‘Whose Line Is It Anyway’: Danny Breen Was Never a Writer For the Show

by Jeremy Spirogis
Bruce Jarchow and Danny Breen

Whose Line Is It Anyway? is probably the most well-known improvisational comedy TV present in tv historical past.

The present has been on the air for a few years in lots of iterations and dozens of forged members. But although the present is improvisational in nature, many individuals work behind the scenes to make the present what it’s. One of these folks was Danny Breen. 

Who is Danny Breen? 

Bruce Jarchow and Danny Breen
Bruce Jarchow and Danny Breen | Tasos Katopodis/WireImage

According to his IMDb biography, Breen was a veteran of the Second City improv troupe in Chicago, Illinois. Second City was one of the crucial well-known improv theaters ever. It launched the careers of a number of comedy stars included Rick Moranis, Dan Aykroyd, Steve Carell, John Belushi, and John Candy. 

Breen’s principal declare to fame was as a author and a producer (extra on that under). He additionally starred on quite a few sitcoms together with Martin, That 80’s Show, According to Jim, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and lots of extra. He even guest-starred on the best sitcom of all of them: Seinfeld. He performed a person who owned a pair of tortoise-shell glasses that Elaine Benes wished to buy to make an ex-boyfriend jealous. 

Sadly, Breen handed away in 2017 as a consequence of most cancers. He left behind a legacy of nice comedic performances. He additionally performed an integral function within the present Whose Line Is It Anyway? But what precisely is the historical past behind that present? 

The historical past of ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway?’ 

Whose Line Is It Anyway? started as a British program earlier than transferring to America. When the present moved to the States, it was hosted by sitcom star and comic Drew Carey. It featured gifted improvisational gamers reminiscent of Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie, Greg Proops, and others.

It was additionally the launching pad for the profession of the multi-talented Wayne Brady. It was revived in 2013 after a number of years off the air. 

The present featured a number of short-form improv video games through which gamers made up their jokes on the spot. Some of the video games would contain comedic songs, actually testing the gamers’ improv abilities.

Each participant is awarded factors all through the sport, although the competitors side wasn’t actually the sport’s emphasis (the host typically arbitrarily added and subtracted factors). At the top, a winner is asserted by the host, and the winner would improvise over the present’s finish credit. 

So how was Breen concerned with the present? 

Danny Breen by no means wrote for ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway?’

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Though Breen does have loads of writing expertise on his resume, he was not a author on Whose Line Is It Anyway? The present credited Breen as a producer for 187 episodes with 19 episodes as a co-producer. He additionally acquired a producer credit score on 35 episodes of the Whose Line revival present launched in 2013.

What reveals did Breen write for then? He served as a author on the employees of The Wayne Brady Show in addition to for The Ellen DeGeneres Show. 

At the time of Breen’s passing, comedy web site The Comic’s Comic launched a profile on him. They reported the Second City launched a heartfelt assertion about him, the top of which sums him up fairly properly: 

“He went on to provide and write for a lot of tv reveals, reminiscent of The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Whose Line Is It Anyway? Danny continued to improvise and carried out all around the world. If you ask anybody about Danny Breen, they’ll let you know, “nicest man ever.” We’ll miss you.” 

Breen had an extended, illustrious profession in comedy, however being remembered for being “the nicest guy ever” isn’t a nasty parting present both. 

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