By Matthew Bitz
One of my favorite programs on television these days is on ABC, "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" It airs on Thursdays at seven. What makes this program so great is that it completely breaks the mold of your run-of-the-mill sitcoms. It is completely impromptu. What other show can boast that?
"Whose Line" is a half-hour comedy based loosely on a game-show format Contestants compete for points by performing improvisational scenes and making up songs on the spot. It was originally aired on the BBC but has since been moved to ABC and is now hosted by Drew Carey. Its stars are four incredibly talented actors and then a new guest each week.
It may sound a little strange, but I can assure you that it is hilarious. After about five minutes though, you will see that unlike every other game show, the emphasis is not on winning points but instead on trying to get the most laughs, and I'm here to tell you that you will laugh.
It is truly extraordinary to see these talented performers get up and make up songs about members of the audience and what their profession is. Have you ever tried to sing a rock anthem to a plumber named Bill Kowalski? I think not. I think that to me the most refreshing thing about the show is that it is truly unscripted and totally unrehearsed. To someone who enjoys acting and impromptu speaking like myself, this is truly something to be admired.
Although this sounds quite unconventional and an unorthodox kind of program, it provides a uniquely different style of comedy and is one to be enjoyed.
I would like to encourage you to watch it once or twice. It's a great way to unwind and bleed off stress. Besides, the sole purpose of it is to make the audience laugh, so I can guarantee that it'll get a chuckle or two out of just about anyone.