"Drew Carey's Improv-A-Ganza" (lovingly also referred to as simply Improv-A-Ganza or DCI), is a brand new improvisation comedy show shown on The Game Show Network (GSN). The show officially premiered on April 11th, 2011. A new episode is airing every single weeknight at 8 o'clock PM EST, with re-runs airing at 11 PM EST and 2 AM EST.
"Drew Carey's Improv-A-Ganza" features many of the performers from the cult comedy show "Whose Line Is It Anyway?". It also features performers from "Drew Carey's Green Screen Show" and "The Drew Carey Show", along with a few new faces and some special guest stars.
The cast list currently consists of Drew Carey, Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie, Greg Proops, Chip Esten, Jeff B. Davis, Jonathan Mangum, Brad Sherwood, Kathy Kinney, and newcomer Heather Anne Campbell, with special guest stars Wayne Brady and Sean Masterson, and Bob Derkach as the musical director.
"Drew Carey's Improv-A-Ganza"'s first season consists of forty episodes, each in a half-hour length and consisting of three to four games per episode. All episodes are edited from tapings that were shot in front of a live audience at the Hollywood Theatre at the MGM Grand Hotel And Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada in January and February of 2011.
Although there have been many references made to "Whose Line Is It Anyway?", "Drew Carey's Improv-A-Ganza" is not a sequel or an encore - it is very much its own show with its own format, look, and style. The games of Improv-A-Ganza tend to be of a much longer format, allowing for the performers to better develop characters and situations. There is no host or individual behind a desk with a buzzer, which allows for a more free-flowing, consistent pace. Also, there is a much different feel and atmosphere with a live crowd versus a studio audience.
"Drew Carey's Improv-A-Ganza" is hilarious, lively, energetic, witty, and just plain fun. The show brings the joy and the magic of witnessing a live improv show straight to your television (or computer monitor) screen.
"Drew Carey's Improv-A-Ganza" originally began from a handful of 'pilot' tapings that were taped during a set of shows in February of 2010 with "Drew Carey's Improv Allstars." Those shows featured Drew Carey, Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops, Chip Esten, Kathy Kinney, Heather Anne Campbell, Jeff B. Davis, and Jonathan Mangum, and was also shot at the Hollywood Theatre in Las Vegas. The 'pilot' was officially picked up by GSN a little after mid 2010. The show is mainly thanks to Drew Carey, who formulated the idea for the new show and got the ball rolling.
There are currently rumors that "Drew Carey's Improv-A-Ganza" will continue with a second season, but nothing is official or set in stone yet. If it does, it will likely continue with its live show format, and continue tapings at the Hollywood Theatre in Las Vegas.
If you would like some more in-depth information about the show, we welcome you to please check out the following pages:
- The Cast: Gives brief biographies on every performer involved in the show, and gives a bit more detail on who they are and what games they might be known for.
- The Games List: Gives descriptions on each game, including what it is called, and how it is played.
- The Episodes List And Descriptions: Gives detailed information, descriptions, and reviews on every aired episode. Viewers can rate the episodes, leave comments, and find out what games were played and who participated in what scenes.
- The FAQ: Answers any and all questions that viewers, visitors, and fans might have about "Drew Carey's Improv-A-Ganza" or this site.