The original host of the show, from the early simplistic UK seasons to the more elaborate studio version as it slowly morphed into the format that fans of the US run are familiar with.
Tropes associated with Clive:
- Amoral Attorney: The players sometimes called attention to Clive's legal background and suggested he was one.
- Butt Monkey: At least once a season, someone will go "hello, I'm Clive Anderson" before getting buzzed out.
- Also, any disaster would often be attributed to him, such as the dinosaurs being wiped out by a plague of Clive Andersons.
- Catch Phrase:
- "The winner shall now read the credits in a style of my choosing... it remains to me now to thank our contestants, (four names in rapid succession) and Richard Vranch on the piano, thisismeCliveAndersonsayinggoodnight,goodnight!"
- (at the end of Film Dub) "Bonus points for actually getting the original dialogue..."
- (at the end of Stand Sit Bend) "One of my favourite games, but it's not much fun on your own..."
- Deadpan Snarker: Not even the audience is spared, as he will pick at the more ridiculous suggestions they give him.
- Department of Redundancy Department: "Our next round is called 'Different Games', because different games are played in this round..."
- When introducing Props: "The contestants will be split into two pairs of two..."
- Don't Explain the Joke: "Elephants packing for a holiday. Packing their trunks, I suppose."
- This leaves Paul and Josie to audibly groan, as Clive ruined the punchline of their Scenes From A Hat skit.
- Kick the Dog: "Unfortunately that was a non-scoring round..."
- Mondegreen: He often misheard audience suggestions for film and theatre styles as nonsense phrases ("Bearded Collie", "Fifty" for Disney, "Mwah Mwah" for Braveheart, etc.) and sometimes even actually used these as styles to give the players a real challenge.
- Motor Mouth
- The Napoleon: While Clive's actual height in comparison to the players never comes up, his wideset build and noticeable... lack of a neck qualifies him for this trope.
- Not So Stoic: Getting him to crack up is a challenge of sorts. The US players, being US players, went to town in this aspect.
- Self-Deprecation: At some point Clive learned how to get out of the bald and 'neck' jokes... by doing them first.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis with Greg Proops (see below)
- Take That: Once after declaring the winner of the game to be Tony Slattery, he assigned him to read the credits in the style of a comedian who was constantly cracking up while trying to tell a joke. Tony was not amused.
- Take That, Audience!: Often mocked the audience during the "Film and Theatre Styles" round for suggesting low-brow and proletarian styles from TV. To be fair, so do some of the players.
Known for being the first regular performer, John is still, hands down, the most knowledgeable performer in the show's history... sadly, he would be better known for his somewhat misguided application of said knowledge, while paving the way for the ones we would come to know as the legends of Whose Line.
Tropes associated with John:
The first American performer ever in the UK version.
"You're travelling with Air Bunkup!"
The first regular female player, and fondly remembered as one of the most versatile.
Tropes associated with Josie:
Known for being one of the legends of the UK run - even if he seemed out of touch for the most of it. Known mostly for his quick, deadpan wit and generally being a Jerk Ass
to the other contestants (Played for Laughs
Tropes associated with Paul:
"Hello, is this Clive Anderson Ties Limited? Yes, I think you should shut down. Bye."
Known for being the other
legend of the UK run - US fans, imagine Brad's sense of humor, Wayne's energy and Colin's inhibitions
in one package.
Tropes associated with Tony:
- The Ace
- Achilles' Heel: Tony is very, very good at laughing. Often at himself. Jury's out on whether or not he has an Annoying Laugh.
- Ambiguously Gay: Tony's sexuality is a favorite topic amongst fans with too much time on their hands.
Clive: *playing Scenes from a Hat* "Robin Hood selecting his merry men."
: *comes out in the middle of the stage with the other (male) performers, and throws his arms out flamboyantly
* "I'll have all
- The Cast Showoff: He was pulling dance moves long before Wayne Brady.
