Stephen Fry (yes, that one) has a very unique way of playing Number of Words (normally one of the harder games) here. You even see him counting off on his fingers a few times.
Fry: I'm going to count... to six.
"Well, I'm sorry, but it gets." (Beat) "My goat to hear her talking."
A game of Expert (obviously from the show's early years) had "taxidermist" as the suggestion for what Ryan was an expert on. Greg is then faced with the task of interviewing an unresponsive Ryan, who spends the entire game completely motionless. He doesn't flinch. He doesn't blink. He never once cracked a smile until the buzzer sounded. Even on repeat viewings, it's a mesmerizing, awesome performance.
See the Josie Lawrence "faux-Albanian" clip. That was Jim's very first time on the show, where he got the idea to follow the trend of taking potshots at Josie. And he pulled it off.
Caroline Quentin's Song Styles duet with Josie, from the incredible pipes she unleashed to Colin and Ryan's standing ovation. To think the song was supposed to be about a beached whale.
In one of his first British appearances, Ryan is chosen to be the host of Party Quirks. He immediately guesses every quirk mere seconds after the guest walks in the door, and never has to be the host ever again.
Just about anytime Colin Mochrie opens his mouth on Whose Line, he emits pure awesome. Too many times to mention.
One episode had Oscar-winner Whoopi Goldberg as special guest. Colin went toe-to-toe with her on "Questions Only," and managed to buzz her out. Watch.
One of his best must have been during the "Going Bald" hoedown, after both Drew Carey and Brad Sherwood had riffed on Colin's distinct lack of hair. The look on his face as he is about to deliver it just cements it:
Colin: People always kid me 'cause I'm losing all my hair / I can't really help it that I'm follically impaired! / It really is quite horrible, but my life is not through / I still get way more sex than either Brad or Drew!note Colin is married. Brad and Drew were not at the time.
On the last season of the British version of the show, Colin makes an awesome crack at Clive in World's Worst.
"I'm Clive Anderson and I used to have no neck. But with new Neck Insert...Look!"
This Newsflash game is widely considered the show's single funniest game and the most awesome and heartwarming for Mochrie, if only for the line:
Colin: It all started with a badly-timed bald joke!
Which ironically makes it the best timed bald joke ever. Also, you can calculate to the second where it dawns on him.
"We're watching animal porn!" Colin says something stupid, realizes how stupid it was, and delivers a spectacular punchline to his own stupid statement... all in less than seven seconds.
And from that same episode, we have Wayne and Jeff performing a jaw-dropping operatic song about motorcycles. It has to be seen to be believed.
Considering the unscripted nature of this show, a few Moments stem from the genuine unplanned accidents that take place. Special mention must be made here of Ryan Stiles, who accidentally shattered the neon light on Drew's desk with his head, and refused to break character until the scene had ended. Less damaging but equally Awesome 'accidents' include:
At the end of one Newsflash game. involving footage of numerous rats, Drew admits that he didn't get Ryan's reference to the early Michael Jackson song 'Ben', upon which Ryan and Colin start singing one line of the song. Again, at the exact same time. Crosses into Crowning Moment of Heartwarming in a way.
In one Film Dub game, Wayne makes the assumption that one person in the film is about to get violent. It pays off.
Even better, this follows a line from Ryan suggesting that the characters' outfits make them look gay. Right after he says it the other characters take off their suit jackets.
In this classic "Song Styles" segment, Wayne sang to Samantha, an aerobics instructor, in the style of Riverdance (Irish step-dancing). Wayne was suitably impressed to find out that Samantha actually could step-dance.
In a similar vein, this Sound Effects involves Colin as a monk who sneaks out of a monastery for a night on the town, so Ryan sort-of-beatboxes a club theme with Gregorian chanting thrown in. It works.
And of course the infamous Y.M.C.A parody where Wayne and the others sing to a crowd member named "Howard". The tempo on the keyboard malfuctions, and the song suddenly speeds up, with the whole troupe trying to keep up.
And in the same game, Wayne manages to misspell Howard ("H-O-R-W-A-R-D!"). Throw in Howard's profession (designing closures for hazardous waste sites), Howard's enthusiasm and lack of rhythm, and the silly hats, and you have a perfect storm of hilarity.
The Newsflash game is known for its use of increasingly obscure footage that most people wouldn't even believe existed - yet Colin has not only guessed very closely each time, but in one case, gave the movie's exact name.
