Whose Watchdown is it Anyway: S03E16, or You Never Stop, Don’t You?

If anything, Series 3 of UK Whose Line has been a wild ride. The UK run was one of the most consistently funny sections of the show we’ve seen, recapturing the energy from a very middle-of-the-road S2. The US run was more scattered, with less highlight shows, and more manic, uncontrollable energy. If the UK shows were focused, the US ones were scattered and all-over-the-place. Other than a miraculous comeback show from John Sessions, and the first appearance of Ryan and Colin together, we haven’t had a lot of truly great shows from this stretch.

However, tonight, WL attempts another ‘summation’ show, bringing four of the stronger acts of the series together to recapture the spark. In S2, this kind of show…sort of worked, but all the good stuff ended up in a compilation. Tonight’s show features the four people who made the flight from the UK together- Josie Lawrence, Mike McShane, Sandi Toksvig and Greg Proops. This would be Sandi’s last show, which is sad, but I’ll be missing the personality rather than the improv.

LITERALLY FROM THE TOP OF THE SHOW, there’s this fellow in the audience who seems to think he’s on the set of Arsenio, wooping and hollering from the back. A very confused Greg and Josie, from the seats, return the gesture.

March: Taxidermy


Already, the quality of verses has vastly improved, as Josie and Greg’s are really well done and very sweet.

Sandi, after missing a cue: “…god almighty…”

Sandi does stumble briefly, but lands on her feet with a good enough rhyme. For a game that always worried the hell out of Sandi, she sure knows how to leave it on a good note.

I do see why they did this early, because this game had a ton of energy tonight, rather than coming at the end and getting burned out, semi-coherent verses.

Alphabet: Greg and Sandi (at the optician’s) starting with X.

The scene starts well, as both of them are really good at this game. I’d also like to point out that Greg going “EEEEEEEEEHHHHHHH” sounds an awful-lot like a certain round-headed science-loving comedian from Ireland.

Greg: ‘Say, uh…what are you doing after this appointment?”
Sandi: “…tea time?”
Greg: “….Umbrella time? I open up, you get under…”

Very charming and fun scene, as you can see Greg and Sandi got along well on the show.

Tag: Greg and Mike start, Sandi and Josie enter later

The audience suggests Greg get down on all fours.
Greg: “…thank you…”
Clive: “get down, Greg…”
Greg, seeing this the other way, grimaces at Clive. “You never stop, don’t you?”
Clive, without missing a beat: “Well, you never start.”

Someone in the audience says Mike should be on his back.
Mike, pointing to Greg: “On HIS back?”
Greg, adjusting his glasses, flips off the audience.

Sandi, under Mike’s legs: “…well, it might be fun for you, darling, but I’m not enjoying it…”

Screen Shot 2017-12-08 at 3.12.39 PM.pngGreg: “…this is the best blind date I’ve ever been on…”

Quick round, but still very funny.

Psychiatrist: Josie
Greg: afraid of women
Mike: obsessed with poodles

Clive upon getting the suggestion that Greg’s ‘afraid of women’: “Well, uh…then maybe you know Greg…”
Greg has a priceless reaction here. He’s shocked, then smirks, and goes “well, YOU DO, DON’T YOU CLIVE…”

Josie and Greg’s song is fun, and there’s a nice amount of fun rhymes- Josie gives her character a nice accent, which helps.

I will give the edge to Mike’s for being a more masterful song, and giving himself more of a character.

Not sure why, but in the middle of Josie’s rebuttal, Greg absolutely loses it laughing in the background. I don’t know what he was watching, or what about the ‘really strange clipper’ line it was, but he’s GONE.

Props: Josie and Greg vs. Mike and Sandi

Screen Shot 2017-12-08 at 3.24.26 PM.pngJosie: “JUMP. JUMP, I DON’T LIKE YOU, JUMP.”

Screen Shot 2017-12-08 at 3.25.23 PM.pngSandi: “…alright, Mr. Wilson, d’you want to do a little pee in here for me…”

Party Quirks: Sandi hosts
Mike: WWII Submarine Captain
Josie: circus performer
Greg: horse racing announcer

This, if anything, feels like a later-era Party Quirks. Sandi has gotten better with reacting to thinks, and responding to players- when Mike pulls down a periscope, Sandi goes “what are you doing with my microwave?” When Josie enters doing countless circus things, Sandi mutters “Oh, the appetizers have arrived…” It’s quite a lot like what Brad Sherwood or Chip Esten would do while hosting.

Film and Theatre Styles: Mike and Greg (pilot and co-pilot in airplane)

This is down here, March is up there, Josie and Sandi don’t get to play? Curiouser and curiouser.

Greg has a nice moment of response- once the Rocky style is called, he goes into a Stallone face, but sees that Mike’s going for Stallone first, so he goes into a Burgess Meredith impression instead, which works even better.

Mike’s Tim-Currying in the Rocky Horror style is…something I did not expect to enjoy today.

Greg, at the end of love story, leaps into Mike’s arms, and it gets a couple ‘ooooh’s from the audience. Then, right into saturday night fever, where Mike throws Greg back down and does a Travolta stance. It’s pretty seamless, and a great way to end a nice playing of the game.

American Musical: psychology, tennis, training for a marathon, visiting roommates

The first segment is pretty long, pretty passionate, and irons out the story in a really nice way.

Greg, entering: “You guys have really run a long way…you’re in Minnesota, now…”

This isn’t the greatest musical, but once Sandi enters as Dr. Ruth, it gets really, really funny.
Greg: “Hey, thanks for helping me with my tennis grip, Dr. Ruth…”

Overall: A good show, but without a defining moment or anything too great, which sums up the majority of the US run. Everybody was in great form tonight, and no games were truly bad, but nothing really escaped ‘good’ for me. There wasn’t anything like the ‘smashed the car’ F&TS, or anything like that.

Show Winner: Greg
Best Performer: Greg, for having the show’s funniest moments, and for getting into some banter with Clive.
Worst Performer: Surprisingly, Mike McShane, for just having less ‘great moments’ than everyone else tonight.
Best Game: …Film and Theatre Styles, over Alphabet. Just a better top-to-bottom game, with more equally good moments.
Worst Game: Props by default


Whose Watchdown is it Anyway: S03E13, or I don’t understand it, I don’t know how THEY do…

Battle of the Duos: Meskimen and Smith vs. Toksvig and McShane. I’m thinking the latter one might win.

Clive describes Jim as ‘arguably the best impressionist since Claude Monet’, which is a nice one.

Authors: Maidens in the Mist
Chris: sporting memoir
Sandi: Agatha Christie
Jim: Tom Clancy
Mike: Edgar Rice Burroughs

Sandi, responding to Chris’ general one: “Another famous sports person, Agatha Christie.”

Mike explains what Burroughs has written, stuff like Tarzan
Clive: “Yes, and Jimmy C-…No-”
Mike, proud that Clive went there: “YES, JIMMY CARTER OF MARS!”

The speed of this game has definitely improved now that John Sessions isn’t a regular. Sandi and Chris give it a nice start.
Jim: “Miles away, the Soviets were observing everything…”

Very funny game overall, with all four working together, and the second round just being a quickfire humor bath.

Explanations: Facuets
Jim: Chico Marx
Chris: Groucho Marx

Getting established comedy duos to do this game work, because Jim and Chris already work well off each other when playing themselves, but playing two of the Marx brothers makes it even faster.

Chris: “Well, actually I already have a drip, it’s a problem.”
Jim: “That’s-a some joke…”
Chris, looking out to the unresponsive audience: “Well, I’m glad YOU thought so…”

Jim: “Yes, I’m the fella that makes the water-go-downa.”
Chris: “…and you’re a plumber?”
Jim: “No, I’m a watta-go-downer.”
Chris, seeing the joke and going for it: “You know, I used to have a wife who was a wattagodowna.”
After the audience goes wild for this one, Chris, to the camera, goes “…I don’t understand it, I don’t know how THEY do…”

Jim: “You shouldn’t hang around a man who’s working, it makes ya tired.”
Chris, looking around: “I didn’t realize I was hanging.”

Really fun scene, with good impressions and good, heh, interplay.

Film Dub: Mike comes home from the Supermarket to Sandi

Very haphazard scene, with a lot of muddied accented back and forth, and reacting to the scene, but the ending’s great- Mike’s waiting for someone to come onto the now-revealed screen, and it’s a guy with white hair.

Song Styles: Microwave
Jim: Frank Sinatra
Chris: Opera

…did Mike not want to do Song Styles???

Jim flirts with his Frank Sinatra impression- some parts are spot-on, some parts sound like Jim. The song is pretty nice, very sweet, and the rhythm is very Sinatra. I just wish the impression was a wee-bit more centered.

Chris’ song is nice, very well done and with some good rhyme scheme, which is surprising considering he’s not usually left to his own devices. He even fakes out the audience, rearing up for a huge final note and instead giving a very quiet one.

Party Quirks: Sandi hosts
Chris: politician
Jim: old-timer
Mike: zookeeper

Jim: ‘And the house! Oh, I remember when this was just a barn…”

Jim: “and here, where that bean-bag chair is…”
Sandi: “That’s my husband actually…”

Jim describes his desire for an egg cream, like from the olden days.
Sandi: “An egg cream…that’s fantastic, I didn’t know eggs could cream themselves.”

Sandi’s doing a much better job of letting people interact, mainly with her but also with each other.

As Jim is guessed, when Clive can’t exactly remember the quirk, Jim exits to the podium, going “AND OLD CLIVE, I REMEMBER YOUR MOTHER…”

Fairly nice game, with a lot of great work all around, and Jim having a great time.

Film and Theatre Styles v1: Chris and Jim (boss letting employee go)

Man, they are doing these late in the show!

