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Whose Line is it Anyway?

2000 Twiglet Results

The twiglets have come and gone for another year, with the results as shown below. There were over 500 voters in this years' awards (more than double last year) so we've got a pretty good cross-section of online WL viewers represented here! (so if any WL production staff want a good guide as to what goes down well with their audience...!).

The awards were presented in an IRC ceremony on January 26th 2001 and the transcript is available.

Congratulations to all the winners, and remember - with over a decade of show to choose from, just getting nominated is an amazing feat!


The Golden Twiglet & Hall of Fame Award

WINNER: GREG PROOPS
Previous winners: Ryan Stiles & Colin Mochrie
Wayne Brady
29 %

Josie Lawrence
4 %

Mike McShane
2 %

Greg Proops
42 %

Tony Slattery
21 %

Greg a winner by quite a margin here, joining long-time regulars Ryan and Colin. Next year we might see quite a fight between the old and the new favourites of Tony and Wayne!


The Wheel of Fish Twiglet for Best Game

WINNER: SUPERHEROES
Previous winners: Party Quirks & Scenes From A Hat
Hoedown
22 %

Let's Make A Date
12 %

Narrate/Film Noire
15 %

Newsflash/Green Screen
10 %

Superheroes
23 %

Whose Line
16 %

Extremely close competition between the leaders here, with the rest all not too far behind. Green Screen may be a strong contender in future years as Colin makes it his own... Some classic hoedowns have improved its prospects incredibly since a couple of years ago when it was amongst the most-hated games. Superheroes takes it out, perhaps being more consistently funny than some of the others.


The Hall-Vranch Twiglet for Best Song

WINNER: HOEDOWN (COLIN)
Previous winners: Bartender (in love with the Bartender) & Hoedown (Going Bald)
American Musical (having a baby/getting mugged/watching TV)
6 %

Bartender (annoyed at being jilted)
10 %

Hoedown (Colin)
30 %

Song Styles (Clean It Up - TLC)
4 %

Song Styles (Delores - Michael Jackson)
2 %

Song Styles (Lee - Stripogram)
22 %

Three Headed Broadway Star (You've Got Sole from My Favourite Shoe)
22 %

The Colin hoedown barely missed out last year, and still stands as a classic. Wayne's prominence in songs has earnt him many nominations, with the dodgy stripogram song styles and the hilariously screwed-up 'You've Got Sole' coming out equal second.


The Compilated Twiglet for Best Individual Game

WINNER: IMPROBABLE MISSION (DOING THE LAUNDRY)
Previous winners: Party Quirks (cameras/7 dwarves/animals) & Press Conference (having Clive's love child)
Courtroom Scene (Case of the Stolen Chicken)
11 %

Film Dub (The Salesman Arrives)
3 %

Film Noire (Maltese Burger Joint)
13 %

Improbable Mission (Doing the Laundry)
33 %

Newsflash (Colin's highlights)
29 %

Video Players (Inside the Walls of Falseham Prison)
8 %

I haven't seen this winner yet, but from the number of nominations, it must be some game! I have seen all the rest, and they are indeed truly classic sketches from a wide range of the show's history.


The Tony Award for Funniest Moment

WINNER: PARTY QUIRKS - WAYNE REVEALS MELISSA'S UNDERWEAR
Previous winners: Tony realises Rory is imitating him in PQ & Tony's F*** Off!
Drew & Greg's Africa Argument
10 %

Courtroom Scene - Colin's gavel breaks
9 %

Film Noire - Maltese Burger Joint kiss
15 %

Newsflash - Colin realises he's on the screen
19 %

Bartender - Ryan gets ribbed about his Neon Love Chicken shirt
6 %

Film Trailer - Tony splits his pants
10 %

Party Quirks - Wayne reveals Melissa's underwear
28 %

Tony loses his stranglehold on this category, but he and two other all-time greats could not hope to compete with some hilarious moments still fresh in the memory. The 'Best Of' episode provided an all new set of unexpected events on the show, and coverage of the Melissa incident like we probably wouldn't have seen before (except maybe in 'bits that went wrong').