- He was also very good at the Hoedown game, and was often given the very last spot in these games whenever he played. (The creators actually have come out saying the last spot on Hoedown is the hardest. It gives the most time to think, but if the player can't think of something funny, then the entire game feels like a waste of time.)
- Downer Ending: He was fired after a bad episode in season seven. After this, he had a nervous breakdown.
- To clarify: Tony began suffering from severe bipolar disorder a few years before he was fired, and, instead of seeking professional help, he turned to drugs and alcohol instead as a form of self-medication. It didn't work. His career was the only thing keeping him even remotely sane. Eventually, though, he did begin seeking professional help, and now he's sobered up and gradually easing back into show business (occasionally he performs live improv with the Comedy Store Players, including Paul, Josie, and Steve), so it's not a complete downer.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Eagle-eyed viewers can spot him in the audience in the very first episode.
- Embarrassing Middle Name: Not only does Tony have two middle names, but one of them is "Declan." [Pronounced like "Dek-lin" not "The Clan".]
- Face Palm: Tony had a very nice one when the audience suggested and Clive told him to make up a song about him being in love with an inflatable pig.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: when Caroline Quentin (below) became one of the first players (the first lady even) to get his goat.
- I Was Quite a Fashion Victim: It says a lot that the end of his tenure was marked by some of the most unflattering outfits in the show's history.
- Large Ham
- Lovable Sex Maniac: To the extent of whatever passed for Memetic Mutation in those days.
- The Napoleon: It's not obvious till much later that Tony really is one of the shortest players on the stage, especially after more Americans join in.
- It's not so much that Tony is short (he's 5'11") more than everyone else is giant. Even Josie, the female performer who appeared the most, is 5'10"!
- Precision F-Strike: After a particularly disastrous playing of Party Quirks, Tony yelled "Oh, well, FUCK OFF!" at Clive...consequently losing every point he'd ever won on the show up to that point. We all know The Points Mean Nothing, but damn.
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: "Shut. Your. Face."
- Red Oni, Blue Oni with Paul Merton
- Refuge in Audacity: Some of the dirtiest lines on the show are attributed to Tony.
- Running Gag: Sneaking a Vomit Discretion Shot into any session of Props.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Occasionally. For example, during one Party Quirks, Greg was playing a "compulsive liar." Tony guessed that he was a "inveterate bullshitter."
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Tony was suggested as a replacement for Stephen Fry when Stephen backed out of becoming a regular on the show. The producers were skeptical, but he quickly won them over.
- Take That: Tony's occasional throwing out of the name Patricia, rumored to be an old girlfriend of his. Also note some of his initial guesses.
Greg: *playing a Surfer* "Dude, what's up, broheim? Screaming flat, man! Look, shredding snacks! Whoo!" *'surfs' over to the 'snack table' while humming a surfing tune*
- What the Hell, Hero?: When playing film and theater styles, Clive would sometimes give the style: "Musical." If that happened, Tony would say to the other: "You know a song about that don't you? Well, off you go then!" Only Greg Proops was able to give a good response by encouraging the audience members to sing with him.
- Encouraging. Thaaaat is what we call it.
Greg: "SING, DAMN IT!"
"Here's your keys and HERE'S YOUR LUNCH!!"
There have been US guests before Mike of course, but Mike stands out for being the most versatile - and well, being the most.
Tropes associated with Mike:
The diminutive and strangely gruff-voiced Danish addition to the cast is known for being more than just the second female regular.
Tropes associated with Sandi:
As a semi-regular, Jim may only be remembered for bringing his colleague Steve Steen onto the show - which is a pity, because he holds his own remarkably well against the regulars.
Tropes associated with Jim Sweeney:
- '80s Hair
- Deadpan Snarker
- Keet: The real reason he brought his longtime partner Steve Steen on the show - their chemistry. Partner Jim with someone else, and the building nervousness makes him look like he's been shooting up on caffeine.
Jim: "Well, I have to go..."
Greg: "Yes, I know you have to leave now, to see the... musical instruments..."