Chris: “You’re gonna have to go, Mitch. This is your swan song.”
Jim: “my swan song? We don’t even make swans at this factory…”

The Martial Arts style leads to some near-Stooges battering around with Jim and Chris.

Having two very white guys do a Blaxploitation style was not a good idea at all- Jim sends this into a very, VERY cringey place.

Clive: “How about we do a bit of Bergman?”
Jim: “He hit me….and now I still feel such strong feelings towards him.”

The style actually works, and culminates in both men making emotional Swedish Bergman noises.

The scene actually has a nice, and final, ending, with the Western style wrapping things up diplomatically. It wasn’t the greatest scene, but it wasn’t as horrible as it was during the Blaxploitation bit.

Film and Theatre Styles v2: Mike and Sandi (visiting someone in prison)

Mike: “I haven’t been able to see you here because…I’ve been seeing someone else, BUT I LOVE YOU!”
Mike: “…and THAT’S WHY I LOVE YOU!”

Sandi, realizing a different meaning halfway through: “Yes, with that simple blow I killed your mother, for I have power in my fingertips you clearly don’t know about…”

Sandi, at the dramatic culmination of the Horror style, announces that “IT’S ONLY TWO DAYS TIL MY PERIOD…”
Mike’s expression grows to one of, well, horror. So yeah, that worked.

In the 10 seconds in which Sandi and Mike hold their positions, Sandi, out of the corner of her mouth, goes “……I can’t believe I said that…” And then both of them, in their positions, crack up.

It ends semi-clumsily, but it’s a good enough scene, with that one hysterical moment.

Gospel: Bus Driver

Sandi notes verbally that it’s a very difficult game for her (“because I’m british”)
“But Lord, I love you through the teeth…which is much more uncomfortable than being loved form underneath.”
This, once again, cracks up Mike.

Jim’s gospel verse is actually pretty great, and even gets Richard to go into a different chord in the third bar, which gives it a very cool feeling overall, once which the audience eats up.

Mike ends this one on a great note, as usual.

Overall: Very, very, very okay. The problem was pitting two very different duos against each other, and that it was very difficult to intermix them, so getting a dynamic together wasn’t very successful. Jim and Chris had great games by themselves. Sandi and Mike had great games by themselves. The audience really seemed to like this episode. But it was very off, to me, and a lot of games were oddly structured or handled, perhaps by the dual emphasis on both duos.

Show Winner: Jim
Best Performer: This was very close, but I’m going with Sandi because she had the funnier night and everyone else was…okay.
Worst Performer: Chris. He was much better than last time, with many more jokes, but he still brings up the rear because Jim and Mike did more throughout the show than he did.
Best Game: Explanations. Nothing was really top-to-bottom fantastic except this and Party Quirks, and I laughed at Explanations more.
Worst Game: Film Dub. Not a very coherent one, save for the ending joke.

Whose Watchdown is it Anyway: S03E09, or I’m Sorry, I Didn’t Quite Get That BALDY!

Right before Whose Line moved to New York for the rest of Series 3, Clive and the gang were able to slide in a compilation, ‘THE BEST OF THE LONDON SHOWS’ essentially. As the UK-set shows in S3 were among some of the best in the series’ history (Episodes 1, 3, 4 and 7 are pretty classic imo), this was much-needed, I’d say.

Props: Mike and Sandi vs. Colin and Tony
From: E5

It’s very odd starting the show with Props, typically reserved for the middle half, but it’s welcome here, as Colin finds his way into the compilation, which can’t even be said for Steve Steen, Mark Cohen or Julian Clary.

This was an EXTRA game of props, ft. EXTRA PROPS, that was filmed for the compilation. I don’t see the practicality of doing multiple games in one taping, knowing only one will get in, but…perhaps the producers did.

Also, the props here are a rug and a bike pump. Exhilarating stuff.

These were a ton tougher on the performers, too.
Tony: “Yes…you’re going to have the blue…rubbery thing…TORTURE!” [beats Colin with prop]

Colin, who stays silent for most of the round, does have a nice moment:
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Colin: “….doctor, it’s Dumbo, he’s lost a ton of weight…”

Duet: Mike and Josie sing a love song about a stapler
From: E6

This one probably got cut in favor of Mike’s powerful soul number.

This, too, is a truly beautiful song, with both performers getting time to shine, and Richard doing really well in making this a bittersweet tune.

Tag: Mike and Sandi start, Colin and Tony join
From: E5

Screen Shot 2017-12-02 at 12.33.36 AM.pngSandi: “Oh, come on, Derek, it’s our honeymoon! You can show me!”

Screen Shot 2017-12-02 at 12.34.23 AM.pngColin: “…is this your first vasectomy?”
Tony: “No, actually it’s my twentieth…”

There’s a very amusing moment where Tony tags out Mike…then stops, grabs Mike, then tags out Sandi. A very confused Clive goes “you can only tag out one of them, Tony…”

Song Styles: Josie sings a punk song about a rubber duck
From: E1

This was done alongside her Calypso number, for some reason.

Josie’s amused by the suggestion of Gregorian Chant, after the Punk style has been suggested. Clive mentions she can throw a bit of Gregorian Chant in there, if she wants.

As Richard sets up his guitar

Josie really gets into it, jumping around the stage…then turning around and flipping off the other three performers.

This is a really nice song, with some fantastic rhymes, a great understanding of the style, and the type of energy Josie normally saves for the truly great ones. Would have taken this over the Calypso one anyday.

Film Dub: Sandi plays the woman, Mike plays the man, Paul plays the dog
From: E3

I feel like this Film Dub would have thrown this episode way over the limit in terms of amazing games. Plus, it would have given Paul another highlight along with Translation had it made it in.

I always do enjoy Paul’s confused, nearly betrayed expression, once he learns that he’ll be playing the dog.

So many amazing Paul lines, as they just keep cutting to the dog
“…oh, blimey it’s her again.”
“Don’t look at me, I didn’t buy the dress, now did I?”

And then, after Sandi and Mike’s characters have had an emotional moment and development, and the scene is progressing…THEY CUT BACK TO THE DOG. FOR NO REASON. EVEN PAUL’S OFF-GUARD.
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Paul, without any options: “……..Woof.”

Mike works this in, saying the dog “comes as a broach, with the dress. Let me just put it on.”
And then, finally, they cut back to the dog one last time.
Paul: “…Don’t listen to him, lady, he’s killed 14 women already this month…”

So random, yet absolutely hysterical. Paul saves this scene. This should have been in the show!

March: Surveying (Tony, Sandi, Colin and Mike)
From: E5

Tony cracks on the last line of his: “I’m not very trustworthy/ Why don’t you give me all your bloody money…”

Sandi makes a point about surveyors being men…then contradicts herself, cracks up, and asks to start again.

Sandi cracks, sighs, and goes “…I can’t believe we do this for nothing…”
Clive: “Not for much longer.”

Sandi does eventually rebound, pulling out a penis joke and cracking on it.

Mike’s is grandiose and wonderful, til he ends with “I’ve worked for 15 years, and I’ve never gotten better….and now I should be ending this song because I can’t THINK OF ANYTHING BETTER!”

This is a very silly March, maybe not as good as the Banking one, but still pretty good.

Extra Bits:
-The majority of this sequences is intercut with clips from an ill-fated game of Alphabet from E6 with Sandi and Josie. They try this several times, starting from Q, but Josie, poor Josie, isn’t especially good at this game. Sandi admits that Josie’s been practicing the game from A, so starting from Q is throwing her off-guard.
-Paul fucks up an Agatha Christie style of Authors, from E4. He just blows the take, going ‘sorry, I just got quite bored with that…’
-Back to Alphabet. Josie still doesn’t quite get the concept.
-A game of Tag from E3. A classic exchange:

Clive: “Alright, Sandi, although you bring out the worst in people, could you just be on your knees, though?”
Sandi: “What d’you mean I bring out the worst in people?”
Clive: “…Or have you been on your knees all evening?”
Sandi gets up, hears the audience booing, GETS THEM TO BOO LOUDER, and goes over to Clive’s desk, going “Sorry, I didn’t quite get that, BALDY!”
Clive, STILL GOING: “…it’s probably because your ears are closer to the ground…”
Paul, ever to get to Sandi’s side: “Are you bald, or is your neck blowing bubble-gum?”
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Clive: “I’m not bald, I’m just taller than my hair.”

-More Alphabet. They try it again, only this time, Josie forgets the letter ‘T’, and goes “ohhhhhhhhh SHIT!”

-A clip from a game of Musical from E2
Josie, to Mike: “Have you given up all your bad habits, darling?”
Tony, struggling to regain composure: “No, he still picks his bottom…”
And then…
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(Well, that completely trumps S2’s Extra Bits…)

Song Styles: Mike sings an American Folk song about bananas
From: E5

My god, there is a TON from Episode 5 on here tonight. I think it’s like S2E10, where they knew the finished episode was a tad underwhelming, so they threw in everything else on the compilation.

Also, this Song Styles comes after Mike’s initial one, the rock number that’s slightly underplayed by his standards.

This one’s also kinda underwhelming vocally, but this one is really funny, going into some absurd, funny places with the banana.

World’s Worst: Person to be the Last Person on Earth With:
From: E1

Greg: “The only thing I saved was all my home movies! Wanna watch?”
Tony: “D’you know, I have not been to the toilet for FOUR MONTHS…”
Josie: “…..and then I did a lager advert!”

A really funny game, but WAY TOO SHORT. Maybe all the good ones were cut? Maybe those WERE the good ones?

Party Quirks: Sandi hosts
Jim: is magnetic
Paul: Can only use words with two syllables
Mike: a bodyguard
From: E3

BUT YOU HAVE PAU-nevermind.

Sandi’s very first pun gets her groans from the audience.