The Northern Twiglet for the Funniest Line

WINNER: RYAN: QUICK - GET ON COLIN! COLIN: IF I HAD A NICKEL FOR EVERY TIME I'VE HEARD THAT...
Previous winners: This Courtroom is a Mochrie! & One of us might not come back alive... / I hope it's you!
Clive: Well hurry up then before my funk gets stale!
4 %

Drew: What holds you to the earth? Greg: Why my love for you Drew!
22 %

Josie: Welcome to Dead Cats. The only restaurant where you can eat with your...
11 %

Mike: You oughta see the SYNCHRONISED humping the Tony...
10 %

Ryan: Quick - get on Colin! Colin: If I had a nickel for every time I've heard that...
29 %

Ryan: I don't really care for men. I just like to tease 'em a bit.
8 %

Steve: Would you care for some dripping? Caroline: No thanks - I'm doin' me own!
13 %

The word 'classic' is getting overused in these comments... but Ryan and Colin banter has always been a source of some great jokes. Second to that we find Greg finding a new target for his historical & hysterical anti-host jokes. Again these moments come from points across the span of the show and come from some great games.


The Pawluk Best Credit Reading Twiglet

WINNER: TONY AS A DRUNK AUSTRALIAN SOAP STAR
Previous winners: As Tony & Colin snaps and says what he really thinks to Ryan
Colin making as many faces as possible
17 %

Greg as a male stripper
21 %

Rory as Clive with the cast at the aftershow party
8 %

Ryan and Greg as bickering brothers
12 %

Ryan and Greg pitching a movie to the studio boss
11 %

Tony as a drunk Australian soap star
28 %

And you thought you had to actually say something to win 'best reading' :) Some of these other nominees have been in there year after year and might actually win eventually!


The Damn Monkey Twiglet for Best Whose Line Line

WINNER: SEEING YOU NAKED CHANGED MY LIFE.
Previous winners: Take me big boy and kiss me like there's no tomorrow & You must dance for me while I name some vegetables
Always keep a jellyfish in your handbag.
11 %

Does it usually throb like that?
16 %

I never knew you were inflatable!
15 %

It's time for the royal spanking!
16 %

Seeing you naked changed my life.
25 %

Tickle me till I squeal!
14 %

Well, it would, wouldn't it? The lines here are definitely some of the weirdest that have ever appeared on the show (apart from what Colin sometimes comes out with...) and the voting was fairly balanced across them.


I Can't Believe It's Not The Best Scene From A Hat

WINNER: THINGS THAT WOULD MAKE DREW DO A SPIT TAKE (RYAN & COLIN KISS)
Previous winners: None
Arguing over the tip ('I circumcised him - I get to keep it!')
12 %

At a weight watchers' convention ('No luck then?')
11 %

Joyriding elephants ('Come on Joy - get off of there!')
8 %

Rejected restaurant themes ('Welcome to Dead Cats...')
7 %

Things that would make Drew do a spit take (Ryan & Colin kiss)
30 %

Two hairs left on Clive Anderson's head ('Sure is lonely up here...')
10 %

What models say to each other on the catwalk ('I'm lost - I don't know where I'm going!' etc)
19 %

I think we all needed a breathmint after that one. A good scene from a hat usually takes both a good audience suggestion and some quick thinking from the performers - both of which are evident in each of these suggestions.


The Commercial Twiglet for Greatest Greatest Hits Song Title

WINNER: READJUSTIN' JUSTIN WHILE THE WIND IS GUSTIN' GUSTIN'
Previous winners: None
A Squirrel Ate My Bag
14 %

Ants Rats and Gypsy Moths
10 %

Cough While I Twist
11 %

I've Got Them and they Hang Like Grapes
10 %

Pfffft
17 %

Pile Driver
12 %

Readjustin' Justin while the Wind is Gustin' Gustin'
22 %

Extremely close voting here. Greatest Hits is a well-thought-out game giving Wayne (or others) the chance to demonstrate singing prowess while allowing Colin and Ryan to be at their weirdest and most banterish :) These nominees show both bizarreness and extremely dodgy double entendres that slipped past the censor... but I think the winner has to be one of the strangest phrases uttered on the show.


