The original host Drew Carey awarded arbitrary point values after each game, often citing a humorous reason for his decision.The points were purely decorative and served no practical purpose.At the conclusion of each episode, a winner or several winners were chosen arbitrarily by Carey.The "prize" was either to play a game with the host, or to sit out while the other performers did so. A revival of the show, hosted by Aisha Tyler, began airing on The CW on July 16, 2013. ) is an American improvisational comedy show, which was originally hosted by Drew Carey on ABC and ABC Family and ran from August 5, 1998 to December 15, 2007.
All three regulars appeared on the British series; Stiles and Mochrie were both regulars (first appearing in the second and third series' respectively, and both appearing in every episode from series 8 onwards), with Brady a frequent guest in the final series which moved production from London to Hollywood.
The show's "short-form" approach to improv received criticism from some improv actors. During his tenure as host, Drew Carey also took part, though only in one game, after one of the performers was declared the "winner" and allowed to take his place at his desk in the studio; host Aisha Tyler did not take part in games when the show was revived, but has occasionally joined in for a quick scene during the Scenes from a Hat game.
As of 2017, Mochrie is the only performer to have appeared on every single episode of the American version.
The UK series was brought to the attention of Drew Carey, who worked with regular Whose Line?
performer Ryan Stiles, a co-star on The Drew Carey Show.