Sandi, after Paul has GREAT DIFFICULTY keeping his quirk together: “…just my luck, the only person who’s turned up is a git…”

There’s a great dynamic in this, as Sandi keeps losing all the interesting guests and keeps getting stuck with Paul, whose quirk is tough and one he can’t even do. Clive has to put the game out of its misery.

American Musical: Greg, Jim, Tony and Josie – getting a girlfriend pregnant, getting mugged, and becoming a TV presenter.
From: E1

Greg and Tony’s number is really funny, as neither knows where it’s going rhyme-wise until they get there, and Tony adds in a bit about all the ‘bits and pieces falling out of you’
Greg, adding: “…and her.”
Tony, as the song finishes, near-breaking: “And that’s what, uh, having babies is all about!”

Jim has a VERY SMALL MOMENT where, once he hears what musical motif Richard is going with, he smirks back to the piano. It’s very tiny, and nowhere near the caliber of in E3, but it still counts.

And then, Jim comes up with a genius rhyme: “Let me tell you about Sally….she was walking down an alley…”

Jim’s rhymes keep getting worse and worse in the song:
“She got mugged, Greg.
She hurt her leg, Greg.

Greg, noting the odd contrast: “Wow, uh…that news kind-of brings me down…”

The scene ends a bit clumsily, as Josie has a nice enough finish, but Greg brings it back…calls her by the wrong name, goes with it, and confuses the hell out of Richard as he’s trying to end it. He’s done a great performance, and it’s fantastic that he carried Musical for once, but his ending needed a bit of work.

I will say it’s very fitting that the last bit of the last UK episode of the season features an American going “Hollywood, here I are.” It’s almost like it foreshadowed where we’re going next episode.

Best Performer: Josie, for nailing her games tonight.
Worst Performer: Colin, but only by default. Everyone else had stellar moments, and Colin’s were, like in the show, very okay.
Best Game: Film Dub, which should have been in the episode.
Worst Game: Party Quirks. Why would they give something so cruel to Paul???


Whose Watchdown is it Anyway: S03E08, or Let’s Look Under ‘R’ for Realistic

Onto the last Series 3 episode of the UK Whose Line to, well, actually be filmed in the UK. This lineup seems like a summary of the series so far- Greg, Tony, Mike and Sandi. Of the four, only Tony would miss out on the trip to New York.

Greg is back in his skull shirt, which is nice. Also, Clive notes that Mike is in ‘from Sherwood Forest’, again noting Mike’s filming engagement.

Film and Theatre Styles v1: Sandi and Tony (both are shipwrecked)

Sandi: “Weird, the island seems to be moving for me and not for you, that’s strange.”
Tony: “Yeah, like our orgasms.”

Clive: “Yellow pages advert”
Sandi: “Well, if you don’t like the orgasms, perhaps we can find ourselves a new one…”
Tony: “Yes, let’s look under ‘M’ for Multiple, shall we Sandi?”
Sandi: “Seeing as it’s you, let’s look under ‘R’ for Realistic.”

Tony also keeps the offhand innuendo coming, especially in the Western style
Sandi: “So, you’ve come all this way-”
Tony: “HAVE I?”

They end on Whodunnit, as the subject of pregnancy comes up.
Sandi: “Now, who was there? There was a candlestick and a butler…”
The audience loves this so much that Clive ends the game before Tony can try and top it.

Really funny game, with a ton of great back and forth moments.

Film and Theatre Styles v2: Mike and Greg (driving test)

I’m not writing a ton of the lines down, but the way Mike and Greg work with each other is pretty nice, and the dynamic shows in styles like Restoration Comedy and Sitcom. I feel like sitcom got a bit too broad, though.

Also, Greg’s physicality in the Restoration Comedy scene, including literally jumping through the car door, was pretty great.

One of Greg’s specialties is french babbling, so it’s no surprise to me that he and Mike kill with the french scene.

Much lighter scene, but still amusing enough.

Props: Mike and Sandi vs. Greg and Tony

Clive, handing Sandi the banana prop: “That’s your item…”
Sandi: “No, I think you’ll find that’s Mike’s…”

Tony: “Have you been to a spiritualist seance before- [vomits the prop]”

Very funny round, as it seemed like everyone was in a pretty odd mood, especially Mike.

That’ll be Charlie Now: Greg, Sandi, and Mike are at a building site. Tony is Charlie.


I feel like they didn’t cut to Tony enough while the other three were setting him up. I would have loved to see his reaction to the Schubert love song thing.

Clive ends this one a bit too quickly, like the first time, but this is a pretty fun playing, with Tony throwing his all into the last bit.

Gospel: America

On the suggestion
Greg: where is that?

Sandi does a similar fire-and-brimstone technique to E6, in lieu of singing, i.e. “I HAVE BEEEEEEEN TO THE LORD…..I HAVE BEEEEEEEN TO SEE A THROAT SPECIALIST!!!”

To be perfectly honest, the only truly great verse in this is Mike’s, as he mentions having four-lane highways, and ‘Jesus runs a roadside restaurant’. Greg and Tony’s were a bit too minimalist for my tastes.

World’s Worst: Person to Captain a Submarine

Tony, singing: “We’re in the long big metal POOOOINTY THING…”
Sandi: “It’s not a problem, you see, you just pull down the…periscope” [she can’t reach it]
Mike, intercom: “….I’d like to tell the mess sergeant that we will NOT be having curry again this week…”
Tony: “Hello, I’m your new captain, I’m Clive Anderson.”

Really nice round, lots of funny stuff.

Song Styles: Mike sings an opera song about a hammer

Mike’s song is not only masterful, but it’s the rare WL song that’s self-referential, and Mike references his lack of career, ending with “I’VE GONE ON TOO LONG…Now I’ll kill myself with a hammer.” Really nice one, even though it took a bit to really get going.

Alphabet- Tony and Sandi (chat-up)

This is, like most alphabet games, a bit haphazard, especially when Sandi, who was so good at helping Josie two shows ago, forgets the letter Q, and Tony has to go back, hilariously, going “Queer, I am. Nevermind.”

It happens again, when Tony forgets the letter X, and Sandi outlines it for him.
Tony: “….Xylophone?”

Again, a bit frantic, but still pretty amusing.

Party Quirks: Sandi hosts
Greg: DJ
Tony: Elephant
Mike: chorus girl

Two landmark Party hosts, and you pick Sandi? Well then.

Greg does a phenomenal job with his, so much so that Sandi guesses him very quickly.

Tony does take a more…John Sessions-y approach to his quirk, talking through it rather than being physical. I told you he was better at hosting…

Sandi, as Mike is being especially camp: “I don’t know what you’re doing, but it could very well be an impersonation of Julian Clary…”

Musical Film Review: Sandi discusses ‘Midshipman Easy’, while Greg, Tony and Mike act it out

It worked so well last show that I’m hoping for something near half as good.

Clive: “Ooh, this is a good one, this is Midshipman Easy.”
Sandi: “Oh, I’ve had him.”

Tony’s first song even cracks him up:
“Sometimes I dream of sailors…
Sometimes I dream…of an obelisk…”
He’s on the verge of losing it for what looks like the entire song.

Sandi’s storytelling is more along the lines of…well, Story (which we haven’t seen since S1, though Clive and co. will roll it out again once they get to the States), rather than actually reviewing the movie.

Mike does get a mention of ‘the love that dare not squeak it’s name’, which is even funnier in his Spanish pirate accent.

Mike and Greg’s song of lust is actually hysterical, with Mike even adding the line ‘my cajones are swollen with pride’. To be honest, this game isn’t as bad as I’d thought it’d be with Sandi in the driver’s seat.

Sandi, does add a nice element of having the three play multiple characters- midshipmen named ‘Midshipmen Easy, Midshipman I’ll Be Lucky, and Midshipman There’s Got to Be  A First Time for Everyone”.

Sandi cracks when describing that they sing “a traditional 1790’s Rock-and-Roll number”

There’s a nice twist, when the same people that saved the maiden from being accosted by the spaniards…ALSO want to screw her, which makes this a funny but slightly tasteless scene. As predicted, not as good as last episode’s playing of this, but still pretty fun.

Overall: A very light show, but with some funny moments. This seemed very boilerplate, as it was the end of a nice run of shows in England, and a few of these guys felt a bit burnt out. There were highlights, like the Tony-Sandi dynamic, both rounds of F&TS, and some incredibly silly quickfire games, but there wasn’t a ton that stood out as truly great. There was also just a lot of ho-hum stuff, like Alphabet, Gospel, Party Quirks and Charlie, that slowed down the momentum. Still, this one boils down to Mike and Sandi for elevating the games, and for Greg’s energy throughout. Tony had a nice night, but underwhelming compared to his other showings this year.

Show Winner: Greg
Best Performer: Mike, for proving why his regular-ship was a good idea.
Worst Performer: Tony, for not having his best stuff tonight.
Best Game: Musical Film Review, with its second show win in a row, for having a solidly structured game that all four excelled at.
Worst Game: That’ll be Charlie Now, for being really constricted and clumsy.


Whose Watchdown is it Anyway: S03E06 or BUT WOMAN, HANDS OFF MY LOINS!

There’s been a trend of late on QI where they’ll have a panel of three women and Alan Davies. They did one a few years ago, it was Sandi Toksvig, Sue Perkins, Susan Calman and Alan, and a more recent one with Sandi, Susan and Aisling Bea.

This episode is Whose Line’s version of an ‘3 Woman and Alan’ episode- Josie Lawrence, Sandi Toksvig, and Canadian comic Denalda Williams make up the 3 women, and Mike McShane, essentially the regular of S3, is the Alan Davies here.

Emotion Option: Josie and Denalda (traffic warden and ticker receiver)

Interesting that they’re doing this one, essentially F&TS with emotions. Did Denalda admit that she wouldn’t get many of the styles?

On ‘Panic’, Josie goes into sort of a nervous babbling.
Denalda: “AAAAAAAH….I can’t understand you!”

