Whose Line Is It Anyway

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  • Timmy 25 Jun 2008 00:06:08 9,031 posts
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    Does anybody actually believe that the sketches are improvised?

  • Deleted user 25 June 2008 00:07:01
    They're improvised in the sense that they know what the games will be before the show starts, in the same way that the contestants on most comedy panel shows are given the questions beforehand.

    They're not scripted though, if that's what you're getting at.
  • Razz 25 Jun 2008 00:07:08 61,656 posts
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    YES THEY /ARE/

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  • Deleted user 25 June 2008 00:07:43
    Not really they're not.
  • Razz 25 Jun 2008 00:07:48 61,656 posts
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    My favorite scene is still the wood cutter song. :)

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  • ecu 25 Jun 2008 00:07:49 77,317 posts
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    They are improvised.
  • Lexx87 25 Jun 2008 00:08:07 20,863 posts
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    You think it would be as good if it was scripted? It wouldn't, it's not.

    Speak the truth hussy!

  • Lexx87 25 Jun 2008 00:08:46 20,863 posts
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    MrED209 wrote:
    Not really they're not.

    You never believe anything :p That Honda ad was live damnit!

    Speak the truth hussy!

  • Lutz 25 Jun 2008 00:09:16 48,854 posts
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    Not scripted, but the contestants knwo what's coming before hand so they have time to think.
  • Razz 25 Jun 2008 00:09:20 61,656 posts
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    Oh and This :D

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  • Deleted user 25 June 2008 00:10:57
    I answered perfectly in the first post, bitches. No additions or addendums needed.
  • Timmy 25 Jun 2008 00:12:23 9,031 posts
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    There's no way that it's improvised. NO WAY!

    I don't even know what's in Razz's link above, but I refuse to believe it.
  • ecu 25 Jun 2008 00:15:22 77,317 posts
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    It's improvised. They tour the country (or used to) doing similar sorts of improvised shows, taking it all from the audience. The guys are good at improvised comedy, I don't know why people find it so hard to believe.
  • Deleted user 25 June 2008 00:15:31
    You can tell it's improvised (in the sense dictated in my first reply) simply because some people visibly struggle with a lot of rounds. Stephen Frost was routinely terrible at anything he has to do with a partner, because he just kept trying to do what he'd thought up in his head beforehand, instead of going along with what was actually happening.
  • Deleted user 25 June 2008 00:15:54
    Lexx87 wrote:
    MrED209 wrote:
    Not really they're not.

    You never believe anything :p That Honda ad was live damnit!
    What?

    Eh?

    I was responding to Razz. They're not scripted. It's improv.

    Unless - hang on, was he responding to the original poster, or Gremmi?
  • ecu 25 Jun 2008 00:16:38 77,317 posts
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    Gremmi wrote:
    You can tell it's improvised (in the sense dictated in my first reply) simply because some people visibly struggle with a lot of rounds. Stephen Frost was routinely terrible at anything he has to do with a partner, because he just kept trying to do what he'd thought up in his head beforehand, instead of going along with what was actually happening.

    Or whenever Paul Merton had to do anything involving singing.
  • Lexx87 25 Jun 2008 00:17:19 20,863 posts
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    Razz wrote:
    Oh and This :D
    I so have to download ALL of this show

    Speak the truth hussy!

  • Lexx87 25 Jun 2008 00:18:25 20,863 posts
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    MrED209 wrote:
    Lexx87 wrote:
    MrED209 wrote:
    Not really they're not.

    You never believe anything :p That Honda ad was live damnit!
    What?

    Eh?

    I was responding to Razz. They're not scripted. It's improv.

    Unless - hang on, was he responding to the original poster, or Gremmi?

    Oh well...the Honda ad was still live :p

    Speak the truth hussy!

  • Deleted user 25 June 2008 00:19:22
    ecureuil wrote:
    Gremmi wrote:
    You can tell it's improvised (in the sense dictated in my first reply) simply because some people visibly struggle with a lot of rounds. Stephen Frost was routinely terrible at anything he has to do with a partner, because he just kept trying to do what he'd thought up in his head beforehand, instead of going along with what was actually happening.

    Or whenever Paul Merton had to do anything involving singing.

    I liked Stephen Fry's attempts at singing, in that he didn't.

    EDIT: Example.
  • Razz 25 Jun 2008 00:20:01 61,656 posts
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    Best song ever :D

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  • Deleted user 25 June 2008 00:22:28
    Lexx87 wrote:
    MrED209 wrote:
    Lexx87 wrote:
    MrED209 wrote:
    Not really they're not.

    You never believe anything :p That Honda ad was live damnit!
    What?

    Eh?

    I was responding to Razz. They're not scripted. It's improv.

    Unless - hang on, was he responding to the original poster, or Gremmi?

    Oh well...the Honda ad was still live :p
    Yeah I know that now - turns out I know the floor manager who ran the ad from the ground. Bumped into him in my local Waitrose the week after it aired! Apparently they'd rehearsed it a dozen times in the previous 48 hours and only managed it a couple of times. o_O
  • Lexx87 25 Jun 2008 00:24:25 20,863 posts
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    Razz wrote:
    Best song ever :D

    I miss watching this, I must get it all. Is the english one any good too?

    Speak the truth hussy!

  • Lutz 25 Jun 2008 00:25:01 48,854 posts
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    Lutz wrote:
    Not scripted, but the contestants knwo what's coming before hand so they have time to think.
    Sorry, this only applies to the ho down. I'm 99% certain that they're told that before hand.
  • Deleted user 25 June 2008 00:25:12
    Same thing, different accents. Except when they had Mike McShane, Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops... ;)
  • funkstar 25 Jun 2008 00:31:14 1,194 posts
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    i figured it works like a lot of panel shows... as in when its on tv they cut out most of the crap and only show the best bits?

    i imagine if you actually went to the filming you might have to sit through some rubbish too

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  • Deleted user 25 June 2008 00:34:33
    My parents saw it being filmed once. It's basically two sessions, each about an hour long. Out of those two sessions they usually end up with two complete shows, cobbled together from bits all over the place (so the first five minutes of session one might appear in the middle of episode two).
  • Razz 25 Jun 2008 01:43:48 61,656 posts
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    Ear Lobe song :D

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  • Kami 25 Jun 2008 03:31:51 2,468 posts
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    Easily my favourite Newsflash

    Master of Tekisuto No Kabe. *bows*
    And you're reading this why?!

  • Razz 25 Jun 2008 09:45:50 61,656 posts
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    I was up till 4AM watching WLIIA clips ono youtube. ;_;

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  • L42yB 25 Jun 2008 09:52:31 1,673 posts
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    Not believing that the show is improvised is just really stupid... really really stupid. When I did drama classes we played those sorts of games *all* the time, completely improvised and you can get very good at them. Watching the show, there is nothing hard to believe about what they do.

    Also, there is a theatre show called "Theatre Sports" which is essentially the same thing, I used to take part in a run of that show a few years back and I promise you every single one of us was always improvising.

    I don't understand why you think it's impossible anyway... you clearly have no idea what the human mind is capable of.
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