If you desperately miss Whose Line Is It Anyway are obsessed with Steve Carell, or just like laughing, watch Fox’s new show, Riot, tonight. The game show comedy series has performers act out crazy physical challenges while performing sketches on a tilted stage. A weekly improv cast joins two celebrity guests each week for an unscripted, never-before-rehearsed, chaotic and hysterical mess. The show starts tonight at 9 p.m. Eastern time on FOX.
1. Riot is an Improv Comedy Series
The performers will be divided into two teams, led by a different celebrity guest each week. Comedian John Ross Bowie and Jamie Denbo, two of the regular cast members, describe the show as having “old improv games with an incredibly new twist.” The show is completely unscripted, and there are no rehearsals.
2. Steve Carell is the Producer
It’s been three years since we’ve seen Carell on “The Office”. Not only is he the executive producer, he’ll also be featured in tonight’s premiere. Carell attended almost all the tapings with his “Office” co-star Andy Buckley, who can also be seen in tonight’s episode.
3. It’s Hosted by Australian Comedian Rove McManus
McManus is most famous for his work on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” He was the host of Rove LA and the owner of a production company called Roving Enterprises. He is also known for his work on ABC’s Kaboodle, where he played the role of Marty. McManus has won the Gold Logie Award three times.
4. The Trademark Sketch is Called ‘Slide Show’
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In this sketch, comedians must improv on a stage that’s tilted at a 22-degree angle. Fortunately, the cameras will be angled so that viewers at home won’t feel sick.
“Alphabody” is another game where the comedians must use their bodies to spell out letters of a word. If a competitor gets a question wrong, they’re consequence may be getting thrown to the ceiling on a wire or getting hit by a wrecking ball.
5. The List of Celebrity Guests Includes Jason Alexander and Cheryl Hines
Some guest stars, like “Big Bang Theory’s” Mayim Bialik, are new to the improv game, having only performed in scripted comedic series. Other guest stars include Oscar Nunez, Orlando Jones, Tom Green, and Nicole Sullivan.