I’m currently cleansing my palate between 90 minutes of “Whose Line Is It Anyway” and an episode of “Blue Collar Comedy,” and I’m enjoying it tremendously. I’ve always appreciated stand-up comics; I’ve always said that if you want to learn how to think quickly on your feet, and in general be a better thinker, you could do worse than to study stand-ups.
Anyway, I’m thinking about both these shows, and I’m finding some rather striking parallels between the shows.
* Both shows were built around a big-name star (Carrey, Foxworthy).
* Both shows are astonishingly cheap to produce.
* Both shows are basically excuses for said star to hang around and have fun with some of their buddies.
* Both shows’ big-name stars are, while funny, are actually the weakest member of each show.
I miss “Whose Line.” While Wayne Brady was obviously the breakout star (he is amazingly talented, and had his own show for a while), Colin Mochrie remains my hero. I saw him and Brad Sherwood live once, even got to contribute a bit, and I have their autographs.
And as much as I enjoy Larry the Cable Guy, he’ll never — NEVER — replace Captain Hair.
(Favorite Colin Mochrie line: Introducing a game of “Greatest Hits” with “We’ll return to our nature documentary, ‘Saggy, The Anorexic Elephant’ after this brief message.”)