering “I’M NOT HOME.” The tone is down

Jeff brings back the name ‘Jawarhela’, which is always funny
Jeff: “PACKING A BAG, GOING SOMEWHERE, *JAWAEHELLO*?”
PFFFFF
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This is like line 3 and Ryan’s already on  edge
Jeff just says Jawarhello like 3 more times because he KNOWS Ryan’s there. It’s very interesting seeing how Jeff puts Ryan on edge as opposed to how Colin does. Colin does weirder stuff in serious ways. Jeff does serious stuff in weird ways. And that’s getting to Ryan here

Jeff: “Shady Cove is our home, we’ve had 14 children here.”
Ryan: “YOU’VE had 14 children here.”
Jeff, chuckling: “…that I know about…”

Jeff’s accent comes and goes in this game, and he makes a note of it: “Also, I’ve started off English, and now I’ve moved to a kind of South of the Border…”
Ryan: “I CAN NEVER FIGURE YOU OUT.”

Jeff: “I have a motto which I live my life by, Jawarhelo, and it is this: “was that a duck?” BUT  WITH ME, YOU NEVER KNOW. It could have been a…p-penguin.”
I love the way he says ‘penguin’ here.

Jeff: “is that a gun underneath your blouse?”
[proof that Jeff was paying attention at rise]
Ryan: “…could be…could be a gun…’I can’t wait to open your account.”
The film-noir-ish manner that Ryan is playing this is so damn good
Jeff: “There’s a penalty  for early  withdrawal, Jawarhelo…”
Of course
Ryan: “That would require you making some sort of deposit.”
WOW.

Jeff, bringing in a map leading to gold: “The map said ‘YOU  DON’T SWEAT MUCH FOR A WOMAN  YOUR SIZE.”
Ryan: [sobs]
Jeff: “IT LEADS ME TO WONDER, JAWARHELO. IT LEEEEEADS ME TO WAAAHNDER ABOUT YOU.”
Jeff Davis is just killing it, man

Ryan: “I’m trying to take off the weight for you.”
Jeff, still going: “HOW COME A WOMAN AS BIG AS YOU NEVER SWEATS AT ALL???”

Ryan: “I look at that fridge and I say  to myself “my…TIME…for my pap smear.”
Pffff
Jeff: “I love it when you’re disgusting…”

Jeff: “Remember the first thing  I said to you when we met in that cantina, which is “where…were you when the dog died?”
Ryan: “That’s the only night the dog ever died, from what I remember”
Jeff, who is now on edge himself: “…I have absolutely no idea what you’re talking about…” He is gone by the end of the sentence
[serious ‘YOU’RE my little pork roast’ energy]

Jeff, reading a line and absolutely selling it with his accent: “for your prostate exam you can either lay down or ben’dooover…”
DAMMIT.
Ryan: “LET ME GET THIS STRAIGHT.”
Jeff: “WAIT, YOU HAVE A PROSTATE TOO??? IT LEADS ME TO WAAAANNNDER ABOUT YOU.”
That line is like a musical motif.

Ryan: “Why do you even come by anymore? I’m fat, I’m sweaty, I have a pap smear in the fridge, and I’m getting that? WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME? HOW COME YOU DON’T FIND ME ATTRACTIVE?”
Jeff, finally figuring it out: “I’m going to give you a prostate exam because I’m going to find the gold no matter WHERE you’ve hidden it.”
Ryan: “You can search for the gold, but you’ll never find it there.”
Jeff: “I will leave NO CAVE UNCHECKED.”

And…with an abrupt cut, that’s the scene. I easily would have sacrificed Duet to see more of that, or at least how they ended it, because that was too goddamned funny. Another high-tier Jeff-Ryan scene, right next to Sex-Butt and their Cabo F/R. So many funny moments, so many great Jeff rationalizations, and Ryan acting up a storm. Where the hell was this level of improv for the rest of the show?

Overall: Four really stupid games and one massively smart one. So clearly there’s an imbalance.  I still have a lot of love for Forward Reverse and Freeze, and even the ridiculousness of Two-Headed Expert, but compared to the heights of this season, it feels incredibly empty. Yes, Sentences is here, and it’s a classic, but it can’t boost up the improv levels singlehandedly. This is an alright show, and has some great moments, but I can’t really get past how dispensable and solely-spectacle-based the majority of the games are. This is not a problem a lot of this series has, which is why it really gets me down here.

Best Performer: Jeff Davis. Of course.
Worst Performer: Greg did a lot of backup tonight.
Best Game: Sentences by a mile.
Worst Game: Duet was a dud and I think they knew it.
Best Dynamic: Ryan and Jeff, sentences. Watching the moments where they throw each other was priceless.
Best Host: Drew, Duet and Sentences.

COMING UP NEXT: Back to the purple taping for some third playings, indicating either a third show or repeat games.

Whose Offseason: Drew Carey’s Improv-a-Ganza Episode 34, or Sorry, I Had the Poo Beans

Finishing off the fourth of four consecutive shows from the purple tapings, and hopefully this one is as strong as the first three, because we’ve been on  something of a hot streak at this point in the watch. Granted, this show is really good, and the majority of the show is just a hot streak [there’s only been like 7 meh-to-bad shows so far], but the fact that we’re late in the series and it’s still good says a lot.

Song Styles: Chip, Jeff and Brad sing a doo-wop number to Kristi, a mom of quadruplets

Colin: “I’m just going out into the audience here because…I’m tired of being onstage..”

Colin: “Can we have a seat here for our lovely lady-OH. IT BLENDS IN WITH THE STAGE!”
Jeff: “Yes, let’s give the woman with a short skirt on a NICE HIGH STOOL.”
Colin: “Boy, I didn’t plan that well.”
Jeff: “There’s a whole different show going on in the first  couple rows…”

Kristi says she had 4 kids in 5 minutes.
Colin: “I would just be swearing and…my ass would be  around my ankles…”

Colin: “what is it that first attracts you  to a man?”
Kristi: “I like handsome men?”
Colin, perfectly: “right, and anything less shallow?”
OHHH
Kristi: “You know what, I love bald men-”
Colin: “YOU LOVE BALD MEN? I LOVE YOU, THEN!”

Kristi, who seems really comfortable talking to Colin, says she always wanted to be ‘one of those Coyote Ugly girls”
Colin: “…THIS IS YOUR DREAM…”

Of course, the opening harmonies are great

Jeff: “I hear you had 4 children in 5 minutes…[to her husband] 5 minutes ain’t that long…”
And later: “If you could have them all in five minutes, I guess there was no foreplay..”

