"Thank God You’re Here" is a new reality comedy show on NBC. The
hosted by David Allan Grier and judged by Dave Foley, features a cast of
celebrities joining five supporting actors in each episode.
The celebrities are each put into a costume and thrust through a door
set they’ve never seen before. The supporting actors do have scripts and
they help lead and prompt the celebrity as they improvise their way
The title comes from the idea that each celebrity’s arrival is
person this scene’s group has been anxiously waiting to see, i.e.
‘Thank God you’
re here…Sven.” After each celebrity has their turn at an individual
all four celebrities don similar costumes for a group scene. At the end
the show Dave Foley critiques their efforts and picks one celebrity to
win the “
Thank God You’re Here” award.
One of the things I didn’t like, especially since I am a great fan of
improvisational comedy, is that whereas most actors are only given the
basics of a
scene and have to make up everything from there, these celebrities were
often dressed in costumes that were stereotypical for their scene and thus
shed some prior insight on what they could expect. I also didn’t like
supporting players had scripts and would often prompt the celebrity on
say or do next. Despite that, I did find the show very funny and would