Ryan Stiles puts his hilarious improvisational skills to the test each week on the critically-acclaimed CW comedy series Whose Line Is It Anyway? Colin Mochrie and Wayne Brady co-star on the series, hosted by Aisha Tyler.
Stiles has starred in all three incarnations of “Whose Line.” First in the British version from 1989 to 1998; second in the American version hosted by Drew Carey from 1998 to 2006; as well as in the current version. He executive produced both American versions. Stiles began his comedy career as a teenager, performing stand-up routines at small comedy clubs near his home in Vancouver, British Columbia. At age 17, he dropped out of high school to pursue stand-up comedy full-time.
He began honing his celebrated improv skills in 1986 with Canada’s highly-acclaimed Second City comedy ensemble. In 1990, he began a successful, four- year run with the Second City troupe in Los Angeles.
In addition to his “Whose Line” series, Stiles also portrayed Lewis, the luckless janitor, on the hit sit-com The Drew Carey Show and recurred for several seasons as Dr. Herb Melnick on the popular series Two and a Half Men. His film work includes the spoof features Hot Shots and Hot Shots, Part Deux and the Academy Award-nominated short film Rainbow War. And, he recently produced a feature-length documentary called Out of Nothing, about four men competing to break the motorcycle land-speed record on the salt flats of Bonneville. According to Stiles, when he’s not at work, he spends his time thinking about work.
Greg Proops is a stand-up comic from San Francisco. He lives in Hollywood. It’s not that bad. Really.
The Proopdog is best known for his unpredictable appearances on Whose Line is it Anyway? Both US and UK. Starting it’s 4th season on the CW. Professor Proops has a hit Podcast called The Smartest Man in the World. He records it live in Australia, New Zealand, Montreal, Edinburgh, Amsterdam, San Francisco, Austin, London, Paris aboard a ship in the Caribbean and somehow, Cleveland. Find it at Proopcast.co m
Mr. Proops new book The Smartest Book in the World is based on his award-seeking podcast. He did a podcast and signing at Shakespeare and Co. in Paris. smartestbookintheworld.com Greg has lent his voice to Hell and Back, Star Wars the Phantom Menace, The Nightmare Before Christmas and he really was Bob the Builder. Gregory is doing a West End run of Whose Line is it Anyway? this summer at the Palladium Theatre in London. Last summer they played the Adelphi Theatre. Proople Rain is a frequent guest on @midnight on Comedy Central. You may Socially Network with Greg on Twitter at @gregproops.
Jeff B. Davis is an actor and comedian, born and bred in Southern California. His career began at age four as “Linus” in a terribly ill-advised, all-children production of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown at the Groundlings Theater in Hollywood. At age nine he was cast as “Louis” in Yul Brynner’s final production of The King and I , which toured nationally and closed on Broadway when Jeff was 11, after nearly 800 performances.
In high school Jeff began improvising with Los Angeles ComedySportz , where he learned the skills he’d later need as a frequent guest on the television show Whose Line is it, Anyway? Jeff has a long list of TV credits, including Steven Martin’s NBC comedy The Downer Channel, WB’s On the Spot , NBC’s Happy Family, Sarah Silverman Show, Drew Carey’s Green Screen Show and Improvaganza, to name a few. Jeff spends many nights of the year performing live with “Whose Live Anyway?” with Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops, Chip Esten and Joel Murray to standing ovations all over North America. When he’s not on stage, Jeff is in Hollywood trying to break George Clooney’s record of “most failed television pilots.”
Jeff is currently a recurring guest on CW’s reboot of Whose Line is it, Anyway?, and can be heard on the highly-acclaimed, deeply weird Harmontown podcast with NBC’s Community creator Dan Harmon. Listen at your own risk. Feel free to bother Jeff on Twitter at @JeffBryanDavis.
Joel is a versatile writer-director-actor. The youngest of the nine Murrays is a veteran of over 250 sitcom episodes. He has been a series regular on the comedies Grand, Pacific Station, Love and War, Dharma and Greg and Still Standing. He has also recurred on the series Mike and Molly, My Boys and Two and a Half Men. On the dramatic side, Joel played Freddy Rumsen on AMC’s Mad Men as well as Eddie Jackson on Showtime’s Shameless.
He recently starred in Bobcat Goldthwait’s dark comedy, God Bless America. He can be heard playing Don Carlton in the Pixar prequel, Monsters University. He was also in 2011’s Best Picture, The Artist. Joel has been in numerous films including One Crazy Summer, Scrooged, Long Gone, Hatchet, Lay the Favorite, Sophie and The Rising Sun, Mr. Pig, Bloodsucking Bastards, Lamb, and Seven Minutes. He can also be seen in the upcoming The Last Word.
He studied improvisation with Del Close, among others, and was a founding member of Chicago’s Improv Olympic. He enjoyed five years at The Second City in Chicago. He has been doing theater since the 4th grade, performed with the Remains and Organic Theatres Companies in Chicago and still performs frequently at the I. O. West in Los Angeles. Joel loves playing with Whose Live Anyway, playing golf and ordering scotch. Follow Joel on Twitter @JoelMurray9of9
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