Thank a more minor deity you're here!

Just watched the first Thank God You’re Here, which is a show where they throw an unprepared star into an improv scene.

Not life-changing, but a good basic improv show. If you enjoy creative challenge, this is a one to watch. Now, they’re stacking the results a bit, bringing in some stars who have a background in improv…. but perhaps not to the results they expected. Jennifer Coolidge, well, didn’t bring her A game.
It’s also a rather watery form of improv. Only the actor thrown in is improving; the other actors are clearly trying to stick close to a script, rather violently steering the scene back to it when need be… and thus you don’t get the surprising developments that can arise in such situation. (And this means that the scene doesn’t die even when the actor makes a basic improv faus pax, such as saying “no” to something pushed on him. Wayne Knight was funny despite making this error.) The “contest” aspect of this is unneeded, the “critique” of each performance by the talented Dave Foley is quite hollow to avoid criticizing the lamer efforts.
So it’s not ideal… but despite it all, it’s still fairly fun.

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