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by Lee

The latest foreign reality show to be ripped off by US television is something called Thank God You’re Here.

From the producers of “American Idol,” the improvisational hit comedy series that originated in Australia, “Thank God You’re Here,” comes to America this Spring. Hosted by David Alan Grier ("In Living Color") and presided over by judge, Dave Foley ("NewsRadio," “Kids In The Hall"), “Thank God You’re Here” showcases the improvisational skills of a group of four brave actors each week, as they walk into a live sketch without a script, their only armor and unforeseen and unexplained wardrobe change. The only thing the celebrity can count on when walking into the scenario is a desperate greeting from a fellow actor in the skit, proclaiming, “Thank God You’re Here!”

Okay, this could be an interesting premise, if only because comedic actors working without comedy writers can be gold, Jerry, gold!  A comedic actor needs to have an excellent sense of timing and delivery, but unless they have some kind of history of improv they’re funny reading someone else’s words.

As I was watching the commercial for this then, I got to thinking how great if would be if Michael Richards was one of the guest celebrities.  He could come out, get flustered a minute or two into his improv routine, then just start calling everyone a nigger.  An entire hour where Michael Richards calls everyone a nigger, including white and Asian cast members.  Fran Drescher comes in dressed like a nurse, pushing Erik Estrada in a wheelchair.  “Doctor!” she says to Richards.  “This man took too much Viagara and he’s had an erection for 16 hours!” Richards looks at her and says, “Shut up, nigger.  And you, you know what your problem is?  You’re a nigger in a wheelchair.  Now, nurse, take this nigger home, or I’ll hang you from a tree with a fork in your ass.”

THAT, my friends, would be a show worth watching!  Someone get me a pitch meeting…

Posted by Lee on 03/31/07 at 08:40 PM (Discuss this in the forums)

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Posted by West Virginia Rebel on 03/31/07 at 11:05 PM from United States

Or it could be Carlos Mencia and he could steal from the top of his head…

Posted by on 04/01/07 at 12:48 AM from Canada

A comedic actor needs to have an excellent sense of timing and delivery, but unless they have some kind of history of improv they’re funny reading someone else’s words.

Sounds like “Who’s Line is it anyway?”. 

I remember seeing George Wendt on the British version of that show.  He wasn’t very good.  However, we all remember how funny he was as Norm in Cheers.

Guys like Colin Mokery(?), Ryan Styles, and especially Wayne Brady really made that show incredibly good.  Wayne Brady is by far my favourite.  The sad thing is that when Wayne Brady was put on any other shows, the shows never showcased his real talent.  Too bad, he is a really talented entertainer.

Posted by dakrat on 04/01/07 at 10:42 AM from United States

Fran Drescher comes in dressed like a nurse, pushing Erik Estrada in a wheelchair.  “Doctor!” she says to Richards.  “This man took too much Viagara and he’s had an erection for 16 hours!” Richards looks at her and says, “Shut up, nigger.  And you, you know what your problem is?  You’re a nigger in a wheelchair.  Now, nurse, take this nigger home, or I’ll hang you from a tree with a fork in your ass.”

That would be the best show ever!

Posted by Aussiesmurf on 04/01/07 at 10:10 PM from Australia

As an Australia, who gets very bored with 90% of television, this show is generally very entertaining.  Of course, a big factor is the leeway given the guests / comedians to be irreverent, offensive etc. With good talent, it would be worth a look.

Posted by on 04/01/07 at 11:29 PM from Australia

I find it entertaining too , quite reminiscent of “Who’s line” with better sets.

Posted by on 04/02/07 at 02:11 PM from United States

Just go down to a good comedy club (I suggest the Comedy Store in Central London, the world’s best in my experience) if you want to see outstanding improv.  The Comedy Store has it on Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday nights.  It’s more expensive than watching TV, but there’s something awesome about seeing the stuff live.

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