Tomorrow, we see the much anticipated return of Whose Line Is It Anyway?, “the show where everything’s made up and the points don’t matter.” The improv show, which originally started as a 6 episode radio series in the U.K back in 1988, ran for a total of 18 seasons spanning from 1988-2007 (ten in the U.K and 8 in the U.S). Each episode consisted of multiple improv games performed by a rotating cast of improv masters (with staples like Colin Mochrie, Ryan Stiles, and Wayne Brady) and guest stars. For a taste, check out this video.
The reboot, which will be airing July 16 at 8pm on the CW, will once again be showcasing the genius of Mochrie, Stiles, and Brady. Comedian, author, talk show/podcast host Aisha Tyler will take over Drew Carey’s job as host. So, to get you ready for tomorrow night’s improvapalooza, here’s 11 great clips of Whose Line through the ages.
Carey picks two little old ladies to do sound effects for Ryan and Colin’s scene “Defending the Queen.” From season 4.
Recurring guest, Greg Proops joins the three usuals for a quick game of Party Quirks.
Let’s take a brief journey across the pond. Narrating their own film noir sketch, Colin and Ryan act as a woman and hardware store owner respectively. The sexual tension is palpable.
Before we leave ye olde Britain, watch Ryan and U.K regular, Josie Lawrence play with accents in film and theater styles.
From season 2 of the U.S series, Colin has a difficult time getting to his prom date’s house thanks to Ryan’s sound effects.
Chip Esten may have abandoned his comedy roots recently to play a brooding country star on ABC’s Nashville, but let’s not forget his 44 episode stint on Whose Line (U.K and U.S combined). The following is an impressive display of his Mick Jagger impression in a game of “Superheroes.”
No Whose Line roundup is complete without one of Wayne Brady’s epic musical improvisations. In this game of “Greatest Hits,” he and Esten sing about women.
In one of Whose Line‘s best episodes, Robin Williams joins the dude crew for a game of “Party Quirks.” But with Williams there, adding “Quirks” just seems redundant.
Playing one of the show’s most popular games, Proops, Colin, Ryan, and Wayne perform “Scenes from a Hat.”
In one of the nine episodes featuring Jeff Davis, the men play a round of “Questions.”
Rather than something easy like John or Jack, Brad Sherwood is stuck with a rather challenging name for “Song Styles.”
Surprise! Here’s a final clip. Don’t worry, it’s on the house. What’s funnier than Richard Simmons playing “Living Scenery” with Colin, Ryan, and Wayne? Trick Question. The answer is nothing.