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Drew Carey’s Improv-A-Ganza

Interview with many actors of "Drew Carey’s Improv-A-Ganza" on GSN 3/31/11.

MEREDITH CORPORATION: GSN Q&A SESSION WITH DREW CAREY’S (IMPROV-A-GANZA)
March 31, 2011/2:00 p.m. EDT

SPEAKERS
Cathy Choe
Kathy Kinney
Jonathan Mangum
Colin Mochrie
Greg Proops
Ryan Stiles

PRESENTATION
Moderator Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by. Welcome to the Drew Carey’s Improv-A-Ganza Question and Answer Conference call. At this time, all participants are in a listen-only mode. Later, we will conduct a question and answer session. Instructions will be given at that time. As a reminder, this conference is being recorded. I would now like to turn the conference over to our host Ms. Cathy Choe. Please go ahead.

C. Choe Hi, good afternoon. This is Cathy Choe from New Media Strategies. I’d like to thank everyone for joining us for today’s Q and A session, and start things off by thanking Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie, Greg Proops, Jonathan Mangum, Kathy Kinney, and Jeff Davis for being with us to answer questions. As you know, our guests today, star in GSN’s new upcoming series Drew Carey’s Improv-A-Ganza scheduled to premiere on Monday, April 11th at 8:00 p.m. Eastern/Pacific.

In a moment, we’ll begin the Q and A session. I’d like to remind all participants that you will receive a copy of the transcript of the session within the next 24 to 48 hours. I’d also like to remind everyone to please limit yourself to one question to one of our guests, and then reenter the question queue for any additional questions. This will ensure that we field as many questions as possible within the allotted time.

I would now like to turn the call back over to our Moderator to begin the formal Q and A session. Please go ahead.

Moderator One moment for the first question. This will be by Pattye Grippo. Please go ahead.

P. Grippo Hi, everyone. Thanks for talking with us today.

M Hello.

M We’re scared. This is scary.

M Remember when people just used to meet in a big room and talk?

M Yeah.

P. Grippo This is easier.

M Yeah.

P. Grippo I guess we’ll go ahead and go with Ryan on this one. We kind of picked you for the spokesperson for the question. You know most of you have been involved with at least one show like this before. How this is different from all of the other improv shows that you’ve been involved with?

R. Stiles Well, I think there’s kind of a different energy to it because it’s shot in Vegas. It’s just a natural energy. Once you get up on stage —you wouldn’t really know where you are but I think the whole excitement level’s just gone up—

P. Grippo Okay, well—

R. Stiles A lot just because we’re in Las Vegas. It’s just more exciting.

P. Grippo Yeah…too.. Okay, well thanks, guys.

M You’re welcome.

Moderator The next question is from Kristyn Clarke. Please go ahead.

K. Clarke Hi. Thank you so much for talking to us.

K. Kinney Hello.

M Hello.

K. Clarke Hi. My question is for Colin. I was curious, what would you say is the most challenging aspect of improv comedy?

C. Mochrie Well, working with these guys I think is the first obstacle you have to kind of overcome. Improv is—you go against everything you do in real life. You have to listen to people. You have to accept their ideas and build on it, so that really is the most difficult thing. It sounds simple to just listen on stage but really that is the beginning of good improv. All you really have are the people you’re working with and you know they can say something as a throwaway line, but it could all of a sudden take the … in a whole new direction and make it comedy gold. So it’s just getting to the era—that place where you’re really comfortable on stage and you trust the people that you’re with. That’s all making sure you have a group of people you trust.

K. Clarke Great. Thank you.

W Good answer.

C. Mochrie Thank you.

Moderator The next person is going to be Jamie Steinberg with Starry Constellation. Please go ahead.

J. Steinberg Hi. It’s a pleasure to speak with all of you. I was just wondering if maybe each one of you could say what—how you got invited to be a part of this.

K. Kinney Wow. That’s a hard one. I think—

M Go ahead, Kathy.

K. Kinney Well, I was just going to say, Drew Carey—we were all there when Drew got addicted to improv. We heard the click and he has created these venues, places for us to just come and do the improv with, and because he’s loyal like a big wet dog, you know, he just always invites us all to come play with him. That’s my story. I’m sticking to it.

M And I have pictures of him dressed as a big wet dog, so he tends to hire me for anything.

K. Kinney Big naked wet dog.

M I think, if Drew asks, we do it, you know. It’s been like that throughout the years. Almost all of us went overseas.

K. Kinney Yep.

M you know anything he asks us to do we just do it, because he’s just that kind of guy. He’d do anything for you so you want to please him.

K. Kinney Yeah.

M … you don’t want to piss off the rich guy.

W No.

K. Kinney It’s just about loyalty. I think it’s—they say it’s Drew Allison Carey. I think its Drew Loyalty Carey.

M Ooh.

M Awww.

M Greg, haven’t heard from you yet.

K. Kinney Greg’s at the airport.

M … I think by now.

M Oh, he’s at the airport. Okay …

J. Steinberg Okay. Thank you.

K. Kinney That’s it. Jonathan, did you want to say something?

J. Mang Oh, I agree, but if you’d like a more detailed answer please press pound five, wait for four beeps, you might hear music after four seconds. Oh, I totally agree that he’s the most loyal guy I know and thank God for that.

K. Kinney h.

M That’s it.

J. Steinberg Thank you, guys.

M Thanks.

Moderator Okay, thank you. The next person is from Brittany Frederick with Digital Airways. Please go ahead.

B. Frederick Hello. First I wanted to say is I’m a huge fan of all of yours. You really made my high school years a lot better, so this is awesome.

M You have as much time as you want.

B. Frederick Considering that they were a staple of Who’s Line kind of unofficially, Colin, how many ball jokes can we look forward to coming up on this new show?

C. Mochrie We’re actually pretty good I’d have to say. They brought their natural tendencies and actually tried to just do funny improv, which is a first for them, so it was good. I’d say, on Who’s Line you get a good two to three a show. There may be two during the entire shooting and they were both by me.

M But I find working with Colin you’re just— standing beside him you’re just better lit. Why—

C. Mochrie I didn’t realize it was going to spread to interviews now.

K. Kinney That’s good. I think it’s—you know that’s the earmark of this show is that in this energy of doing this whole new improv show in Vegas and with all new jokes and all the same people, but I think we’re—we’ve gotten funnier. Don’t you?