Jim: (beat) "...Xanadu was a really bad film, wasn't it?!"
- Spiritual Successor to John Sessions
Tropes associated with Steve Steen:
"You're goin' 'ome in a BLEEDIN' AMBULANCE!!"
Huge, balding and gruff of voice, with eyebrows you could lose a man in, Steve may be the most intimidating comedian ever.
Tropes associated with Steve Frost:
- Achilles' Heel: Steve was especially bad at the Hoedown game. He had a terrible sense of rhythm and his rhymes made no sense.
- It doesn't help that he was almost always in the first spot, which meant he got basically no time to think of a verse.
- He had a third spot in one of the first games he appeared on. One would think he was moved to the first spot because the producers realized the extra time didn't help him.
- Artistic License – Biology: During the vasectomy hoedown, Steve described the procedure as: "Gonna cut your balls off, and put 'em in a jar!"
- Ass Shove: Steve pretending to pull on a long rubber glove is usually a sign for Clive to hit the buzzer.
- Bald of Awesome
- Big Ol' Eyebrows
- Boisterous Bruiser: To the extent that his turn on "Weird Newscasters" as a "soccer fan" started becoming disturbingly realistic.
- Cool Old Guy: You really get the feeling that Colin and Ryan were basically his understudies during his tenure.
- Face of a Thug
- Iconic Outfit: It's been speculated that those baggy Hawaiian shirts were all they had in his size...
- Make Me Wanna Shout: He's known for his very loud and sharp whistle, able to cut right through the pace of whatever act he was in.
- Refuge in Audacity: He actually lowered his pants for a laugh twice.
- Stock Characters: Jimmy Saville ("Now then now then now then!")
- Violent Glaswegian: Practically oozes this.
(as John Major
) "I must say, it makes a difference taking the piss out of myself..."
Specialising in impressions, Rory enjoyed a semi-regular run on this show before moving on to Mock the Week
Tropes associated with Rory:
- Catch Phrase: Ironically, none are actually his own. He's known to have milked Murray Walker's "Look! At! That!" a few times.
- Man of a Thousand Voices
- Nerd Glasses: Actually carried a pair for his more specific impressions.
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Rory won many of the games he appeared on. He was also always given a chance to show off an impression he was good at, or another subject he knew about. See for example the Tory Politicians Hoedown, which was the topic when the other three contestants were two Americans and a Canadian. Greg is able to show off his UK politics knowledge, but Colin and Ryan just sort of flounder.
- Stock Characters: Implied to have a dozen, but his British politicians and Eagle Land acts come to mind.
- Take That: His impressions of co-stars can be pretty spot on, check out his takes on Tony and Clive.
Clive: "...in this scene, you are a woman in labor, and Tony is the father of th..."
Caroline: "I'll be the judge of that!"
Despite joining the UK lineup relatively late, Caroline's talent and chemistry with Josie has created some moments to remember.
Tropes associated with Caroline:
- Refuge in Audacity: In American terms, she was the Colin to Josie's Ryan.
- In one game she is paired with Steve Frost and given the scene At the Butcher's. He asks if she wants "some dripping to go with that." She answers: "Don't worry, I'm doing me own," to Steve's complete revulsion.
- Thanks for the Mammary: Much like the example with Josie, Caroline is groped by Tony in revenge after she slaps him in the face. She counters to this by openly grabbing his crotch immediately afterward. Can be seen here.
Colleagues with Paul and Josie (all hailing from The Comedy Store Players
) prior to Whose Line, Richard is best known for being the musician for the UK series.
Tropes associated with Richard Vranch:
- Iconic Outfit: How often is he seen without those earphones of his?
- Omnidisciplinary Scientist: He slings a guitar alongside that piano, and there's a synthesiser on top and probably some other musical implements behind it.
- He's also literally a scientist. He has a doctorate in physics from Cambridge University.
- Suspiciously Apropos Music: He's also known for impromptu piano playing to flavor up the non-musical games.