Brad: “I know that you’re in job placement
I have a job  I’d like to do with you in my basement”
HA

I love how everyone keeps playing with the 5 minutes comment, Chip adding “almost a basketball team”, and Jeff doing “you give me 5 minutes, I’ll give you 9”

Brad FINALLY throws in a coyote ugly joke: “I’d like to see you in faded jeans dancing on top of a bar”

Jeff: “and I know tonight you probably  wish that you had worn some pants”

A pretty good number. Towards the end, all three had different ideas about how to end the song and it sort of conflicted with Bob’s actual ending, but it was still a charming and funny number.

First Date: Kathy and Drew, with the rest of the troupe, act out the first date of Sharon and Matt

So this is my favorite First Date. Just forewarning you.

Jeff, on the restaurant: “was it a regular hang-out for you?”
Matt: “It’s cheap.”
Jeff laughs at this. Hey, I’ll have you know that cheap first dates are totally normal. Not everyone has the porterhouse on the first date, some people go to a burger joint across the street from the movie theater and still turn out fine.

Sharon reveals that Matt came to the date in uniform
Jeff: “Oh, you were in uniform? YOU OLD SMOOTHIE. Oldest trick in the book”

Matt: “We drove separate, cause…in case it didn’t work out…I could just kinda take off”
Jeff, in a delivery that has never left my  mind: “Yeah, HOP IN A C130 AND GET THE HELL BACK TO DJIBOUTI.”
Matt: “Exactly”
Jeff just randomly knows air force lingo. Sure!

Jeff: “Did you like the food?”
Sharon: “Yeah, the beans looked like poop…”
Jeff: “THE BEANS LOOKED LIKE POOP. That’s sounds like a nice place- EL SIR’S IN TUSCON, EVERYBODY, THE BEEEANS…[chef’s kiss] LOOK LIKE POOP.”
Sharon and Matt: “THEY TASTE GOOD THOUGH!”

Drew, on his keyboard: “Hi, Sharon, it’s Matt.”
Matt: [multiple dings]
Drew just gives a thumbs up to the audience. Like, ‘okay, we got THAT RIGHT’

Kathy: “I’m not wearing any clothes.”
Sharon: [reaches for bell]
Audience member, audibly: “OHHH!”
Sharon: [grabs horn and honks before that can sink in]
HAHAHAHA
Drew, miming: “…me neither.”
Matt: [dingdingding]

Drew: “Well, I don’t have a lot of money, let’s go to this cheap mexican restaurant I know…”
Matt: [honks]
Drew: “…but i’m not sure if I’m gonna like her or believe anything you say, so LET’S WAIT IN OUR CARS FIRST.”
BOTH DINGING
Kathy: “I tell you what, when you get there, you text me, and if you’re handsome, I’ll get out of the car.”
Sharon: [ding]
EVERY LINE IS REALLY GOOD

Drew: “You look alright”
Kathy: “I don’t mind you either.”
HA
Kathy: “You’re wearing a uniform, you’re makin’ me hot already.”
Sharon: [multiple dings]

Drew: “We’ll have the poo beans…and two chimichangas”
Colin: “Ah, poo beans, good choice.”
Can y’all tell how much  I love the fact that they brought the poo beans into the game. It’s such a goofy detail

Drew: “now that that’s out of the way” [jumps Kathy]
Matt: [honks repeatedly]
Kathy: “I’m sorry, I only do that online”
That line doesn’t get enough love because BRAD, JEFF AND CHIP SPRING IN AS A MARIACHI BAND, COMPLETE WITH BOB BACKING THEM, then are shooed away when Matt and Sharon both honk. Jeff shrugs and sits back down. The music abruptly cuts out.

Jeff, as a friend of Drew’s: “I’ve never seen you with a girl before!”
Matt: [HONKS]

There’s an audible cut here, because you  can hear a fragment of Jeff yelling ‘POO BEANS’, and then he goes into “I’m sorry, we’ve never met, have we?”

Jeff: “And I can see…that this woman is very much in love with you, and hopes-”
Sharon: [honks]
Jeff: “….sorry, I-I had the poo beans, I’ll be back…”
HAHAHAHA

Kathy talks about being  popular and going on the website “because I was curious”
Drew: “Well, I’m not that popular, that’s why I was on the website to begin with”
Matt: [honks]
Sharon: [DINGS MATT’S]
I really hope this marriage lasted

A fantastic playing of this, and still probably my favorite one. Drew and Kathy surprisingly brought a lot to this one, and Kathy had a lot of great lines, but Jeff came in with the assist towards the end. The poo beans runner is just…so good.

Freeze Tag: Brad baseball stance, Chip the letter C

Chip and Brad hold their opening stances and are about  to start when Drew freezes. I’m glad Greg wasn’t starting or else he’d get mad.

Jeff, to a hunched-over Kathy: “Quasimodo…it’s almost 9:30, RING THE BELL FOR GOD’S SAKES…”
Kathy does the repeated motion, as Bob simulates the bell noise
Jeff: “You’re fired.”
PFF

Colin: [does this motion]
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Colin: “…YAHTZEE!”
HAHAHAH
Jeff, barely in character: “thank god, I thought you were doing something COMPLETELY different…”

I kinda like how this scene progresses, as Colin, the Yahtzee champion, gets beaten at slap-hands by Jeff.
Jeff: “I WIN AGAIN.”
Colin: “OH, DAMN YOU.”

Chip, with Colin pointing: “SEND IN THE KING’S NOSE-PICKER.”
Colin  sighs, and readies his finger: “I’m sorry, sir, the Queen had a bit of a booger.”
Chip tries starting another sentence and that line does him in. He just stands there, mad at that line
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I love the scene with Kathy as Brad’s ‘trained hunting parakeet’. It’s such a  goofy Brad animal idea.

Screen Shot 2020-06-27 at 8.34.15 PM.pngJeff: “Hey, guys, seriously, where’s Roosevelt?”
HA

Second consecutive ‘meh’ Freeze. Again, there are highlights, but there were long stretches of meh.

New Choice: Colin and Kathy; beauticians; Jeff calls

[we are beauticians, and we will bury you!]

Colin: “Hello, make me beautiful, ya got 10 minutes.”
First 5 minutes, now 10…

Kathy, after a NC run: “I’m gonna do it, but it’s gonna take 11 and a half minutes.”
Colin: “Oh, that’s good. I just need it really quick because I’m the grand marshal of the rose parade”
Jeff: “new choice”
Colin: “I’m the…semi-mediocre captain of the…turnip…guide.”
[…]
Kathy: “…I’ve heard of you.”
PFFF

Kathy: “We’re gonna give you some tips and…possibly a perm.”
Colin, after staring for 5 seconds: “…good luck to you.”
YES

Kathy: “I can’t help but notice you have claw hands.”
Colin: [dramatically turns]

Colin: “Don’t ever mention my claw hands. I got them when I was involved in a terrible thresher accident.”
Jeff: “new choice”
Colin: “I got my claw hands from a renegade chicken.”
PFFFF
Jeff: [keels over]
Colin: “DON’T ASK.”