C. Mochrie I think so. We all know each other so much better now. We’ve—we’re up in double digits, ten, twenty years that we’ve worked together so that just makes it better and you don’t want to fall back on the ball jokes, right, Ryan?

R. Stiles Right, right, right.

K. Kinney Yep.

C. Mochrie I will now do a dance.

B. Frederick Awesome. Well, thank you so much, guys, and best of luck.

M Thank you.

K. Kinney Thank you.

M I don’t even think she heard that message. I think she went somewh— She asked the question and then went somewhere else.

K. Kinney They cut her off by—

Moderator Okay. Next question is from Troy Rogers at Deadbolt.com. Please go ahead.

T. Rogers Hi, everybody.

M Hello.

M Hey.

K. Kinney Hello.

T. Rogers Actually I’m going to ask Colin. How is—or can you give us some details on what we can expect from the show and how it’s different from Who’s Line is it Anyway?

C. Mochrie Sure. I should do that. Unlike Who’s Line there isn’t a host per se. Drew Carey has his name on the show of course, which didn’t mean enough for him to show up for this interview but still—

K. Kinney I’m sitting in for him.

M Ahh.

C. Mochrie So it, it’s more like a taping of what our Vegas shows were. Where everyone takes time. Everybody has a chance to introduce the scene, set up the characters. So there’s no host that way. Also, unlike Who’s Line, Ryan and I would always work together, you know, Brad and Wayne would always do the songs. So it’s really mixed up that way. We got a chance to work with everybody. I got to do a couple of singing games, which I—Who’s Line I think was contracted not to have me sing. So, it has many, many differences.

R. Stiles Can I add a couple?

C. Mochrie Yeah.

R. Stiles Also, on Who’s Line a lot of the suggestions came down from the producers on cards that Drew read. We still didn’t know what the suggestions were but, because we don’t have that everything comes from the audience and we—I think we use the audience more in this show too, and we can take our time with scenes. In Who’s Line we—we just needed to boom, boom, boom, everything just kind of gaggie but we can kind of work through scenes here. It’s a little more fun that way so we can explore characters and stuff. I’m making it sound like theatre, it’s not. It’s still funny but, , we just have more time in this show. We have a big stage. We’re not confined to a little eight by twelve foot stage where we have to stand in a line and speak. We can actually move so it’s—it’s just more fun for us to do.

K. Kinney I just want to add one, too. I know you only asked Colin but because it’s improv and we rely on the audience having this unbelievable energized audience in this Las Vegas Casino and these are people from all over the world, the heartland, Europe and everywhere, andwe’re feeding on them and they’re feeding on us and so there’s this sense of almost—it’s almost like a cirque du soleil show, you just jp and you fly and it’s really just a different energy than—

M She does that literally.

K. Kinney Yeah, literally I jp and I fly. You’ll have to tune in though to see it.

G. Proops … hanity. Because often you’ll find that I’m like a giant salamander in our show.

M Welcome back.

W Welcome back.

G. Proops Thank you.

M That’s Greg Proops, everyone.

T. Rogers Thanks, —

G. Proops I enjoyed shooting Jonathan Mangum.

T. Rogers Thanks, guys.

K. Kinney Thank you.

M Thank you.

C. Mochrie Thank you.

Moderator Okay. Thank you, and the next one is from Traci Grant with the Starscoop.com. Please go ahead.

T. Grant Hey, everyone. Thanks for being here.

K. Kinney Hi, Traci.

M Hi.

T. Grant My question is for Ryan. Many times I’ve heard from Colin that you guys have known each other for many years and worked together a lot of those. I just want to know if you guys are sick of each other yet?

R. Stiles I don’t get him. We don’t see ea—the only time we see each other is on stage. We’ve known each other 30 years and I think I’ve phoned him at home, I probably could count on one hand I would think. Colin?

C. Mochrie Yeah. You wouldn’t even need your hand.

R. Stiles It’s fun to work with all these people. We don’t see each other unless we’re on stage. It’s not like we hang out together all the time, so it’s probably why the Stones have been together so long. They don’t see each other until they get on stage, so it’s just a— it’s fun for us.

K. Kinney It’s like a big fun family reunion.

R. Stiles Right.

M Ryan, could you hand me some more chips please?

G. Proops This time use your hand.

K. Kinney And you know what’s funny? I’ll just add this. I’m not sick of seeing Ryan and Colin together on stage, either.

R. Stiles Nor are we.

K. Kinney Yeah.

R. Stiles I think the problem we have is, and with a lot of people that work together a long time is, is we get a suggestion the first thing that runs through our minds is have we done this before, and if we did what did we do so we don’t do it again, and so you have to kind of sensor yourself, but, it’s fun working with everybody. We’re just— we’ve known each other for so long it’s like family.

K. Kinney Is somebody taking a bath? I hear running water.

R. Stiles That’s Greg. He’s probably … your question.

M ….

K. Kinney Okay.

C. Mochrie I feel like we’re in a radio play all of a sudden.

G. Proops I want to be the murder.

K. Kinney

R. Stiles … like an open Indian cab, Greg, or it’s an actual—it’s an actual cab?

G. Proops Is someone’s peddling you down the road or is it, , motorized rickshaw?

M hhh.

K. Kinney God, this is fun.

R. Stiles I think we answered that one.

C. Mochrie Yep. Yep.

K. Kinney Yeah.

T. Grant Yeah, definitely.

K. Kinney We’ll keep talking.

M Yep.

K. Kinney It sounds like someone flushed you down the toilet.

Moderator The next one comes from Kyle Nolan from Noreruns.net. Please go ahead.

K. Nolan Hi, thanks for joining, everyone. Now you guys have known each other for a very long time and you guys definitely have a rapport with each other. You know each other’s timings. How do you prepare your guest stars so that they can feel like they’re really a part and they can work well with you guys?

C. Mochrie Oh, that’s something especially for Jonathan Mangum.

J. Mangum Oh? I’m sorry I missed a bit of that.

C. Mochrie Oh.

J. Mangum So can you—

K. Kinney … Greg …

J. Mang I was in a circus parade.

K. Kinney I was going to say we, I mean, in the past we’ve simply made fun of them in the green room and then given them a drink, but does anyone else have anything to add to that?

