Drew Carey's Improv-A-Ganza

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Drew Carey's Improv-A-Ganza
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Created by Drew Carey
Presented by Drew Carey
Starring Drew Carey
Ryan Stiles
Colin Mochrie
Jeff Davis
Chip Esten
Jonathan Mangum
Greg Proops
Kathy Kinney
Brad Sherwood
Heather Anne Campbell
Sean Masterson
Bob Derkach
Wayne Brady
Narrated by Rich Fields
Music by Bob Derkach
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 40 (list of episodes)
Production
Running time 20–24 minutes
Production company(s) Three Foot Giant Productions
Revolution Television
International Mammoth Television
Release
Original network GSN
Original release April 11 (2011-04-11) – June 3, 2011
Chronology
Related shows Whose Line Is It Anyway?
Green Screen Show
External links
Website web.archive.org/web/20120609203003/http://gsntv.com/shows/improv/

Drew Carey's Improv-A-Ganza is an improvisational comedy television program that aired in the United States on the Game Show Network. The program was hosted by Drew Carey and was produced at the Hollywood Theatre at the MGM Grand in Paradise, Nevada. The show premiered on April 11, 2011 at 8 p.m. EST.[1][2]

Cast[edit]

Performers[edit]

Special guests/performers[edit]

Other cast members[edit]

  • Rich Fields (announcer) – 40 episodes
  • Bob Derkach (musician) – 40 episodes

Premise[edit]

Similar to Whose Line Is It Anyway? and Drew Carey's Green Screen Show, the show features the performers acting in improvisational comedy sketches in front of a live audience using audience suggestions and audience participation. Many of the U.S. Whose Line alumni return for this show. Each episode consists of three or four improv games, each one introduced by a different cast member, with each game taking up an entire segment. Unlike Whose Line, the show is filmed at the MGM Grand Las Vegas in Paradise, Nevada. Additionally, instead of hosting and awarding "points", Carey himself is a performer and takes part in games, while other performers take turns in "hosting" a game.

Games[edit]

  • Sound Effects – Two performers start a scene while two audience members provide the sound effects for this scene.
  • Compilation Album (a.k.a. Greatest Hits) – Two to three performers try to sell a compilation album with songs that have to do with a subject suggested by the audience. Two or three other performers will sing the songs suggested by the other performers, accompanied by Bob Derkach.
  • Sentences (a.k.a. Whose Line)[3] – Two performers perform a scene, occasionally making use of random sentences that audience members have previously written on slips of paper.
  • New Choice (a.k.a. Quick Change) – Two performers perform a scene; at any time, a third performer can say "new choice" and the previous line or action must be changed.
  • Song for a Lady (a.k.a. Duet, Song to an Audience Member) – One to three performers sing a song to an audience member, incorporating details of her life provided through a pre-song interview. This version of the game is significantly longer and more detailed than the Whose Line version.
  • Moving People/Moving Bodies – Two or three performers start a scene with an audience member selected to move each performer. The performers can talk but cannot move at all unless moved by their audience member.
  • Options (a.k.a. Film, TV and Theatre Styles)[3] – Two performers start a regular scene, with a third standing by. The third occasionally stops the scene and asks the audience to provide a style of television, literature, music, theater, or film, and then directs one or both of the performers to incorporate that style (possibly in combination with previous suggestions) into the scene. Often ends with a round of "Number of Words", the numbers being provided by the audience.
  • Freeze Tag – Two performance start in a scene in positions determined by the audience. At any time, anyone else can yell "freeze!", tap one of the performers to switch with them, and then change the scene. A performer has the option to not tag anyone out, and may tag out more than one person, but there are always at least two performers in play. Adapted from a game played on the UK version of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?"
  • Question This! (a.k.a. Improv Jeopardy!) – One player plays the host and four others play as contestants on a game show patterned after Jeopardy!, where the audience gives the answer, and the performers provides humorous questions, often using puns.
  • Forward/Reverse – Players act out a scene, where at any time a third performer can say forward (act the scene as normal), reverse (act the scene backwards), swap roles, speed up, slow down, or other options.
  • Two-Headed Expert – A pair of players (who talk either in unison or saying every other word) acts as an expert on a topic suggested by the audience while another pair (with the opposite restrictions) either is interviewing or learning from the first pair.
  • Conducted Story/Fairy Tale – After asking for a name of a (made-up) fairy tale to the audience, a player sits down in front of the other players and points at them spontaneously to create a story made up at that point. The player that is pointed to has to keep telling the story where it is left off. The story can be interrupted any time by the sitting player.
  • Bob's Call – A revised version of "Show-Stopping Number," this game has two performers start a scene and anytime musician Bob Derkach hears a line that sounds like a title to a song, Bob starts playing the piano and the performer must sing a song based on what they just said.
  • First Date – A married couple is selected from the audience and is interviewed about their first date and some parts are acted out by the cast. If the fact is acted out correctly, the couple rings a bell; if incorrect, the couple honks a horn.
  • Mousetraps – Two players act out a scene barefoot and blindfolded on a stage littered with live mousetraps. In addition, they must start each sentence with the next letter of the alphabet.
  • Kick It! – A revised version of "Scene to Rap", two players act out a scene and must start rapping when a third calls out "Kick it!"; the song continues until the caller says "Word!".
  • Playbook (a.k.a. Every Other Line, on the UK version of "Whose Line is it Anyway?") – Two players act out a scene with one speaking freely and the other only using lines from an audience-chosen playbook.

