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Drew Carey's Improv-A-Ganza Interviewby Pattye Grippo    

Drew Carey's Improv-A-Ganza

This is a transcript of an interview with Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie, Greg Proops, Jonathan Mangum, Kathy Kinney, and Jeff Davis on March 31, 2011 about the show Drew Carey's Improv-A-Ganza.

Question:
Ryan, most of you have worked on least one show like this before. How this is one different from all of the other improv shows that you've been involved with?

Ryan Stiles:
Well, I think there's kind of a different energy to it because it's shot in Vegas. It's just a natural energy. Once you get up on stage you wouldn't really know where you are but I think the whole excitement level's just gone up a lot just because we're in Las Vegas. It's just more exciting.

Question:
Colin, what would you say is the most challenging aspect of improv comedy?

Colin Mochrie:
Well, working with these guys I think is the first obstacle you have to kind of overcome. Improv goes against everything you do in real life. You have to listen to people. You have to accept their ideas and build on it, so that really is the most difficult thing. It sounds simple to just listen on stage but really that is the beginning of good improv. All you really have are the people you're working with and you know they can say something as a throwaway line, but it could all of a sudden take a whole new direction and make it comedy gold. So it's just getting to the era-that place where you're really comfortable on stage and you trust the people that you're with. That's all making sure you have a group of people you trust.

Question:
Could each of you could say how you got invited to be a part of this?

Kathy Kinney:
Drew Carey, we were all there when Drew got addicted to improv. We heard the click and he has created these venues, places for us to just come and do the improv with, and because he's loyal like a big wet dog, you know, he just always invites us all to come play with him. That's my story. I'm sticking to it.

Jeff Davis:
And I have pictures of him dressed as a big wet dog, so he tends to hire me for anything.

Kathy Kinney:
Big naked wet dog.

Jeff Davis:
I think, if Drew asks, we do it, you know. It's been like that throughout the years. Almost all of us went overseas. Anything he asks us to do we just do it, because he's just that kind of guy. He'd do anything for you so you want to please him. You don't want to piss off the rich guy.

Kathy Kinney:
It's just about loyalty. They say it's Drew Allison Carey. I think its Drew Loyalty Carey.

Jonathan Mangum:
Oh, I agree, but if you'd like a more detailed answer please press pound five, wait for four beeps, you might hear music after four seconds. Oh, I totally agree that he's the most loyal guy I know and thank God for that.

Question:
Considering that they were a staple of Who's Line kind of unofficially, Colin, how many ball jokes can we look forward to coming up on this new show?

Colin Mochrie:
We're actually pretty good I'd have to say. They brought their natural tendencies and actually tried to just do funny improv, which is a first for them, so it was good. I'd say, on Who's Line you get a good two to three a show. There may be two during the entire shooting and they were both by me.

Jeff Davis:
But I find working with Colin you're standing beside him you're just better lit.

Colin Mochrie:
I didn't realize it was going to spread to interviews now.

Kathy Kinney:
That's good. I think that's the earmark of this show is that in this energy of doing this whole new improv show in Vegas and with all new jokes and all the same people, but I think we're-we've gotten funnier. Don't you?

Colin Mochrie:
I think so. We all know each other so much better now. We're up in double digits, ten, twenty years that we've worked together so that just makes it better and you don't want to fall back on the ball jokes, right, Ryan?

Ryan Stiles:
Right, right, right.

Kathy Kinney:
Yep.

Colin Mochrie:
I will now do a dance.

Question:
Colin, can you give us some details on what we can expect from the show and how it's different from Who's Line is it Anyway?

Colin Mochrie:
Unlike Who's Line there isn't a host per se. Drew Carey has his name on the show of course, which didn't mean enough for him to show up for this interview but still...

Kathy Kinney:
I'm sitting in for him.

Jeff Davis:
Ahh.

Colin Mochrie:
So it, it's more like a taping of what our Vegas shows were. Where everyone takes time. Everybody has a chance to introduce the scene, set up the characters. So there's no host that way. Also, unlike Who's Line, Ryan and I would always work together, you know, Brad and Wayne would always do the songs. So it's really mixed up that way. We got a chance to work with everybody. I got to do a couple of singing games, Who's Line I think was contracted not to have me sing. So, it has many, many differences.