J. Mangum You know I think the thing we want to do is make them look bad so we do everything we can to help them. We set them up or we leave them alone, and a lot of people are kind of nervous to get up there. Even actors don’t necessarily improvise, so it’s always kind of scary for them and we kind of sense that so we kind of lead them through it but we want them to look good so—

R. Stiles Plus, improv is always, always yes and so any idea they have we’re going to completely accept so they almost can’t look bad as long as they just have ideas.

G. Proops I’m always trying to emphasis to our guests, the enormous sense of gratitude they should be feeling that they’re allowed to be playing with us, and then maybe they should be thinking about a little more than their own needs.

C. Mochrie And yet they rarely do.

K. Kinney You know we’re just really happy when someone shows up to play with us so—does that answer your question or we can go on.

K. Nolan Oh, I could listen to you all day so—

K. Kinney Oh, okay. No, we’re just really, really happy when there are—we don’t think of ourselves as celebrities so we’re hard pressed if someone shows up—

M Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa.

R. Stiles Nor does anyone else.

K. Kinney Okay. I know. That’s it so if someone shows up we’re like eww let’s bring ‘em up, let’s bring ‘em up it will be so fun. It’s like you always let all the new kids into the sandbox to play with you so we’re just—we’re really happy and we do always make them look good and if we don’t, if we can’t possibly do it then they’ll edit it to make it look—No, just kidding. They always will look good.

M Yep.

K. Nolan Okay. Thanks.

J. Mangum Thank you.

Moderator Okay, thank you. The next person we have is Amy and Nancy Harrington with Pop Culture Passionistas. Please go ahead.

A. Harrington Hi, guys. Thanks for your time today.

J. Mangum Thank you.

K. Kinney Hello.

A. Harrington Kathy, we’re wondering what it’s like being the only woman in the cast.

K. Kinney Well, you know—

C. Mochrie I’ll answer this.

K. Kinney Yeah, I have a bigger dressing room, which is just a joke because I don’t really have a dressing room. You know, I feel like—I feel very honored. I feel, happy, funny. It’s, I don’t feel funny. I mean I feel okay. I think that I just fit in. I just fit in and it is like family because we’ve all been together so long. I’m not out there trying to—I’m a good ensemble person. I’m a team player and I think that that’s what makes it a good fit for me, and Drew Carey owes me money, and so I’m always going to be there until he pays that debt off.

J. Mangum And we don’t have to play woman which is great.

K. Kinney Yeah. Yeah because I am a woman, but sometimes I get to play a man, because we’re doing improvs so we’re gender bending all the time there. Sometimes we just play animals who have no gender, like frogs or tadpoles, things like that. So, I just feel—I’m just happy. I’m happy to be there and have a job.

J. Mangum Are you drinking, Kathy?

K. Kinney I am but it’s called dandy blend. It’s dandelion weed brew stuff.

A. Harrington Excellent. Thanks for your time and good luck with the show, everybody.

J. Mangum Thank you.

R. Stiles Thank you.

Moderator Okay. Thank you and we next have a question from Michael Tucker from Film Monthly. Please go ahead.

M. Tucker Hi, guys. I want to say I’m a huge fan of all of yours, , I’m only 18 so I grew up watching all you guys on improv ever since I was little. —

K. Kinney Did I—Did I babysit for you?

M. Tucker , yes. Yes you did.

K. Kinney Because your voice sounds familiar.

M. Tucker Well, thank you. I appreciate that. You guys have inspired me to do improv myself. I was wondering who are your guy’s inspirations when you were younger.

K. Kinney Hmmm, Ryan, we’re you ever inspired by somebody?

R. Stiles , , yeah, probably the same as everybody else I would think. You know, Sid Caesar and, you know, Carol Burnett and, —

K. Kinney Lucille Ball.

R. Stiles Jonathan Winters. I mean all of the people that we grew up with those kids don’t know who they are these days. —

G. Proops I like the Sc TV show with Rick Moranis and Catherine O’Hara, John Candy. I thought they were—when I was in college Jonathan … I thought they were the funniest sketch group ever.

K. Kinney Yeah, I did to. Canadians.

C. Mochrie Yeah, Canadians are funny.

K. Kinney Was that true for you, Colin? Did you—

C. Mochrie Yeah. Oh, yeah. ScTV, I was a big fan of like the old guys like Jack Benny and Jonathan Winters and Bob Hope.

R. Stiles Dick Sergeant, Kirk Douglas.

K. Kinney Rita Hayworth. Jonathan, you’re, you’re like the young guy. Who inspired you?

J. Mangum Yeah. I don’t know who the hell you guys are talking about. I like, Dave Letterman was a—I’m a big fan Le——

C. Mochrie You’re older than that. Come on.

J. Mangum And , Monty Python of course, and Bob Newhart, Bob Newhart too. Those are probably the top three for me.

K. Kinney Yeah. Bob Newhart, and for me all the woman, Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, and the woman who played my grandmother, Phyllis Diller.

R. Stiles That’s right.

G. Proops Oh, my God Phyllis Diller.

K. Kinney Still sends me a Christmas card every year. That’s family.

J. Mangum That’s so sweet. The same one.

K. Kinney hmm, yep, same one. That’s right, so who inspired you to do imrov? Was it us?

M. Tucker Oh, kind of just watching, mostly from Who’s Line. Are you—, all them inspired me. It was a lot of fun to watch and actually I was like, hey I kind of want to do that but I’m not funny and I went to a couple workshops and I actually started getting it.

R. Stiles That’s never stopped us.

K. Kinney Never stopped us, no.

G. Proops No kidding. You can’t let something little like that get in the way. … audience they’re laughing and they’re riot or something.

K. Kinney Well, good luck with it and, you know comedy’s just about being specific so—

J. Mangum What do you mean?

K. Kinney Specific.

M All right, Mark.

K. Kinney Thank you guys very much. That helped a lot.

R. Stiles Thank you.

J. Mangum Thank you.

Moderator Okay, thank you. The next one is from Guillermo Paz with SeriesandTv. Please go ahead.

G. Paz Hi, guys.

K. Kinney Hello.

J. Mangum Hello.

G. Paz Hi. I had the chance and opportunity to watch the, the premier and of course it was very funny, with the drunken lady and … and all, and up to that I, I did an article of ten reasons to watch Drew Carey’s Improv-A-Ganza. What would you say is the top reason? This is for all of you.

