The CW’s reincarnated version of improv comedy show Whose Line Is It Anyway? welcomes back Wayne Brady, Colin Mochrie, and Ryan Stiles, with comedian and podcaster Aisha Tyler (the voice of Lana Kane on Archer – holy crap this woman has a lot of jobs) filling in Drew Carey’s old seat. Even Laura Hall and Linda Taylor – the head musicians from the old version – are back, along with games like “Scenes from a Hat.”
Charismatic and quite hilarious in her own right, Tyler has a really good rapport with the players and feels natural as the host.
The guest players so far have been really good, especially Keegan Michael Key, who appeared in last Tuesday’s episode with guest star Candice Accola of The Vampire Diaries. In the past, Whose Line regularly featured comedians such as Greg Proops and Chip Esten (now a series regular on ABC’s Nashville) as guest players on a recurring basis. No word if either of them will make an appearance, but Jeff Davis (not to be confused with the creator of Teen Wolf) is set to appear in an episode.
Whose Line might easily be this summer’s strongest show and it’s certainly a huge hit for the under-performing The CW network. The improv comedy show could have easily fallen prey to Arrested Development syndrome, where networks bring back old, canceled shows out of nostalgia and too much fan hype only to have it fall a little flat. Instead, Whose Line is just as hilarious as it was a decade ago.
The weakest aspect of the updated Whose Line are the celebrity guests. So far they’ve brought in Lauren Cohan, Kevin McHale, and Candice Accola. I assume it’s to appeal to the younger, 18-25 demographic, but it’s a bit awkward, especially since it’s obvious that none of these actors are comedians by trade. I could certainly do without this aspect of the show. McHale seemed to really hold his own but Cohan and Accola were evidently nervous.
However, Whose Line has proven in these three episodes that it’s a show that stands the test of time. I’m excited for the rest of the season to air!