Nice moment where Denalda, in ‘Paranoid’, finishes a sentence with ‘you back off, you little traffic warden monkey’.
Josie, after the buzz, breaks slightly to sort of cringe, and sort of shush Denalda, as that may have been a bit too far over the line.
Clive: “And edge into Embarrassment?”
Josie: “…I’m sorry, but you shouldn’t call me a monkey…”

This game has a really nice ending with ‘ecstasy’, with surprisingly sensual work from both Denalda and Josie, and Josie polishing it off with a really nice, literal line.

Slightly odd variation, but the performers made it work.

Film and Theatre Styles: Sandi and Mike (5 minutes before their daughter’s wedding)

Mike: “Honey, I have no cufflinks! Where are my cufflinks?”
Mike: “OH MY GOD!”
Sandi: “I mean, for goodness sake, I have TOLD YOU, YOU CANNOT GO BUFFO UP THE AISLE!”

A style ends on this image:
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Clive: “How about a bit of Biblical epic?”

Sandi does so amazingly well in this style that she overdoes the buzzer by about 10 seconds.
Sandi: “I’m sorry, just…I saw the light, and I kept going…”

Clive: “How about James Bond movie to end it.”
Mike: “Moneypenny…I must tell you, I’m a man…the BEST man…”
Sandi: “…I hardly know what to say, but later on I’ll show you my gold finger.”

A really nice scene, even if it had a quieter middle. Sandi and Mike are just terrific at working with each other.

Expert Translation: Sandi translates for Denalda, a Polynesian drain expert

This is my least favorite playing of this game. Not due to lack of trying from Sandi, but mostly because Denalda’s fake polynesian is very slow and drawn out.

Sandi does have a really nice way of powering this game, as her first big line is “…took me forever to get here from Polynesia, and I think it’s partly because I swam.” She’s very quick in her dialogue, and very matter-of-fact. Unfortunately, it contrasts with Denalda’s slower delivery in a less-than-favorable way.

Sandi doesn’t get to talking of drains until the end, but it’s less literal, more on the subject of bodies of water and such. Some of the details (“I said ‘thanks very much’ in the only way I could think if, and put my hand straight down his swimming trunks”) do crack up Denalda a bit.

Clive: “…and one mark for Sandi, for mentioning drains once in the translation.”

Funny, but not to the caliber of shearing one’s entire body, getting the yak to go to the toilet, having sex with a horse or Albanian Postman Pat (which we’ll get to next episode)

Psychiatrist: Josie
Denalda: scared of peanut butter
Mike: obsessed with easter bunnies

The fact that Mike is at the receiving end of this game proves that Bartender would be greatly needed on this program quite soon.

The first number is pretty good- Denalda’s first song is very basic, but Josie saves it for mentioning she should use the crunchy peanut butter instead of the smooth ones.

Mike’s number is with the sort of manic energy he became known for on the show, with high tempo and low sanity.

Pretty solid round, without any highlights or lowlights.

Props: Mike and Denalda vs. Sandi and Josie

You can hear Mike, as Sandi and Josie are handed their shark-fin-esque prop, go, to Denalda, “look what THEY got”, as maybe Denalda was nervously pessimistic about the number of suggestions they had.

Screen Shot 2017-11-29 at 5.13.56 PM.pngSandi: “He must have been a very unusual husband.”
Josie, over the buzzer: “Yes, he was FINNISH.”

Sandi, as a witch, to Josie: “I have made you the ugliest woman in the world!”
Josie, pointing to Sandi: “BAR ONE!”

Denalda, after a beat: “….YOURS!”
Mike: “…oh, shoot…”

A very, very silly round, as both sides had a ton of fun with the props, and working with each other.

Song Styles: stapler
Josie: Irish jig
Mike: soul

Josie’s is good, if quick, with the addition of Richard on the recorder. I forget sometimes that Richard was a multi-instrumentalist, as opposed to Laura Hall, who was primarily a pianist and would get Linda Taylor to do guitar parts. Richard has played keyboard, guitar, recorder, AND HE’S AN IMPROVISER AS WELL!

Mike’s may be a new career high for him, as it’s an incredibly well-done song by him and Richard, something that could be taken seriously as a contemporary song.

News Report: Little Bo Peep: Sandi and Mike in the studio, Denalda and Josie in the field. 

Yeah, second show in a row where they give the field assignment to the Canadian while the Dane gets the desk job. If I were Colin or Denalda, I’d cry xenophobia.

Sandi does the heavy-lifting for everyone tonight, even giving Denalda the personality of being not especially bright. She takes this wholeheartedly, asking Josie “UHHHHHHH HOW DO YOU LIKE BEING A SHEEP?”
Josie: “BLOODY AWFUL. We HATE having Bo Peep as our boss, we think she’s a real BAAAAAAAAAstard.”

Like last show, a very tight ship, but Josie had some nice highlights as a miffed Bo Peep. Sandi may have been a wee bit too controlling with the timing, but it worked out, for the most part.

Alphabet: Sandi and Josie (encouraging the other to parachute)

Ah yes. The infamous Alphabet round from this taping. This one seems to be the later version of it, as the original would end up in the compilation.

Even as Clive tells Josie and Sandi to come down, Josie’s gritting her teeth and not looking especially confident. I imagine they’d just done the first, and more ill-fated Alphabet round. Sandi reassures her as they get to the stage.

This one goes a bit better, though Josie does get stuck at H. Sandi does give her a visual clue, which gets Josie back on her feet, crying with a ‘HUH-HUH-HUH’ noise.
Sandi: “….I wish I’d thought of that…”

When Sandi gets to Q…she smirks, and goes “Queen’s Regiments are taking us up’, which is the exact line that was supposed to start the ORIGINAL playing of this game (that’d make it to the compilations). This gets a nice amount of recognition applause from the audience, and it gets a laugh from Josie.

The game ends clumsily, but better than the alternative- Sandi does give Josie the clues to help her with those last few pesky letters, and Josie kisses Sandi on the head for her services.

Good enough game, though I’m not sure that it has the same impact without the context of Josie’s failures at this game immediately beforehand.

Gospel: Woodworking 

The energy in this game is there from the start. Denalda’s verse gives some vocal enthusiasm and finesse that’s been mostly absent from the rest of the show.

Sandi takes a different approach entirely to Gospel- she does a sort of ‘fire and brimstone preacher’ way of talking through, getting the audience to recite ‘I AM A PIECE OF WOOD’.
Sandi: “……and therefore I won’t sing, although maybe I could…”

A pretty nice Gospel, with no real bad verses anywhere in it, and high energy all around.

Overall: Better than E5, and better than I’d previously given it credit for, but still not to the caliber of the first four shows of the year. I do feel bad for Denalda Williams, because her situation was very similar to Colin’s last episode- she couldn’t always compete with the three semi-regulars. Unlike Colin, there would be no second chance for Denalda, and it’s kind of a shame, as she had moments in Gospel, Emotion Option and News Report where you can see her potential. Mike, Josie and Sandi all had equally impressive nights, all excelling in several things throughout the show.

The reason why it’s not quite as good as Episode 4 or 2 is that even the highest heights of this show don’t really square up against something from E4 or E2, which were more consistent, not a bad game on the night type of shows. There wasn’t anything truly bad here, but a lot of the show skewed more ‘middle of the road’.

Show Winner: Sandi
Best Performer: Josie Lawrence, for bringing some insane energy and performances to the show, and for grinning and bearing it through what may be her least favorite Whose Line game of all time.
Worst Performer: Denalda Williams, only in comparison to the other three.
Best Game: Film and Theatre Styles. This was very tough, and Props and Gospel nearly went in this space, but the Mike-Sandi duo was too strong to compete with anything else.
Worst Game: Expert Translation, but only because it was one of the few games that had any true flaws in it. I still laughed, but it didn’t exactly work as Translation.


Whose Watchdown is it Anyway: S03E05, or UNDER THE NECK, THAT GOES!

In Whose Line’s attempts to bring new blood to the show in S3, they went back to where they got gold from to strike again- they’d gotten two of their flagship stars from the Comedy Store Players, so they grabbed Jim Sweeney from there. They convinced Julian Clary to come on because of his friendship with Paul Merton. They tried to recreate Greg Proops by getting other San Fran-based comics like Jim Meskimen and Chris Smith. And since Ryan Stiles was such a hit on the show, they returned to Second City Toronto, and got his friend and collaborator, uh…I forget his name….it’ll come to me eventually…

Good news is that, like the other shows in this stretch, it’s been patterned with 3 regulars to circumvent the newcomer, so Sandi, Tony and Mike are all here.

Screen Shot 2017-11-28 at 11.43.06 AM.pngTHERE HE IS! WITH HAIR! IT’S THE GREAT COLIN MOCHRIE!!!!

Film and Theatre Styles v1: Sandi and Colin (helping someone get to sleep)

The irony here is that in real life, Colin was very-much sleep-deprived, leading to what he’s described as a less-than-stellar outing on the show tonight.

Kitchen Sink drama, after Sandi lets the sheep back in:
Sandi: “…I think I should tell you something, Derek, before Flossie comes in?”
Colin: “…what’s that, Deirdre?”
Sandi: “Flossie’s pregnant!”
Colin: :…I thought I was protected!”

Sandi: “I’m just guessing, but are you cross?”

Colin: “It was just once! JUST ONCE!”
Sandi: “I know, but she had a hell of a smile on her face…”

The farce section cracks me up, because it’s just Colin and Sandi opening doors and running around frantically.
Sandi: “HANG ON! YOU HIDE IN THE SHEEP- Oh no, we’ve done that before…”

Sandi, heading back to the seats, pats Colin on the back and says something to him. Perhaps she knew that he was nervous as all hell, and was making him feel better.

Pretty nice scene, even though Sandi did most of the heavy-lifting, Colin had some great moments.