The Ever Untitled Twiglet for Best Prop Use

WINNER: WE SHOULD NEVER HAVE LET THE POODLES PLAY ON THE ROAD. (FURRY WHITE SHAPES)
Previous winners: How many scoops? 500! & Hey giant - stop peeing on the alps!
If you can think of any more ideas... send them in on a postcard (traffic cone)
3 %

It was terrible - Larry the Leprechaun went right through the shredder! (grass)
10 %

No - this is a German U-boat! (U shape)
10 %

Steve - one of your eyebrows fell off! (furry bag)
19 %

Ping pong balls? I thought you said King Kong's balls! (giant balls)
14 %

We'll need that number 8 by Tuesday... (3 linked rings)
4 %

We're evil smurfs! (shark fins)
14 %

We should never have let the poodles play on the road. (furry white shapes)
22 %

Props is another good game for quickfire thinking, but Colin seems to have this category licked even though other contestants have had some great ideas nominated.


The Someone at the Microwave Award for Best Party Quirk

WINNER: THINKS HE'S TONY (RORY)
Previous winners: All seven dwarves & a foal being born
Chippendale (Tony)
16 %

Come to ride Tony's camel (Ryan)
8 %

Lives his whole life in one minute (Ryan)
23 %

Penis (Josie)
18 %

Snowskiier hitting a tree (Colin)
8 %

Thinks he's Tony (Rory)
24 %

It had to win eventually :) Rory does a great job and Tony's reaction is priceless. The other quirks are all great and not too far behind.


The World Crisis Monitor Award for Best Superhero

WINNER: CAPTAIN HAIR (COLIN)
Previous winners: Impotence Boy
Captain Ballerina (Colin)
5 %

Captain Floppy (Greg)
11 %

Captain Hair (Colin)
36 %

Man Who Talks Really Really Slow (Ryan)
20 %

Super Rabbi (Brad)
12 %

The Disco Kid (Colin)
12 %

How could anything beat a hair joke? Superheroes is one game where contestants really get dumped on - a chance to not only come up with an amusing name, but to force their co-performers to act it out! Hence this category features an amusing mix of insult suggestions (hair, floppy...) and just strange things that were well performed.


The Brainstorming Best New Game Twiglet

WINNER: THREE HEADED BROADWAY STAR
Previous winners: None
African Chant
11 %

Millionaire Show
16 %

Questionable Impressions
18 %

Sound Effects with audience members
17 %

Three Headed Broadway Star
33 %

Title Sequence
3 %

After a very samey start, the US version has started to come up with many and varied new things for the contestants to try. This has included pop-culture references (Millionaire, Survivor & Daytime Talk Shows), more audience member involvement, and with Wayne as a regular, an expanded variety of musical games. Here we see that Three Headed Broadway Star takes it by a mile - a game which can combine good singing, hilarious comedy and which is amusingly difficult for the contestants to perform!


The Greg Proops Twiglet for Best Put Down

WINNER: GREG: IT'S ALSO A CONTINENT IF YOU'RE A GEOGRAPHER!
Previous winners: No luck then? (weight watchers' convention) & Don't cry - you're not that good of an actor!
Greg: And any time I say naff git that means Clive!
16 %

Paul: Are you bald or is your neck blowing bubble gum?
11 %

Colin: He had a face like a collapsed lung.
20 %

Ryan: I knew he had that metal plate in his skull... that's where all the hair had gone!
13 %

Greg: It's also a continent if you're a geographer!
37 %

When the award is named after you, it's only right that you actually win it at some point. Greg is well known for his insults and this one seems to have captured the imagination. Picking on the host is a long time tradition (with both old and new variations listed amongst these nominees) but there were many many other targets in the suggestions made.