- The Voiceless: Richard Vranch rarely spoke during all of his years on the show. He did smile and occasionally move his head though.
Whose Line Is It Anyway?, where the points don't matter, that's right, the points are like the plot of a porn movie, they don't matter!"
Known for already having an eponymous sitcom
, Drew went with his co-star Ryan's idea of adapting this show for US audiences and became host and executive producer of Whose Line
until its initial cancellation.
Tropes associated with Drew:
"Yes, Mister Patronising Barrister, we do have trampolines in America..."
One of the best known US regulars in the UK run, mainly for his distinct voice and his habit of directing jokes at Clive's expense. Whether it was Clive's relative inaction during the UK run, or his habit of condescending cracks at the US players, or both, it's turned Greg vs Clive into the best known Running Gag
(the distinguishing aspect even) of the late UK run.
Tropes associated with Greg:
- Deadpan Snarker
- Fascinating Eyebrow: The first 15 seconds of this.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Heavily invoked, despite the similarity to Drew's Nerd Glasses.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: "I have someone coming in my ear right now!" (During News Report.)
- Iconic Outfit: The glasses and the suit, especially the jacket that Wayne borrows at times.
- I Was Quite a Fashion Victim: You wouldn't know it by looking at him, but Greg was◊ not◊ always◊ the suit-sporting man he is now.
- Last-Second Word Swap/Subverted Rhyme Every Occasion: A specialty of his during the UK run.
- Man of a Thousand Voices: His most underrated strength, possibly because of an very nasally tone in all of them.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: To Clive Anderson.
- Smug Snake
- Stock Characters: Woody Allen
- Take That Me: Played with while hosting one game of "Party Quirks."
- The Bus Came Back: After rumors that The CW didn't want too many of the older players back, he reappeared in the second season of the revival series.
- Totally Radical: Looking back, his early appearances have shades of this; it's hard to tell how much of it is self-mockery/exaggeration and how much is genuinely what hip Californians talked like then...
- It's self-mockery AND accurate. If you've seen his solo act, most of his jokes revolve around how dumb stereotypical Californians sound.
- Viewers Are Morons: After failing to get a laugh with the joke: "Wow Alice, there are two Cheshire Cats!" he indignantly yelled out: "It's called a book!"
- He's done that more than once.
"That's right, I'LL respect YOU in the MOOORNIIING!!"
From early in the UK run to the last episode of the original US run (and then to the 2013 revival
), Ryan Stiles has become a staple of the show. He's its driving force in more ways than one, as he served as executive producer on the show for helping to bring it to the US.
Tropes associated with Ryan:
- Absentee Actor: Missed two episodes in 2014 due to illness.
- The Ace: From general quick wit and Refuge in Audacity to some some actual singing ability, it's easy to see why Ryan's the main man of the show.
- Berserk Button: You can pick on Ryan, you can pick your nose, but don't pick on Ryan's nose.
- The Big Guy: At 6'6", he's the tallest performer.
- Butt Monkey: Meta-example - from being fed with the weirdest suggestions in the cards to being fed with pretty much anything by Colin in Helping Hands.
"I'm just leaving a little time here so everyone can read the novel
that is my suggestion
- Also often gets poked fun at for the outrageous shoes he would wear, which are custom-made due to the unusual size of his feet.
- The Cast Showoff: A minor example; Ryan is very good at remaining very, very still, and some party quirks etc are written with that in mind (such as being a taxidermic stuffed corpse or being strapped to a bomb that will go off if he moves).
- Covert Pervert: It's been noted out that he's by far more familiar with certain subjects than he'll own up to.
Drew: That's close enough... (lets Greg see the answer)
Ryan: "I had to just, think about what that's be like cos I've never... ahem..."
- Xaviera Hollander, his frequent pick for X in 90 Second Alphabet, is a former prostitute.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Gag Nose
- Gag Penis: From imaginary ones to actual ones thanks to some of the Props.