Film and Theatre Styles v2: Mike and Tony (having a duel)

This is one of the rare scenes that feels like it has a style even before Clive interjects, with some very proper dialogue.
Tony: “Right, you have a spade, and I’ll have a Kalashnikov.”

Chinese Opera style made me laugh, because instead of attempting an accent, Mike supplies subtitles for himself as he says the dialogue.
Tony, not following, points to where the ‘subtitles’ were and goes “WHAT’S ALL THIS RUBBISH GOING ON HERE???”

Clive: Melodrama
Tony: “So, you point the camera at me…the very camera yoooooooooooou film?”
Mike, as tony cracks: “Oh, go ahead, make long noises at like a cow! Nothing will save you now!”

This has a very nice ending, and you can tell Mike and Tony bring out the best in each other. Quaint, if lacking in consistency.

Props: Mike and Sandi vs. Colin and Tony

Screen Shot 2017-11-28 at 11.58.12 AM.pngColin: “I killed the dutch boy, and stole his shoes.”
Tony: “GOOD!”

Screen Shot 2017-11-28 at 11.58.43 AM.pngTony: “…I am the dutch boy’s friend, where is he?”

Screen Shot 2017-11-28 at 11.59.35 AM.pngTony: “…SHIRLEY BASSEY, PUT YOUR CLOTHES ON!”
Tony cracks halfway through this one. They cut over to Mike and Sandi, and THEY’RE cracking up at it too.

Arguably the best part is when everyone is heading back to the seats, and Mike underhand tosses the large prop to Clive, which he’s not expecting, as he admits an “AAAIIIIIIIIIGGGHHH” noise unrivaled by any other human.

Helping Hands- Sandi orders a sandwich from Colin (with Tony’s hands)

Oh dear…Tony doing Helping Hands…yeah, to quote Josie Lawrence “well, this’ll be clean…”

Also, it’s very odd that Colin’s acting in this, as usually he’s the one supplying the hands (and screwing over Ryan).

Very silly game, as Tony has way too much fun poking Colin’s face, and sticking his hand in his pockets. Both Colin and Sandi are great at responding to the scene. Can’t really label this one anything other than a standard scene.

Musical Producers: Colin and Sandi describe a musical about wasps; Tony and Mike act it out

Again, putting Musical in the middle of the show is an odd idea, but they were experimenting with game placement this year, so I’ll let ’em have this one.

Once again, Colin lets Sandi take more of the work, but it pays off, as Sandi’s really good at throwing things at the contestants in this game. Also, this one boils down to Tony and Mike’s relationship, which is still very strong.

This musical is a little clumsier than I’d like, as the 2nd act does lose some of the plot, but Mike and Tony do end really strongly with the last number, giving it a happy ending, and ending the musical about wasps with the line “…okay, honey.”

World’s Worst- Person to be a Superhero

Colin: “Don’t worry, it’s me, Salmon Man!” [writhes around on the floor]
[The entire panel applauds this one]
Tony: “You will NOT burn down the fourth bridge…not faced with MIME-O-TRON!”

Weaker round, but not without its moments

Song Styles: Mike sings a rock and roll song about bananas

Like with last time, this is more of a 50’s rock type, but Mike does well, even if he underplays it compared to his other Song Styles numbers.

News Report: Grand Old Duke of York- Sandi and Tony in the studio, Colin and Mike in the field

Once the music starts, Tony just starts picking his nose until Sandi comes in, and Sandi yawns until the camera zooms in. Not as good as Paul’s measuring or Greg’s attempted fellatio, but still.

Sandi: “Now, the Grand Old Duke of York, he’s been with a rather lot of men, has he?”

Colin, to Mike: “10,000 men, and you were one of them. When you were up, you were up, and now you’re down. How do you feel?”
Mike: “He’s a Grand Old Duke, and Party til ya puke, I’ll tell you that…”

Tony: “I think one of the things to bear in mind is that there were points in which he was only halfway up…”

Tony: “Well, it’s just come through from Reuters that he’s going to be re-christened ‘The Grand Old Duke of Pork'”
Sandi loses it before going on.

The pace was quick, but I actually think that helped the scene, as the lines were flying fast, and everybody had something funny to do.

Alphabet: Mike and Tony are surgeons performing an operation, starting with L.

I’d like to point out that, unless I’m mistaken, this is the first time, on record, on Whose Line, where Tony Slattery emits his world famous ‘OOOoOoOoOoOOOOOHHH!”

Mike is slightly better at this game than Tony, but they’re both hysterical. There’s a moment where, Mike having just done a T, Tony goes “that goes under the neck”. He realizes his mistake, and goes for the Yoda version: “UNDER THE NECK THAT GOES!”

Tony: “Awww, he’s dead!”
Mike: “…..BIG DEAL!”
Tony, to the camera: “EVERY TIME!”

Really nice game, helped by how into it they both are, how good they both are, and how they can both tell when a scene’s ending.

March: Banking

Aww, I would have loved to see Colin try to do Gospel…

Clive: “Banker I think has an obvious rhyme or two….there’ll be penalty points for anything too obvious on this…Tony…”

Sandi knows she’s not very good at this game, and sort of grimaces the second she finishes.

Colin…tries. He gets two lines in, breaks, and then motions to Richard, going “INSTRUMENTAL!”

MIke, of all people, makes this sexual:
“She let’s me make deposits, all day and all night
An early withdrawal’s a penalty, but for me, it’s all right!”

Overall: Our first ‘adequate’ show of the season. Yes, everybody did well, but there were less surefire laugh riot games than the first 4 shows. The show did get better towards the finish, but a lot of the games were more ‘fine’ than ‘excellent’. Mike McShane finally has a standout show this series, excelling in numerous games and bringing up everyone else; Tony wasn’t far behind, but had far less great moments than Mike. Sandi wasn’t as good as usual, though she had a strong start. Colin had some nice moments, but mostly took a defensive approach to the game.

Show Winner: Tony
Best Performer: Mike, for enthusiastically owning the games tonight.
Worst Performer: …I’m actually giving it to Sandi, for having more clumsy moments on the night than Colin. Colin was quieter, but his improv was better- Sandi stepped over people and didn’t follow the rhyme scheme in March.
Best Game: News Report. Everyone had something very funny to do.
Worst Game: World’s Worst. Take out Salmon Man, and there’s not much to talk about.


Whose Watchdown is it Anyway: S03E03, or How On Earth is it Gonna go to the Toilet?

For once this series, we have 3 established regulars, now that Jim Sweeney has appeared once- Mike McShane, Sandi Toksvig and Paul Merton are also here, the latter two giving their first appearances of the season. Paul, sadly, was beginning the downslope of his Whose Line career, as he’d appear less and less as he made more and more commitments to Have I Got News For You.

Film and Theatre Styles: Mike and Sandi (two strangers with adjoining hotel rooms)

Interesting note- this is the first time that WL gets away with one playing of F&TS. Usually Jim and Paul would have to do one, but perhaps theirs didn’t make it in.

Sandi: “Uhhh…HELLO…Are you the waiter, and if so, why have you got nothing on?”

Mike, awkwardly, tries hiding his privates
Sandi: “No, please don’t cover it up in any sort of way, your hand doesn’t seem to do it…”

Clive: “Medical”
Sandi: “What an interesting medical phenomena this is…a man who’s as big as he says he is, NOW…”
Oooooh, satirical AND funny. Way to go.

This scene actually, unlike most other F&TS scenes, has a nice, well-formed ending, that feels less like Clive saving time and more like a logical end to the scene.

Alphabet: Jim is rescuing Paul from quicksand, starting with P.

They must have learned from last playing, as they’re giving a starting letter instead of just going from A.

This is a slightly-clumsy one, because it’s tough for Paul to keep it going towards the trickier letters, but it does get a TON better once they’re into easier ones.

Jim: “Goodbye to the quicksand, then.”
Paul: “Hello to a new life.”
Jim: “…..I love you.”
Paul: “…just saying that.”
Jim: “kinky little devil…”

You can definitely tell that Jim’s way better at this game than Paul, and Paul stumbles, but it’s still a nice enough round, and ends well.

Song Styles: Mike sings a Calypso song about a Moldy Tomato.

There’s a nice amount of banter towards the beginning, as Clive can barely say the style, and then mistakes the tomato for a potato. Mike at least grins and bears it, unlike his fellow west-coast counterpart.

Mike gives a high-energy, high finesse song here, and he does it in only 12 or so bars. Clive and the audience are going wild when he finishes.

Expert Translation: Paul translates Sandi, from Outer Mongolia, speaking of how yaks go to the toilet

So…real talk. This is my favorite playing of this game. I feel like it came together like no other playing of this game has, and made me laugh harder than any other has (even the Volvo one). So…let’s examine this.

Sandi: [Ecstatic and loud, long enthusiastic intro line]
Paul: “Hello.”
[Audience, and me, laugh like hell]
Sandi: [smaller line]
Paul: “Now calm down.”

I’m just gonna transcribe most of Paul’s stuff here: “Imagine you are in Outer Mongolia and you see before you, walking, the most beautiful specimen of yak you’ve ever laid your eyes on.
[Sandi gives an impassioned, heart-felt plea]
Paul: “You think, how on earth is it gonna go to the toilet?”

The best part of this is that Sandi keeps trying to actually explain, in motion, how this process works, but Paul keeps negating her: “You can try leading them into your house, you can show them how the flush works, but most yaks don’t care for that sort of thing.”
Sandi: [gives a more detailed flushing motion]
Paul: “Most of them are happy with a cast-iron bucket.”

Sandi, at her wits end, starts cracking up, and Paul turns this into an opportunity for her to tell a joke: “There’s two yaks on an exercise bike. One yak says to the other yak “Oh, I’m really hot and tired, in fact I think I might go to the toilet.” And the other yak says “You’re too late, I already have!”

