The Best of WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY Uncensored DVD Review

     June 2, 2009

Slower than the turtle in that infamous race with the hare, Drew Carrey’s reboot of Whose Line is it Anyway? is coming out on DVD. After releasing Season 1 both censored or uncensored, one would imagine that Season 2 would be next.  But that isn’t the case. Instead, Warner Brothers has opted to release The Best of Whose Line is it Anyway Uncensored.

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With airdates ranging between 2001-2004, it’s not exactly a series-spanning collection. In fact, this release is more like “the episodes with special guests, plus a few other gems thrown in for good measure.”  Luckily, however, they’re pretty darned entertaining guests: Richard Simmons, David Hasselhoff, Florence Henderson, Loyola Marymount University Cheerleaders, bodybuilder Jane Tricker, and Jerry Springer.

The set kicks off with Richard Simmons’ infamous stint, where he hits on the entire cast and fuels every scene with as much sexual innuendo that his little body can muster. From there, it’s not exactly downhill, but merely incomparable. Other eps include Ryan knocking out the light with his head, Mamma Brady getting saucy, and the most excellent looks of fear as those Loyola cheerleaders get used as props. Each show features Carrey, Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie, and Wayne Brady, and the extra faces that pop up in this collection include the ever-excellent Greg Proops, plus Brad Sherwood, Kathy Griffin, and Jeff Davis.

As far as special features go, there’s only a “bonus” episode — an hour-long ep that recapped highlights of the first two seasons. After the mayhem of the other 10 episodes, this collection is a bit of a drag and not nearly as funny as all that precedes it. Considering the fact that these tapings take forever and include multiple versions of each game, it would’ve been nice to see some deleted scenes and shenanigans – this is an “uncensored” disc after all.

Nevertheless, you can’t go wrong with Whose Line. It’s cheek-searingly funny, and this collection does a decent job of picking the memorable moments, even if a “best-of” is not as preferable as being able to sift through the seasons yourself.

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