The CW’s revival of Whose Line Is It Anyway? is just as hilarious as the original series. Which episodes rank among IMDb’s best?
The revival run of Whose Line Is It Anyway? has been airing on The CW since 2013, nearly reaching the original running length of the first American series already. The series is different in many ways from the original, most notably by featuring a new host in Aisha Tyler, using guest stars more often, and introducing some new sketches.
But, despite all these changes and adjustments for a new era of television, Whose Line continues to be as funny and irreverent as ever, with many of the same major comedian players returning to keep the improvisational comedy series running like the truly well-oiled machine it is.
Jeff Davis 1 (8.3)
Jeff Davis is one of the most frequently featured players in the revival series to have carried over from the original series’ run.
In this episode, the cast of players take part in some truly ridiculous sketches, including a Jerry Springer inspired round of Award Show, a Hoedown game all about turning 18, and a bizarre Let’s Make a Date where Ryan plays a “Penguin Gathering Other Penguins to Look for Food and Shelter,” leading him to wander around the audience.
Joey Fatone (8.3)
One of the most surprising guest stars in either Whose Line series has easily been former boyband member Joey Fatone. His appearance in the revival series leads to some of the most chaotically hilarious sketches in the entire series.
While the episode includes other humorous skits, like a Chippendale chipmunk round of Hollywood Director, it’s the sketches that Fatone participates in that are truly memorable. In Duet, Fatone gets to relive his *NSYNC days alongside Wayne Brady and Jeff Davis, and, in Dubbing, Fatone goes all-in on the physical comedy while trying to outperform Brady’s Justin Timberlake.
Charles Esten 2 (8.3)
Following the original run of Whose Line, recurring player Chip Esten would go on to be known as Charles Esten, particularly during his time on the series Nashville.
He appears less frequently in the revival series as a result of his career changes, but, when he does show up, the chemistry among the group is just as good as it ever was. As always, Esten excels in the musical skits such as his performances in a Duet and a Hoedown where he pokes fun at host Aisha Tyler and previous host, Drew Carey.
Carmen Electra (8.3)
Sometimes, guest stars with no clear connections to comedy talent or improvisational skills wind up bringing out the best in the cast of players, and Carmen Electra is one such performer.
During her episode, Wayne Brady and Brad Sherwood get to serenade her with their very best Mick Jagger impressions, and she plays the less than desirable role of being a prop in Living Scenery. But, most noteworthy, this episode features the longest Hoedown sketch in Whose Line’s history.
Jeff Davis 4 (8.4)
Another Jeff Davis feature episode that ranks among the best of them airs in the revival run’s third season. In this episode, yet another zany round of Let’s Make a Date finds Colin as a “Demanding Actor Auditioning People to Do a Passionate Love Scene with Him,” and Ryan as, of all things, a “Chimp Being Launched into Space.”
In Greatest Hits, however, Jeff and Wayne both steal the show performing songs about San Francisco, most notably in the bizarre duet of rapper Lil Wayne and opera singer Pavarotti.
Yvette Nicole Brown (8.4)
Though the revival series features celebrity guest stars far more frequently than its predecessor, Whose Line’s latest seasons don’t often utilize these guests thoroughly in their episodes, no matter how good they are. Yvette Nicole Brown is one such comedically gifted example, even though her episode is quite good.
During her appearance, she joins Ryan and Colin for an incredibly messy round of Helping Hands and gets serenaded by Wayne and Gary Anthony Williams in the style of Jamaican dancehall. Other standout skits include Hollywood Director’s Maury-themed round.
Chip Esten (8.5)
The first time Esten appears on the revival series is in its fifth season in 2017 where he is still referred to as Chip and even takes part in an incredibly rare three-person team during the sketch Props.
He also gets to perform another pilot-themed Hoedown, as he does in his later appearance. But, it’s the Halloween inspired round of Greatest Hits where he performs alongside Wayne and Jeff that Chip really shines and the episode really shows its strengths.
Alfonso Ribeiro (8.7)
There are guest stars in episodes who viewers just know will be great but who still go on to surprise and surpass all expectations. Alfonso Ribeiro, best known as the geeky Carlton Banks from the iconic The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, is absolutely one of the clearest examples of that trend.
Ribeiro gets incredibly involved in the Duet performed by Wayne and Gary in the style of a 1980s breakdance song, and later having far too much fun as a mad scientist’s experiment in a round of Dubbing.
Danielle Panabaker (8.7)
As the revival series of Whose Line airs on The CW, there are frequently guest stars from other series that air on The CW, including The Flash’s Danielle Panabaker. While she gets to take part in a fun Duet with Wayne and Gary, most of what makes this episode so great actually occur in other sketches.
In particular, Colin’s performance as “French Pig Sniffing for Truffles Hidden in Dark Places” and Ryan’s performance as “Naked Hillbilly Who Thinks People Have Stolen His Clothes” in Let’s Make a Date are some of the most ridiculous moments in the series’ run.
Misty May-Treanor (8.8)
Though this episode is named for the guest star Olympian Misty May-Treanor, May-Treanor’s appearance in the episode actually has very little to do with what makes the episode so noteworthy. In one sense, the episode stands out, as it’s one of the rare episodes to sadly not feature Wayne Brady.
But, most of all, the episode stands out for the sketch Moving People in which two audience members are chosen as volunteers and then promptly get engaged as part of an elaborate setup. Along the way, skits such as Questions and Greatest Hits are also particularly hilarious, but this sweet moment makes this episode stand far above the rest.
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