I know I basically wrote down everything, but I adore that game, as Paul could make it into a way of doing what he wanted, regardless of the scene description. Yes, it may not have been with good improv intentions, but Paul makes it work by still getting a hysterical scene out of it, and still talking about the bathroom habits of yaks (instead of negating a topic of, well, volvos, but that’ll be next show.)

March: Hang-Gliding

This is the other singing game they introduced this season, and i’d put it a peg below Gospel, simply because it does get a bit tedious, but it fulfills the Hoedown-esque song structure. Also, like the Hoedown, they already hate the game, causing Clive to remark “well, don’t all rush forward!”

Jim, already, gets a taste of the song motif, looks at Richard Vranch, and cracks a smile. I feel like Jim, who knew him from the comedy store, was like ‘this is what you’ve degraded yourself to’, and Richard must have knowingly nodded.

Jim actually has the first wall-to-wall fantastic proto-Hoedown verse on this show:
“March, march, march, march, that’s what we hang-gliders do.
March, march, march, march, YOU CERTAINLY WOULD TOO!
We glide all day, we have such fun, it’s great fun by the pound
Until we forget how to land, and hit the bloody ground.”
That just works really well.

Sandi, like Stephen, loses the scheme a bit, and is cracking and eye-rolling all the while, but manages to land on her feet. AND THEN WE GET TO PAUL…
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You would literally see Paul lose himself every time he had to play March or Gospel, and this time is no outlier. He stumbles through, and THANKFULLY lands on his feet with the final one, but…he came close to having to start over, which he’d do many times in this game.

Mike has the longest one, as he’s the one singer in this lineup, but even HE stumbles slightly, though he has a great ending, and a great all-around verse.

This game is pretty shaky, but I got some laughs out of it, even if they all hate this one.

Props: Mike and Paul vs. Jim and Sandi

Clive, pulling a long prop out of under the desk, goes “…oh, sorry, thought that was part of me…”
Sandi: “Trust me, Clive, it isn’t…”

Screen Shot 2017-11-27 at 5.09.35 PM.pngJim: “I told you it’d work- look, a zebra mated with a python!”

Paul: “Could you have a look at this satellite dish? I think there’s something wrong with it, it’s been picking up crap all day…”

Really nice round of props, albeit a bit short.

News Report: Humpty Dumpty- Sandi and Paul in the studio, Mike and Jim in the field.

First of all, Paul and Sandi master the ‘talking to each other quietly before the news report starts’ trope, with Paul even throwing in a ‘this is how big it is’ motion to punctuate it. Sandi and Greg would eventually go even further with this, in a way that’d end up on the cutting room floor (because god forbid somebody gives a WOMAN head on this program…)

The reason this game works, and would continue to work, is how the cameras can frame this like a real newscast- Sandi goes over to Jim, in the field ‘with one of the King’s horses’, and we zoom out to this.
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And it’s a seamless zoom, too- so that the ‘angry Mike as a horse’ visual isn’t spoiled from the getgo, also trying to emulate that style of news camerawork.

Mike actually has a great, slightly-camp performance as a miffed Humpty, going through the whole scenario, topped off by a smirking Jim going “I’m afraid the yolk is indeed on him, back to you.”
Clive has to end the scene as the audience groans at that.

Pretty good scene all around, though I wished they’d let things progress a bit more, especially in the studio.

Helping Hands: Paul is a patient going to Dr. Jim (Sandi is his hands)

Sandi has to stand on the World’s Worst step in order for this technique to fully work, but, on the plus side, she’s able to do this:
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Sandi seems to get that the idea of this game is to screw over the person who can’t use their hands, so she reaches into Jim’s pocket and pulls out a handkerchief, stuffing it in his face mid-scene.

This is an incredibly silly, near-Pythonesque scene that works because of how broadly Jim is playing it, and how natural his arm movements seem to be to his character.

Also, it ends with Sandi’s hands undoing Jim’s buckle, the culmination of several silly moments of sexual tension. So by gosh, this scene worked, and it worked well, better than last time.

Musical Producers- Election of a Prime Minister- Paul and Sandi describe, Mike and Jim act it out.

So…Mike and Jim’s first segment is absolutely perfect, musically and narratively, and it sets this game off at the highest height, right out of the gate.

Also, I love that immediately after that ends, Sandi goes “It’s good, but I feel like both women are playing it too heavy…”

The second number, done as a rock opera love ballad, is even more powerful, even if Jim, knowingly, takes a more passive approach. It’s not often that Mike can find an equal in a singing game, and Jim is giving him a run for his money.

Sandi: “I think the Prime Minister should die…and in his last death throes…”
Paul, sort-of following: “…….he sings a really raunchy reggae number.”

Even better, as Jim is trying to act and go towards his character’s death, Richard Vranch starts in with the upbeat reggae music, which makes Jim, once again, turn to Richard and crack up.

They do get a really nice reggae tune out of this, and Mike even passes a blunt, which raises Jim’s vocal tone by a decibel.

At close, this may be one of the most impressive all-four musical games they’ve done in a little while, with no flaws, no awkwardness, and…it’s almost exactly like a musical I could see on the West End. Does it rival the Christmas show playing of this game? It very well might.

Overall: We’re three shows in, and not only was this one as good as Episode 1, but it’s even better, and keeps the insane momentum of S3 going. Every panelist was having a great night, every game was hysterical, there were moments of interplay between the performers, as well as between the performers and the show personnel, with Mike having a moment with Clive, and Jim having a few moments responding to Richard Vranch. Jim had his second insanely good show in a row, not having a dull moment in the whole show, and working off of people really well. Mike McShane was tight on his heels, having great musical moments throughout. I’d put Sandi and Paul a few notches below, as despite some nice moments, Paul especially felt like he was on his downswing.

Show Winner: Mike
Best Performer: Jim Sweeney, still a breath of fresh air
Worst Performer: Paul, for not keeping up with the other three
Best Game: …..BOY that’s tough. I could go with Expert Translation, News Report, March, Helping Hands or Musical Producers, and I’d still be satisfied with myself But…I’m going to have to go with Musical Producers, simply because as fantastic as this episode is, I don’t think anything got as strong as that game did. Not even my favorite Expert Translation.
Worst Game: Alphabet, merely because Paul’s confusion stopped it from truly getting going.


Whose Watchdown is it Anyway: S02E17, or That’ll Make Good Television, Won’t It?

Onto the final compilation for Series 2, and a cap on a pretty okay series of Whose Line. I think the consistency would grow the more John Sessions stayed at home.

Film and Theatre Styles: Ryan and Sandi (couple meeting on a blind date)
From: E5

Well, already the audience gets a nice laugh at the height difference between Ryan and Sandi. Sandi rams her head into the side of Ryan’s torso. It’s pretty great.

Sandi, on her and Ryan: “Yes, I think this will be very compatible.”
Clive: “Mel Brooks.”
Ryan: “Yeah, at least I’ve got a place to set my beer…”

Andy Warhol
Ryan: “Shall I take off my clothes and lie on the bed and start talking about nothing at all?”
Sandi: “You can if you’d like, but we’re still in Waterloo Station…”

Clive: “…I don’t know what this is, but a Dog Film.”
Ryan: [starts sniffing Sandi’s arse]
A lot like ‘Bearded Collie’

Sandi: “Lord preserve us, our tongue has gone wild.”
Clive: ‘Woody Allen’
Sandi: “…I’m sorry, I don’t know why I said that…”

Really nice round, great for both performers. The sad part of this is that, thanks to whatever went down during John and Tony’s playing, the game winds up here.

Duet: Mike and Josie sing an Andrew Lloyd Webber song about a lemon squeezer
From: E11

On getting the style, Clive, to Mike: “Have you heard of Andrew Lloyd Webber?”
Mike, disgusted: “OH YES…we’ve heard a LOOOOT OF HIM…”

This is a pretty extraordinary one, with both doing an insane job, hitting melodic heights that hadn’t really been hit in this game. Also, thanks to Mike, the lyrics are pretty hysterical. It doesn’t even drag on for too long, either.

Clive, postmortem: “…and if you’re interested, LEMON is opening at the Prince of Wales theatre next week….”

That’ll be Charlie Now: Josie, Tony and Paul are waiting for a train, and for Charlie (Mike)
From: E15

Tony, already looking to screw someone over: “….does he still have that awful habit of grinding up against people whose names begin with J?”
Josie sees this coming, and still cracks when it happens.
Paul, with the parry: “I don’t know, but anytime he has to speak to someone called Tony, he throws up into a galvanized bucket…”

Mike, of course, owns the scene the second he enters, nailing all of the prescriptions, and eventually, yes, grinding up against Josie, as she completely cracks up.

Even better, Mike starts talking about how the train’s arrival makes him ‘fill with sperm’, and Josie slowly walks to the other side of the stage, away from Mike.

Even better, Tony gives one last ‘train’ (which means Mike has to run an aerobics class). Mike takes 5 seconds, realizes the cue, yells ‘TRAIN’, and goes back into it. And then the game ends.

Far more successful than last Charlie, with more emphasis on letting the round run its course, and less on keeping it trim for time.

Interview: Tony, from a children’s program, interviews Greg, Noah.
From: E1

Tony nods as he gets the style, then goes right into it. “…….hello……..today we’ve got Noah.” [weak grin] “……it’s a long word, isn’t it?”

This is a very quick game, but only because Greg mentions that all the animals ‘make a mess all over the ark’, and Tony, motioning to the camera, goes “…are you going to make a mess with us?” So, with the scene heading into ‘everyone at home is pooping’, Clive has no choice but to end the scene.

Rap: Arthur, Sandi, Mike and Josie sing of Dustmen
From: E11

Arthur doesn’t follow the tempo, and thinks he’s got to follow Josie’s story, but he does well enough, and ends with a nice slam at the captain of the English rugby team.