Colin: “I want you to give me a complete makeover with rosy cheeks.”
Jeff: “new choice”
Colin: “I want you to give me broader shoulders and a nice full-”
Jeff: “new choice”
Colin, possibly referencing Options: “I WANT YOU TO THINK OF A NUMBER BETWEEN ONE AND THIRTY.”
Jeff: “new choice”
Colin: “I WANT YOU.”
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PERFECT

Kathy: [unbuttons shirt]
Colin: “That was easier than I thought”

Kathy: “wait a minute, you were in here last week.”
Jeff: “new choice”
Kathy: “…okay, you can have me right here.”
HA
Colin’s reaction:

Screen Shot 2020-06-27 at 9.47.21 PMScreen Shot 2020-06-27 at 9.47.28 PMThat double-take. So subtle.

Kathy: “YOU’RE MY HUSBAND.”
Colin: “Jeez, Louise, I’m trying to make the relationship exciting! I’m gonna take off the pirate costume now!”
PFFF

Colin: “I don’t know what to do with you anymore, Louise.”
Jeff: “new choice”
Colin: ‘…I know EXACTLY what to do with you, Louise.”
Yes, the logical antithesis
KATHY:
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BEAUTIFUL
Jeff: “NEW CHOICE, KATHY”
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PFFFF

Jeff does a few more, and then an ‘all of those choices together’, which Kathy easily does
Colin: “OH. MY GOD.”
Jeff: “new choice”
Colin: “…YIPPEE-YI-YAY.”
Jeff: “new choice”
Colin: “…I’M HARDER THAN CEMENT.”
HAHAHAHHAHHA

Such a funny New Choice, more than made up for its runtime, and brought out the best in Colin and KATHY. OH MAN WAS SHE QUICK.

Overall: Fifth strong show in a row. This one was an improvement over last show for not having any truly bad shows, just Freeze being meh, but it also didn’t have the insane height of Options, instead having a classic First Date and a hysterical New Choice. Very similar in format to last show, but also last show’s Duet might have been better.  This was Kathy Kinney’s best show yet after a slowly ascending ramp up over the past few shows, and had strong moves by Colin, Drew and Jeff.

Best Performer: Kathy Kinney. All the haters can shut up.
Worst Performer: Chip lands here again for, once more, doing a lot of backup and not standing out as much.
Best Game: First Date, a personal favorite of mine.
Worst Game: Once again, New Choice was kinda weak.
Best Dynamic: Colin and Kathy, New Choice. I…kinda love all the scenes they’ve done together.
Best Host: Jeff in First Date and New Choice.

COMING UP NEXT: With 6 shows to go before the end, we finally get to our final taping, bringing back Greg and Ryan, and fitting in five games and a truly inspired Jeff accent.

Whose Offseason: Drew Carey’s Improv-a-Ganza Episode 33, or I’d Like to Apologize to your Grandparents

Right back into the thick of the purple taping, which has been giving considerable output for the past two shows. I hope they keep it up

Duet: Jeff and Chip sing a disco ballad to Jan, a tax professional

Kathy, once again, proves why she’s excellent at getting audience members: “don’t be frightened…[to Jan] YOU should be very scared though, cause I’ve chosen you..”

Jan mentions she’s from Minnesota
Kathy, fully into her accent: “Oh, I’m right from that neighboring state, Wisconsin…”
Chip: “HERE WE GO…”

Bob and Jan are insanely cute. We find out that Bob’s nickname for Jan is ‘Shortcake’
Jeff: “BOB YOU OLD SOFTIE”
Chip: “That is SO BOB.”
Jeff and Chip are just riffing on ‘classic Bob’, so they’re in a good mood

Chip: “and what is your nickname for Bob”
Jan: “…Bobby”
Chip, to Bob: “You worked a LOT harder than she did…”

Chip, in a nice move, literally skates into the scene

Jeff: “You fill out tax forms all day long that’s true
But after you get home, I’d like to fill out you”
AND WE’RE OFF

Jeff and Chip are doing this number pretty well, with the right amount of energy and soulfulness for this style

Jeff: “I love shortcake, but you have to realize
That when I get a bite of you, you go straight to my thighs…”
FAMILY SHOW, JEFF

Hell, Chip even throws in a split for the second time this run. THEN JEFF TRIES ONE. And after about a good stretch, he just calls it off. Obviously his legs aren’t as flexible as his fingers…and before you ask, yes when we get to that CWLIIA episode, I will be providing screenshots

Jan is really into it, too, doing some dancing and bopping with  Jeff and Chip

A truly delightful and really fun duet, made better just for how much fun all 3 were having, and how genuinely wholesome Jan and Bob seemed.

Options: Kathy and Colin: The strange life of a woman named Marnie who lives in New York but spends most of her time in North Carolina doing nothing; Jeff calls

Jeff, to Marnie: “new york, and what do you do there….YOU DO NOTHING…AND YOU LIVE IN NORTH CAROLINA?…That’s a strange thing to do in New York.”
HA
Jeff just decides to give Colin and Kathy that exactly

Colin is smart about this: “did you feel that Earthquake?”
Kathy: “I’M NOT DOING ANYTHING.”
Colin: “…honey, I wasn’t BLAMING YOU for the earthquake…”
SUCH A COLIN DELIVERY

Kathy: “I’m so bored here in North Carolina”
Colin: “BORED?? LOOK OUT THE WINDOW! WE’RE NOW IN NEW YORK!”
PFFF. Such a good move

Western
Kathy mentions a shootout at the OK Corral, and Colin almost immediately draws back from a gunshot. Jeff loves this move
Colin: “WARNING! A LITTLE WARNING!”

Jeff: “FREEZE. THEATER! [beat] FORD’S THEATRE? No-NOT A SPECIFIC THEATRE. [once again, going with it] ALRIGHT, CONTINUE IN FORD’S THEATER, let’s see a little Our American Cousin, maybe a president will get assassinated, it’s gonna be very awesome..THANK YOU, SIR, FOR YOUR INCREDIBLE SPECIFICITY.”
This is why I love Jeff. He screws with audience members and the scene at the same time

Kathy: “Look up in the box, it’s President Abraham Lincoln”
Colin, drawing back from another gunshot: “COME ON!”
HAHAHAHA

Jeff: “Let’s try this again, can I get a genre that might take PLACE in a theater…”

Shakespeare:
Kathy: “I would like to go anon to the village square and look for young men by pushing my bosom up high in my dress!”
Colin, who has been cast as the nurse: “Aye, I did same as you when I was young, I pushed my bosom well beyond my chest and now it does lay by my bottom.”
SO GOOD
Colin: “DOES THOU NOT NOTICE I AM BLEEDING FROM THE HEAD AND ARM?”