- Game-Breaking Injury: Ryan's bad back has come up once or twice, even resulting in the only Ice Skaters game ever being aborted. In the 2013 revival, he's notably left out of the Sideways Scene game, presumably because of this.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Colin.
- Hidden Depths: He really can sing if he puts his mind to it, just take a listen here.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Any time Ryan's attempts to strongarm the current act in a direction of his own choosing is thwarted by Colin.
- Also the Hoedowns: The last slot in the hoedown is the most important; a good player can use it to elevate the entire episode to legendary funniness while a bad one can leave the audience feeling cheated. Ryan was good at it, really really good. It was one of the reasons why there are so many Hoedowns in the US run, so many that Ryan came to hate the game with a passion because he was always last and always had to try and top not only the other players but himself. When the Hoedown returned in the revival, Ryan is now situated in the #3 slot, with Jeff Davis bringing up the final verse.
- Iconic Outfit: His shoes.
- The shoes, the cowboy shirts, the ties.
- Large Ham
- Likes Older Women: That episode with Florence Henderson...
- Made of Iron: Takes a neon light to the head and keeps on going.
- Multiple-Choice Past: Sort of. Ryan was born in the U.S. but spent much of his childhood in Canada. When he needs an excuse for getting something wrong, it's usually something along the lines of, "I'm Canadian. It's different there." But he's still allowed free passes to mock Colin for being Canadian, implying Ryan isn't.
- Oddly, Ryan is identified as Canadian far more in the UK episodes than he is in the US episodes.
- Murder the Hypotenuse: He'll jokingly threaten to do this to the spouse or boyfriend of any attractive female audience member.
- Nice Shoes
- One Head Taller: Given his height, every time he's involved with a woman ends up this way.
- Pungeon Master: One of his specialties.
- Refuge in Audacity: Many of the show's racier gags (and, by extension, outtakes) seemed to occur during Ryan's final Hoedown line. Just one of many examples.
- Rule of Funny: To the extent that the nickname "Anything-for-a-Laugh" has been used
in-universe on the show.
- Running Joke: Ryan would tend to make as many references to Nazis or impressions of Adolf Hitler as he could get away with, especially in the Helping Hands game.
- Stock Characters: Elvis Presley, Carol Channing, John Wayne, animals of all kinds.
- Suicide as Comedy: He's mimed hanging himself several times.
- Those Two Guys: So much so with Colin, as the two are regularly paired together in games (such as "Infomercial" and "Greatest Hits") and are the only performers to have been regulars for the show's entire duration, appearing in every episode of the original US series' run together with Drew (Wayne was a recurring player in Seasons 1 and 8).
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Drew Carey.
- What the Hell Is That Accent?: Accents are not his strongest point... and he knows it, too.
Ryan: Lemme just say that this Spanish Colonel has some Italian in him..."
A regular towards the end of the UK run, Colin quickly became a crowd favorite for all the right reasons (and a few wrong ones).
Tropes associated with Colin:
- The Ace: All around, though perhaps most notably with Irish Drinking Song.
- Achilles' Heel: Any music-based game - except possibly the Irish Drinking Song.
- Colin has admitted the Hoedown is the only game in which he feels real fear while playing.
- Colin often freezes in "If You Know What I Mean", but he has his moments, like "I'll help you fluff your Garfield, if you know what I mean.".
- He's often implied on-camera to having difficulty with impersonations (usually deferring to a general Walter Brennan western accent whenever it comes time to do one), and thus seems hesitant whenever participating in "Questionable Impressions".
- Bald of Awesome: And the other actors never let him forget it.
- Berserk Button: Played for laughs whenever Colin needs to be "held back" by Ryan after one too many bald jokes.
- Beware the Nice Ones: See The Woobie below - when he finally decides that it's time for a comeback, expect comedy gold.
- Butt Monkey: "Hey, make fun of the bald guy! I'll be your Lightning Rod of Hate(tm)!"
- Canada, Eh?
