Charlie Sheen Gives Improv A Go On GSN's New Improv-A-Ganza
I was so into Whose Line Is It Anyway? at one point that I went back and watched all the episodes of the British version. I found it no less amazing. Improv comedy is an incredibly unique skill that doesn’t always translate well to other disciplines. I suspect it’s because the stakes are completely different. When you’re given no lines, no advanced notice and no outs, the goal is to be as funny as you can with what you have to work with. Typically, the result is more impressive than hilarious, but in some ways, I actually like that better. For a brief spell in the late 90s and early 2000s, so did many Americans, but it remains to be seen whether that was mild curiosity or general affection for the genre. We’ll see.
In just a few short weeks, Game Show Network will begin airing comedian Drew Carey’s new stab at the improv game. The show is entitled Drew Carey’s Improv-A-Ganza, and it features many of the old standbys most have come to associate with improvisation. That includes but is not limited to: Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie, Greg Proops, Brad Sherwood, Chip Esten, Wayne Brady, Carey himself, and of course, Charlie Sheen. Wait… what? That’s right. Everyone’s favorite off the rails uncle apparently stopped by to lend a hand in one segment. No word on what we might expect from the former Two And A Half Men star, but I fully expect him to be at least decent. There’s no way he’s competent enough at improv to go toe-to-toe with Stiles or Mochrie, but usually when there’s a guest, the sketch is at least somewhat catered around his or her strengths.
Improv-A-Ganza premieres on GSN on Monday, April 11th at 8 PM EST. Sheen’s episode will debut the following day at same Bat time and same Bat channel.
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