Colin, as they do some really good Shakespearean lines: “the blood is leaving my body like a man that does not want to pay his bar check!”
IS THIS A REFERENCE TO E32’S SENTENCES???

Jeff, from an audience member’s grandparents, has them continue in Mexico. As a fluent spanish speaker, Jeff pronounces with the h, perhaps with high expectations for this scene:
Kathy: “…Hola…I cannot help but see you have a gunshot wound in ze shoulder.”
Jeff, as this sounds more Swedish, cracks up
Jeff, to Kathy: “MEXICO. ME…HEE..CO”
Kathy, smirkingly: “ME..HE..CO..”
Colin, however, takes a different approach, SCOTTISH ACCENT: “oh aye, I got shot RIGHT IN THE ARRM. DID YE SEE THAT?”
PERFECT. Colin randomly doing a scottish accent is a staple of WL, so I’m glad it shows up here.
CHIP LITERALLY RUNS OFF TOWARDS BOB HE’S LAUGHING SO HARD

Kathy: “LET ME MOVE DA PINATA.”
Jeff: [dies]
Colin: “Ya know…I’ve only been in Mexico for 3 minutes…I THINK I’MIGHT SETTLE DOOOON”
PFFFFFFF

Jeff, to the audience member: “I’d like to apologize to your grandparents…”

Jeff: “Kathy, you may only speak in sentences containing 3 words and 3 words alone, Colin, 17 words.”
Colin:
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Jeff: “and I’d like to continue in that bizarre part of Mexico that you guys were both from.”

Kathy: “HOLA, SENOR GUNSHOT.”
SEE, EVEN THAT’S FUNNY.
Colin: “ACH I know you want a boyfriend, and I’ll do what i can for you, if you actually want one yeah.”
Colin, that’s 21.
Kathy: “…Oh, I do”
Colin: “OCH, I KNOW MANY A MAN WHO’D LIKE TO MARRY YOU CAUSE YOU ARE THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMAN IN THIS SIDE OF MEXICO AYE OCH AYE.”
…COLIN, THAT’S 26.
Kathy, looking to the audience for help: “LOVE YOUR ACCENT.”
Colin: “OH IT’S JUST A LITTLE THING I PICKED UP WHEN I WAS BORN IN SCOTLAND AND MOVE OVER HERE TO MEXICO [GIBBERISH] AND STUFF.”
PFFFFF
Jeff thankfully calls it there

SUCH A FUNNY SCENE. Colin and Kathy did their best keeping the scene, but this was all about accents and  gunshots and Colin being an absolute goof while keeping the integrity of the scene.

Freeze Tag: Jeff squatting, Chip with one leg and one arm up

Screen Shot 2020-06-27 at 1.54.09 PMChip: “This casino has weird urinals.”
Jeff: “I’ll tell you this, I wish they had doors on these stalls…”

I like Drew’s ‘we open in a week’ initiation, but I like Jeff’s hunched-over attempts at the kicks.

Drew has another one with Jeff in this position, pulling something out of Jeff’s ass: “…B5.”
Jeff: [shakes ass like there are more balls in there]

Jeff and Kathy’s scene turns into a really tender character study, but nobody’s tagging in because they’re in such normal positions

Jeff comes in as a Steve Irwin type setting up Drew and Kathy as ‘the mating of the great white panda’. Within seconds, Kathy is humping Drew. Again, why do people not like Kathy?

Colin…for some reason, takes Kathy’s position and starts shaking Drew from there.
Colin: “…you’re right, I do feel warmer!”

Chip: “NEXT UP ON THE POLE, DREW CAREY”
Drew: [pole dances off Colin]
Colin: [very faintly sighs]

Screen Shot 2020-06-27 at 2.04.02 PM.pngBrad: “well, Mr. Carey, your x-ray  shows that you’ve got a Colin stuck to your ass…”
HA

Jeff: “The Venetian hotel proudly presents…WHITE MAN GROUP.”
HA
Colin, Drew and Brad do some amusing musical miming tricks.

An alright Freeze, not one  of the better ones but still amusing enough.

New Choice: Drew and Brad; a doctor and patient somewhere near a lake; Chip calls

Brad goes on with his procedure, a detailed line
Chip: “new choice”
Brad: “Listen, if you put some clothes on, you’ll be warmer..”

Drew stumbles a bit on a NC-run, but has the inspired idea to put on a bear suit.

Drew: “Do I look like a bear?”
Brad, perfectly: “…not really.”
Chip: “new choice”
Brad: “a little bit”
Chip: “new choice”
Brad: “I’ve never seen a bear with glasses and a soul patch.”
Drew:
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Brad: “But there’s probably some jazz bears around…”
Bob: [comes in with jazz music]
Drew, Louie Armstrong impression: “GOTTA FIND DAT PIC-A-NIC BASKET [scats]
Right after losing me a bit, Drew wins me back
Chip: “NEW CHOICE”
Drew, same voice: “…Watch out for the ranger, bay-beehhhh”
Chip: [loses it] “stop that choice.”

I also love that during Brad’s next line, “now I know your insurance covers an entire hunting expedition while getting your physical”, Drew just props his bear hands back up again, casually. It’s a small, goofy move, but it’s cracking me up

Brad gets NC’d on what outdoor event to do next, landing on  “I think we should get on our cross-country skis and wait for it to snow!”
Chip cracks at this one
Drew: “alright, you’re the doctor.”
DREW HAS SO MANY GREAT MOVES IN THIS GAME.

Drew follows that with another great move: “hey, how do I know you’re a real doctor? This is the most unusual exam I’ve ever had in my life.”
Brad: “Well, I have a diploma laminated to the inside of my parka.”
Chip: “new choice”
Brad: “well, I have a stethoscope and a tattoo of, uh, wings and snakes going  around like that…”
Drew composes himself, then has another great move: “wings and snakes! I used to play that when I was a kid!”
Brad: “They’re great as long as they don’t get on a plane.”
HA

Brad, after a NC: “So, I’ve done your blood work, and I think you’ve been eating too many danishes…”

Chip finishes by making Brad do all 4 choices from a run, and he does so admirably. This is why we love Brad in this game.

It was shaky in points, but this was still a very funny NC scene, and Drew had a lot of good moves and lines, though…still no match for Brad at this game.

