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7 'Whose Line Is It Anyway' Facts That Aren't Made Up, But The Points Still Don't Matter
If you grew up in the 90s, you've watched Whose Line Is It Anyway?, at least once. It was one of the biggest shows in the country and was the introduction to improv comedy for each and every one of us.
Drew Carey was the host of the show that made us all laugh hysterically for years. He was joined every episode by Colin Mochrie and Ryan Stiles. Wayne Brady was almost always there too, so eventually he became one of the regulars as well.
They would also have another guest on every episode to fill in the last empty spot, and they would all compete for points - even though they didn't matter.
It was all just silly nonsense and good times, that made us all laugh for a half hour. The show itself seemed like such a simple premise, but there was actually a lot going on behind the scenes that you may not have noticed.
1. Someone actually totaled the points
You know those points that didn't matter? Well, to someone, they mattered A LOT. Someone took the time to total up all the cumulative points that the three main stars of the show earned in their run.
Colin Mochrie earned 3,012,399,040.5 points
Ryan Stiles earned 11,113,372,791.5 points
But Wayne Brady earned the most points of all time, gaining 50,072,587,425
Interestingly enough, comedic genius Robin Williams only earned 1000 points in his episode.
2. Ryan hated the hoe-down
Even though a lot of us were always excited to hear the hoe-down at the end of the night, Ryan was never that excited. It was his least favorite game and hated doing it so that's why he would always insult Drew in his lyrics.
3.Even though he hated the one game, he never missed an episode
Ryan appeared in every single episode of the classic series, and he wasn't the only one. Colin also appeared on every episode and we thank God he did. These two were the most perfect comedy duo of all time.
4. The show was airing for years after it stopped filming because of all the footage
Even though the show was cancelled in 2003, they managed to stretch out the show for another couple of years. In the summer of 2004, they aired all the episodes that had not gone out yet, but then for the following year they tried something else.
Because they had so many skits that didn't make the cut for the original episodes, they actually had a lot of great material that could be stitched together to make a full episode.
5. They had to censor the show because of Colin
Colin did one game of Party Quirks where he played a character who had to touch people to find out the gender. Because he literally touched people in areas that weren't exactly censor-approved.
They however released the scene on the DVD copy of the show.
6. The host was almost going to be someone else
Drew Carey wasn't the original choice. They had tried to get Clive Anderson, host of the British version of the show, but he apparently didn't want to drive in L.A. traffic.
7. One contestant on the show went an entire episode without saying a word
Kathy Greenwood (who managed to earn 59,810 points in the run of the show) once spent an entire episode silent.
She appeared in 33 episodes, but one in particular she thought it would be really funny to stay completely silent.
She only was in the games that didn't involve talking, or in the ones she played that needed words she just didn't speak.
Even though she said nothing, she actually was the winner of the episode! I know, I know, the points don't matter but it's a pretty interesting choice right?
The show will always hold a special place in my heart. I know it came back, but it's just not the same as it used to be.
I think one of the best moments on the show must have been when Robin Williams was there. His chaotic energy is absolute perfect for this type of environment and I think his One Hour Photo bleach-blonde hair really takes his performance over the top.
Seriously, some of these moments still make me laugh so hard that I cry. It's just too good!
Even the intros were good! Drew Carey was a natural host, and obviously it's paid off for him now.
Source - Diply / Meta Spoon / Fact Fiend / IMDB