- Catchphrase: Only when playing the role of the "director" in Hollywood Director, when he interrupts the scene with the first cut, he will use the word "crap" somewhere to describe the bad acting of the others.
- Chivalrous Pervert: "I'm gonna stick my nose in there!..."
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: He often blurts out weird stuff randomly. Especially in the games "Irish Drinking Song" and "Three Headed Broadway Star".
- Cool Old Guy: The hair makes it hard to tell that he's merely 2 years older than Ryan.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Double Standard: Everyone takes potshots at Colin for being bald and/or Canadian, but one time when he made fun of Ryan's nose, the audience reacted negatively, making him say "Notice how all the melon jokes, the bald jokes? I make one nose joke, it's OHHH!"
- Enemy to All Living Things: Colin's earlier performances usually involved miming the killing of small animals - and people.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: He and Ryan practically make this trope.
- I Was Quite a Fashion Victim: While nearly everyone who'd been in the UK series prior were hit with this, Colin stood out thanks to some very ill-fitting jackets.
- "I'm sorry, I couldn't hear you over your shirt."
- Large Ham
- Meaningful Name: Someone who's done equal amounts of time on the giving and receiving end, named Mochrie.note Think about it. He even punned on it in one late UK Hoedown about himself.
- Nice Guy: He's the least sweary of the lot, even in deleted outtakes, making the animal abuse jokes that much more random.
- Overly Prepared Gag: One of Colin's specialties. Considering that any 'preparing' starts from the moment he sits down...
- Pet the Dog: "Canada - the UPSIDE!"
- Pungeon Master
- Refuge in Audacity: Not just in the usual sense but in-game - how else do you explain him filling his third of a session of "Three-Headed Singer" with repetitions of "YOU!" up to nine times. And copping out of Hoedown, of course.
- Those Two Guys: So much so with Ryan, as the two are regularly paired together in games (such as "Infomercial" and "Greatest Hits") and are the only performers to have been regulars for the show's entire duration, appearing in every episode of the original US series' run together with Drew (Wayne was a recurring player in Seasons 1 and 8).
"This just in, Wayne's got a fig old futt."
Joining as a semi-regular late in the UK run, having appeared in a few of the earlier episodes, Brad stands out not just physically but for his distinctly fratboy-juvenile style of humor.
Tropes associated with Brad:
Ryan: "Hey Wayne, can I borrow your butt for the weekend?"
Wayne: "Sorry my brutha, you gots to get your own."
Becoming a regular guest early into the US run, he's well versed in singing, dancing, and has a repertoire of stock impressions. Logically, many of the games that include music often have only him singing, or him taking the lead. Starting with the 2013 revival, he is now credited as an executive producer.
Tropes associated with Wayne:
"I would take you to sporting goods store, and buy some pingpong balls and keep you up aaaall niiight!"
The only Asian player in the history of Whose Line
. Karen is known for playing up her few strengths as far as she can (in essence, a female Colin).
Tropes associated with Karen:
In simple terms, Denny is an all-rounded performer and very much one of the guys.
Tropes associated with Denny:
"I do not dance for the likes of you, get your stinking hands off meeEEEEEEEE..."
Debuting in US season 2, Kathy is the best known of the Whose Line
US women, appearing on the show the most out of all of them.
Tropes associated with Kathy:
- As Long as It Sounds Foreign / What the Hell Is That Accent?: Faking European accents is her most underrated strength - and a bit of an Achilles' Heel as it bled into her attempts at anything different.
(laughter explodes, then...)
Ryan: You're from Canada, aren't you?
Kathy: Chè, and me mother is from Swëëden.
- Canada, Eh?: She is from Canada, but Drew tends to save all the Canada jokes for Colin.
- Cute but Cacophonic: Her turn as "whiny girlfriend of gangster boss Colin" in Weird Newscasters.
- Dumb Blonde: Subverted in that she was a very good at Dating Quirks with guesses best described as 'disturbingly accurate'.
