If you’ve watched television since 1998, you’ve probably run into the show “Whose Line Is It Anyway” at one point or another. Known for its impromptu acting situations, the show is like one giant mad lib.
Three actors — Colin Mochrie, Ryan Stiles, and Wayne Brady — were permanent installments on the show, and the fourth spot would always feature a guest actor or actress.
The show originally aired in the UK, but a US version followed and began broadcasting in 1998. The show’s first run lasted from 1998 to 2007, and it was briefly revived from 2013 to 2017.
There are quite a few memorable moments from the show. Ryan, Colin, and Wayne are adept at impromptu, and their antics often left viewers rolling with laughter.
They made up lyrics to songs, they acted out scenes from a hat, they incorporated audience members, and they created an all-around hilarious skit.
Sound effects with audience members were one such well-established event on the show. Nothing like mixing professional actors with amateur and often-mistimed sound effects.
In these situations, what ensues is a vicious cycle of the actors acting out a scene, the audience members making sounds, and the actors incorporating or commenting on the ridiculous sounds that the two audience members are making.
This clip in particular, from November 2000, where Ryan is Noah and Colin is Noah’s wife, left the audience in tears.
The host, Drew Carey, selected two females from the audience to be the lucky voices. Kimberly and Ashley made their way down to the stage, and clung to the microphones they were handed.
The scene starts out with Ryan staring at the sky and one of the women attempting to make an angelic sort of noise. The audience laughed, and they were off.
Ashley and Kimberly tried to keep pace as Noah and Noah’s wife talked about floods, building a small ark very quickly, not forgetting the unicorns, and getting stranded when their log-of-an-ark drifts off without them.
One of the best moments included Noah asking his wife to help him build the ark.
“Get some lumber for me, would you?” asked “Noah.”
“Well I’ll just cut down this tree,” replied his “wife.”
Mrs. Noah agreed and headed off to cut down a nearby tree, but as “she” did, the sound effect wasn’t really convincing and sounded more like a splash than a chop.
“No don’t use the hose,” Noah directed, placing a hand on his wife’s shoulder and pointing at an imaginary ax. “Use the ax.”
Noah’s wife shuffled off and pretended to pick up the ax instead. But the damage has already been done. The next attempt at a chopping noise was more of a “crick” sound, so better, but still working on it.
The mismatch of sound effects is exactly what makes these skits so amusing, though. Did you have a favorite episode of “Whose Line”?
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