G. Proops , it’s in color.

K. Kinney Yeah, it’s in color. , I think, you know, bad economy, good comedy. That would be mine.

J. Mangum Bad economy, good comedy. I like that.

K. Kinney hmmm.

R. Stiles I think the nber one reason is Colin Mochrie.

G. Proops That’s just sweet.

K. Kinney Sweet, yeah.

G. Proops I think it’s time to indulge your fantasy.

J. Mangum You know it’s kind of an odd show to that you can—to me kind of like Americas Funniest Videos where you can actually watch it with everybody in the family to and they can all understand it, so—

K. Kinney Yeah.

J. Mangum And it’s also a show that if you miss the first five minutes it’s not going to matter.

K. Kinney No.

J. Mangum You can tune in any time.

R. Stiles And actually it’s the only new improv on TV. You’re not going to see any other new improv on any other show on any other channel.

J. Mangum You’re not going to see any improv.

K. Kinney No.

G. Proops Yeah, well, no, they still run the Who’s Line occasionally, right?

J. Mangum Right.

G. Proops Yeah but that—this is the only new improv.

J. Mangum We’ll look younger in that one so they’ll know the difference.

C. Mochrie There’s also Fox news.

J. Mangum Well, that’s true.

K. Kinney Yeah. You know what it is? When you said Americas Funniest Home Videos I just think that laughter is—this is my top reason, that laughter—if your laughing really hard it rings you out and when you come back you—if you’re feeling so much better. It’s like a great hour at the gym to watch the show. I know we’re only on for a half hour but it’s just gut wrenching.

J. Mangum You can work out every day.

K. Kinney Every day.

G. Proops I think you should put that under the title. It’s like an hour in the gym.

K. Kinney But it’s only 30 minutes on TV. Wow, I’m in a noisy part of Hollywood. Thank you for writing that article.

G. Proops … sweating then.

K. Kinney Hello?

G. Paz Great. Thanks.

G. Proops Sure.

K. Kinney Thank you.

Moderator Okay, thank you. Our next question is from Adam Ullian with Yuletide Napper. Please go ahead.

A. Ullian Hey, guys, it’s Adam. My question is for Kathy. Which of your fellow cast mates did you most expect to land on Celebrity Rehab?

K. Kinney Oh, Celebrity Rehab. That’s a good question. I think, because we do everything as a group we’re all going to end up there at the exact same time doing improv, you know, for the other rehab patients. That’s us. It’s in our contract. It’s called favored nations, so if one goes to rehab we all go to rehab.

J. Mangum Did you say the name of your publication is the Yuletide Nappa?

A. Ullian Yuletide Snapper, yes.

J. Mangum Oh, okay.

K. Kinney It was hard.

J. Mangum … everyone.

K. Kinney Why, do you think someone of us is just going to end up in rehab?

A. Ullian , probably but that’s just a Hollywood thing not a fairly personal thing.

K. Kinney Yeah. No, you know what we’re just like this is the show you want to watch with your grandmother and your three year old niece. Anything that, that we say that look it will just be bleeped out and actually it’s just a bunch of clean living, fun people.

R. Stiles If it didn’t happen in the 80s it’s not going to happen now.

K. Kinney That’s right. We’re too old to end up in rehab now.

C. Mochrie I’m high on life and there’s no rehab for that.

K. Kinney Yeah, so, but that, that would be my answer.

A. Ullian Thank you, guys. Good luck.

K. Kinney Thanks.

R. Stiles Thank you.

G. Proops Thank you.

Moderator Okay, thank you. Our next question is from Michael Noble with Cliqueclack. Please go ahead.

M. Noble Good morning, everyone. Thank you for taking your time out. This question is for Greg Proops. Mr. Proops with all the residuals you have pouring in from … film courtesy of your stint with Star Wars with … I mean, why get back in bed with Drew Carey and company? It, it, what—is enough man, seriously?

G. Proops Obviously, you’ve never worked for the great Lucas Empire before.

M. Noble No, sir I have not.

G. Proops Residuals are a word that have been damaged to the rebel legent. So I actually get in bed with Drew Carey anyway every day because I live with him as man and wife.

R. Stiles Well, there you go.

G. Proops And he’s very, very gentle some of the times.

M. Noble Well, thank you for answering that question. I’m a little more educated on that front and , I appreciate you popping your head out of the bathtub to answer that.

K. Kinney I know, I told you it sounded like that didn’t I?

Moderator Okay, thank you. Next question is from Alex Davis with Church Buzzer Blog. Please go ahead.

A. Davis Sure. Hi, everyone. Thanks for the conference call. Quick question for really anyone, whoever wants to answer it because it was brought up before that Who’s Line has been perpetually in reruns for it seems endlessly now at this point and I still watch it repeatedly as others do apparently. What do you think keeps shows like Who’s Line and these improv shows so popular and still running to this day nonstop?

K. Kinney Ryan?

R. Stiles Are you gunna—I think people just see us enjoy—we’re, we enjoy it when we do it and I think people pick up on that and I think it’s kind of nice to, to watch a show that’s not a bunch of people arguing with each other. … these so, it’s just a feel good show. You watch it and you just you feel good watching it, so I don’t know what else to say about it. It’s kind of a happy show.

C. Mochrie I think you sorta hit the nail on the head when you say everyone can see how much fun we’re having. It’s just—it makes it timeless. It’s like watching the old Carol Burnett show and seeing Tim Conway and … Cortman breakup and no matter how often you see the scene you still laugh when you see it because you realize that they had so much fun performing it and it just becomes contagious.

K. Kinney Yeah. That’s true isn’t it? Even after all these years we’re just,—we’re really making each other laugh and we’re the biggest critics because we’ve been there all along so, you know, it’s just fun isn’t it?

G. Proops I don’t think people realize like when we show up in Vegas we haven’t seen each other for a while. It’s just nice seeing people for that first time and going out for dinner with them and doing shows. I mean it’s all–

C. Mochrie The second hour’s rough.

G. Proops The second hour’s rough, yeah.

K. Kinney Yeah. I think people just want to laugh and it’s a good kind of show to just sit and laugh and also there’s so many people that think oh I could do that. You know, we make it look easy and it is just fun.

A. Davis I’m one of those people that says I can do that after watching and it doesn’t work out that well but, thank you very much for the answer. I really appreciate it.

