5 Things: What You Need to Know About ‘Whose Line is it Anyway?’

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On July 16thWhose Line is it Anyway? is going to return to TV, and I almost don’t believe it. In preparation for one of the happiest days of my life (this is not an exaggeration), I have compiled a short list of some of the most important facts for any noobs out there.

5. The show started in Britain. 

While the debate between which version is better rages on in godforsaken YouTubeCommentLand, I tend to just say “They are both good, for different reasons.” I personally prefer the US version, and I am still not sure why. I do have some favorite moments from Whose Line UK, and here’s one about the dangers of washing up liquids set to the tone of a Maury-esque daytime talk show:


4. If you’re tired of “Greatest Hits”, “Let’s Make A Date”, and “Scenes From A Hat”, don’t worry; there are plenty other games to choose from!

If you are looking for some especially special moments in Whose Line history, check out some of these rarely played games: Two Word Vocabulary, What Are You Trying to Say?, Animals, Scene to Rap, Good Cop Bad Cop, Telethon, Fashion Models, and many more! This clip of Survival Show is especially great. The format of most of these games don’t allow for multiple performances, but the material you get from them is worth every laugh.


3. Wayne Brady is the national champion of song improvisation, and for good reason. 

I had a really hard time picking one example that captured his various strengths: his wordsmith-ery, his vocal range, his boundless energy, and his seemingly endless knowledge of musical genres. For a fine taste of what Wayne has to offer, take a look at him going all the way for Lee the Lunch Lady (and pay attention to the cast members sitting behind him, too):


2. Ryan Stiles should have been a weatherman married to Colin in another life.

The dynamic between Ryan and Colin is famed in the lore of Whose Line, and it is terribly difficult to find just one example of their brilliance. I suggest watching Weird Newscasters to see Ryan’s punch line performances, as well as their bickering when hosting Greatest Hits. For a classic example of their bromance dynamic, check out this playing of the title game, Whose Line.


1. Colin Mochrie is bald, people…and we will never get over it.

Colin’s Bald I:


Colin’s Bald II:


Colin’s Bald III:  


Colin’s Bald IV:  


Colin’s Bald V: 


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