Drew Carey's Improv-A-Ganza
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|Drew Carey's Improv-A-Ganza|
|Created by||Drew Carey|
|Presented by||Drew Carey|
Heather Anne Campbell
|Narrated by||Rich Fields|
|Music by||Bob Derkach|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||40 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||20–24 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Three Foot Giant Productions
International Mammoth Television
|Original release||April 11– June 3, 2011|
|Related shows||Whose Line Is It Anyway?
Green Screen Show
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. Eastern time.
- Drew Carey – 40 episodes
- Ryan Stiles – 34 episodes
- Jeff Davis – 32 episodes
- Chip Esten – 32 episodes
- Colin Mochrie – 21 episodes
- Jonathan Mangum – 20 episodes
- Greg Proops – 20 episodes
- Kathy Kinney – 19 episodes
- Brad Sherwood – 17 episodes
- Heather Anne Campbell – 8 episodes
- Sean Masterson – 3 episodes
- Wayne Brady – 5 episodes
- Charlie Sheen
- Rich Fields
- Rachel Reynolds
- Manuela Arbeláez
- Gwendolyn Osborne
- Steve Kamer
Other cast members
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. Instead of Drew Carey hosting and awarding "points", Drew is now a performer and takes part in games, and other performers take turns in "hosting" a game.
- Sound Effects – Two performers start a scene while two audience members provide the sound effects for this scene.
- Compilation Album (aka 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 (aka Whose Line) – Two performers perform a scene, occasionally making use of random sentences that audience members have previously written on slips of paper.
- New Choice (aka 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 (aka 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 (aka Film, TV and Theatre Styles) – 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! (aka 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 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 (aka 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.
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. 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."[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. Laff acquired the rights to the show in 2015 and airs the show on Saturday nights.
- "Drew Carey's Improv-A Ganza shines with Proops, Stiles, Mangum, Kinney, Mochrie, Davis". Video section.
- "Drew Carey's Twitter". Retrieved 2011-08-25.
- "Heather Campbell's Post on Neogaf". Retrieved 2014-10-02.
- ""Drew Carey's Improv-A-Ganza" Returns to GSN Starting November 16th".