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Whose Line Is It Anyway?

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Whose Line Is It Anyway?
Created byDan Patterson
Mark Leveson
Original workWhose Line Is It Anyway? (radio series) (1988)
OwnerHat Trick Productions
Films and television
Television series
Radio program(s)Whose Line Is It Anyway? (1988)
GenreImprovisational comedy

Whose Line Is It Anyway? is a short-form improvisational comedy show created by Dan Patterson and Mark Leveson. The three major versions of the show are the original 1988 British radio programme (from which all subsequent versions are adapted), the British television programme, which ran from 1988 to 1999, and the American television programme, which ran from 1998 to 2007 and was revived in 2013. All three versions were produced by Patterson and Leveson and have a continuity of cast (for example, both the British radio and television shows were hosted by Clive Anderson, while several performers from the British television show then starred in the American television show).

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

Title Translation Format Years Nationality Aired On Status Description
Whose Line Is It Anyway? Radio 1988 UK BBC Radio 4 Official The British radio series which inspired the television series
Whose Line Is It Anyway? TV 1988-1999 UK Channel 4 Official
Whose Line Is It Anyway? TV 1998-2007, 2013-Present US ABC / The CW 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[1] 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.[2]
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.[citation needed]
Lo Kar Lo Baat TV India Adaptation Most of the games were taken from the original.[citation needed]
Imps Theater 2005- India Adaptation A frequent theatre production similar to Whose Line Is It Anyway?, started by Divya Palat.[citation needed]
Onvoorziene Omstandigheden Unforeseen Circumstances TV Belgium één Adaptation A similar programme was made, presented by Mark Uytterhoeven.[citation needed]
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.[citation needed]
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.[citation needed]
Minus Manus TV Norway Norwegian TV3 Adaptation Shown on was more or less identical in tone and form to the British show.[citation needed]
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.[citation needed]
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.[citation needed]
Whose Pie Is It Anyway? TV Australia Spoof An unofficial, 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.[citation needed]
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.[3]
Tsotskhali Show Live Show TV Georgia Adaptation This show is a copy of the original with minor changes.[citation needed].
Pagauk kampą Catch The Corner

Get It Quick

TV Lithuania Adaptation Quite a successful Lithuanian copy of Whose Line? with similar rules and games.[citation needed]
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."[citation needed]
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.[citation needed]
Beugró:[4] 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.[5]
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.[citation needed]
Actorlympics TV TV Malaysia NTV7 Adaptation [citation needed]
Super Spontan super spontaneous TV 2012

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mega spontan mega spontaneous TV 2023 Malaysia astro warna similar this show is the continuation of the show super spontan [citation needed]
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.[citation needed]
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).[citation needed]
I kto to mówi? And who says it? TV 2013 Poland TVP2 Adaptation Close adaptation of the original show with minor changes only.
Partička Slovakia Adaptation [citation needed]
'สายของมันอยู่ดี' Thailand Adaptation [citation needed]
Vedetään hatusta Finland Adaptation [citation needed]


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