Overall: Another strong show, maybe down a few pegs from the last two but still really good, thanks to fun games like Duet and New Choice, and that genuinely hilarious Options. Our streak of seeing Brad, Drew and Kathy ace games continues, as well as seeing the usual standouts like Jeff and Colin give good work. I can see why this taping is so consistent, as this is a very solid chunk of the All-Stars crew that had been working together for years.

Best Performer: Jeff Davis, winning multiple games for me, and making Options even better.
Worst Performer: Once again, there’s five people I simply cannot put here, and that leaves the guy who did backup in Duet and didn’t stand out much else tonight, Chip Esten.
Best Game: Options. So many funny moments, and Jeff’s calling in this was superior. A lesser caller would let some of these bits go.
Worst Game: Freeze, but I still enjoyed it, cause it’s Freeze.
Best Dynamic: Chip and Jeff, Duet.
Best Host: Gotta be Jeff for Options. He schooled everybody.

COMING UP NEXT: One last purple taping show that looks very similar to this one, with another Duet, another Freeze Tag, another New Choice and another Colin-Kathy scene. Luckily there’s a personal favorite First Date to break the monotony

Whose Offseason: Drew Carey’s Improv-a-Ganza Episode 32, or Never Challenge a Banjo-Wielding Velociraptor

In the middle of four straight shows from the purple taping, we get another…if I remember correctly, sharp show with  this matchup. I loved E31, and this one has some good bits.

Greatest Hits: Jeff and Colin present ‘Songs of the Steelworker’, sung by Chip and Brad

Another odd pairing, Jeff presenting rather than singing.

Jeff: “I’m Taylor Swift”
Colin: “And I’m Swift Taylor”
Of course

Within seconds of Chip and Brad starting the mambo number, ‘our love is like hot rivets in the pants’, Jeff starts cracking up

Chip has some trouble staying on tempo, and once he gets to the title line, “your love makes me feel like rivet-fire pants”, he buckles.

Brad is honestly the stronger of the duo in this mambo number, and has more of a handle on the genre in general, and comes off as very confident on it.

Chip, recovering with good lyrics: “I’ve got a five-alarm down in my 501s”
HA

Chip: [high note]
Brad: [rolls r’s and AY-YI-YI]
Chip: [breaks again]
ADV- BRAD
Jeff, once again, is cracking up basically over Colin’s lap. Maybe he’s just relieved he doesn’t have to take part in this one.

I love how many details Jeff and Colin give to set up the 70s rock number, that it’s set in Pittsburgh and everything.

Brad has done his Springsteen on WL a ton of times, so of course he can do a number like this. Chip also does a really good 70s Bruce, which gets Jeff laughing for the umpteenth time this game

Chip, mid-chorus, Bruce-esque: “SHA-LA-LA-LAAAHHH”
Jeff:
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GONE

Chip does a slide towards the camera, perhaps recreating this, and Jeff goes down once again in the background.

A really strong, well-done, well-fleshed-out GH, with great work from all four. Perhaps the closest we’re gonna get to a WL Greatest Hits playing.

Sentences: Jeff and Chip, Colin eventually enters; the soap opera My Revolving World

Jeff, in charge of collecting sentences, holds up a slip of paper: “Somebody’s receipt…ooh, a credit card number..”

Same taping as 31, but these guys pocket their sentences instead of putting them all on a  stool.

Chip: [enters]
Jeff: “…Amantha.”
Chip: “…Teven.”
AND I’M HOOKED

Jeff: “You left me for the TSA? It used to be only me who you would grope unnecessarily…”
GO JEFF

Jeff: “HOW MANY CROTCHES HAVE YOU FONDLED SINCE YOU WALKED OUT THAT DOOR?”
Chip: “I CAN’T COUNT THAT HIGH.”
PERFECT

Chip: “Every time I did, I thought of you, and I thought to myself…”what the heck is that smell?”

Jeff: “I’ve taken a new lover.”
Chip, sipping on a drink madly: “IS IT TAN? I KNOW IT’S TAN.”
I…love these two working together in scenes.
Jeff: “No, it’s…Tephanie. [reads] ‘…will you pay our bar bill?”
AND HE LOOKS DIRECTLY AT THE PEOPLE HE GOT THE RECEIPT FROM. DAMN. HE CHUCKS THE CRUMPLED-UP LINE RIGHT AT THEM

Chip: “I laid awake nights thinking to myself…THOSE AREN’T PILLOWS!”
Not the first Sentences where that line has showed up
Jeff, stepping away as Chip composes himself: “yes…you’d curl up between my butt-cheeks and fall fast asleep.”
PERFECT. This and sex-butt coming within two shows of each other was not by chance.
Chip, without flinching: “that’s what sent me to the TSA.”

Jeff: “I did a little needlepoint and put it up over the bar.”
Chip: “Darling…’you know I love you  but that really is ghastly!”
Jeff: “FINALLY SOME EMOTION FROM YOU, YOU COLD…HEARTED VILLAIN.”
Chip: “OH, GO KNIT IT.”
HA

Jeff just starts frantically knitting and playing right off Chip as he does it. This game is damn near masterful, and I’m loving that it still holds up.

Chip reads Jeff’s scarf for him: “My son is a velociraptor who plays the banjo.”
Jeff: “YES.”
Chip: “OUR SON…”
Jeff: [does some great prop work getting under the bar and back to Chip]
Jeff: “OUR SON is a velociraptor…”
Chip: [does dinosaur arms]

As Jeff goes on monologuing…Brad gets an idea:
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Brad: “DINGALINGALING- TEVEN, I’M DROPPING OFF YOUR BOYYYY”
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It is that simple for Colin. He goes right into his trademark dinosaur impression and it just fits, even though it’s a two-person sentences. It’s a combination of Brad’s genius for doing this and Colin’s genius for knowing what Brad was needing him for

Hell, Bob even throws some music in as Colin mimes playing the banjo and Chip dances

Jeff: “Don’t move, his visual acuity is based on movement, he’ll eat you ALIVE”
Chip: “Wait a minute…HE LOOKS LIKE BURNOOSE.”
WHY THAT NAME, CHIP? WHY BRING THAT BACK?

Chip, coming towards Colin and Jeff: “I AM DOCTOR NAPKINFACE, OH YEAH, COME ON.”
Colin: […]
Chip: “…I probably shouldn’t challenge him like that…”
Jeff: ‘Never challenge a banjo-wielding velociraptor, it’s suicide, Amantha!”

