So, Whose Line Is It Anyway has returned after being off the years for several years and is airing on WB. Colin Mochrie, Ryan Stiles, and Wayne Brady return with a hosting duties being handed over to the lovely Aisha Tyler. The producers could’ve taken a gamble by shaking things up and trying to reinvent the show but, thankfully, they didn’t. This is the same Whose Line we fell in love with years ago, and that’s a darn good thing.
I thought that the first two episodes were quite good overall. Aisha Tyler can’t be faulted for seeming a little out of place after Clive and Drew hosted their respective versions of the show for so long. She definitely seems to enjoy what she’s doing and she seems to laugh way more than Drew. She’ll grow on us.
The choice of games were pretty diverse, which was really nice to see. Sideways Scene, which had a few of the performers laying on the floor and having to act out a scene underneath a camera that made it appear that they were actually standing upright, had me laughing pretty darn hard and I hope to see it come back. I was also pleased to see only one music based game in the first two episodes since I felt like they were always the weakest part of the old episodes, though Colin and Ryan always played well off each other during their Greatest Hits moments. The only downside to this is that the music games are easily Wayne’s strongest, so he may appear to be slightly out of his element if they are now far and few between.
Colin, Ryan, and Wayne appearing each episode with an alternating fourth performer was definitely the best way to go since those three are undoubtedly the most popular. I’m sure that we’ll see the likes of Greg Proops and Brad Sherwood rear their heads at some point, but it’s nice to see new Whose Line faces. I forget the name of the bigger black guy on the first episode, but he didn’t really do much for me. He was sort of funny, but he couldn’t keep up with the other three. As for Heather Anne Campbell, I’m glad to see one of my favourite non-Whose Line faces from Drew Carey’s Improv-A-Ganza appear. She was much better on Improv-A-Ganza (often flat out hilarious), but she was okay on Whose Line. Looking forward to Jonathan Mangum’s eventual appearance since I know he can go head to head with Colin and Ryan in terms of improv abilities.
I’m not too keen on the special guests. They know how to act and can sort of “take over” the game if they choose, sort of like how the kid from Glee did when Wayne was singing to him. I like it much more when it’s an audience member taking part.
Overall, I really liked these two episodes. The show is easily as funny as before and can only get better, especially when another Whose Line vet inevitably appears as the fourth performer.