Chip's killer Snagglepuss impression during a Weird Newscasters, finishing by running off and leaving his stool rocking just like in a Hanna Barbera cartoon. It's pretty much impossible to tell if that was deliberate. The only way it could have been better is if he actually got Colin to crack up afterwards; as it is he still needs a few seconds to regain his composure, something he's usually doing to everyone else.
Awesome for Wayne and for the show's musicians - watch the back and forth between Wayne (singing in the style of Louis Armstrong) and the trumpet player here.
One round of Weird Newscasters had Chip, as a gameshow announcer, inadvertently sabotaging Colin's Theme Naming shtick by calling out his actual name. Which doesn't stop him.
(Beat) "...Welcome to the 6 o'clock news, I'm Colin Themarines."
Ryan said that his best time on the show was when he gave a passionate kiss to Florence Henderson.
Sid Caesar's guest appearance. It's great to pay tribute to a comedy legend, but when he came on stage, he looked a little worse for wear. Then he breaks out into the greatest round of Dubbing the show has ever seen.
Brad finds words that rhyme with the name Naroshi.
Even funnier when Drew jokingly dares Brad "try rhyming that!" As you can see, he does.
Wayne's absurdly high note at the end of this game of Greatest Hits.
Once when Wayne, Ryan, and Chip were playing Motown Group: Wayne and Chip turned in their usual brilliant musical performances; Ryan, who's usually so-so at the musical games, busts out w/ a phenomenalbass verse, stealing the scene from Wayne and Chip.
Stephen Colbert's appearance. He was hilarious throughout but his CMOA was probably Foreign Film. The fake language was German and since Colbert actually speaks German every line he said was an actual German phrase including a line from one of Hitler's speeches ("Heute Deutschland, morgen die Welt!"/"Today Germany, tomorrow the world!").
Wow, good thing the director didn't speak German...
During a game of "Props," Ryan and Drew are horsing around with horseshoe-shaped pink foam pads. Drew doesn't miss the chance for comedic gold and has Ryan play the appropriately-shaped tall and skinny pole while Drew flings his "horseshoes" at him with granny-style tosses. Drew misses the first toss miserably. Not expecting to nail the second, he chucks it at Ryan's head... and gets it hooked around his neck. Cue cheering from the amazed crowd, Ryan smiling with utter humility (his expression says, "I can't believe he actually did it- and now I look like a fool again"), and a priceless look of sheer astonishment and happiness on Drew's face as he celebrates with a victory dance.
After Richard Simmons has some fun in "Living Scenery," his insane, over-the-top antics have Ryan and Wayne laughing their asses off, Greg can barely contain himself from his seat, Colin, the hardest to crack out of the guys, has completely lost his composure, Drew's actually in tears from laughing so hard, and everyone in the studio audience is thrashing wildly with the greatest laughter ever triggered in one single show, something so rare and unprecedented it may very well be the funniest episode Whose Line ever spawned during the course of the whole series.
Luke Mochrie: That man [refering to his father, Colin] did things with Richard Simmons that no one else would do!
Drew's comeback to a fat joke Ryan makes at the beginning of this video
Ryan's incredibly moving (as well as hysterical) monologue during a game of Weird Newscasters, in which he plays a demanding temperamental Hollywood actor trying to give an Oscar winning performance. Given the standing ovation he got from both the audience and other performers, he succeeded big time.
While the first episode was good but a little uneven, the second episode of the new CW version demonstrated that Whose Line has made a solid comeback with one of the funniest "Scenes From A Hat" rounds in series history. Clearly they needed that first episode for practice.
They brought a bunch of the old crew back. The buzzer even makes the same sound as before. It's like coming back home.
During the Helping Hands segment, Ryan passes popcorn to special guest Kevin McHale by pouring it into his own mouth and shooting it to Kevin's. Kevin catches one
Also, by the third episode Aisha Tyler has started making Canada jokes and issuing joke points. While she's not as good as Drew YET, she's clearly opening up to the cast.
How about the fact that The CW renewed the revival for a second season less than 2 weeks after its premiere, because of the ratings being so strong (The first two episodes brought in almost 3 million viewers (only one other show on the network that week managed to get over 1 million viewers) and a 1.0 rating among 18 to 49 year olds, whereas most shows on the network over the summer are lucky to get a 0.5 18-49 rating).