K. Kinney Thank you.

R. Stiles Sure.

C. Mochrie Thank you.

Moderator Okay and our next question is from Brian Sittner with Eclipse Magazine. Please go ahead.

B. Sittner First of all I want to thank everybody for doing this call and I really appreciate your guys time but, my question is for Jeff and Jonathan. Since, you guys are like the newest members to this improv group what is your guys’ challenges working with everyone?

J. Mangum Jeff, you want to answer that?

J. Mangum Sure, man. Jonathan’s the best. What am I going to say man? No, , Jeff’s not here.

K. Kinney Jeff’s not here.

C. Mochrie What an amazing impression though.

G. Proops That was really good.

J. Mangum Yeah, the impressions the hardest part. No, you know trying to find what your place is in a group every group is, like a great baseball team and everyone has their own role and when you show up you’re not really sure. You know what am I? Am I a first baseman? Am I, , short—, I get to kind of do a bunch of shows and figure out kind of where you fit, but, these guys are so gracious that, that luckily didn’t take very long for me at all.

G. Proops And the decision you made was to be on stage as much as possible?

J. Mangum Yeah. Yes and it—

K. Kinney And as far as Jeff goes because I know he’s not here you know, I was saying to him before when we were in Vegas, you know don’t second guess yourself. You know because it’s always sometimes you’re trying to figure out does the network need something different from me that as an improver I might not be giving and, and Jeff said, “Oh, I’m just going to show up and have a good time. That’s what I do.” And that’s what he does. Just shows up, has a really good time and—

G. Proops I love the fact that the new guys have been here 10 years.

K. Kinney Yeah.

R. Stiles That just makes us old.

B. Sittner All right. Well, I thank you guys for your time and best wishes with everything.

G. Proops Thank you.

J. Mangum Thank you.

B. Sittner Welcome.

Moderator Okay. Next question is from Jennifer Becker with Twocents.com. Please go ahead.

J. Becker Hi, guys. Thanks so much for talking with us today.

K. Kinney Hi.

J. Becker I think somebody mentioned earlier about the energy and the filming in Las Vegas and I also heard about the drunk woman incident in the premier. , do any of you have any crazy stories to tell about filming in that environment?

J. Mangum Colin?

C. Mochrie , yeah because I’m the guy. , no. Yeah, I tend—the beauty of improv is once it’s—you’ve done the scene it’s like gone forever so you never really remember anything until you see it, you know when you’re flipping through the channels. I can’t think of anything except for the drunk woman who I have to proudly admit I picked her.

J. Mangum For me, thank you.

C. Mochrie So I’m very, , well known for my ability to pick the best possible person for any scene. You know, it was dark. I didn’t realize she had her pants over her head.

J. Mangum You’re just naturally attracted to drunk woman.

C. Mochrie

G. Proops Didn’t we have, —we had a guy at one point that came up on stage in one of the shows that was really drunk and we were playing the game, moving bodies. Where they move the performer and I think it was Chip and I think that they were—You know normally you would grab someone’s leg to move it forward to make them walk and I think this guy was like punching his butt as hard as he could and he was a big muscle guy and we all were like whoa. We were a little worried.

C. Mochrie A little worried but no one jped.

J. Mangum No because we wanted to watch Chip suffer of course.

K. Kinney Yeah. But well, I think Chip turned and like was going to deck him or something, scared him enough but—

G. Proops We also did have slightly older woman in an incredibly short skirt.

J. Mangum Yes.

G. Proops We had to put a towel over her at one point actually.

C. Mochrie Yep.

K. Kinney I think they’re running that promo. I was watching some poker, high stakes poker and they’ve got a, a commercial for the show and it’s Jeff singing, Jeff and Jonathan, you and Jeff singing and, , Jeff pulls the towel off her lap.

G. Proops You ripped it off.

K. Kinney Yeah, he ripps it off and she’s going to turn around and he says no, don’t turn around we’re on a game show network, not the pay preview. So it was pretty funny.

J. Becker All right. Thanks, guys.

J. Mangum Thank you.

K. Kinney Thank you.

Moderator Okay, thank you. Our next question is from Michael Tucker with Film Monthly. Please go ahead.

M. Tucker All right. I’m back again I guess.

K. Kinney Oh, cool.

J. Mangum Ask the same question, we’ll have better answers.

K. Kinney h, h.

M. Tucker Okay. Colin, I got the honor of being able to watch your and Brads show early, earlier, I got to say what kind of, carry overs would you say went from you and Brads show to this show?

K. Kinney Besides you and Brad.

C. Mochrie Yeah besides Brad and well I think, what Brad and I have in our show is what kind of started with Who’s—moved into this. Just the stability to be able to have fun on stage when you realize you have an audience and you have no show. Just that part of your mind it just goes into a weird–it’s hard to explain. A partly relaxation and partly sheer panic, and just the ability—I mean all these guys on the show are world class improvisers. The beauty of it, you know we hadn’t seen them for maybe a couple years but when you get back together it’s just like getting punched in the head again.

G. Proops I can’t speak for anybody else but I, I never feel more comfortable and at ease than when I’m on stage.

K. Kinney Yeah, me to.

J. Mangum Yep.

C. Mochrie Yeah, life sucks.

G. Proops It does. I hate crowds. I really do.

C. Mochrie … crouts?

G. Proops No, crowds.

C. Mochrie I don’t know if that answered your question but—

M. Tucker Yes it does, thanks very much.

K. Kinney Okay because you can come back again.

M. Tucker I’ll try to come back.

K. Kinney Okay.

Moderator Okay and we have another question form Guillermo Paz with SeriesandTV. Please go ahead.

G. Paz Hi again, guys. I had the chance to watch the, the preview, where I guess it’s Jonathan, Chip, and Jeff that, that did a little song about improving. A little song about the show. The best show, the best show ever and stuff. What do, what do we be getting any hoe downs or at least a hoe down as a piecer?

K. Kinney Colin, do you want to answer that?

C. Mochrie I could say no. You’ll never see a hoe down. If there was any way we could have stopped a hoe down from being on Who’s Line we would have done it. If we could have done it retroactively we could have done it. It was, a hoe down was never our favorite, as you can probably tell. It was just, you know we did hundreds of them and it every year just got harder and harder so I’m personally I’m glad to see it banished from this show.

