By Lindsey Fleming – The Dominion Post – May 20th, 2010

      For more information and tickets, call 304-479-0987. Organizers stress that those interested should not call the WVU box office for tickets.

      Tickets go on sale at 9 a.m. today for “Whose Live Anyway?”.

      The live tour of the television show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” is set for 7 p.m. at the Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre at WVU’s Creative Arts Center and is a special benefit for the WVU Division of Theatre and Dance.

      Many may be familiar with the American version of “Whose Line Is it Anyway?” with host Drew Carey. The improvisational comedy show, which aired for eight seasons on ABC and now has re-runs on ABC Family, is based on a radio-turned-TV series of the same name made famous in the United Kingdom.

      Besides Carey, the U.S. version featured a panel of four comedians who created characters, scenes and songs on the spot. It was up to Carey to give members of the panel a certain number of points after each short performance, points that ultimately meant nothing — except perhaps to add to the humor.

      Greg Proops, who performed on the U.S. and U.K. versions of the television series, said “Whose Live Anyway?” offers the best of both worlds.

      “We try to be as literate as the British version and as spontaneous as the U.S. version,” he said. “And it’s a lot more immediate live. It’s much more fun than being in front of a TV audience.”

      The San Fransiscan comedian and actor said he has been a part of the live tour for a number of years and feels the current line up — which also includes the show’s executive producer and former “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” cast member Ryan Stiles, and comedians Chip Esten and Jeff B. Davis — has hit its stride.

      “The audiences are familiar with us, and we’re familiar with each other,” he said. “It’s a bit of a Rat Pack feel on stage. … We really goof [off] with each other and let the crowd have fun.”

      “Whose Live” runs for 90 minutes and features improvised comedy and songs based on audience suggestions. Proops said those attending can expect a very interactive show.

      “The TV show was like watching a party through a window,” he said.

      Not so with the live tour.

      “We bring people out of the audience, and they do moving body parts, sound effects and we sing songs to them,” he said.

      Besides “Whose Live,” Proops is a frequent guest on “Chelsea Lately” and stars in the Nickelodeon channel show “True Jackson, VP.” But, he said he considers improv his full-time job and a true pleasure.

      “We really hit the stage running and make an effort to be clean, funny and bright,” he said of “Whose Live.” “We’ve really come alive in the last few years. I hope everybody comes out and gets a chance to check the show out.”

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