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Whose Line Is It Anyway? (USA)

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Whose Line Is It Anyway? (USA)
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Premiere August 5, 1998
Finale December 15, 2007
Creator Dan Patterson,
Mark Leveson
Network ABC (seasons 1-6)
ABC Family (seasons 7-8)
Style 30-minute improvisational comedy
Company Hat Trick Productions
Seasons 8
Episodes 219
Origin USA
This is for the original 1998 series that aired on ABC/ABC Family. For the 2013 CW version, see Whose Line Is It Anyway? (2013)

Whose Line Is It Anyway?, or Whose Line for short, is the US version of the British improvised comedy show with the same name. It is hosted by Drew Carey. It started on ABC in 1998 and was cancelled in 2003, but remaining episodes were aired throughout 2004.

The show consists of several sketches improvised by the actors, and sometimes participants from the audience. There are several concepts for sketches, yet the subject is either selected by Carey without informing the actors prior to the show, or asked to the audience. There are four actors. Three of them are Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie, and, starting in season two, Wayne Brady, who are permanent participants to the show. The fourth one is a guest comedian. Frequent guests are Greg Proops, Brad Sherwood, Chip Esten and Kathy Greenwood. Several big time stars like Whoopi Goldberg and Robin Williams also appeared on the show as guest comedians. It should also be noted that, except for Carey, most of the regulars were also present in the British version of the show.

The show also features the pianist Laura Hall for musical acts, later joined by Linda Taylor and Cece Rubin.

When the show ended in 2004, ABC decided to re-run the show on its subsidiary channel ABC Family. Surprisingly, these reruns gathered many viewers, and as a result, ABC Family decided to conjure up new episodes of Whose Line from unused material that was left from previous shootings. These episodes form seasons seven and eight.

Many of the show's participants went on to appear in Drew Carey's Green Screen Show after Whose Line ended.

Contents

Cast

Person Role Duration
Main Cast
Drew Carey Host 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Ryan Stiles Performer 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Colin Mochrie Performer 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Wayne Brady Performer 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Supporting/Recurring Cast
Laura Hall Musician 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Greg Proops Performer 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Brad Sherwood Performer 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Chip Esten Performer 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Kathy Greenwood Performer 2 3 4 5 7 8
Jeff Davis Performer 3 4 5 7 8
Season numbers in red indicate a recurring or guest role in that season.

Seasons

Season Premiere Finale #
ABC
Season One August 5, 1998 March 24, 1999 21
Season Two September 16, 1999 May 18, 2000 39
Season Three October 12, 2000 June 21, 2001 39
Season Four September 6, 2001 April 11, 2002 31
Season Five September 9, 2002 September 5, 2003 34
Season Six June 24, 2004 September 4, 2004 10
ABC Family
Season Seven January 17, 2005 May 23, 2005 25
Season Eight October 3, 2005 December 15, 2007 21

In-Depth

DVD Releases

Title Release Date #
Season Sets
Season One, Volume 1 September 26, 2006 2 purchase
Season One, Volume 2 October 9, 2007 2 purchase
Episode Collections
The Best of Whose Line Is It Anyway?: Uncensored! June 9, 2009 2 purchase

External Sites