It was the craziest deja vu going back to tape a new round of Whose Line episodes after almost 9 years off. Everything was the same but different. For one thing, we shot in the same studio. The stage was the exact same layout, just different colors. A lot of the producers, crew, etc. came back. And of course the three main improvisors are back; Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie and Wayne Brady.
Plus, Linda Taylor is with me again to do the music (I wouldn't have done it without her). Even though we hadn't worked together in a while, we fell right back into a great groove. We got new gear and instruments, and feel like we can play anything they throw at us. It's great to get to play with her and Wayne again.
But here's the biggest difference (besides the fact that Linda and I both have long hair now). We have a brand new host, the lovely and talented Aisha Tyler. Drew Carey was a great host, and I hope he'll come back to do a guest spot some time, but Aisha is making it her own, bringing a different style and her own energy.
We also got a lot of new people in the “fourth chair” spot, including Keegan-Michael Key, Nyima Funk, Gary Anthony Williams, Heather Anne Campbell and Jonathan Mangum. We've also had favorites like Greg Proops, Jeff Davis and Brad Sherwood. It's been great to improvise with the guys who I've played with so often, cause I know they've got my back at all times. But it's also good to bring in some new improvisors to shake things up, and everyone did a fantastic job. Plus, we got some fun new games to play.
And the last change, I'm happy to announce, is that they no longer feel the need to dress us like Easter eggs, in bright pastel colors. In fact, I even got to wear some of my own clothes. That makes me very happy, and Linda Taylor even more happy.
We shot the new episodes very quickly; the British producers got into town on a Sunday and we started taping that Friday. In two weekends we shot 12 new episodes, which is crazy fast. It was good to have a balance of familiar and brand new. It allowed us to jump right back in, but also have a fresh take on things.
Be sure to watch the new Whose Line episodes, to help make sure the show gets picked up. I hope we get a chance to make a bunch of new ones, cause they're so fun to make and to watch. And on a practical level, that baby I was pregnant with in the first episodes is now in high school. I'm gonna have college to pay for!
New episodes of Whose Line is it Anyway air Friday nights on the CW Network. You'll see me wearing what my husband calls my “I'm-so-happy-to-be-working” smile!