Sandi’s is actually pretty good (“actually, I’m a sanitary engineer”), even if it looked as if it’d end in disaster.

Mike’s, as usual, is the strongest of the group, and he ends what’s honestly one of the better raps they’ve done.

Extra Bits:
-A Rap blooper from E4 where Mike gets tongue-tied, and goes “ah, fuck that!”
-JOHN fucks up a rap in E5, trying it for 2 seconds, going “nah, can’t do it. Fuck it.” Unlike Mike’s, THIS f-bomb makes it past the censor.
-Clive fucks up the opening of the show, and lands in disgust with his head on the desk.
-Paul ruins an Authors take from E3
-The most famous one, cut from E15, where Josie can’t get through a rap about fishing, and Clive…does a really damned good one for her…at which point, Paul stops and says “WHY DON’T YOU GET UP AND DO THIS?” In the background, you can also hear Mike egging him on.

Song Styles: Josie sings a jazz song about an ironing board
From: E2

….Because her reggae one that got into the show wasn’t good enough??

I put this around the same kind of level as the one that made it- good, cute, but not memorable enough to stand out this series.

Film Dub: Paul is taking his driving test from Tony
From: E15

Very haphazard, and very shouty, and relying on a few too many lowbrow jokes.

Party Quirks: Paul hosts
Archie: lounge singer
Jonathan: mad highland dancer
John: from The Great Escape


Archie, while killing it, is sent back to the seats by CLIVE, as apparently Paul’s guess of ‘Frank Sinatra’ was enough to get it? I don’t agree, and the audience doesn’t either, booing as Archie heads back.
Paul: “….that’ll make good television, won’t it?”
Yeah, that’s probably why this one didn’t make air


The game ends clumsily, as Clive forces JOHN out for a near-guess, and Paul’s even complaining as he heads back. Maybe they did the second one so that Clive would relax, and thank god he did.

Musical Producers: Paul and Tony describe a musical about hairdressers, sung by Josie and Mike
From: E15

The first segment is great, almost exactly what a musical would be…until Josie, rhyming with bitch, goes “and you’re just a…smitch!”
Paul: “Yes, I’m not sure about ‘just a smitch’ as a rhyme…I DON’T THINK THEY’RE GONNA UNDERSTAND US IN LA!”
Tony: “Yes, or indeed ANYWHERE ELSE IN THE WORLD…”

Tony: “How about we set it in Barcelona, and instead of the rivalry they just really, really want to get it off with each other!”
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The second segment is actually a really sensual spanish sort of song, and both Mike and Josie truly nail it.

Paul: “…..I don’t know, I missed the ‘smitch’ that time around…”

The final segment, again, is something with the kind of harmony you would see on broadway, and with a really impressive final note, at that.

Dare I say it….that was better than Rock Opera. It would have been cooler if they’d put that in. Also, I love how most of these compilations are just showing us how much better E15 would have been.

Best Performer: Mike McShane, for nailing some of the bigger moments in this comp.
Worst Performer: Jonathan Pryce, simply because the little we saw of him wasn’t great.
Best Game: Musical Producers, narrowly edging out Charlie.
Worst Game: Film Dub. Way too frenzied.

Best Episode: E7, the Christmas special that brought together 6 of the best performers of this era, and had them take part in some truly great games, including a great 6-person Musical Producers, a crazy Props, and a ton of really good moments along the way.
2nd Best Episode: E5, Ryan and Sandi’s first show, with star turns from both right off the bat, along with a great Remote Control, a fun round of tag, and Expert, one of the best games of the season, which turned into a round of ‘who can screw over each other more’ between Ryan and Tony
Worst Episode: E10. This season didn’t have any truly terrible shows, but this one, with Lee Simpson struggling, Jan Ravens being destructive, Mike and Tony doing their best, and only a fun Tony cock-up in Rap saving it from being forgettable, comes very close.
Best Recurring Performer: Tony Slattery, for OWNING the stage in nearly all of his appearances this season, and making a case for consistent legitimacy on the show.
Worst Recurring Performer: John Sessions. Nearly went with Ron West, but at least Ron showed signs of improvement along the way. John…did not.
Best Guest Star: Paul Rider, a graduate from the school of ‘WHY THE HELL DIDN’T HE COME BACK MORE OFTEN??’ Nearly went with Griff Rhys-Jones here, but the feeling was nayyyy, as was the answer (holy shit, I’m going into Shooting Stars references. What’s wrong with me?)
Worst Guest Star: Chris Langham. I imagine they tried to hype him up as a ‘star’, after a career with Not the 9 O’Clock News, the Muppets, and so on, but…once he tried improv, it didn’t seem as such, at least not completely.
Best Newcomer: Ryan Stiles, for bursting onto the scene and making great improv right off the bat. Sandi and Greg came close.
Performer We Wish Had More Episodes Later On: Griff-Rhys Jones. Because he seemed like he was still having fun.


Whose Watchdown is it Anyway: S02E16, or Bet You Never Expected to find me in your Urine

Onto the compilations. You know the drill- I’ll be judging these games in the context of their specific tapings, and how they would have done had they made it into the episode.

Film and Theatre Styles: Sandi and Mike (two people in a car crash)
From: E11

So…this one was filmed probably after Sandi and Mike’s first F&TS, maybe due to the sadomasochism sequence (“I’ll get the plunger”) being too racy for TV? Ah well, it’s a great pairing either way.

Of the many really good suggestions people offer up, somebody goes “SCOOBY-DOO”, which cracks Mike up, leading to an okay Scooby impression (“THAT’S RIGHT!”). Adam Hills’ is still better (“…RAAGGGY?”)

Sandi, starting with great physicality: “It is NOT MY FAULT that the crash propelled you out of your car, and stuck me in mine! I don’t think you need to shout at me…especially since I’ve got my head through the sunroof, and it’s quite painful…”

War film
Sandi: “Something at nine o’clock…[realizing she’s in the wrong direction]….which is over that way, I think…”

Clive: “Agatha Christie”
Sandi: “I think I’ve discovered something that could be of great importance in the crash.”
Mike: “Yes?”
Sandi: “…..I’ve got no engine and no brakes.”

Mike, in making a point, flubs a line and tongues the rest of his sentence…breaks, and goes with it- ‘STARRING JERRY LEWIS!’
Sandi, answering the question of when she first discovered it was him: “…it was when I first met you at those speech therapy classes…”

The scene ends with a rather compassionate moment between Sandi, now a car-alien being thanks to the Sci-Fi style, embracing Mike, then going “….this could be fun, you know?”

I’d dare say that this scene was more top-to-bottom entertaining than the one we got in the taping, which had the ‘plunger’ moment and that was basically it. Either way, the Mike-Sandi F&TS would have been the highlight of the show.

Duet: Josie and Mike sing a love duet about a food processor
From: E4

This was after Mike’s Chuck Berry number and Josie’s flamenco number. Maybe this one got cut for time, because so much was being spent on Song Styles.

This number is, what else, incredibly sweet, incredibly powerful from both ends, and shows that these two were even better when they worked together. I might have even thrown this one in instead of the Song Styles, as this one was friggin’ phenomenal all-around.

Tag: Neil and Josie start, Mike and Ryan enter later
From: E8

Screen Shot 2017-11-18 at 3.20.00 PM.pngMike: “DON’T LET GO OF THAT, OR THE ELEPHANT WILL GET REALLY MAD!”

Screen Shot 2017-11-18 at 3.20.55 PM.pngNeil: “Excuse me, uh, which way is the olympic games?”
Ryan, teeth gritted: “I HAVE NO IDEA.”

Screen Shot 2017-11-18 at 3.22.15 PM.pngRyan: “Bet you never expected to find ME in your urine!”

Not as good as Ryan’s first round of tag, and had some lulls and references I didn’t get, but still pretty funny.

Interview: John, from the NME, interviews Paul, Peter Pan
From: E3

We see Griff and Ron heading back to their seats, so I’m guessing their Interview wasn’t even good enough for the compilations.

Paul sets this on a good path with a first answer: “It doesn’t matter how many hotel rooms I trash, or how much cocaine I shove up me nose, cause I can always fly out the window before the cops arrive.”

John: “Well, you can’t really play a stratocaster going through the sky in your nightie with an arrow in your ass, can you?”
Paul: “…No, Keith Richards did it in 1965, so…”

Perfectly alright interview, as John was able to at least TRY to collaborate, but Paul was kind of muted…possibly going back to his intense dislike for John.

Rap: Ryan, Josie, Neil and Mike rap about Veterinarians
From: E8

Ah yes, the intensely unmusical Neil Mullarkey having to do rap. Lovely.

Ryan’s was a little quick and didn’t go 100% to the beat, but was funny.

Josie: “Being a vet is lots of fun [begins to crack] sticking my hand up an animal’s bum….”

Not a particularly bad rap, as people were definitely into it, but…still not the greatest singing game for all four. They’d do better once ideas like March, Gospel and…er…Hoedown were introduced.

Props: Paul and Mike vs. Josie and Tony
From: E15

Screen Shot 2017-11-18 at 3.50.00 PM.pngTony: “…hello, do you have an unwanted incontinent elder relative?”

Screen Shot 2017-11-18 at 3.51.28 PM.pngTony: “………HELLO, I’M A MAN WITH A SHOPPING BASKET ON MY HEAD…”
He and Josie break halfway through that one

And, as usual
Josie: “Hello, I’m Esther Rantzen”
Tony: [vomits into prop]

Really nice round, as both pairings were in great moods. Could have used this with the leftover time from Authors.

Song Styles: Josie sings a hymn about a fish slice
From: E13

I think they did this one just to have an extra if the love ballad was too long for air.

This song was still really good, and on the same par as the Love Ballad, which must have made the editors torn when one had to make air. Great rhymes here, too.