Jeff hands Colin his ‘first words’, and Colin has to readjust the line “I KNOW YOU THINK…YOU LOOK GOOD BUT YOU REALLY NEED TO WORK ON THAT HAIR.”
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That’s a very transparent expression, just impressed the hair slam isn’t directed at him for once

Colin follows this up with some great velociraptor noises:
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Bob loves this
Jeff: [feeds Colin a fish]

Jeff, as Chip is doing a passionate exiting speech:
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[‘can you believe this?’]

Chip, with his final line: “you think losing weight is hard for a man? Try being a woman…where the fat stays!”

As they wrap up, Jeff gives Colin a big, long look, which Colin now returns, amused by that scene, and Jeff, for the umpteenth time this show, breaks

Phenomenal. Not only was this an awesome Jeff-Chip duo scene, but it got so much funnier as it went on, and having Colin and his dinosaur impression thrown in late only helped matters. One of the best scenes of this show’s run.

Bob’s Call: Colin and Kathy are on a gondola

AND SPEAKING OF COLIN MOCHRIE’S STANDBYS…

Kathy, with a fantastic initiating line: “Get in, Everett, I’ve had two lessons and I’m feeling pretty confident”
Again…I kept waiting for Kathy Kinney to piss me off over the course of this series, and it hasn’t really happened. Some of y’all are just sexist.

Kathy: “And here’s the thingy that makes the whirly-giggy-go, and-”
Colin: “WHAT KIND OF GONDOLA IS THIS? [remembering the other audience suggestion] this is the best helicopter gondola I’ve ever seen…”
Kathy: “And this is the best anniversary I’ve ever had with somebody I’m not really married to…”

Colin: “In my family, we don’t go for diamond rings, because we’re notoriously cheap, so I have this hard bagel.”
PFFF
Colin: “It’s as hard as a diamond”

Bob goes in with a fast-paced russian-style song, and Colin, who starts with some ‘AAAROOOOO’s,…I’m just gonna put the lyrics here:
Colin: “In my family we like bagels, put them on the finger
Then we find out that their love surely will linger
We like bread it’s really hard, we stuff it in our mouth
It doesn’t marry [matter] if we marry here or in the south”
And then, as the chorus comes in, instead of doing more lyrics, he just pulls a show-stopping number move and descends into complete gibberish while dancing: “KEE-TY-YA-TA-TO-TEY-YA-TA-”
AND THE PLACE GOES WILD
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This will never not make me laugh. It’s so damned funny. What’s even funnier is the only person that doesn’t laugh at this is Kathy, who takes this as an opportunity to dance with Colin. That is a show of professionalism.

Kathy: [Hits long, high note]
Colin: [cleans out ears]

As Kathy does this heartfelt number about regret and love, Colin has these…insanely funny gestures and expressions
Kathy: “I’M IN LOVE WITH ANOTHER”
Colin:
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Kathy: “And that man that I love….is my brother.”
Colin: [cleans out ears again]

Colin, bringing back the location: “I threw away the pole…you upset me with the brother thing, I just let it go…”
Kathy, now wobbling to keep the location
Colin, taking this literally: “NO, DON’T DO *THAT*”

Colin: “…now I’ll have no one.”
Bob: [comes in with bouncy music]
Colin: [sports a grin suddenly]

Colin, singing: “second best is good enough for me
Unless of course you’re a urinal, have to pee!”
PFF

A really fun, insanely silly number that both Colin and Kathy were able to keep going, and keep about character and relationship.

Moving Bodies: Drew and Brad; something involving the ocean

We end with Moving People and begin with GH. Curiouser and curiouser.

Kathy, as I’ve discovered recently, is just really good with interacting with the audience: “oh, you’re trying to not look at me? YOU’VE been chosen…”
HA

Kathy tries demonstrating the ‘move Drew’s arm and it’ll stay in place’ thing, but Drew accidentally forget this and has to hastily re-raise his arm

Drew starts by pointing at a ship
Mark moves Brad’s arm, and not his head
Brad, with a fun accent: “in my peripheral vision, I see where you’re pointing”
Mark: [tilts Brad’s torso]
Brad: “ALRIGHT”

As Brad asks Drew to steer the boat, Terry just moves Drew’s arms up and down, like it’s more of a dance move than actually steering a boat.
Drew: “I’M GETTIN SEASICK, CAPTAIN!”
Terry: [puts Drew’s arms at his sides]
Drew: “I’M NOT STEERING YOUR GODDAMN BOAT.”

Brad, as Mark keeps moving his shoulders, and just swaying him: “…this part of the boat moves a little more than that part…”

Screen Shot 2020-06-26 at 4.47.07 PMBrad: “I’ve taken two spyglasses and taped them together…I call them ‘double-noculars…”
Mark puts Brad’s arms down, as Brad goes “Oh, I’ve ripped them apart”
Mark now bends Brad over, and Brad just makes a vomiting noise. This is really funny

Brad: “ALRIGHT, I’LL GO MAN THE CANNONS”
Mark, here, forgets to move Brad’s legs as well as his top half:
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PFFFFFF
Brad: “I’VE BROKEN MY NOSE, RANDY!”

Brad, muffled by the floor: “YOU KNOW, WHAT I NOTICED IS I FORGOT TO USE MY LEGS…”

Terry  has to get Drew up, then over to where Brad is, which is goofily haphazard for Terry

Mark is trying to get Brad up, but ONCE AGAIN he’s not tapping his legs and just focusing on his torso. Brad just goes “SOMEHOW I’LL JUST *FLOAT* UP! IF ONLY I CAN FIGURE OUT A WAY TO PUT MY WEIGHT ON MAYBE ONE LEG WITH THE MUSCLES IN IT…”

Mark CONTINUES TO TRY HIS TORSO, AND NOT HIS LEGS. Brad just keeps making grunting noises.
Brad: “IF I COULD JUST GET ONE KNEE TO FLY FORWARD..”
MARK FINALLY MOVES A KNEE. THE AUDIENCE APPLAUDS.
The game ends as Mark finally figures out how to get Brad back up, which is as triumphant as, say Tony Wright finally getting an Intro right on Buzzcocks.

A really, really funny Moving People. More of a struggle than a substantial game, but a really funny struggle.

As we end the show, we get a shot of the audience, and- WAIT A MINUTE:
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THAT’S JOEY FATONE. DON’T TRY TO HIDE JOEY FATONE FROM US, EDITORS. He may have jumped onstage for a game, and we may never know, GSN. Jeez!

Overall: An outstanding show, no doubt. I knew I’d be enjoying Sentences and Bob’s Call, but Greatest Hits was pretty consistently awesome, and Moving People cracked me up just in Brad TRYING DESPERATELY to get Mark to move his legs. This was also a great one for good improv moves, especially in the middle scene games with Chip, Jeff, Colin and Kathy. Definitely one of the highlights of the entire run.