Episodes[edit]

No. Performers Original air date
1 Jonathan Mangum, Colin Mochrie, Greg Proops, Brad Sherwood & Ryan Stiles April 11, 2011 (2011-04-11)

Games Performed: Song to an Audience Member, Moving People, Freeze Tag, Kick It!

Guest appearance: Wayne Brady
2 Jeff Davis, Chip Esten, Colin Mochrie, Greg Proops & Ryan Stiles April 12, 2011 (2011-04-12)

Games Performed: Greatest Hits, Bob's Call, Options, Fairy Tale

Guest appearance: Charlie Sheen
3 Jeff Davis, Chip Esten, Kathy Kinney, Colin Mochrie, Brad Sherwood & Ryan Stiles April 13, 2011 (2011-04-13)
Games Performed: Sound Effects, Greatest Hits, Options, Playbook
4 Jonathan Mangum, Colin Mochrie, Greg Proops, Brad Sherwood & Ryan Stiles April 14, 2011 (2011-04-14)

Games Performed: Freeze Tag, New Choice, Moving People, Song to an Audience Member

Guest appearance: Wayne Brady
5 Heather Anne Campbell, Jeff Davis, Chip Esten, Jonathan Mangum & Ryan Stiles April 15, 2011 (2011-04-15)
Games Performed: Greatest Hits, First Date, Forward/Reverse, New Choice
6 Jeff Davis, Chip Esten, Colin Mochrie, Greg Proops & Ryan Stiles April 18, 2011 (2011-04-18)
Games Performed: Freeze Tag, Sound Effects, Two-Headed Expert, Greatest Hits
7 Jonathan Mangum, Colin Mochrie, Greg Proops, Brad Sherwood & Ryan Stiles April 19, 2011 (2011-04-19)

Games Performed: Sound Effects, Greatest Hits, Question This!, Options

Guest appearance: Wayne Brady
8 Jeff Davis, Chip Esten, Jonathan Mangum, Greg Proops & Ryan Stiles April 20, 2011 (2011-04-20)
Games Performed: Song to an Audience Member, Options, Forward/Reverse, Sentences
9 Heather Anne Campbell, Jeff Davis, Chip Esten, Jonathan Mangum & Ryan Stiles April 21, 2011 (2011-04-21)
Games Performed: Moving People, Question This!, Sound Effects, Sentences
10 Kathy Kinney, Jonathan Mangum, Sean Masterson, Greg Proops & Ryan Stiles April 22, 2011 (2011-04-22)
Games Performed: Sentences, New Choice, Mousetraps
11 Heather Anne Campbell, Jeff Davis, Chip Esten, Jonathan Mangum & Ryan Stiles April 25, 2011 (2011-04-25)
Games Performed: Freeze Tag, Song to an Audience Member, Options, Two-Headed Expert
12 Jeff Davis, Chip Esten, Jonathan Mangum, Greg Proops & Ryan Stiles April 26, 2011 (2011-04-26)
Games Performed: Freeze Tag, Sentences, First Date, Song to an Audience Member
13 Jonathan Mangum, Colin Mochrie, Greg Proops, Brad Sherwood & Ryan Stiles April 27, 2011 (2011-04-27)

