Whose Line Is It Anyway?
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|Whose Line Is It Anyway?|
|Created by||Dan Patterson|
|Original work||Whose Line Is It Anyway? (radio series) (1988)|
|Owner||Hat Trick Productions|
|Films and television|
|Radio programme(s)||Whose Line Is It Anyway? (1988)|
Whose Line Is It Anyway? is a short-form improvisational comedy show originating as a British radio programme, before moving to British television in 1988. Following the conclusion of the British run in 1999, ABC began airing an American version, which ran until 2007 and was later revived by The CW in 2013.
Each version of the show consists of a panel of four performers who create characters, scenes, and songs on the spot, in the style of short-form improvisation games, many taken from theatresports. Topics for the games are based on either audience suggestions or predetermined prompts from the host. The show ostensibly takes the form of a game show, with the host arbitrarily assigning points and likewise choosing a winner at the end of each episode.
Versions, Adaptations and Similar Shows
|Whose Line Is It Anyway?||—||radio||UK||Official||the British radio series which inspired the television series|
|Whose Line Is It Anyway?||—||TV||1988-1999||UK||Official|
|Whose Line Is It Anyway?||—||TV||1998-2007, 2013-Present||US||Official|
|Whose Line Is It Anyway?||—||TV||2016-2017||Australia||Official|
|Shel Mi HaShura HaZot? (של מי השורה הזאת)||Whose Line Is It?||TV||2000-2001, 2006-2007||Israel||Official|
|aldawr ealaa min? (الدور على مين؟)||TV||2018-||Egypt||TeN TV||Official|
|Sponk!||—||TV||2001-2003||USA||Noggin||Adaptation||Was aimed at a younger audience and featured child performers playing games similar to Whose Line? games.|
|De Lama's||TV||2004-2008||Netherlands||Adaptation||Besides a number of games from Whose Line Is It Anyway?, the show used a lot of new games. The show won several prizes and was one of the most watched shows on Dutch television.|
|Lo Kar Lo Baat||TV||India||Adaptation||Most of the games were taken from the original.|
|Imps||Theater||2005-||India||Adaptation||A frequent theatre production similar to Whose Line Is It Anyway?, started by Divya Palat.|
|Onvoorziene Omstandigheden||Unforeseen Circumstances||TV||Belgium||één||Adaptation||A similar programme was made, presented by Mark Uytterhoeven.|
|Frei Schnauze||TV||2006-2008||Germany||Adaptation||This version of the UK original entertained its audience with many similar games. The show started as a half-hour programme and expanded to one hour in 2006. The host was the German comedian Dirk Bach.|
|Schillerstraße||TV||Germany||Adaptation||Featuring many well-known German comedians.|
|Hatten Rundt||TV||Denmark||Adaptation||Featured a setup very similar to that of Whose Line?, with much more emphasis on acting and much less on wild comedy.|
|Minus Manus||TV||Norway||Norwegian TV3||Adaptation||Shown on was more or less identical in tone and form to the British show.|
|Spinn||TV||Norway||TVNorge||Adaptation||Had a slightly different set-up, split the contestants into two competing teams (the green team and the orange team, both wearing appropriately-colored T-shirts) and also heavily involved a rotating stage that provided scenery and props for the various improvised skits. Though the shows were completely separate, many of the contestants (such as Helén Vikstvedt), featured on both.|
|Wild 'n Out||TV||USA||MTV||Adaptation||Hosted by Nick Cannon, this is a hip-hop version of the show with guest stars (among them Wayne Brady from the US adaptation) and hip-hop performances. It is also derived from ComedySportz.|
|Whose Pie Is It Anyway?||—||TV||Australia||Spoof||An unofficial, very short-lived Australian version of the programme was created by comedy troupe The T Team. This was a spoof of the British and U.S. versions of the programme.|
|Anında Görüntü Show||Immediate Vision Show||TV||Turkey||Adaptation||Although there are some differences in the format, it is still very close to the original Whose Line Is It Anyway?. Players include: Ayça Işıldar Ak, Ayhan Taş, Burak Satıbol, Dilek Çelebi, Özlem Türay and Yiğit Arı.|
|Tsotskhali Show||Live Show||TV||Georgia||Adaptation||This show is a copy of the original with minor changes..|
|Pagauk kampą||Catch The Corner
Get It Quick
|TV||Lithuania||Adaptation||Quite a successful Lithuanian copy of Whose Line? with similar rules and games.|
|Kamikaze||Radio||early 2000s||French-Canadian||Radio-Canada||Adaptation||The only airings of the show were unannounced and used as a replacement after the sitcom Catherine went on hiatus during the holidays. The show was almost identical to the U.S. version, using the same set and playing similar games such as "Old Job New Job."|
|L'audition||The Audition||2006||Quebec, Canada||TQS||Adaptation||The concept of the show was based on the WLIIA game "Hollywood Director," where the host played the director. Every week, three guests from the Québec pop-culture were invited to improvise various scenes and games such as a fake cooking show or a modified version of "Scenes From a Hat." TQS decided to cancel the show due to three months of poor ratings.|
|Beugró:||Stand-In||TV||2007||Hungarian||Magyar Televízió, Cool TV||Adaptation||The pilot aired New Year's Night, 2007. The show consists of four actors playing improvisational games. The games are slightly differ from the original Whose Line games, and the show introduces some new games as well (like a hook-word which has to be used through the show as many times as the performers can). The show was successfully aired on Hungarian national public service television, but one year later passed to Cool TV due to financial reasons.|
|Black fish||—||Pakistan||Live Adaptation||This show was carried out live in Karachi by four performers who more or less played the same games as were seen on the American version of the show.|
|Actorlympics TV||—||TV||Malaysia||NTV7||Adaptation|||
|Quinta Categoria||TV||2008-2011||Brazil||MTV Brasil||Adaptation||Starting with 2009 it incorporated similar games to the original Whose Line is it Anyway? This show, in its improvisational format, was carried out by four players: Marcos Mion and the three members of theatrical comedy group Cia. Barbixas de Humor: Anderson Bizzocchi, Daniel Nascimento and Elidio Sanna. Sometimes a fifth member, Mionzinho (Victor Coelho), would join the games. There is also a special guest who suggests the rules of the last game of the show. For the 2010 and 2011 seasons, the format was maintained, but with a different cast of comedians consisting of Tatá Werneck, Paulinho Serra and Rodrigo Capella, plus one guest host every week.|
|É Tudo Improviso||TV||2010-2011, 2019||Brazil||Rede Bandeirantes||Adaptation||Spiritual successor of Quinta Categoria. Presented by Márcio Ballas, it had a format more similar to the Barbixas group's theater shows (they themselves appeared only in the first season of this format).|
|Vedetään hatusta||Finland||Adaptation|||
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