R. Stiles And also it’s one of those games where we’re kind of standing in a line and that was fine for Who’s Line but now we’re on a stage that’s, 100 feet across so again we want to keep it kind of active.

K. Kinney It’s like, it’s the same people from Who’s Line but it’s a whole different show with all different formats and games. It’s really, and that Las Vegas audience, whoa.

G. Paz Great but, and we’re still going to miss it.

K. Kinney Awww, Gulilermo you’re a good guy.

C. Mochrie Get over it man, it’s gone.

K. Kinney It’s gone, yeah.

J. Mangum … again.

G. Paz Great. That’s okay, at least, at least I know I have to watch the reruns to get, to get some hoe downs.

C. Mochrie I’m sure there’ll be a hoe down CD out with all the best hoe downs—

K. Kinney Yeah and it is improv so you can just do it at home.

C. Mochrie Yeah, yeah.

G. Paz Yeah or at least where you can do one of those, those commercials that, that Colin and Ryan did where they introduced and, and Wayne Brady sang the best hoe downs.

R. Stiles We, do do that. We have great … in this show.

K. Kinney Yeah.

G. Paz Okay. Great. Thanks so much, guys.

K. Kinney Bye.

Moderator Okay, thank you and we have a question from Michael Tucker with Film Monthly. Please go ahead.

M. Tucker Told you guys I’d make it back again. All right, this one goes to Kathy. Do you think that, also doing the role of Bunny in The Secret Life of the American Teenager will create different ideas or scenarios you normally wouldn’t have done before and if so, how?

K. Kinney … involving the improv show?

M. Tucker Yeah.

K. Kinney No I don’t. Bunny has red hair and you know, The Secret Life of the American Teenager is just a really fantastic show. It’s very well written and, I truly enjoy being on there and working with like these really young guys. Sorry, but, —

M

K. Kinney I know what can I say. It’s just so tightly scripted and really controlled that I just, I bring my best Bunny game to that and then—and when I’m in Las Vegas with my friends doing the improv it’s just such a different thing because it’s—I’m just pulling information out of the universe and slapping it up on stage and watching what they do with it, so it’s such a different thing. It’s so—I think of myself as an actress but I also think of myself as an improvisational actress and they don’t really have much to do with anything except for it’s all me and I just show up.

G. Proops You have another show?

K. Kinney I have this recurring role on, —

G. Proops I know I’m kidding.

K. Kinney I know because I don’t want to have to say the entire title again, but thank you for noticing me on there Michael.

M. Tucker Oh, yeah, my girlfriend Kathy kind of thinks I’m gay because I watch it but oh well.

K. Kinney I know. It’s a good group of people. They’re really nice people and they shoot really fast, which I like.

J. Mangum That’s kind of odd that your girlfriend thinks you’re gay.

M. Tucker Yeah.

J. Mangum It probably has nothing to do with the show. Did you ever think about that?

K. Kinney Hmm, interesting.

M. Tucker All right. Well, thank you guys.

K. Kinney Thank you.

J. Mangum Thank you.

C. Mochrie Thank you. We’ll hear from you again soon.

Moderator Okay and we have a question from Kyle Nolan with Noreruns.net. Please go ahead.

K. Nolan Hey, I made it back through. So has anything ever happened, like you mentioned some of these drunk people and the lady with the short skirt. Has anything been like really disastrous that you had to either stop the show or something bombed that you had to try to recover from?

K. Kinney No.

C. Mochrie Oh, that sounds like a Ryan question.

K. Kinney I’m still thinking about someone flinging you and I to the ground, Colin and—

C. Mochrie Oh, yeah.

K. Kinney Us continuing the scene on the floor and nothing—it never stops. If it happens it just gets filmed.

C. Mochrie Yeah. We were doing a moving body scene and they sort of lost control of us and we both fell to the floor. Luckily Kathy broke my fall.

K. Kinney Your welcome.

R. Stiles Colin, wasn’t there one time on Who’s Line when some—in England— when some pipes broke and flooded the studio and people waited three hours until they fixed it up?

C. Mochrie Yeah. That was good.

K. Kinney Well, Jonathan, didn’t you crawl across the floor like a big lizard and smash a light? Did we stop for that?

J. Mangum I broke a light with my, , , self.

R. Stiles If you don’t break a light on stage you shouldn’t be on stage as far as I’m concerned. Everybody’s broken a light now and then.

K. Kinney It’s fun.

K. Nolan Okay, thanks.

K. Kinney Thank you.

Moderator Okay, thank you and we have a question from Amy and Nancy Harrington with Pop Culture Passionistas. Please go ahead.

A. Harrington Hello. It’s us again.

K. Kinney Hello.

A. Harrington This is for Ryan, Colin or Greg. How was it doing improv with Charlie Sheen?

G. Proops I’ll answer that. It was great. I mean we didn’t—we weren’t even sure if he was going to come up, he came to see the show and we asked him to come up and do a game with us and usually when you ask actors like that they’ll go, “Oh, gee I don’t know. I don’t think I could possibly” and Charlie was like, “Let’s do it. It sounds like fun.” So, you could hear him in the crowd. He sat in one place. He laughed at everything even the stuff that wasn’t funny, and he was great. We just had a good time doing it so it was fun that he came up. It’s so different than what you know Charlie for and I think he carried himself pretty well.

C. Mochrie Yeah.

A. Harrington Excellent. Thanks.

G. Proops And I’m not saying that because I have to go back to Two and a Half Men because I don’t.

K. Kinney That’s right.

Moderator Okay. Next question is from Brittany Frederick from Digital Airways. Please go ahead.

B. Frederick Hi, again, guys.

R. Stiles Hello.

K. Kinney Hi, Brittani.

C. Mochrie Hi.

B. Frederick This is for anyone really. I took my parents to see you guys live years ago, and when you guys got to the … gag my dad laughed so hard he actually hurt himself, and it was kind of a running gag around our house now. I’m kind of curious are we going to see that again, and what the heck were you guys thinking to come up with the hats?

C. Mochrie You will see it again I think.

J. Mangum I’m curious as to how he hurt himself. What did he do?

B. Frederick , pulled something in his stomach. He actually had to go to the doctor the next week so it was—you guys were that funny.