Ryan Stiles:
Can I add a couple?

Colin Mochrie:
Yeah.

Ryan Stiles:
Also, on Who's Line a lot of the suggestions came down from the producers on cards that Drew read. We still didn't know what the suggestions were but, because we don't have that everything comes from the audience and I think we use the audience more in this show too, and we can take our time with scenes. In Who's Line we just needed to boom, boom, boom, everything just kind of gaggie but we can kind of work through scenes here. It's a little more fun that way so we can explore characters and stuff. I'm making it sound like theatre, it's not. It's still funny but, , we just have more time in this show. We have a big stage. We're not confined to a little eight by twelve foot stage where we have to stand in a line and speak. We can actually move so it's just more fun for us to do.

Kathy Kinney:
I just want to add one, too. I know you only asked Colin but because it's improv and we rely on the audience having this unbelievable energized audience in this Las Vegas Casino and these are people from all over the world, the heartland, Europe and everywhere, andwe're feeding on them and they're feeding on us and so there's this sense of it's almost like a cirque du soleil show, you just jump and you fly and it's really just a different energy.

Jeff Davis:
She does that literally.

Kathy Kinney:
Yeah, literally I jump and I fly. You'll have to tune in though to see it.

Greg Proops:
Often you'll find that I'm like a giant salamander in our show.

Question:
Ryan, many times we've heard from Colin that you guys have known each other for many years and worked together a lot of those. I just want to know if you guys are sick of each other yet?

Ryan Stiles:
I don't get him. The only time we see each other is on stage. We've known each other 30 years and I think I've phoned him at home, I probably could count on one hand I would think. Colin?

Colin Mochrie:
Yeah. You wouldn't even need your hand.

Ryan Stiles:
It's fun to work with all these people. We don't see each other unless we're on stage. It's not like we hang out together all the time, so it's probably why the Stones have been together so long. They don't see each other until they get on stage, so it's fun for us.

Kathy Kinney:
It's like a big fun family reunion.

Ryan Stiles:
Right.

Jeff Davis:
Ryan, could you hand me some more chips please?

Greg Proops:
This time use your hand.

Kathy Kinney:
And you know what's funny? I'll just add this. I'm not sick of seeing Ryan and Colin together on stage, either.

Ryan Stiles:
Nor are we.

Kathy Kinney:
Yeah.

Ryan Stiles:
I think the problem we have is, and with a lot of people that work together a long time is, is we get a suggestion the first thing that runs through our minds is have we done this before, and if we did what did we do so we don't do it again, and so you have to kind of sensor yourself, but, it's fun working with everybody. We've known each other for so long it's like family.

Kathy Kinney:
Is somebody taking a bath? I hear running water.

Ryan Stiles:
That's Greg.

Colin Mochrie:
I feel like we're in a radio play all of a sudden.

Greg Proops:
I want to be the murderer.

Kathy Kinney:
God, this is fun.

Question:
You guys have known each other for a very long time and you guys definitely have a rapport with each other. You know each other's timings. How do you prepare your guest stars so that they can feel like they're really a part and they can work well with you guys?

Colin Mochrie:
Oh, that's something especially for Jonathan Mangum.

Jonathan Mangum:
Oh? I'm sorry I missed a bit of that. I was in a circus parade.

Kathy Kinney:
I was going to say we, I mean, in the past we've simply made fun of them in the green room and then given them a drink, but does anyone else have anything to add to that?

Jonathan Mangum:
You know I think the thing we want to do is make them look bad so we do everything we can to help them. We set them up or we leave them alone, and a lot of people are kind of nervous to get up there. Even actors don't necessarily improvise, so it's always kind of scary for them and we kind of sense that so we kind of lead them through it but we want them to look good.

Ryan Stiles:
Plus, improv is always, always yes and so any idea they have we're going to completely accept so they almost can't look bad as long as they just have ideas.

Greg Proops:
I'm always trying to emphasis to our guests, the enormous sense of gratitude they should be feeling that they're allowed to be playing with us, and then maybe they should be thinking about a little more than their own needs.

Colin Mochrie:
And yet they rarely do.

Kathy Kinney:
You know we're just really happy when someone shows up to play with us. We don't think of ourselves as celebrities so we're hard pressed if someone shows.