Games Performed: Forward/Reverse, Playbook, Greatest Hits, Sound Effects

Guest appearance: Wayne Brady
14 Jeff Davis, Chip Esten, Kathy Kinney, Colin Mochrie, Brad Sherwood & Ryan Stiles April 28, 2011 (2011-04-28)
Games Performed: Freeze Tag, Song to an Audience Member, Bob's Call, New Choice
15 Kathy Kinney, Jonathan Mangum, Sean Masterson, Greg Proops & Ryan Stiles April 29, 2011 (2011-04-29)
Games Performed: Options, Two-Headed Expert, Freeze Tag, Song to an Audience Member
16 Heather Anne Campbell, Jeff Davis, Chip Esten, Jonathan Mangum & Ryan Stiles May 2, 2011 (2011-05-02)
Games Performed: Options, Two-Headed Expert, Song to an Audience Member, Fairy Tale
17 Heather Anne Campbell, Jeff Davis, Chip Esten, Jonathan Mangum & Ryan Stiles May 3, 2011 (2011-05-03)
Games Performed: Song to an Audience Member, Sound Effects, Sentences, New Choice
18 Jeff Davis, Chip Esten, Colin Mochrie, Greg Proops & Ryan Stiles May 4, 2011 (2011-05-04)
Games Performed: Moving People, New Choice, Question This!, Fairy Tale
19 Jonathan Mangum, Colin Mochrie, Greg Proops, Brad Sherwood & Ryan Stiles May 5, 2011 (2011-05-05)

Games Performed: Options, New Choice, Two-Headed Expert, Sentences

Guest appearance: Wayne Brady
20 Kathy Kinney, Jonathan Mangum, Sean Masterson, Greg Proops & Ryan Stiles May 6, 2011 (2011-05-06)
Games Performed: Sound Effects, Kick It!, Forward/Reverse, Mousetraps
21 Heather Anne Campbell, Jeff Davis, Chip Esten, Jonathan Mangum & Ryan Stiles May 9, 2011 (2011-05-09)
Games Performed: Options, Forward/Reverse, Bob's Call, Greatest Hits
22 Jeff Davis, Chip Esten, Jonathan Mangum, Greg Proops & Ryan Stiles May 10, 2011 (2011-05-10)
Games Performed: New Choice, Options, Moving People, Greatest Hits
23 Jeff Davis, Chip Esten, Kathy Kinney, Colin Mochrie, Brad Sherwood & Ryan Stiles May 11, 2011 (2011-05-11)

Games Performed: Two-Headed Expert, Freeze Tag, Sound Effects (with Fields and Kamer providing sound), Options

