More Three-Headed Broadway star? Yes, please!
My list of "things that rock" just got a little longer. According to this EW.com article, beloved improv show Whose Line is it, Anyway? is returning to the airwaves this summer following a five- or six-year hiatus!
While some people in my high school were no doubt attending Bacchanalian revels, we theater geeks would occasionally throw some chaperoned shindig that inevitably devolved into our own versions of Whose Line games. Trust me, there is nothing more hilarious and terrifying than a horde of hormone-riddled teen thespians playing "Hoedown," or stealing your stools for "Let's Make a Date." Our poor parents are still in therapy. Anyway...
Apparently platonic lifemates Colin Mochrie and Ryan Stiles will be returning, as will consummate performer Wayne Brady, all of whom have been working pretty steadily in the interim (Brady's intermittent appearances on How I Met Your Mother slay me every time, as did Mochrie and Stiles' joint stand-up routine, the name of which is slipping my mind at the moment).
I'm already hoping former guests Brad Sherwood and Greg Proops will also be making regular appearances, as the revitalized show will follow the previous format of including a guest performer in every episode. Huzzah!
The only difference, in fact, will be the host. For whatever reason - probably that he's already got a solid gig hosting The Price is Right - Drew Carey will not be returning to Whose Line. That's the bad news. The good news is that Drew's chair will be filled by none other than the side-splittingly funny Aisha Tyler, who voices Lana Kane on FX's debaucherous comedy Archer and has at least one awesome stand-up special under her belt.
Personally, I think this is a really good move for the show, which I felt was never really known for its funny women. Maybe that's because female comedians are inherently scarce, or that certain types of jokes don't play as well with a mixed-gender cast, but those just feel like poor excuses. Having a woman anchoring that gang of glorious fools means it'll balance out the inequity a bit without sacrificing the yuks, or bringing in the nag/slacker dynamic that so often dominates gender-based humor.
Will you be watching Whose Line is it, Anyway? when it returns? Who would you like to see guest star? Sound off in the comments section below, or on Twitter!
Courier Publications reporter Bane Okholm received her M.F.A. in Screenwriting from U.C.L.A. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter @MediaHeathen.