Ryan Stiles:
Nor does anyone else.

Kathy Kinney:
Okay. I know. That's it so if someone shows up we're like eww let's bring 'em up, let's bring 'em up it will be so fun. It's like you always let all the new kids into the sandbox to play with you so we're just-we're really happy and we do always make them look good and if we don't, if we can't possibly do it then they'll edit it to make it look-No, just kidding. They always will look good.

Question:
Kathy, what is it like being the only woman in the cast?

Colin Mochrie:
I'll answer this.

Kathy Kinney:
Yeah, I have a bigger dressing room, which is just a joke because I don't really have a dressing room. You know, I feel like-I feel very honored. I feel, happy, funny. It's, I don't feel funny. I mean I feel okay. I think that I just fit in. I just fit in and it is like family because we've all been together so long. I'm not out there trying to-I'm a good ensemble person. I'm a team player and I think that that's what makes it a good fit for me, and Drew Carey owes me money, and so I'm always going to be there until he pays that debt off.

Jonathan Mangum:
And we don't have to play woman which is great.

Kathy Kinney:
Yeah. Yeah because I am a woman, but sometimes I get to play a man, because we're doing improvs so we're gender bending all the time there. Sometimes we just play animals who have no gender, like frogs or tadpoles, things like that. So, I'm just happy. I'm happy to be there and have a job.

Jonathan Mangum:
Are you drinking, Kathy?

Kathy Kinney:
I am but it's called dandy blend. It's dandelion weed brew stuff.

Question:
Who were your inspirations when you were younger?

Kathy Kinney:
Ryan, were you ever inspired by somebody?

Ryan Stiles:
Yeah, probably the same as everybody else I would think. You know, Sid Caesar and, you know, Carol Burnett.

Kathy Kinney:
Lucille Ball.

Ryan Stiles:
Jonathan Winters. I mean all of the people that we grew up with, those kids don't know who they are these days.

Greg Proops:
I like the SCTV show with Rick Moranis and Catherine O'Hara, John Candy. When I was in college I thought they were the funniest sketch group ever.

Kathy Kinney:
Yeah, I did too. Canadians.

Colin Mochrie:
Yeah, Canadians are funny.

Kathy Kinney:
Was that true for you, Colin?

Colin Mochrie:
Yeah. Oh, yeah. SCTV, I was a big fan of like the old guys like Jack Benny and Jonathan Winters and Bob Hope.

Ryan Stiles:
Dick Sergeant, Kirk Douglas.

Kathy Kinney:
Rita Hayworth. Jonathan, you're, you're like the young guy. Who inspired you?

Jonathan Mangum:
Yeah. I don't know who the hell you guys are talking about. I like Dave Letterman.

Colin Mochrie:
You're older than that. Come on.

Jonathan Mangum:
And Monty Python of course, and Bob Newhart, Bob Newhart too. Those are probably the top three for me.

Kathy Kinney:
Yeah. Bob Newhart, and for me all the woman, Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, and the woman who played my grandmother, Phyllis Diller.

Ryan Stiles:
That's right.

Greg Proops:
Oh, my God Phyllis Diller.

Kathy Kinney:
Still sends me a Christmas card every year. That's family.

Jonathan Mangum:
That's so sweet. The same one.

Kathy Kinney:
hmm, yep, same one. That's right, so who inspired you to do imrov? Was it us?

Ryan Stiles:
Thank you.

Question:
What would you say is the top reason to watch Drew Carey's Improv-A-Ganza?

Greg Proops:
It's in color.

Kathy Kinney:
Yeah, it's in color. I think, you know, bad economy, good comedy. That would be mine.

Jonathan Mangum:
Bad economy, good comedy. I like that.

Ryan Stiles:
I think the number one reason is Colin Mochrie.

Greg Proops:
That's just sweet.

Kathy Kinney:
Sweet, yeah.

Greg Proops:
I think it's time to indulge your fantasy.

Jonathan Mangum:
You know it's kind of an odd show to me kind of like Americas Funniest Videos where you can actually watch it with everybody in the family to and they can all understand it and it's also a show that if you miss the first five minutes it's not going to matter. You can tune in any time.

