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"Whose Line is it Anyway?" for anyone who's interested in the full title of the show and, if you are, you probably keep score at home when you are watching bowling on TV. This is a show that is almost completely off the cuff. Four comedians or comedic actors on stage are given scenes to act out. Sounds simple enough, right? The trick is that they have to act out these scenes as strange characters.
Weird Newscasters is a perfect example. Two comedians are pretending to be news anchors but they have to play these anchors as weird characters. One is an alcoholic who won't let the bar close down before he gets at least one more drink. One is a weatherman who's doing the weather as a construction worker who gets turned on every time he sees a woman walk by. Another is a sportscaster who lets out big belches every time he talks about sports.
That's what you see in this scene. This is a show that I would love to do myself or, at least, play the game. I could give myself my own character to play or take what is given to me. I would love to play the anchor of the 3 am news and call it the Insomniac News Hour, or something like that. There would be breaking news about Lindsay Lohan being pulled over for speeding and then a cut to "The Insomniac Classic Movie, "Attack of the Killer Lettuce," or something stupid like that.
This is my favorite game on Whose Line because it doesn't look a lot different from what actually passes as news today. They go on for days about things that should be one day stories or only be given brief mentions. Instead, they're still being covered a week later by the same people and shows. News about Justin Bieber replaces really important issues like government spying on Americans and privacy. Today if you watch The Onion or Whose Line you might get the same amount of real information as you get from CNN, MSNBC or FNC.