“They never meet but there’s a skirmish of wit between them.”

Much Ado About Nothing, Act 1, Scene 1

William Shakespeare

It’s hard to say much about an improvisation show, since (for blatantly obvious reasons) it’s going to be different every time. Suffice to say, however, that Whose Line is it Anyway? Live at Adelphi Theatre is completely amazing and hilarious and you should all see it if you possibly can.blog

Saying that, if you can’t, no worries. Just look up the show on YouTube or 4OD and laugh hysterically to yourself in your room. For those of you who know of the show already, the format is almost exactly the same; four top improvisers play games for a live audience who get to shout out suggestions, and for a dryly sardonic host (Clive Anderson – although the more relaxed and crass Drew Carey takes over for the American version) who awards points completely at random.

It is one of my all-time favourite shows, and the live show unites some of the best performers Brad Sherwood, Josie Lawrence, Greg Proops and the ever-brilliant Colin Mochrie (although two of my favourites, Ryan Stiles and Wayne Brady were sadly not present), with the original host Anderson.

Anderson was actually better than I remember him; his wisecracks at the beginning were very funny, and he and Proops had some great back-and-forths. Many -though not all- of the best games are included, like ‘Greatest Hits’, ‘Who’s Line’, ‘Irish Drinking Song’, ‘Sound Effects’ and ‘Hoedown’. Easily the most hilarious one yesterday afternoon was ‘Sit, Stand, Bend’ – again, look it up on YouTube – I’ve rarely seen more people crying with laughter in a theatre than then.

Although some of the singing ones were slightly less amusing than others (understandably, thinking of a tune and funny lyrics on the spot is an insane talent, which Brad showed off particularly well), overall this is a master class in improvisation and comedy. If you enjoy the TV show, (and I can’t think of a conceivable reason why you wouldn’t!) then you’ll love this. Just don’t blame me if your stomach aches by the end of the performance.

Whose Line is it Anyway? Live at Adelphi Theatre: 5/5 stars

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