Ryan Stiles:
And actually it's the only new improv on TV. You're not going to see any other new improv on any other show on any other channel.

Jonathan Mangum:
You're not going to see any improv.

Kathy Kinney:
No.

Greg Proops:
Yeah, well, no, they still run the Who's Line occasionally, right?

Jonathan Mangum:
Right.

Greg Proops:
Yeah but this is the only new improv.

Jonathan Mangum:
We'll look younger in that one so they'll know the difference.

Kathy Kinney:
Yeah. You know what it is? When you said Americas Funniest Home Videos I just think that this is my top reason, that if you're laughing really hard it rings you out and when you come back you-if you're feeling so much better. It's like a great hour at the gym to watch the show. I know we're only on for a half hour but it's just gut wrenching.

Jonathan Mangum:
You can work out every day.

Kathy Kinney:
Every day.

Greg Proops:
I think you should put that under the title. It's like an hour in the gym.

Kathy Kinney:
But it's only 30 minutes on TV.

Question:
Kathy, which of your fellow cast mates did you most expect to land on Celebrity Rehab?

Kathy Kinney:
Oh, Celebrity Rehab. That's a good question. I think, because we do everything as a group we're all going to end up there at the exact same time doing improv, you know, for the other rehab patients. That's us. It's in our contract. It's called favored nations, so if one goes to rehab we all go to rehab.

No, you know what we're just like this is the show you want to watch with your grandmother and your three year old niece. Anything that, that we say that look it will just be bleeped out and actually it's just a bunch of clean living, fun people.

Ryan Stiles:
If it didn't happen in the 80s it's not going to happen now.

Kathy Kinney:
That's right. We're too old to end up in rehab now.

Colin Mochrie:
I'm high on life and there's no rehab for that.

Kathy Kinney:
Yeah, so, but that, that would be my answer.

Question:
Greg, with all the residuals you have pouring in from your stint with Star Wars, why get back in bed with Drew Carey and company?

Greg Proops:
Obviously, you've never worked for the great Lucas Empire before. Residuals are a word that have been damaged to the rebel legend. So I actually get in bed with Drew Carey anyway every day because I live with him as man and wife.

Ryan Stiles:
Well, there you go.

Greg Proops:
And he's very, very gentle some of the times.

Question:
What do you think keeps shows like Who's Line and these improv shows so popular and still running to this day nonstop?

Ryan Stiles:
We enjoy it when we do it and I think people pick up on that and I think it's kind of nice to, to watch a show that's not a bunch of people arguing with each other. So, it's just a feel good show. You watch it and you just you feel good watching it, so I don't know what else to say about it. It's kind of a happy show.

Colin Mochrie:
I think you sort of hit the nail on the head when you say everyone can see how much fun we're having. It's just-it makes it timeless. It's like watching the old Carol Burnett show and seeing Tim Conway breakup and no matter how often you see the scene you still laugh when you see it because you realize that they had so much fun performing it and it just becomes contagious.

Kathy Kinney:
Yeah. That's true isn't it? Even after all these years we're really making each other laugh and we're the biggest critics because we've been there all along so, you know, it's just fun isn't it?

Greg Proops:
I don't think people realize like when we show up in Vegas we haven't seen each other for a while. It's just nice seeing people for that first time and going out for dinner with them and doing shows.

Colin Mochrie:
The second hour's rough.

Greg Proops:
The second hour's rough, yeah.

Kathy Kinney:
Yeah. I think people just want to laugh and it's a good kind of show to just sit and laugh and also there's so many people that think oh I could do that. You know, we make it look easy and it is just fun.

Question:
Jeff and Jonathan, you guys are like the newest members to this improv group. What are your challenges working with everyone?

Jonathan Mangum:
Yeah, the impressions the hardest part. No, you know trying to find what your place is in a group every group is, like a great baseball team and everyone has their own role and when you show up you're not really sure. You know what am I? Am I a first baseman? Am I short, I get to kind of do a bunch of shows and figure out kind of where you fit, but, these guys are so gracious that, that luckily didn't take very long for me at all.

Greg Proops:
And the decision you made was to be on stage as much as possible?

Jonathan Mangum:
Yeah.

