Whose Line is it Anyway? Live at the Fringe - Edfringe Review

Whose Line is it Anyway? Live at the Fringe - Edfringe Review

This legendary television and radio comedy programme will not fail to attract its devotees and that audience will surely not be disappointed.

Whose Line Is It Anyway began as a British radio programme before running as a television series from 1988 to 1999. Since then it has been emulated in the U.S., in Australia and elsewhere around the world. It could easily be credited with the popularisation of improv as a comedy genre and at form. The games played on this show have been played on radio and television for over thirty years and have been adopted in drama classrooms and rehearsal spaces across the world.

“The audience will surely not be disappointed”

The guest-list for this live show includes favourites such as Tony Slattery, Mike McShane and Richard Vranch but the cast I had the pleasure of watching alongside host Clive Anderson were seasoned veterans Greg Proops and Stephen Frost and new talents (to the Whose Line stage) Andy Smart and Phil Jupitus. Although it was a shame that none of the women on the billing list, such as Rachel Parris, Pippa Evans and Ruth Bratt, were present this particular night, the all-male cast, accompanied by pianist Kirsty Newton, did a brilliant job of entertaining us and living up to the show’s reputation.

Anderson is a witty and natural host. The evening contains all the much loved favourite games and on this particular night included Party Quirks, Foreign Film Dub, Film and Theatre Styles, Questions and Greatest Hits. Jupitus (well-known for his long-term role as a team captain on BBC comedy music quiz Never Mind The Buzzcocks) gave the standout performance, including a brilliant improvised Reggae Song about a hammer.

This show is just as good as it has always been and is such a joy to watch live.

 

Whose Line Is It Anyway? Live at the Fringe runs at Underbelly, Bristo Square – McEwan Hall at 7pm until 26th August.

4/5

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