J. Mangum Well, then we’ve done our job.

K. Kinney Yeah. Yeah.

C. Mochrie Yeah, well you will see that game again, absolutely.

B. Frederick Awesome. What in the heck made you guys come up with that because it just seems so insane?

K. Kinney Well, nobody does pain like Drew Carey.

C. Mochrie Yeah. He screams like a little girl.

K. Kinney Yeah. It’s just fun for us to watch him get those things snapped on his toes, but who did create that? Does anyone remember?

J. Mangum Who knows?

R. Stiles I think that’s been around a long time, and I mean improv is kind of dangerous already because you don’t know what you’re going to say and that just, that just ups up the danger. Trying to do a scene and maintain characters in a story while you’re feeling your toes getting cut off is not the easiest thing in the world.

K. Kinney Because those things really, those hurt. If you’re putting them down on the floor and one of them snaps and just brushes past your finger it hurts. I mean they’re meant to kill mice, okay. It’s just, it’s just we like to port danger.

C. Mochrie Yeah.

B. Fredricks Thanks so much, guys.

Moderator Okay and we do have a question from Michael Tucker from Film Monthly. Please go ahead.

M. Tucker Hi, , third time is a charm guys.

K. Kinney Yeah.

M. Tucker What would you say makes all you guys work together so well. , I trust that you know someone will always be ready to support your decision as stupid as it may be.

C. Mochrie Yeah that’s it exactly. You know everybody has a solid improv background so there’s the trust and everybody has the skills and the knowhow, and then just after working with each other for so many years, , it’s almost like we’re like an Army platoon. You know everybody’s watching everybody else’s back, so we’re out there to make sure everybody’s having fun, and we do.

R. Stiles And nobody else will work with us.

K. Kinney Yeah.

C. Mochrie Yeah, there’s that.

K. Kinney Yeah, we’re shunned by the rest of the improv community.

C. Mochrie And by real actors and stuff.

K. Kinney Yeah, real actors.

G. Proops I love the fact that in several places I’ve gone where standups will kind of actually hack on improv. They don’t consider it comedy so everybody else … because we make it happen. We don’t write it. I’m not quite sure what that’s about. So they just despise improv for some reason.

C. Mochrie Standups are stupid.

K. Kinney Yeah. Well, it’s like I was saying before people see it—you watch it at home. I can’t tell you how many people say to me yeah I think I could do that and I always want to say well, come on I’ll invite you to Las Vegas you do it. You know, but it’s just we, we make it look easy because we so enjoy it and we’re having a really good time. I’m not saying that anybody else could—I mean everybody could do it if they wanted to but the fact that we’ve all been together so long, and that Colin’s right we’re just—we really have each other’s back and it’s like jping and you always know the nets going to be there. That somebody else is going to catch you.

G. Proops People always ask us to if it’s really improvised. That’s a big question with people and I think it would be pretty hard to write, you know, Colin runs across stage as moose while Jonathan crawls out of the bag as lizard, you know …

C. Mochrie … the scenes. They make no sense at all. Less sense than the last scene on Saturday Night Live. It’s just, truly is comedy of the moment. You can’t really explain to people what went on. You really had to be there.

K. Kinney I got to watch the show that one night, and it was just—even when everyone thought that they weren’t—you could say like oh, we’re not even that funny. It’s just, it’s everyone seems to have this willingness to, to be silly and to let everything go and just it’s so much fun to watch. I had such a great time in the audience so—

J. Mangum And I think, as an audience member—you know when you’re a standup and you come out on stage it’s kind of got that make me laugh attitude and I think for us walking on stage it’s a much warmer feeling because they’re suggesting what you do so they have kind of an interest in it and they really want it to work. They want you to succeed.

K. Kinney Yeah. That’s true. Does that answer your question?

M. Tucker Yes, actually it did and I’ll try and beep in one more time for one more question.

K. Kinney Because fourth time, fourth time really is a charm.

M. Tucker Okay. All right. Thank you.

Moderator Okay and we have a question from Kyle Nolan with Noreruns.net. Please go ahead.

K. Nolan Hi, again.

K. Kinney Kyle, we missed you.

K. Nolan What would you say would be the craziest request you got from an audience member, like a suggestion when you went out into the audience looking for suggestions?

R. Stiles Well, there’s nothing really easy. Sometimes we’ll turn down a suggestion. It’s not because we don’t want to do it. It’s because we’ve done it the last show or we do it a lot, but, and also stuff that, if we get gynecologist we’re obviously not going to do it but we just try to look for stuff we haven’t done before and something that will be challenging for us.

C. Mochrie We often get, there’s a game I think called jeopardy. Well it’s not called jeopardy.

K. Kinney No.

C. Mochrie Because of legal reasons but it’s basically jeopardy.

K. Kinney Question this.

C. Mochrie We get the answers from the audience and then the improvisers have to, they come up with a question, and there’s one category we have three syllable words. I can’t tell you how often people say cat. Cat, cat, cat—

K. Kinney That’s funny. You’d think that with an audience, like a drunken audience in Las Vegas that you’d be getting crazy stuff but people just so happy to be there. They’re just shouting out things to try and stop us, yes, but it’s, it’s impossible and it’s—

J. Mangum There were many people who weren’t drunk.

K. Kinney Yeah, there were many—

J. Mangum … make it sound like we’re, —

K. Kinney Yeah, like it’s a brawl?

J. Mangum Yeah, right.

K. Kinney No, no it’s not. Well that’s what I’m saying there really—it’s just a high energy, happy group of people on vacation but I can’t think of any—You know I used to be in an all-woman group back in New York and they would always shout out stuff like show us your tits. You know things like that don’t happen to us in Vegas. Do they?

J. Mangum Not during the show.

K. Kinney Not during a show. Back stage in the green room, right? You know people are so much smarter than everybody wants to give them credit for and they yell out really wonderful suggestions.

R. Stiles There’s a lot of shows in Vegas where they get upset if they don’t yell that out.

K. Kinney Yeah. Show us your tits.

K. Nolan I kind of think that your average improv audience member is, has a little bit more intelligence than the normal audience member in just like general comedy show because it—you have to have a little bit more to get the impro—Do you guess know what I’m saying? Am I talking like a—

K. Kinney No, no.

J. Mangum I didn’t understand any of that. …

K. Nolan It just seems like your normal improv audience—

J. Mangum Yeah.

C. Mochrie Our audience—

K. Nolan Slightly—if you’re buying a ticket to an improv show you have a slightly higher intelligence level than just a person that just would not just go to a regular comedy show.