Kathy Kinney:
And as far as Jeff goes, I was saying to him before when we were in Vegas, you know don't second guess yourself. You know because it's always sometimes you're trying to figure out does the network need something different from me that as an improver I might not be giving and, and Jeff said, "Oh, I'm just going to show up and have a good time. That's what I do." And that's what he does. Just shows up, has a really good time.

Greg Proops:
I love the fact that the new guys have been here 10 years.

Kathy Kinney:
Yeah.

Ryan Stiles:
That just makes us old.

Question:
Do any of you have any crazy stories to tell about filming?

Colin Mochrie:
Yeah, the beauty of improv is once you've done the scene it's like gone forever so you never really remember anything until you see it, you know when you're flipping through the channels. I can't think of anything except for the drunk woman who I have to proudly admit I picked her.

Jonathan Mangum:
For me, thank you.

Colin Mochrie:
So I'm very well-known for my ability to pick the best possible person for any scene. You know, it was dark. I didn't realize she had her pants over her head.

Jonathan Mangum:
You're just naturally attracted to drunk woman.

Greg Proops:
We had a guy at one point that came up on stage in one of the shows that was really drunk and we were playing the game, moving bodies. Where they move the performer and I think it was Chip. You know normally you would grab someone's leg to move it forward to make them walk and I think this guy was like punching his butt as hard as he could and he was a big muscle guy and we all were like whoa. We were a little worried.

Colin Mochrie:
A little worried.

Jonathan Mangum:
We wanted to watch Chip suffer of course.

Kathy Kinney:
Yeah. But well, I think Chip turned and like was going to deck him or something, scared him enough.

Greg Proops:
We also did have slightly older woman in an incredibly short skirt.

Jonathan Mangum:
Yes.

Greg Proops:
We had to put a towel over her at one point actually.

Colin Mochrie:
Yep.

Kathy Kinney:
I think they're running that promo. I was watching some poker, high stakes poker and they've got a commercial for the show and it's Jeff singing, Jeff and Jonathan, you and Jeff singing and Jeff pulls the towel off her lap.

Greg Proops:
You ripped it off.

Kathy Kinney:
Yeah, he ripps it off and she's going to turn around and he says no, don't turn around we're on a game show network, not the pay preview. So it was pretty funny.

Question:
Colin, what carry overs would you say went from yours and Brad's show to this show?

Kathy Kinney:
Besides you and Brad.

Colin Mochrie:
Yeah besides Brad and well I think, what Brad and I have in our show is what kind of smoved into this. Just the stability to be able to have fun on stage when you realize you have an audience and you have no show. Just that part of your mind it just goes into a weird???it's hard to explain. A partly relaxation and partly sheer panic, and I mean all these guys on the show are world class improvisers. The beauty of it, you know we hadn't seen them for maybe a couple years but when you get back together it's just like getting punched in the head again.

Greg Proops:
I can't speak for anybody else but I never feel more comfortable and at ease than when I'm on stage.

Kathy Kinney:
Yeah, me to.

Jonathan Mangum:
Yep.

Colin Mochrie:
Yeah, life sucks.

Greg Proops:
It does. I hate crowds. I really do.

Question:
Will we be getting any hoe downs?

Colin Mochrie:
I could say no. You'll never see a hoe down. If there was any way we could have stopped a hoe down from being on Who's Line we would have done it. If we could have done it retroactively we could have done it. It was, a hoe down was never our favorite, as you can probably tell. It was just, you know we did hundreds of them and it every year just got harder and harder so I'm personally I'm glad to see it banished from this show.

Ryan Stiles:
And also it's one of those games where we're kind of standing in a line and that was fine for Who's Line but now we're on a stage that's, 100 feet across so again we want to keep it kind of active.

Kathy Kinney:
It's like, it's the same people from Who's Line but it's a whole different show with all different formats and games. It's really, and that Las Vegas audience, whoa.

Question:
Kathy, do you think that also doing the role of Bunny in The Secret Life of the American Teenager will create different ideas or scenarios you normally wouldn't have done before and if so, how?

Kathy Kinney:
No I don't. Bunny has red hair and you know, The Secret Life of the American Teenager is just a really fantastic show. It's very well written and, I truly enjoy being on there and working with like these really young guys.

I know what can I say. It's just so tightly scripted and really controlled that I just, I bring my best Bunny game to that and when I'm in Las Vegas with my friends doing the improv it's just such a different thing because I'm just pulling information out of the universe and slapping it up on stage and watching what they do with it, so it's such a different thing. I think of myself as an actress but I also think of myself as an improvisational actress and they don't really have much to do with anything except for it's all me and I just show up.

Question:
Has anything been like really disastrous that you had to either stop the show or something bombed that you had to try to recover from?

Kathy Kinney:
No.

Ryan Stiles:
Colin, wasn't there one time on Who's Line in England when some pipes broke and flooded the studio and people waited three hours until they fixed it up?

Colin Mochrie:
Yeah. That was good.

Kathy Kinney:
Well, Jonathan, didn't you crawl across the floor like a big lizard and smash a light? Did we stop for that?

Jonathan Mangum:
I broke a light.

Ryan Stiles:
If you don't break a light on stage you shouldn't be on stage as far as I'm concerned. Everybody's broken a light now and then.

Kathy Kinney:
It's fun.

Question:
How was it doing improv with Charlie Sheen?

Greg Proops:
It was great. I mean we didn't-we weren't even sure if he was going to come up, he came to see the show and we asked him to come up and do a game with us and usually when you ask actors like that they'll go, "Oh, gee I don't know. I don't think I could possibly" and Charlie was like, "Let's do it. It sounds like fun." So, you could hear him in the crowd. He sat in one place. He laughed at everything even the stuff that wasn't funny, and he was great. We just had a good time doing it so it was fun that he came up. It's so different than what you know Charlie for and I think he carried himself pretty well.

Colin Mochrie:
Yeah.

Question:
What would you say makes all you guys work together so well?

Colin Mochrie:
You know everybody has a solid improv background so there's the trust and everybody has the skills and the know how, and then just after working with each other for so many years, it's almost like we're like an Army platoon. You know everybody's watching everybody else's back, so we're out there to make sure everybody's having fun, and we do.

Ryan Stiles:
And nobody else will work with us.

Kathy Kinney:
Yeah.

Colin Mochrie:
Yeah, there's that.

Kathy Kinney:
Yeah, we're shunned by the rest of the improv community.

Colin Mochrie:
And by real actors and stuff.

Kathy Kinney:
Yeah, real actors.

Greg Proops:
I love the fact that in several places I've gone where standups will kind of actually hack on improv. They don't consider it comedy because we make it happen. We don't write it. I'm not quite sure what that's about. So they just despise improv for some reason.

Colin Mochrie:
Standups are stupid.

Kathy Kinney:
Yeah. Well, it's like I was saying before people watch it at home. I can't tell you how many people say to me yeah I think I could do that and I always want to say well, come on I'll invite you to Las Vegas you do it. You know, but it's just we, we make it look easy because we so enjoy it and we're having a really good time. I'm not saying that anybody else could do it if they wanted to but the fact that we've all been together so long, and that Colin's right we really have each other's back and it's like jping and you always know the nets going to be there. That somebody else is going to catch you.

Greg Proops:
People always ask us to if it's really improvised. That's a big question with people and I think it would be pretty hard to write, you know, Colin runs across stage as moose while Jonathan crawls out of the bag as lizard.

Kathy Kinney:
I got to watch the show that one night, and when everyone thought that you could say like oh, we're not even that funny. It's just, it's everyone seems to have this willingness to, to be silly and to let everything go and just it's so much fun to watch. I had such a great time in the audience so-

Jonathan Mangum:
And I think, as an audience member you know when you're a standup and you come out on stage it's kind of got that make me laugh attitude and I think for us walking on stage it's a much warmer feeling because they're suggesting what you do so they have kind of an interest in it and they really want it to work. They want you to succeed.

Question:
What would you say would be the craziest request you got from an audience member, like a suggestion when you went out into the audience looking for suggestions?

Ryan Stiles:
Well, there's nothing really easy. Sometimes we'll turn down a suggestion. It's not because we don't want to do it. It's because we've done it the last show or we do it a lot, but, and also stuff that, if we get gynecologist we're obviously not going to do it but we just try to look for stuff we haven't done before and something that will be challenging for us.

Colin Mochrie:
We often get, there's a game I think called jeopardy. Well it's not called jeopardy.

Kathy Kinney:
No.

