Drew Carey's Improv-A-Ganza

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Drew Carey's Improv-A-Ganza
Improv-a-ganza logo.png
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 (2011-06-03)
Chronology
Related shows Whose Line Is It Anyway?
Green Screen Show
External links
Website

Drew Carey's Improv-A-Ganza is an improvisational comedy television program that aired in the United States on the Game Show Network. Produced at the Hollywood Theatre at the MGM Grand in Paradise, Nevada, the program was hosted by Drew Carey, host of the original American version of Whose Line Is It Anyway?, a similar show that featured several of the same cast members. The show premiered on April 11, 2011, airing 40 episodes in total. The series completed its eight-week run on June 3, 2011.

Format[edit]

Drew Carey, host of the series and one of its performers

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. Carey himself is a performer and takes part in games with the other cast members.[1]

The series also interacted with the viewing audience by allowing viewers to enter a sweepstakes to win a trip for two to Las Vegas and a stay in the MGM Grand Hotel. One winner was selected each day for each episode aired.[2]

Cast[edit]

In addition to hosting the show, Carey also serves as one of the main performers. Other members of the cast include Heather Anne Campbell, Jeff Davis, Chip Esten, Kathy Kinney, Jonathan Mangum, Sean Masterson, Colin Mochrie, Greg Proops, Brad Sherwood, Ryan Stiles,[1] and series musician Bob Derkach.[3] Guest performers include Wayne Brady,[4] Charlie Sheen,[5][6] Steve Kamer,[3] series announcer Rich Fields,[3] and The Price Is Right models Rachel Reynolds, Manuela Arbeláez, Gwendolyn Osborne.[7]

Production[edit]

The series, its cast members, and its premiere date were announced on January 10, 2011.[1] On February 16, GSN announced that the show would premiere on alongside Love Triangle.[8] The show premiered on April 11, 2011, at 8 p.m. EDT.[9][10]

On August 25, 2011, 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.[11] From November 16, 2012 to January 4, 2013, reruns of the show aired on GSN. The two-hour time slot allowed GSN to air the entire 40 episodes in a 10-week stretch.[12] Laff acquired the rights to the show in 2015, airing it on Saturday nights.[13] The series has never been released on DVD or Blu-ray, nor has it been made available through online streaming services.[14]

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

Reception[edit]

The A.V. Club's Ryan McGee believed fans of improv would enjoy the show, writing, "what escapes through this series' run should give fans of improv enough pleasure to justify checking in whenever possible."[4] A writer for Whatculture.com added that the series was "a [worthy] successor to Whose Line Is It Anyway?," arguing, "it's a pleasure to watch [the original cast] perform again, even if it would be improved even further by simply re-launching Whose Line Is It Anyway? — which has a more effective format, faster turnaround of games, and less slack."[15] Melinda Houston of The Sydney Morning Herald found the premise of the show "deceptively simple", but she was "in awe of the intellectual effort involved". She added, "When the laughs do come, they're all the more satisfying for being so surprising and spontaneous. Thoroughly entertaining."[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "GSN and Drew Carey Announce Cast Members for Drew Carey's Improv-A-Ganza Premiering April 11, 2011" (Press release). GSN Corporate. January 10, 2011. Archived from the original on April 16, 2011. 
  2. ^ "GSN Gives Away a Trip for Two to Vegas Each Weeknight During "Drew's Clues Watch and Win" Sweepstakes, Running Now Through June 4" (Press release). GSN Corporate. April 21, 2011. Archived from the original on May 7, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c Drew Carey's Improv-A-Ganza. Season 1. Episode 23. May 11, 2011. Game Show Network. 
  4. ^ a b McGee, Ryan (April 11, 2011). "Drew Carey's Improv-A-Ganza". The A.V. Club. Retrieved January 28, 2018. 
  5. ^ de Moraes, Lisa (March 30, 2011). "Charlie Sheen to try improv on Drew Carey's new GSN series". The Washington Post. Retrieved October 25, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Charlie Sheen Joins the Cast of Drew Carey's Improv-A-Ganza April 12 on GSN" (Press release). GSN Corporate. March 30, 2011. Archived from the original on April 16, 2011. 
  7. ^ Drew Carey's Improv-A-Ganza. Season 1. Episode 28. May 18, 2011. Game Show Network. 
  8. ^ "GSN Announces New Premiere Dates for Drew Carey's Improv-A-Ganza and Love Triangle with Wendy Williams; Both to Launch April 11" (Press release). GSN Corporate. February 16, 2011. Archived from the original on March 5, 2011. 
  9. ^ 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. 
  10. ^ 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. 
  11. ^ Drew Carey [@DrewFromTV] (August 25, 2011). "Bad news today. #GSN won't be ordering any more episodes of #Improvaganza. Many thanks to them for giving us the chance anyway" (Tweet) – via Twitter. 
  12. ^ Davis, Alex (November 7, 2012). "Drew Carey's Improv-A-Ganza Returns to GSN Starting November 16th". BuzzerBlog. Archived from the original on November 13, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Laff: TV Schedule". Laff. Archived from the original on September 26, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Drew Carey's Improv-A-Ganza (2011)". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Retrieved January 29, 2018. 
  15. ^ "TV Review: Drew Carey's Improv-A-Ganza; whose format is it, anyway?". Whatculture.com. April 11, 2011. Retrieved January 28, 2011. 
  16. ^ Houston, Melinda (October 14, 2012). "Critic's choice: the week ahead in TV". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved February 18, 2018. 

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