Guest appearance: Rich Fields & Steve Kamer
24 Heather Anne Campbell, Jeff Davis, Chip Esten, Jonathan Mangum & Ryan Stiles May 12, 2011 (2011-05-12)
Games Performed: New Choice, Song to an Audience Member, Freeze Tag, Sentences
25 Jeff Davis, Chip Esten, Kathy Kinney, Colin Mochrie, Brad Sherwood & Ryan Stiles May 13, 2011 (2011-05-13)
Games Performed: Song to an Audience Member, Sentences, New Choice, Greatest Hits
26 Jeff Davis, Chip Esten, Jonathan Mangum, Greg Proops & Ryan Stiles May 16, 2011 (2011-05-16)
Games Performed: Moving People, Sound Effects, Freeze Tag, Greatest Hits
27 Heather Anne Campbell, Jeff Davis, Chip Esten, Jonathan Mangum & Ryan Stiles May 17, 2011 (2011-05-17)
Games Performed: Bob's Call, Forward/Reverse, Options, Greatest Hits
28 Jeff Davis, Chip Esten, Kathy Kinney, Colin Mochrie, Brad Sherwood & Ryan Stiles Rachel Reynolds, Manuela Arbeláez, Gwendolyn Osborne May 18, 2011 (2011-05-18)
Games Performed: Song to an Audience Member, Moving People (featuring guest stars as the movers), New Choice, Kick It!
29 Jeff Davis, Chip Esten, Colin Mochrie, Greg Proops & Ryan Stiles May 19, 2011 (2011-05-19)
Games Performed: Song to an Audience Member, Question This!, Freeze Tag, Sentences
30 Jeff Davis, Chip Esten, Kathy Kinney, Colin Mochrie, Brad Sherwood & Ryan Stiles May 20, 2011 (2011-05-20)
Games Performed: Sentences, First Date, Sound Effects, Greatest Hits
31 Jeff Davis, Chip Esten, Kathy Kinney, Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood May 23, 2011 (2011-05-23)
Games Performed: Greatest Hits, Sound Effects, Sentences, Two-Headed Expert
32 Jeff Davis, Chip Esten, Kathy Kinney, Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood May 24, 2011 (2011-05-24)
Games Performed: Greatest Hits, Sentences, Bob's Call, Moving People
33 Jeff Davis, Chip Esten, Kathy Kinney, Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood May 25, 2011 (2011-05-25)
Games Performed: Song to an Audience Member, Options, Freeze Tag, New Choice
34 Jeff Davis, Chip Esten, Kathy Kinney, Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood May 26, 2011 (2011-05-26)
Games Performed: Song to an Audience Member, First Date, Freeze Tag, New Choice
35 Jeff Davis, Chip Esten, Kathy Kinney, Greg Proops & Ryan Stiles May 27, 2011 (2011-05-27)
Games Performed: Two-Headed Expert, Song to an Audience Member, Freeze Tag, Forward/Reverse, Sentences
36 Jeff Davis, Chip Esten, Kathy Kinney, Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood May 30, 2011 (2011-05-30)
Games Performed: Song to an Audience Member, New Choice, Freeze Tag, Two-Headed Expert
37 Jeff Davis, Chip Esten, Kathy Kinney, Greg Proops & Ryan Stiles May 31, 2011 (2011-05-31)
Games Performed: New Choice, Song to an Audience Member, Question This!, Greatest Hits
38 Jeff Davis, Chip Esten, Kathy Kinney, Greg Proops & Ryan Stiles June 1, 2011 (2011-06-01)
Games Performed: Moving People, Sound Effects, Freeze Tag, Bob's Call
39 Jeff Davis, Chip Esten, Kathy Kinney, Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood June 2, 2011 (2011-06-02)
Games Performed: Greatest Hits, Sentences, Options, Sound Effects
40 Jeff Davis, Chip Esten, Kathy Kinney, Greg Proops & Ryan Stiles June 3, 2011 (2011-06-03)
Games Performed: Greatest Hits, First Date, Sound Effects, New Choice

Cancellation[edit]

On August 25, 2011, Drew Carey posted on his Twitter account that GSN would not be ordering any more episodes of Improv-A-Ganza, announcing that the show was effectively cancelled.[4] Heather Campbell, one of the cast members, stated "Improv-A-Ganza was attracting a totally different demographic than the other shows on GSN; so while the ratings were good, it was hard to get the advertisers for."[5][unreliable source?] From November 16, 2012 to January 4, 2013, reruns of the show aired on GSN. The 2-hour time slot allowed GSN to air the entire 40 episodes in a 10-week stretch.[6] Laff acquired the rights to the show in 2015 and aired the show in various weekend off-peak time slots from 2015 to 2017.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Keller, Rich (April 8, 2011). "Drew Carey's Improv-a-Ganza to Premiere Monday on GSN". TV Squad. AOL. Archived from the original on May 12, 2011. 
  2. ^ Keller, Joel (April 20, 2011). "Ryan Stiles on Improv-a-Ganza and Why Charlie Sheen Is Pulling an Andy Kaufman". TV Squad. AOL. Archived from the original on May 25, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Drew Carey's Improv-A Ganza shines with Proops, Stiles, Mangum, Kinney, Mochrie, Davis". Video section. Archived from the original on 2011-04-07. 
  4. ^ "Drew Carey's Twitter". Retrieved 2011-08-25. 
  5. ^ "Heather Campbell's Post on Neogaf". Retrieved 2014-10-02. 
  6. ^ ""Drew Carey's Improv-A-Ganza" Returns to GSN Starting November 16th". Archived from the original on 2012-11-13. 
  7. ^ http://www.laff.com/schedule/

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