Whose Line Is It Anyway?
Debut: August 05, 1998
Debut: August 05, 1998

Originally began in 1988 in the UK and hosted by Clive Anderson, Whose Line Is It Anyway? first came to the U.S in 1998. The show consists of a panel of four performers who create characters, scenes and songs on the spot, in the style of short-form improvisation games. Topics for the games are based on either audience suggestions or predetermined prompts from the host, who would set up a game and situation that the performers would improvise. The original host Drew Carey awarded arbitrary point values after each game, often citing a humorous reason for his decision. The points were purely decorative and served no practical purpose. He would reiterate this at the beginning of, and multiple times throughout, each episode by describing Whose Line as "the show where everything's made up and the points don't matter". The style of the games were varied (see Games, below). Some featured all four performers, while others featured fewer. Between games, the performers sat in four chairs facing the audience. The performers who were not involved in a game remained in their seats. Additionally, the show was marked by humorous banter among the performers and host. At the conclusion of each episode, a winner or several winners were chosen arbitrarily by Carey. The "prize" was either to play a game with the host, or to sit out while the other performers did so. After this game during the first season of the series, credits simply rolled under the show's theme. In the second season, the reading of the credits was performed by one or more cast members in a comedic fashion, based on a theme announced by Carey that often derived from a successful joke earlier in the show. The three regulars on the show were Colin Mochrie, Ryan Stiles, and Wayne Brady but many guests often appeared on the show. Drew Carey was the original host. The show was picked up by The CW in 2013 and was hosted by Aisha Tyler.

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Drew Carey: "Weird things to time."
Colin Mochrie: "Hmm. It took a minute for the second hand to go all the way around..."
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Drew Carey: "(scenes from a hat) Rejected names for bras."
Colin Mochrie: "The New Wonder-Blblblblbl!"
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Colin Mochrie: "This just in. After a disappointing summer, Humpty Dumpty has a great fall."
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Drew Carey: "Things you can say about a truck, but not your girlfriend."
Ryan Stiles: "It smells good when it goes "Pfft!""
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Colin Mochrie: "Welcome to the six-o-clock news. Authorities report a large, pointed object was found spinning downtown. That's our top story!"
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Drew Carey: "(during Scenes From a Hat)Things you can say to your dog, but not your girlfriend."
Colin Mochrie: "Come."
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Drew Carey: "Welcome to "Whose Line Is It Anyway", the show where everything is made up and the points don't matter!"
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Ryan Stiles: "Come play on my obstacle course! I will (censored)!"
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Ryan Stiles: "Where the hell's my cooooooooooooooke?!"
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Drew Carey: "(during scenes from a hat)An example of a job where breaking out into song is discouraged."
Colin Mochrie: "(singing)I'm a mime!!"
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Colin Mochrie: "In today's news, Beverly Hills 90210, Cleveland Browns 3!"
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Unlikely Superheroes: "It's me, Run Away From Danger Man! -Unlikely Superheroes"
Liv in werid newscasters: "On today's news, people are going out and about looking for DONUTS! I mean uhhh clothes. Yes clothes. -Liv in werid newscasters"
Brad in props: "Something is wrong with this oreo. -Brad in props"
Ryan & Colin: "Shut up and touch the monkey! -Ryan & Colin"
Ryan in Tv film and theatre styles: "If I were a man with gills I would be a fish! -Ryan in Tv film and theatre styles"
Brad in: "Okay you Bastard! -Brad in"
Liv (deleted questions from the 20-Q ball): "Is it as big as Drew Carey? -Liv (deleted questions from the 20-Q ball)"
Drew: "If you want to play the "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" home game, just send us a million dollars, and we'll send you a desk and four stools. -Drew"
Colin Mochrie: "The other day I stole something, it really was a sin / It was a little revolver made of gelatin / It was a really bad idea, something I should have slept on/ 'Cause I was arrested for carrying a congealed weapon."
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