Drew Carey's Improv-A Ganza shines with Proops, Stiles, Mangum, Kinney, Mochrie, Davis

The smartest, hippest, limber-ist and coolest comic actors are joining forces on GSN's "Drew Carey's Improv-A-Ganza" set to air this Monday, April 11 at 8 PM.

The genius improv skills of Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie, Greg Proops, Jonathan Mangum, Kathy Kinney and Jeff Davis combine with Carey's knack for making the most ordinary thing in life a hilarious venture, as GSN’s original new upcoming series "Drew Carey’s Improv-A-Ganza" will absolutely become a family favorite.  It's so well done, and never the same show twice.


Colin Mochrie took time out to speak with Monsters and Critics while we were in Las Vegas checking out the show live at the MGM.

Mochrie talked about the art of good improv: "You must 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 then take it in a whole new direction and make it comedy gold. So it’s just getting to that place where you’re really comfortable on stage and making sure you have a group of people you trust.


Greg Proops and Wayne Brady both were on that night M&C was there in Vegas, and the two were outstanding players. Proops is whipsmart and has a very strong back. Brady and Jonathan Mangum are like twin brothers from different mothers, they are so in sync.


Many of the cast worked together in "Whose Line is it Anyway," but there are differences between the Improv shows. Ryan Stiles explained. " 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 we use the audience more in this show and we can take our time with scenes. In 'Who’s Line' we just needed to 'boom, boom, boom,' but we can kind of work through scenes here. It’s a little more fun that way so we can explore characters and stuff...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; it’s just more fun for us to do.

"Improv-A-Ganza" is scheduled to premiere on Monday, April 11th at 8:00 p.m. Eastern/Pacific.Premiering Monday, April 11 at 8:00 PM ET/PT

GSN fired over some cool clips to check out:

 Drew Carey 2

Drew Carey Ryan Stiles

 Jeff B. Davis

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