Best Performer: It came down to Colin and Brad for me. But despite Bob’s Call, I’m giving it to Brad for the second show in a row. Not only did he excel in Greatest Hits and Moving People, but he also had the idea to bring Colin into Sentences, which was a genius move. Brad is making up for his spotty first 30 shows quickly.
Worst Performer: Drew was only in Moving People, and didn’t do much that impressed me in that one.
Best Game: Sentences. Jeff’s second classic playing of this in a row.
Worst Game: Greatest Hits is the most ‘normal’ of these, but is still really good.
Best Dynamic: Jeff and Chip, Sentences. So much of the joy of this scene comes from these two working off each other.
Best Host: Kathy, as we’re gonna find out in this part of the run, is so good at getting suggestions, and performers, from the audience, and she made this clear in Moving People and GH.

COMING UP NEXT: More from this taping. We had two of Colin’s standbys in this show, and this one has a third.

Whose Offseason: Drew Carey’s Improv-A-Ganza Episode 31, or THE PRICE IS WRONG.

Now, with 10 episodes to go before the end of the run on GSN, we switch things up a bit.

The last 10 shows consist of material from the first two ‘two-per-night’ tapings, as opposed to the glut of Heather shows that started off the run. We have the purple taping, consisting of Colin, Brad, Kathy, Chip and Jeff, and the white taping, consisting of Ryan, Greg, Kathy, Chip and Jeff. The purple taping, which we pick from tonight, is the only one that Ryan Stiles is absent from, again owing to this show’s ensemble format- anyone can show up, any variation of the rep company can be there.

And so we head into the purple taping for the first time.

Greatest Hits: Colin and Chip present Songs of the Lawyer, sung by Jeff and Brad.

This is an intriguing combo. Chip presents?? Cool.

Drew: “And Colin and…uh…CHIP…are gonna make up the names of songs”
Jeff: [doubles over] “You’re doin’ great, Drew!”
Drew: “…I’ve never introduced anything in my life…”

Drew, continuing: “…Brad and Chip are gonna make up songs-”
Jeff: “I’M JEFF.”
PFFFFFF
Drew: ‘…Colin and Chip..”
Colin and Chip: [cracking up]

Colin: “Studies show that [this time of night] is when you’re at your weakest”

Chip: “I’m glad to be here with the grandaddy of rock and roll, the original pioneer, YOU TELL ‘EM YOUR NAME.”
Colin: “…PHIL.”
I love this, and I love how Chip frames this as an interview with “Phil”, who still buys albums

Colin: “We have collected over 15,000 songs about lawyers, because songs can’t always be about nice things.”
pFFF

Colin: “You know, back in the 60s I belonged to a folk group called ‘Happy Granola and the Birkenstock 3.”
Colin is too damn good at this. And he just improvises a random silly folk song

I love how echoey Jeff’s mic is for this number, just like the old reggae songs

Brad and Jeff’s reggae number is really good, and they have the sense of dirty, bare-bones reggae that’s really needed here, especially when Jeff talks about legalized weed

Brad: “I don’t know what to do
I want some 420, but it’s 4:22
So it’s past the time that I like to get my stone on
And then I see a girl I want to get my bone on.”
Brad is just killing it

Pretty strong number, but, as usual, I wish I could have seen more from this game, more from the Jeff-Brad combo AND the Colin-Chip dynamic. As is, this is still pretty good

Sound Effects: Colin and Brad are lumberjacks; Diane and Zack do SFX

Sooooo…Diane is a very important whoser because her taping reports were vital to the early understanding of this show. So it’s genuinely cool to see her show up in a game

I am saddened that Jeff didn’t see the immediate joke with these two audience members, and start singing a little ditty about Zack and Diane…

Jeff, to clearly-freaking-out-Diane: “…pay attention, Diane, don’t panic…”

Zack’s prelim soda-shake noise has a little ‘WOOOWWWUUU’ at the end
Jeff: “…at a rock-concert…”
Brad: “with a wah-wah pedal”

Zack and Diane both start with rooster noises
Brad: “I can’t wait to cut down all these trees and displace these annoying birds!”

Brad mentions his chainsaw, and Zack already starts doing really good chainsaw noises
Brad, quickly: “…it’s self-starting!”

Diane’s wolverine noises are…INSANELY good. Zack cracks up. Bob applauds. I’m impressed as hell.
Colin: “alright, just…calm down!”
Diane, wolverine voice: “…okay.”
pFFFF

Colin: “TIMBER”
Diane: “….FFP.”
Brad: “I like the way the tree landed on that throw pillow!”

Brad uses his chainsaw, and Zack adds some high-pitched noises to it
Brad: “Oh, apparently this tree was full of birds…”

Colin, on Diane’s beeping noise for his truck: “Usually it beeps, but I just attached my truck to an old Pong game…”

There’s a nice turn after a Diane noise, when Colin and Brad run into some mystical creatures
Colin: “We must be cutting down their home!”
Brad, in a line that just…works for me: “…OH, CRAP!”
I DON’T KNOW WHY THAT’S SO FUNNY, IT JUST IS. LIKE IT DOESN’T FIT.

After Zack and Diane make more little creature noises
Brad: “I have two firearms. I know it’s [crack] politically incorrect, but I think it’s our only consequence at this point…”

After some gun noises and cries in  pain, Colin: “…thank god those 4 were standing one behind the other, I got all of them..”
Brad: “It was kind of like a bullet shish-ka-dwarf”
This is why I’m glad Colin and Brad did all their IAG shows together

As Colin digs with a shovel, Zack comes back in with the shouting creature
Colin: “oh, GOD, THIS ONE!” [whacks repeatedly]

Brad, summing up the scene perfectly: “I like how we started out as just lumberjacks and now we’re eco-terrorists and mass murderers.”
Thank you, Brad.

Brad: “Would you  care for some heroin?” [injects]
Zack: “PFFFFLLBBB”
Brad: “OOOH, I CAUGHT A REAL BIG VEIN!”

Colin picks some ‘magic pixie dust’ to bring the creature back to life, and the creature noises return.
Colin: “…oh, no, it was CUMIN.”
HA

Brad: “We’ll back away slowly…towards this hill, you just keep cumin round the mountain”
BRAD SHERWOOD.

EXCELLENT SFX. Diane and Zack were both really good in this game, and this central trust led Colin and Brad to take this scene in weirder directions because of that. Some really funny stuff from both of them, especially Brad.

