Whose Line Is It Anyway? (abbreviated to Whose Line? or WLIIA) is a short-form improvisational comedy TV show. Originally a British radio programme, it moved to television in 1988 as a series made for the UK’s Channel 4. Following the conclusion of the British run in 1998, ABC began airing a version with the same name for the United States audience, which lasted 8 seasons.
The show consisted of a panel of four performers who create characters, scenes and songs on the spot, in the style of short-form improvisation games, many taken from theatresports. Topics for the games were based on either audience suggestions or predetermined prompts from the host. Both the British and the American shows ostensibly took the form of a game show with the host arbitrarily assigning points and likewise choosing a winner at the end of each episode. However, the show lacked the true stakes and competition of a game show (by design). The “game show” format was simply part of the comedy.
The show was a blast starring Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops, Chip Esten, and Jeff Davis. I was laughing non-stop! Here are a few (bad) pictures from the show (I was sneaking the shots since they weren’t really allowed and the lighting was horrid!)