- Played straight in Ryan's neon tube accident:
Drew: "His what keeps sticking to what, Kathy?"
Kathy: "Your head is... velcro?"
Drew: "Close enough." *buzzes* note
- Although in fairness, many of Ryan's quirks are rather tough to determine.. and she was simultaneously trying to work out how badly he'd hurt himself. And she'd already figured out the first part of what the card said by herself; she was just trying to work out the rest of it.
- Older Than They Look: She's younger than Drew, Greg, Ryan and Colin, but older than Brad, Chip and Wayne.
"...if you come down this weekend you can drive off the lot with Colin Mochrie right here! There's some wear on the tread here, that can be replaced for no extra charge..."
After appearing late in the UK run, Chip rejoined the US in season 2, but the audience warmed up to him very quickly. You can't go wrong with looks and talent in equal amounts.
Tropes associated with Chip:
The last new player added to the US run in season 3, Jeff turned out to be versatile enough to earn regular status. After keeping himself busy by participating in the attempted followups Drew Careys Green Screen Show
, Drew Careys Improvaganza
and a little-known co-production with Chip called On the Spot
, he's the first fourth-member from the old series to appear in the revival.
Tropes associated with Jeff:
"...Um, it's hard to explain..."
The charming female pianist actually appeared first in the last leg of the UK run and for the entirety of the US run and its revival series.
Tropes associated with Laura Hall:
- Not So Stoic: She's never failed to deliver whatever music is required, but noticeably messed up at least once - her piano play went Off the Rails thanks to one Irish Drinking Song.
- This one too.
- Her piano playing can also slow down or stop entirely when the cast manages to make her laugh. It's kind of a game for players.
- Pregnant Badass: Carried out all her usual duties while being very visibly pregnant for a stretch. That, folks, is what we call a trooper. Several jokes were made about how she can possibly play the piano when she can barely reach the keys.
- The Quiet One: Has only two lines for the entire run, and only after the keyboard crashed this one time.
- Those Two Girls: With Linda.
To add versatility to the music center of the show, guitarist Linda was added to Laura's corner (Later episodes would have brass specialists Cece Worral-Rubin or Anne King joining in.)
Tropes associated with Linda:
- A Day in the Limelight: Provides the guitar work in a game of Dubbing with Jack Osbourne.
- Affirmative Action Girl: She's usually seen standing and has her hair in a bleached-blonde crewcut. Makes you wonder, don't it? Although in some of the later episodes and especially the 2013 version, her hair has grown out more.
- Those Two Girls: With Laura.
- The Voiceless: She never really speaks in any episode.
The host of Whose Line
after its revival
Tropes associated with Aisha:
Jon's improv credentials run a bit longer than you'd think - he appeared in all three Whose Line
attempted followups (Drew Careys Green Screen Show
, Drew Careys Improvaganza
and Trust Us with Your Life
), thanks primarily to his work with Wayne Brady over on the set of Let's Make a Deal
. Wayne is clearly something of a Big Brother Mentor
to Jon, and it shows here as his place in the 2013 revival is very much earned.
Tropes associated with Jonathan:
Heather Anne Campbell
Having already appeared before in Drew Careys Improvaganza
, Heather Anne's performance back then practically ensured her a place here.
Tropes associated with Heather:
Gary Anthony Williams
Having already appeared in Everybody Hates Chris
and The Boondocks
, many fans were not
expecting him to do quite so well in improv as opposed to a scripted sitcom, earning him a new wave of fans.
Tropes associated with Gary:
"So, how big are your hips? (Beat
) Oh jeez that was- wha- I creeped myself
out..." (excuses himself)
Already known for his own weekly show
, Keegan-Michael slipped into the improv format easier than you'd believe.
Tropes associated with Keegan-Michael:
Another Second City
alumnus much like some of the Whose Line
veterans. As for improv credentials, Nyima participated in the Spiritual Licensee Nick Cannon presents Wild 'n' Out
as a regular in 2005.
Tropes associated with Nyima: