Whose Line Is It Anyway?'s Wayne Brady Reveals the Guest Stars Who Surprised (and Kicked!) Him

Whose Line Is It Anyway? Wayne BradyWhose Line Is It Anyway? is back next Tuesday (The CW, 8/7c), and it’s funnier than ever.

Returning players Wayne Brady, Ryan Stiles and Colin Mochrie have a new host (Archer‘s Aisha Tyler), a new roster of alternate improvers and a bevy of surprisingly game celeb guests (Vampire Diaries‘ Candice Accola, Glee‘s Kevin McHale, to name a few) bringing the laughs.

Below, Brady talks to TVLine about the game that bugs him, the CW star who was a total natural and the effort to bring back fan fave Chip Esten.

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TVLINE | Do you have a favorite game from the show?
No, I don’t. Not to say a trite cliché, but I like all of them. Each game brings out a specific skill, or you have to think a certain way. The music stuff is great because that’s incredibly hard. Most people can’t do it. I love doing the physical stuff [like] the Sideway Scene. I love doing the pop culture stuff and the impressions. I can’t choose.

TVLINE | On the flip side, is there one you just dread because it’s difficult?
No. I think I dislike Hoedown, not because Hoedown’s hard. But in a perverse way, I dislike Hoedown because everyone goes, “Ooh! Here comes the Hoedown! That must be hard.” And it isn’t. So just the fact that people have an opinion about it makes me not want to do it. I know it sounds weird. I get stopped in the street. “Hey, Wayne! Do a Hoedown! Irish Drinking Song!” “No, dude, I’m using the bathroom.” So those are probably the ones that I hate the most.

TVLINE | When you go blank, what do you do?
You don’t go blank.

TVLINE | Never?!
No, you don’t go blank. You’re not being paid to go blank. And my mind doesn’t work like that. Neither do the other guys’ [minds]. Now, that isn’t out of ego. Your mind doesn’t go blank because you’ve conditioned it not to. Does it go to a place where it’s not the funniest thought? Absolutely. So instead of blank, you may say a thought that is so ordinary or not funny, and the true test is when you say that thing and you go, “Oh, that sucked. But here’s something else…” That’s the real test of our mettle.

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Whose Line Is It Anyway Lauren CohanTVLINE | Is there a particularly memorable or funny improv from the new run of episodes that sticks out for you?
Off the top of my head, when [The Walking Dead's Lauren Cohan] kicked me in my chest. When I got a chance to sing with my man from Glee, Kevin, that was a lot of fun. Watching Ryan [Stiles] and Colin [Mochrie] frolic with a pair of nubile female football players, that was funny to me because the entire time they were doing the scene, I was yelling, “Creepy old men! Creepy old men!”

TVLINE | Did Lauren actually hurt you?
No, she didn’t hurt me. But I have to tell you, it was a real kick! She made contact. I happened to take it and roll with it, but it wasn’t, “tap, tap, tap.” She kicked me. But that was great. It just shakes everything up.

TVLINE | On that note, was there a celebrity guest who surprised you by how game or funny they were?
[Hart of Dixie's] Wilson Bethel was the most game and most skilled improviser of the celeb guests that we’ve had on the last run and this run. Out of the entire show. I will go on record as saying that, because he approached everything as not only a game — as evidenced by him drinking the urine test [in his episode] — but also, he was fast. [Snaps fingers] He was fast, and he was calm. That’s the thing that you need when you’re an improviser. He can come back anyway time he wants to!

TVLINE | What do we have to do to get Chip Esten to come back? Have you talked to him about the revival?
I, personally, haven’t. I know that Chip is incredibly busy right now with his country show [Nashville] and his new country music career. So I think Chip is good where he is. People have favorites they want… This is a new deal. Ryan, Colin and myself are the backbone, and we’re bringing all these different elements in. If Chip can come and play, that would make me so happy. But we have so many people now that we’ve added to our roster of fourths that people are going to see these stars completely kill it. So they may end up not missing all of the fourth seaters because there is such an amazing roster of people that we have.



Comments (39)

  • Oh man. They HAVE to get Chip back for like one episode please! It would be epic.

    Comment by Amanda – July 13, 2013 06:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Epic would be overstating it. It would be nice.

      Comment by dude – July 13, 2013 07:12 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Nice would be understating it. It would be as close as possible to epic.

        Comment by kavyn – July 13, 2013 01:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I wish they’d get Claire Holt to do it, she’d be great fun.

    Comment by dude – July 13, 2013 07:12 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • um.. hello. Jeff Davis. He needs to come back.

    Comment by Ty – July 13, 2013 07:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • He said on Twitter that he was going to be on!

      Comment by Katie – July 13, 2013 11:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Oooh, really? Awesome. I look forward to that, then.
        And yeah, if Chip ever wants to drop in, I’m cool with that, too.

        Comment by Angela – July 13, 2013 06:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Colin and Ryan are the backbone, Wayne is more like. . . The pancreas

    Comment by Patrick Maloney – July 13, 2013 08:21 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Ow! My pancreas!

      Comment by Bob – July 13, 2013 11:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • This comment. Yes.

      Comment by Steven – July 13, 2013 07:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • But as Weird Al sings, “I just can’t live without my pancreas!”

      Comment by Bob – July 15, 2013 07:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I AM SO EXCITED.

    Comment by Jill – July 13, 2013 09:00 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Jonathan Mangum FTW!

    Comment by Darcy Summerlin – July 13, 2013 09:10 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This revival is going to be great. And back in the day. it wasn’t just Wayne who didn’t like Hoedown, it was all of them.

    Comment by Andy – July 13, 2013 09:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Brad Sherwood please.

    Comment by suzi – July 13, 2013 09:56 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • YES YES YES BRAD Sherwood PLEASE – I love him and his evil streak! LOVE HIM!

      Comment by Linda Dowell – July 13, 2013 11:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Saw him and Colin on tour a month ago. Very funny together.

      Comment by Bob – July 15, 2013 07:09 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Aisha is also The Talk as well.

    Comment by Chablis – July 13, 2013 10:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • GREG PROOPS!!

    Comment by JT – July 13, 2013 10:23 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Agreed! Greg and Colin often made comedy gold in skits together.

      Comment by Daven C – July 13, 2013 03:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Oh, god, YES, please.

      Comment by Angela – July 13, 2013 06:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Ok I really have to see the episodes with candice and especially wilson s.

    Comment by ollie – July 13, 2013 10:25 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Lauren Cohan can kick me in the chest anyday…..

    Comment by SonOfCoul – July 13, 2013 11:25 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I went to the first taping in April!! Best day of my life!!! Can’t wait to see it on the telly! Oh and Jeff was the fourth seater btw. But I think he was the only one of the ‘old ones’ that came back as the fourth seater. Next season, I hope they bring back Greg.

    Comment by Carol – July 13, 2013 03:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Cool! Glad you had such a good time.

      Comment by Angela – July 13, 2013 06:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • They need to get misha Collins from supernatural to do a episode

    Comment by Dylan – July 13, 2013 04:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Misha Collins on Whose Line is it Anyway.. gave me a slight smirk.. followed by my eyes widening as I realized it was the greatest thing I never knew I wanted.

      Comment by Jooshua – July 13, 2013 06:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Let’s worry about getting another season before we worry about who is in it.

    Comment by Midori – July 13, 2013 08:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I hope the revamp is as funny as the original…

    Comment by Babybop – July 13, 2013 08:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Wayne Brady: I get stopped in the street. “Hey, Wayne! Do a Hoedown! Irish Drinking Song!” “No, dude, I’m using the bathroom.”

    Umm… why is he using the bathroom in the street? Ewwwww. hehe

    Comment by The Squatch – July 13, 2013 09:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Improvers? Really? You write for a national magazine online, a dictionary would kill you?

    Comment by Britter – July 14, 2013 07:11 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Hmm, no mention of Laura Hall? “The music stuff is great because that’s incredibly hard.” She’s totally the backbone of the music, and I think her name should be included when talking about Whose Line regulars. She’s been in it from the beginning. And, she’s amazing.

    Comment by Jan Wasserman – July 14, 2013 09:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • No indication in her various bios online that she is involved in this reboot.

      Comment by Bob – July 15, 2013 07:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • According to Laura Hall’s web site, she IS in the new version of the show, along with Linda Taylor.

        Comment by Scott Baxter – July 17, 2013 09:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • That’s right, she is. I went to a taping in April and both Linda Taylor and Laura Hall were in it. Not sure when they’re going to show it, but they are in it.

      Comment by Carol – July 17, 2013 10:11 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I heard that Tatiana Maslany from Orphan Black has done improv for several years. I would love to see what she brings to the table.

    Comment by aucarter – July 16, 2013 11:26 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Watched the first 2 episodes on CW Last night.

    They had some great new games I hadn’t seen before, loved the one with the purses, and the camera looking down on the stage with them sliding around it. The core 3 were awesome as always, have not lost a bit of their skills, the guests were both excellent. Loved Wayne getting kicked to the ground!

    Aisha Tyler, I wasn’t so fond of… No particular reason, just didn’t feel right in the hosting spot.

    I’d also like to see it where the guests have to suffer *eg* through the whole show, It’s much better when they are active for a lot of it, then just one or 2 skits.

    Also, Where was the audience interaction? The audience was reduced to paper slips and purse snatching only, which really doesn’t cut it for me, makes some of the games seem like they could be rehearsed of guessed in advance. I mean, giving the Walking Dead star (while the kick was great) a Zombie themed boyfriend kinda said, okay, how much did AMC pay for this advertising?

    I love Whose Line is it Anyway, will keep coming back. I’d say it’s running about a 6 out of 10 for me at the moment.

    Comment by Alex – July 17, 2013 06:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’d love to see Michael Weatherly on the show as a guest star…but being that he’s on a different network, it probably won’t happen.

    Comment by PJ – July 19, 2013 06:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
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