Sentences: Drew and Kathy act out the soap opera “Slept with my boss”

Chip, getting the title suggestion: “…SLEPT WITH MY BAAHHSS…she tells America…”

Unlike later games, all the lines are on a stool, rather than pocketed

Drew, surprisingly starting the scene off on a good foot, comes out of the shower as the boss, and says “I always like to lather myself up in the shower and say ‘how do you make a woman happy?”
All good character stuff

Kathy says she’ll never forget what Drew said last night: “what the hell are you?”
PFFF

I do absolutely love Drew and Kathy’s back and forth in this game. Obviously they still have great chemistry from TDCS, but also their minimalist improv experience kind of brings out the best in each other

Drew: “Like…Cecil, down at reception. She might say “If I had more confidence, I wouldn’t have gotten this…penile implant…”
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Kathy: “That’s why she never changed her name…”
Yeah, she’s good at picking up on little things like that

Kathy: “In fact, many nights in my  diary, I’ve written: “…is that a banana in your pocket..”

Drew: “It is in fact…an apple.”
A weird reply that gets weirder the more you think about it. Chip literally drops his head at that.

Drew: “If anybody asks any questions, I’m just gonna say: ‘..what the hell is up with these LEAVES?”
And he sells that by just looking around, confused. I’m genuinely enjoying this game, and this pairing.

Kathy: “Standing here, still in my bathrobe, the thing that I most want to say to you is “I smell cheese”
PFFF
Drew: “…After sex, I often smell like cheese…”
ANOTHER SHOT OF CHIP JUST BUCKLING.

Drew: “And if you don’t like the way I smell, then [opens note, has a brief moment of ‘oh come on’, then] THE PRICE IS WRONG.”
YES

We cut off before the ending, but this is a pretty strong, well-improvised game with some great chemistry from Drew and Kathy. Not always ha-ha funny, but I enjoyed it a lot.

Two-Headed Expert: Jeff and Drew interview Kathy and Chip in a science class.

For some reason, Colin’s audience question of ‘where would be the worst place to escape to after a prison break’ gets Drew and Jeff laughing
Colin, with that unforgettable Colin delivery: “…a science classroom. THANK YOU MA’AM.”

Chip and Kathy, in one of their first few lines of dialogue, crack up midway through, kinda losing their own bit.

Like Jeff’s last playing, Jeff is doing a specific voice while Drew is sort of doing his usual voice, so there’s a slight disparity.

Jeff pulls this face after a line:
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Good lord.

This is the second Kathy-Drew game in a  row involving cheese, which Kathy drops as an exclamation, and Jeff and Drew respond with: “DID YOU JUST CALL ME CHEESE???”

I love Jeff’s reaction to this, saying  ‘WELL’ with Drew, and just walking to the other side of the stage angrily…and not saying anything else

After another line from Chip and Kathy involving the window
Jeff and Drew: “WHAT IS IT WITH YOU AND THE WINDOW.”
Jeff, a la Kathy: “JEEZ.”

Chip and Kathy: “I’m thinking of you……”
AND THE LINE ENDS THERE. THIS IS SUCH A GOOFY ONE.

Chip and Kathy: “WAIT…I want to tell you a joke.”
The second Kathy says this, she realizes how hard it’s gonna be to tell a joke like this
Jeff and Drew: “OH BOY!”
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AUDIBLE BONK. Yes, thank god the mic picked up the sound of Jeff’s head clanging against Drew’s glasses. He has to literally  take them off and fix them, getting away from Jeff for a moment to recollect.
Jeff, getting  Drew’s attention to say it in unison: “SORRY”
Also, Colin and Brad are LOSING IT FROM STOOL CITY.

Chip: ‘WHAT”
Kathy: “Does”
Chip: “difference”
Kathy and Chip both look confused here
Kathy: “between”
Chip: ‘a”
Kathy: “RABBI”
Chip: “and”
Kathy: “…AN IRISH.”
PFFFFFFF
Jeff:
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This goddamned game…
Chip: “…WINDOW.”
HAHAHAHAHA. GOOD LORD

Drew, leading Jeff: ‘I ALREADY HEARD THIS ONE, BUT TELL US IT ANYWAY.”
Jeff loves this move
Chip, with an even better move: “NO, NO…”
Kathy, getting it: “YOU”
Chip: “tell”
Kathy: “US”
Jeff, and Drew: “…ASSHOOOLE…”
The bleeps are even funnier in this game because it’s longer words so it’s a drawn out bleep.

Drew punctuates a line with this silly hand motion that cracks up Colin and Brad as they start the punchline

Jeff, leading Drew: “One…is a pane of glass…and the other is…a…..Jew.”
PFFFFFF

Jeff and Drew: “I’M TELLING THE PRINCIPAL THAT YOUUUU…ALWAYS ARE…AAAAAA…DOODY-HEAD.”
Good god

Chip: “Don’t”
Kathy: “you”
Chip: “tell him…OH.”
HAHAHAHA

Kathy  and Chip: “I’ll call your name at…[Kathy is confused]….work.”
Jeff and Drew, leaving: “YOU’RE DRUNK.”

SO GOOD. SO FUNNY AND RIDICULOUS AND SO GOOD. SO MANY LITTLE MOMENTS. So many fun lines and moments of throwing each other. The infamous Drew glasses bonk. Oh my gosh, how did I forget about this one?

Overall: A surprisingly strong show to kick off the purple taping. No games really angered me, or even underwhelmed me, and only GH’s length really caught my ire. This was a great show for guys like Kathy, Drew and Brad who’ve been on backup duty for the past 30 shows, and all 3 got to shine in numerous parts of the show. SFX was a really good one, and Two-Headed Expert was phenomenal as well as goofy. Plus, Sentences is a really underrated character/scene-based round that didn’t go too far on shock or gross-out value. A lot of the best games banked on great pre-existing duos, like Colin and Brad and Kathy and Drew. Just a strong, genuinely overlooked show to kick off the last 2 weeks of IAG.

Best Performer: BRAD SHERWOOD FINALLY GETS HIS FIRST SHOW-WIN OF THE RUN. Deservingly so, as he DOMINATED the first half.
Worst Performer: I don’t wanna put anybody here. I really don’t. But honestly, Chip made more mistakes tonight than anybody.
Best Game: Two-Headed Expert. I completely reverse my  preconceived notion about this game. Because this was a fun one.
Worst Game: I liked Greatest Hits, but it felt shorter than it needed to be.
Best Dynamic: Kathy and Drew, Sentences, barely edging out Colin and Brad. I knew Colin and Brad would deliver a great SFX together. I wasn’t sure about Kathy and Drew’s. More of a net win.
Best Host: Jeff, SFX. Best audience-screwing.

COMING  UP NEXT: This one, also from the purple taping, has two games I’m looking forward to covering.