C. Mochrie I think our audience is as stupid as any audience.

K. Nolan Yeah. Okay. That’s what I thought.

G. Proops I think people are surprised to that we make the entire show up. That we think of the entire show when we walk out. I think they do think that parts of it are, are formulated or scripted and then we do improv around that. I don’t think they think it’s going to be the comedy free-for-all that it is.

C. Mochrie Yeah and there are some hardcore fans who, you know they come prepared with stuff. They just, for any suggestion, anything we may ask for they have their stuff that they’ve worked on, which is, can be fun sometimes because you know they’ve worked on it and it’s something we’ve never gotten before, which always makes the improv more fun and challenging.

K. Kinney Yeah. The only reason we don’t, don’t do gynecologist is because we’ve gotten over 11 trillion times.

C. Mochrie We always get it for sound effects scenes, which you really want to see a sound effect scene about a gynecologist?

K. Kinney No, I don’t. No.

C. Mochrie No.

G. Proops You know they could probably do a special show just on the intros to because it’s not just the games that are funny. I mean sometimes the intros will go five minutes that we—we’re just having so much fun during that we can’t even get into the game you know.

K. Kinney Yeah but the audience never stops us.

G. Proops They don’t.

K. Kinney They can’t.

G. Proops All though they are smarter than the average theatre goer. They’re not smarter than us.

K. Kinney No. Does that answer it Kyle?

K. Nolan Yep, and it sounds like a challenge for future people going to your show.

K. Kinney Yeah.

R. Stiles Bring it.

K. Nolan Thanks.

R. Stiles Bring it.

K. Kinney Bring it.

Moderator Okay and now we have a question from Guillermo Paz with SeriesinTV.com.

C. Choe And, Laura, this will be the last call for today’s Q and A session.

Moderator Okay, thank you.

G. Paz Okay. I just managed to squeeze my last question in.

G. Proops I’m sorry is it Germo?

K. Kinney Yes.

G. Paz Gulilermo.

K. Kinney Gulilermo.

G. Paz Yeah. I’m from Argentina so that’s the name. The last time around on Who’s Line is it Anyway you had Robin Williams and you had Whoopie Goldberg for instance. This time around you had Charlie Sheen. Who’s the guest star, the dream guest star for the future?

K. Kinney Oh, Ryan?

R. Stiles Oh, boy, wow. I’d love to see Morley Safer up there although I don’t think he’s going to get up.

K. Kinney Yeah. I was thinking Hillary Clinton but—

C. Mochrie Oh, yeah.

R. Stiles I don’t know that’s the great thing about shooting in Vegas to is the people that go through Vegas. I mean not only the people that do shows there but the people that go on weekends are—so the chances of us getting a lot of people to come and guest on the show are really good because it’s improv. We can just ask them five minutes before the show and get them up there. So, yeah we’re always kind of excited about who might show up that night.

K. Kinney You know who I miss? I wish Joe Walsh.

R. Stiles Joe was fun. Yeah, we’ll probably get Joe on eventually.

K. Kinney I wish Joe would come back.

R. Stiles I’m sure he would.

K. Kinney Joe Walsh, he’s a funny guy. Jonathan, do you have any? Who would you like to see?

J. Mangum Oh, boy. Who would I—Well, who’s in Vegas now? Who could we get to come do it with us?

K. Kinney Céline Dion.

J. Mangum Celine Dion could do it. The cast of, , …

R. Stiles I’d love to see Teller do a narration scene.

J. Mangum Teller would be great.

K. Kinney That would be funny. I don’t know. Gulilermo, do you have somebody that you want us to bring on?

G. Paz , yeah. A lot of—a lot of people, maybe one of the Monty Python guys around.

R. Stiles Oh, yeah.

G. Proops Jeff works a lot with Eric Idol, so you know some of those people hang out once in a while so—

K. Kinney And I flew behind him once. I sat behind him in an airplane and kicked the back of his seat all the way to New York so maybe he’d do it for us.

R. Stiles You know it’s funny the people who love improv, I mean even with Who’s Line you know Paul McCartney said it was one of his favorite shows, Johnny Depp said he would never do TV again but if he did he would do Who’s Line, so I mean—

K. Kinney Wow.

R. Stiles There’s a lot of people who want to do it so it’s just a matter of—

J. Mangum Katie Couric is looking for a gig.

K. Kinney Yeah. Yeah, Katie Couric.

R. Stiles Katie Current.

K. Kinney God if Johnny Depp came I might not be able to talk.

G. Proops … go through all of us I would think.

K. Kinney I think so. Well, thanks, Gulilermo.

G. Paz Thanks so much, guys.

C. Choe Ladies and gentlemen that will conclude today’s session. I’d like to once again thank Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie, Greg Proops, Jonathan Mangum, and Kathy Kinney for joining us, and remind everyone to tune in to the premier of Drew Carey’s Improv-A-Ganza on Monday, April 11th at 8:00 p.m. Eastern/Pacific on GSN. Enjoy the rest of your day.


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(Santa Monica, CA) -March 30, 2011 - He may have tiger's blood, but does he have the eye of the tiger necessary to excel at the formidable art of improv? Charlie Sheen joins the fun during the premiere week of DREW CAREY'S IMPROV-A-GANZA, a new original, primetime daily strip series that premieres Monday, April 11, 2011, at 8pm & 11pm ET/PT on GSN. Sheen will appear in the episode airing Tuesday, April 12.
In an impromptu appearance, Sheen joined Carey and the cast of DREW CAREY'S IMPROV-A-GANZA live onstage when the 40-episode series was taping live improv performances at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas in January and February 2011. In an unpredictable sketch that separates the men from the trolls, Sheen took the stage on January 18 along with cast members including Carey, Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie, and Greg Proops.
The cast of DREW CAREY'S IMPROV-A-GANZA includes: Carey, Heather Anne Campbell, Jeff Davis, Chip Esten, Kathy Kinney, Jonathan Mangum, Sean Masterson, Mochrie, Proops, Brad Sherwood and Stiles, with special guest appearances by Wayne Brady.
Stand-up comic turned actor-producer Drew Carey has brought his golden comic touch to numerous hit television shows, including "The Drew Carey Show," "The Price Is Right" and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?," on which he served as host and producer. He has also attracted enthusiastic live audiences across the country with his Drew Carey's Improv All-Stars.
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