Improv fans have been rejoicing since Friday when Colin Mochrie tweeted that “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” will return to TV. Ten episodes will air this summer on The CW. Colin, Ryan Stiles and Wayne Brady will be on the new version of the show. Guest improvisers will rotate in the fourth spot. Aisha Tyler replaces Drew Carey as the host.
Like Carey, Tyler is known more for stand-up comedy than improv. She is currently a co-host on “The Talk.” I think she’ll do a good job, based on my recollection of her guest appearances on the Comedy World Radio Network. She was relatively unknown at the time, which was about a year before she got a job hosting “Talk Soup.”
Aisha’s podcast is called “Girl on Guy,” which is described as “a podcast about stuff guys love, brought to you by the ultimate guy’s girl.” I can vouch for her from personal experience. In August of 2000, three other guys and I spent a fun evening with Aisha in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Kevin Ryder from KROQ, New Orleans-based comedian Tim Coston, and comedy writer Tim Harrod had all appeared on a panel with Aisha at Morning Show Boot Camp. After the session ended, we went out for dinner and drinks, stopping at several bars throughout the night.
The return of “Whose Line” is likely to be a hot topic this coming weekend at the 2nd annual Gatlinburg Improv Fest. Six improv groups will perform on Friday and Saturday nights at Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre. Showtimes are 6:00, 8:00 and 10:00 p.m. both nights.