Sunday, October 07, 2007

Eh-hum # 205

I really love this show, it never fails to make me laugh out loud. While the show began as a British radio programme, people are more familiar with the American version hosted by comedian Drew Carey.

Its a improvisational comedy show that takes the form of a fake game show. The host, also the "judge", awards fake points to any of the four performers/comedians who create characters, scenes and songs on the spot (hence, improv). The said four comedians' performance depends on the type of game the host assigns and scenarios suggested by members of the audience. The performer awarded the most "points" (or whoever the host chooses) is declared the "winner" and gets to sit on the host's chair by the end of the show (while he/she is seated, the host does a little acting/singing with the "losers").

The four comedians composed of three regulars (Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie and Wayne Brady) and a guest (Greg Proops, Brad Sherwood, Jeff Davis, Chip Esten, Kathy Greenwood, etc). Big names in comedy, such as Robin Williams and Whoopi Goldberg, have also appeared in the show as the fourth performer.

Unfortunately, it was canceled in 2003 due to, what else, poor ratings (but they did broadcast reruns and unaired episodes afterwards). Thanks to over the top and senseless reality shows flooding American television, funny and innovative programs like WLIIA get less attention, ergo, lose ratings.

But we will always have YouTube, DVD compilations and fond memories. Below is a clip of one of the popular "games" on the show, Living Scenery. It features Colin (wearing lavender shirt) and Ryan with three cheerleaders as the props. Funny stuff (before and after the actual skit). Enjoy!

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