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Whose Line Is It Anyway? S1/2
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Now on DVD by riotous demand, WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY?: THE COMPLETE SEASONS 1 & 2 features all 25 hilarious episodes from the show's initial seasons. Host Clive Anderson directs the action - assigning points at random and enduring quips about his disappearing hairline - as players perform preposterous, slapstick antics in games like "Authors," "World's Worst," and "Wrong Theme Tune."
Spanning from 1988 to 1990, WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY?: THE COMPLETE SEASONS 1 & 2 teems with rambunctious energy, razor wit, and explosive fun. Keep your thumb on "Rewind," you won't want to miss a second.
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That said, these formative seasons are still better than the US show with the equally self-important Drew Carey. As a host, Clive Anderson had genuine wit and a sharp, quick mind. Drew Carey has the improvisational skills of a toaster. On top of that, the US show is puritanically tame and boring compared to what the comedians are allowed to say and do over in the much more open-minded UK.
I hope more sets will be coming soon--a combined Series 3/4, 5/6 etc. until all ten seasons are collected. My Top Ten favorite improvers are (in order): Stephen Frost, Josie Lawrence, Mike McShane, Greg Proops, Colin Mochrie, Ryan Stiles, Brad Sherwood, Tony Slattery, Paul Merton, and Sandi Toksvig.
Unless you are very okay with UK humor, you will probably find the shows long and slow. We're used to shows now that last 22 minutes, but back in the 88-90's UK, shows were 28 minutes long. 28 minutes may seem kinda long when instead of being timed to the second, playing with props and singing Tina Turner-style... you have 4 straight faced comedians that improvise stories for 10 minutes in the style of Stephen King, Proust and Jane Austen, taking themselves a little more seriously than Colin and Ryan playing "Greatest Hits" with Wayne.
In that sense, you can say the UK's Whose Line, the original, is more intellectual than the US counterpart, perhaps because it came in before and wasn't yet paced to the level of excellence reached by Drew Carey's version... and because it comes from England... somehow it fits exactly what you'd expect older and smarter England to sound like... sorry...
So buy only if your thirst for Whose Line is unquenchable and that you bought all the Warner DVDs, praiying for and mega 20 discs box-set every night and wonder what possible product could fill that indispensable need you have for improv... well until more Drew Carey and company appears on the shelves, try this one. It gets funnier near the end of season 1, on towards season 2.
While it does have some hilarious moments, it lacks
the polish of its American successor, hosted by Drew Carey.
In all, it is just barely worth the purchase price.
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This is the set to get!!
The first season introduces regular host Clive Anderson with early regular Whose Liners' Josie Lawrence, Michael McShane, John Sessions, and Tony Slattery with Richard Vranch on music support. You'll also find 4 2nd season episodes with Greg Proops, who appeared in 50 episodes in total, and one with Ryan Stiles who began with this season and went on to be in 75 others across the series 136 total episodes. Colin Mochrie would not appear until season 3. And, thankfully, there is NO Hoedown with Drew Carey to be found in any of the British episodes!
A real treat for fans of British humor and off-the-wall improv type comedy.
Some good moments, but the show clearly isn't in its prime with this set.
Buy this if you have not seen the British version, you'll probably be join the majority who like it better. And I'm a Yank!
There are very dry patches in these first episodes. John Sessions isn't so much "funny ha ha" as he is "WTF!? Who let this guy in?" There are long passages of games that never quite get to the point, and celebrity guests that aren't really cut out for improv (but it's sometimes funny to watch the others mock them as they fail.) These may sound like bad things, but in my opinion it is essential to have a "warts and all" first season to let the show grow and improve.
Once it does find its footing, however, you will again be dazzled by the wit and talent of the guests, mostly taken from the "Comedy Store Players" -- a very diverse group of bizarrely gifted people.