Party Quirks: Sandi hosts
Tony: is slowly inflating
Ryan: does everything twiceJohn: a Roman emperor
from: E5

Another playing from this taping? I do agree that the one that made air was a bit too truncated thanks to Clive, but…why didn’t this one make it, then?

Ryan immediately is a champ at this game, by going right into his quirk, pausing as Sandi takes a guess (“there must be an echo in here”), and then continuing as if nothing’s been said.

Again, Sandi is great at guessing. It’d still take her a while to figure out how to interact with everyone.

John, ONCE AGAIN, is a bit too talky in his quirk, but it’s a nice enough game, arguably more of a standard playing than the other one.

Film Dub: Arthur asks Sandi on a date
From: E11

Again, there was a Film Dub in this taping, and it wasn’t good, so…why didn’t THIS one make it in?

(Also, a note that this movie, featuring the hairy gentleman, has been used in a few US WL film dubs)

This one is funnier than the other one, because Sandi sets up a ‘here’s what I want you to do’…and then her character doesn’t talk for a little while, and the guy rests his head on her hand. It’s the kind of film-scene dissonance that’s actually really funny, because of how the performers are reacting to it.

Sandi: “The way your hands are carpeted are just how I want the front one done.”

Again, better than the other one, funnier than the other one, even if Arthur’s still not great at this game.

American Musical- Mike, Josie, Tony and Greg- driving a car, getting up in the morning, and skiing
From: E1

Once again, this is another game that was played in the episode, so…let’s see why this one didn’t make it in.

The opening segment, with Mike and Josie, is actually fantastic, and flows seamlessly throughout, almost as if it was written.

And then, of course, Tony enters and does a variant of his usual dancing character, i.e. “Hi, I’m Ralph, the dancing ski instructor!”

Greg enters and powers the scene to its second segment, which proves he was able to carry a scene early on. It’s a bit odd that they progress to part 2 with all four people there, but it works well because they all have an idea of what they’re doing.

This scene actually has a great ending, with Mike, Josie and Tony skiing wonderfully…and then Greg runs back into the scene and crashes over them. Cherry on top of a scene that would have done great in the taping, possibly in place of the musical we got in that taping.

Best Performer: Mike McShane, barely edging out Sandi Toksvig for having a ton of great games over the course of the night.
Worst Performer: John Sessions, for slowing down the momentum of his games.
Best Game: Film and Theatre Styles, for rivaling the already awesome one we got in that episode, and barely edging out Musical.
Worst Game: Rap, by default, as no games in this were truly bad.


Whose Watchdown is it Anyway: S02E14, or Whose Front, Though?

Onto the last two episodes of a relatively boilerplate Series 2 (though admittedly less scary-hectic than S1). This one features the LAST RORY MCGRATH EPISODE, thank the lord, as he’d retire to the producer’s office after this. It also features aggressive American comic Ron West, and…thankfully Tony Slattery and Sandi Toksvig.

Authors: Annie the Orphan, Get Your Rifle
Ron: Kurt Vonnegut
Sandi: Enid Blyton
Tony: Marquis de Sade
Rory: Desmond Morris

Note that everyone keeps adding suffixes to their authors after Ron goes with ‘Kurt Vonnegut Jr.’. We get ‘Enid Blyton Sr.’ and ‘Desmond Morris…….the Third.’

Tony: [slaps self] “mmmmmm…”

This is a pretty well-connected round, as everyone’s getting equal time and working together, as well as coming up with really funny stuff.

Very simple scene, but effective because nobody was disrespectful.

Film and Theatre Styles v1- Ron and Sandi- taking a pet to the vet

Sandi: “Well he doesn’t look good, but YOUR TIRES are in great condition, you can see the hull of the tread on the back…”

Sandi’s acting in the horror style is really good, nailing the sort of macabre staccato and eventual romanticism (“WAIT….I THINK I LOVE HIM…”)

Clive: American gangster
Ron: “…so, you’ve been seein’ my dog, huh?”

The reason why this scene works is that Ron and Sandi are able to adapt to each other, and not have any jarring mood changes. Sandi’s able to control Ron’s propensity for more obnoxious, bawdy choices, and reeled him into just naming various animals and getting them into jokes. It’s not THE FUNNIEST, but it’s good improv.

Film and Theatre Styles v2- Tony and Rory (two commandos in a submarine)

Audience member: “FARCE!”
Clive: “Grass?? OH, *FAAAHSE!*”
Rory: “If anyone HAS any grass, by the way…”
Clive, covering for this: “Yes, Rory likes to play football…”

Tony, top of the scene: “….I love you.”
Rory, with the periscope: “….going up…”

The ‘farce’ suggestion actually works well, with Rory lowering his trousers to cover for Tony and Rory’s relationship, to hide from someone coming in. Works even better than Stephen Fry’s dare I say it.

Jackanory style
Tony: “D’you know what we’re going to be doing with our missiles?”
Rory: [cracks]

Rory: “Ladies, stop shaving your legs!”

This was a very funny scene, owed to the fact that it was so silly to begin with, and got progressively sillier as it went on, while still holding onto the plot. Rory even behaved, which goes back to Tony bringing out the best in bad improvisers in this game.

Interview v1- Tony, from a rock magazine, interviews Sandi, Snow White.

Tony: “So, is it true that you went to bed with each dwarf in turn? Or is that just light gossip?”
Sandi: “Well, I think it’s fair to say that I’ve loved each dwarf individually…in their own special, little way.”
Tony: “….are they very little, in every way?”
Sandi: “Well, certainly Grumpy’s not very big…and I think that’s what makes him quite so grumpy…”

Sandi makes a reference to having Coca Cola and crisps.
Tony: “…yeah, I bet you have 7 up as well…”

Sandi, on her relationship with the Wicked Witch: “well…it’s not been carnal, but we do like to do it looking in the mirror.”

Really great work from both parties- Tony from setting up a character and slinging lines (literally and figuratively), and Sandi in responding well literally every time.

Interview v2: Rory, from TV AM, interviews Ron, Rasputin

Ron has a nice move in getting Rory to interact- Rory spends the first 10 seconds setting up his own character, and the show, without actually getting to the, well, interview. So Ron, trying to get him to the point of the game, yells ‘I AM RASPUTIN, TALK TO ME NOW!”

Rory: ‘What’s particularly grabbing about this morning’s Sun to you?”
Ron: “I thought it was very interesting…that a woman could give birth to a mermaid!”

As Rory ONCE AGAIN tries to NOT-interview Ron, Ron instead complains of Bolsheviks all around the studio, which leads to some really nice saving-of-the-scene.


World’s Worst- Things to say/do at a funeral

Sandi: “His last words to me were ‘I’M COMING, DARLING’, it was so nice- oh, you’re his WIFE…”
Ron: “Uh, yeah, Mrs. Smithers…he owed me ten pounds, if you could see your way clear…”
Tony: “Uh, dearly beloved, ashes to ashes- oh, this is too dreary, we should do something else, uh YESSIR I CAN BOOGIE…”
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Truly great Ron, with fantastic stuff from Ron and Tony

Props: Tony and Sandi vs. Ron and Rory

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Sandi: “Well, I know it looks a bit vicious darling, but honestly it’ll make sex so safe!”

Screen Shot 2017-11-17 at 4.48.00 PM.pngRory: “Salman, it’s a great disguise!”
[Topical joke!!!]

Screen Shot 2017-11-17 at 4.49.04 PM.pngRory: “…I now pronounce you man and basket..”

And, of course, the return of:
Sandi: “Hello, I’m Anne Diamond”
Tony: [vomits into prop]

Film Dub: Sandi and Ron


Actually, the lack of a prompt gets them working early, and it’s a nice little scene. I did laugh at the loud kissing/vomiting noises Ron and Sandi made.
Sandi: “Boy, that’s the fastest we’ve ever done it.”
Ron, as they get cigarettes: “Boy, time for a smoke, huh?”

Ron, reading a letter: “…I’ve been called to the front.”
Sandi: “…whose front, though?”

Actually a pretty nice scene, even when it had every motive to be bad (especially with the lack of a prompt).

Party Quirks: Tony hosts
Ron: thinks he’s a reptile
Sandi: having a secret love affair with Tony
Rory: Accident-prone

Sandi, from the getgo, is amazing: “ooh, someone else is here, TONY, DARLING HOW ARE YOU, you left your watch….”

Sandi, after Ron has a nice line about eating penguin eggs: “Tony, quick word…..you, uh, left your underpants…”

Rory electrocutes himself ringing the doorbell, bellowing out an “OH SHIT!”

After Rory falls off the step, Tony: “…not an England fielder, are you?”

Rory: “Tony, uh…I’ve got a twiglet stuck up my nose…”

Ron: “The rival gang that I often battle is the amphibians…”
Tony: “I dunno, West Side Story?”

Tony barely manages to guess everyone (Sandi does help in guessing Ron).
Clive: “Tony, you really are a natural at that game, aren’t you?”
Tony, bashful: “Oh, I’m sorry…”

Overall: Not a single bad game on the night, and a ton of really nice moments throughout. Everyone behaved, though Rory had a few more flaws than everyone else, even if he still had more highlights than his last time out (especially in Props). Ron had his best show of the season, really standing out in World’s Worst and Film and Theatre Styles, and holding back his more aggressive responses. Sandi and Tony, as per usual this half, excelled, having great lines and great improv throughout. Tony had the better show, just for controlling Rory in F&TS, and just having a very funny show all-around.

Show Winner: Sandi
Best Performer: Tony for the second show in a row.
Worst Performer: Rory, but not without improvement.
Best Game: It was a very close race between Film and Theatre Styles v2, Interview and World’s Worst, but….Interview takes it by a nose, just for the work Sandi and Tony did off of each other. Maybe on another watch World’s Worst takes it.
Worst Game: Interview v2. Still funny, but Rory was adamant about not collaborating with the person he was supposed to be interviewing.