Colin Mochrie:
Because of legal reasons but it's basically jeopardy.

Kathy Kinney:
Question this. p>Colin Mochrie:
We get the answers from the audience and then the improvisers have to, they come up with a question, and there's one category we have three syllable words. I can't tell you how often people say cat. Cat, cat, cat.

Kathy Kinney:
That's funny. You'd think that with an audience, like a drunken audience in Las Vegas that you'd be getting crazy stuff but people just so happy to be there. They're just shouting out things to try and stop us, yes, but it's, it's impossible.

Jonathan Mangum:
There were many people who weren't drunk.

Kathy Kinney:
Well that's what I'm saying it's just a high energy, happy group of people on vacation. You know I used to be in an all-woman group back in New York and they would always shout out stuff like show us your tits. You know things like that don't happen to us in Vegas. Do they?

Jonathan Mangum:
Not during the show.

Kathy Kinney:
Not during a show. Back stage in the green room, right? You know people are so much smarter than everybody wants to give them credit for and they yell out really wonderful suggestions.

Ryan Stiles:
There's a lot of shows in Vegas where they get upset if they don't yell that out.

Kathy Kinney:
Yeah. Show us your tits.

Question:
I kind of think that your average improv audience member is, has a little bit more intelligence than the normal audience member in just like general comedy show because you have to have a little bit more to get the improv.

Greg Proops:
I think people are surprised to that we make the entire show up. That we think of the entire show when we walk out. I think they do think that parts of it are, are formulated or scripted and then we do improv around that. I don't think they think it's going to be the comedy free-for-all that it is.

Colin Mochrie:
Yeah and there are some hardcore fans who, you know they come prepared with stuff. They just, for any suggestion, anything we may ask for they have their stuff that they've worked on, which is, can be fun sometimes because you know they've worked on it and it's something we've never gotten before, which always makes the improv more fun and challenging.

Kathy Kinney:
Yeah. The only reason we don't, don't do gynecologist is because we've gotten over 11 trillion times.

Colin Mochrie:
We always get it for sound effects scenes, which you really want to see a sound effect scene about a gynecologist?

Kathy Kinney:
No, I don't. No.

Colin Mochrie:
No.

Greg Proops:
You know they could probably do a special show just on the intros to because it's not just the games that are funny. I mean sometimes the intros will go five minutes that we're just having so much fun during that we can't even get into the game you know.

Kathy Kinney:
Yeah but the audience never stops us.

Greg Proops:
They don't.

Kathy Kinney:
They can't.

Greg Proops:
Although they are smarter than the average theatre goer. They're not smarter than us.

Question:
Who's your dream guest star for the future?

Ryan Stiles:
Oh, boy, wow. I'd love to see Morley Safer up there although I don't think he's going to get up.

Kathy Kinney:
Yeah. I was thinking Hillary Clinton.

Colin Mochrie:
Oh, yeah.

Ryan Stiles:
I don't know that's the great thing about shooting in Vegas to is the people that go through Vegas. I mean not only the people that do shows there but the people that go on weekends are-so the chances of us getting a lot of people to come and guest on the show are really good because it's improv. We can just ask them five minutes before the show and get them up there. So, yeah we're always kind of excited about who might show up that night.

Kathy Kinney:
You know who I miss? I wish Joe Walsh.

Ryan Stiles:
Joe was fun. Yeah, we'll probably get Joe on eventually.

Kathy Kinney:
I wish Joe would come back.

Ryan Stiles:
I'm sure he would.

Kathy Kinney:
Joe Walsh, he's a funny guy. Jonathan, do you have any? Who would you like to see?

Jonathan Mangum:
Celine Dion could do it.

Ryan Stiles:
I'd love to see Teller do a narration scene.

Jonathan Mangum:
Teller would be great.

Greg Proops:
Jeff works a lot with Eric Idol, so you know some of those people hang out once in a while.

Kathy Kinney:
And I flew behind him once. I sat behind him in an airplane and kicked the back of his seat all the way to New York so maybe he'd do it for us.

Ryan Stiles:
You know it's funny the people who love improv, I mean even with Who's Line you know Paul McCartney said it was one of his favorite shows, Johnny Depp said he would never do TV again but if he did he would do Who's Line.

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