The Jeopardy Twiglet for Best 'What The...?' Moment

WINNER: IMPROBABLE MISSION - BURNOOSE AND 'THE CAT'
Previous winners: None
Girl walks past camera to replace Drew's drinking cup
19 %

Helping Hands - camera flash goes off during the scene
9 %

Mission Impossible - 'Give me your outie!'
2 %

Improbable Mission - burnoose and 'the cat'
27 %

Narrate - 'I knew he didn't remember me... not since the operation.'
10 %

News Report - 'I went out the back to take a piss...'
21 %

Quick Change - 'Why does your horse have a door?'
8 %

Again, I haven't seen this one yet but it sounds extremely weird - which is what this category is all about ;) Personally my favourite was the camera flash which threw everyone in the middle of a frantic scene; however all of these moments here have managed to confuse people for a moment or just get them wondering how the hell some of these people's minds work!


The Writer's Guild Lawsuit for Best Contestant Intro

WINNER: STAR OF SCHOOL NATIVITY PLAYS; AUDITIONS; AND COLIN MOCHRIE LOOKALIKE CONTESTS. COLIN MOCHRIE.
Previous winners: None
Actor; comedian... just a few of his aspirations. John Sessions.
5 %

As described by Doctor Spooner - 'the shining wit'. Greg Proops.
3 %

Greg Proops - last happening dude left in captivity.
13 %

Jim Sweeney - better half of Sweeney & Steen. Steve Steen - better seven-eighths of Sweeney & Steen.
5 %

Star of school nativity plays; auditions; and Colin Mochrie lookalike contests. Colin Mochrie.
40 %

The Hugh Grant of slapstick. Tony Slattery
19 %

The spy who loved me. Ryan Stiles.
12 %

With differing styles, both Clive and Drew have managed to introduce us to the contestants in varied and hilarious ways. Clive is perhaps ahead on votes with a long history of great intros, but Drew's bizarre themes including movie and advertising references have also given some classics.


The Paul Merton 'Best Smile' Twiglet

WINNER: LAURA HALL
Previous winners: Josie Lawrence & Wayne Brady
Drew Carey
6 %

Laura Hall
22 %

Paul Merton
5 %

Colin Mochrie
21 %

Greg Proops
12 %

Brad Sherwood
13 %

Ryan Stiles
18 %

Paul is yet to win his own award, but with his reputation that's hardly unexpected! Laura was close last year and has finally had her chance to stand smiling in the spotlight. Colin was extremely close behind; perhaps next year will be his turn.


The Abercrombie & Fitch Fashion Statement Twiglet

WINNER: RYAN'S FLAME SHOES
Previous winners: Debi's baseball outfit; Josie's Peter Pan outfit; Ryan's Neon Love Chicken shirt & Greg's suits/jackets.
Colin's lime jacket
11 %

Greg's cow waistcoat
15 %

Greg's Nine Inch Nails shirt
12 %

Ryan's flame shoes
35 %

Steve's hawaiian shirts
8 %

Tony's Doc Holliday outfit
16 %

It's not specified whether this referred to clothes that were particularly stylish or just shockingly bad (in fact it combines both the best and worst categories of previous years). However, the appeal of the flame shoes is hard to deny - there have been many people trying to find some to buy! (try http://www.joesgarbshoes.com!). Meanwhile the rest of the standard outfits are fairly close together in runner up positions.


The Breathmint Award for Best Kiss

WINNER: FILM NOIRE - MALTESE BURGER JOINT (RYAN & COLIN)
Previous winners: Party Quirks - kissogram (Mike)
Film Noire - Maltese Burger Joint (Ryan & Colin)
44 %

Questions Only - Passionate French Love Story (Mike & Brad)
11 %

Scenes From A Hat - Kissogram with bad news (Mike & Steve)
4 %

Scenes From A Hat - Things that would cause a Drew Carey spit-take (Ryan & Colin)
21 %

Weird Newscasters (Colin & Greg)
7 %

Weird Newscasters (Colin & Karen)
3 %

Weird Newscasters - Mafia boss (Ryan & the camera)
6 %

Well, this is of course the reason why this scene has been popular in other categories... it seems that recent kisses stick in the memory a little more :) (or maybe we just like seeing Ryan & Colin kiss...). Mike previously had a reputation as the show's biggest kisser, these nominees would seem to point to Colin and yet recent episodes show Ryan kissing a worrying number of people... :)


The Steve Frost Twiglet for Best Crack-Up

WINNER: SONG STYLES (LEE THE LUNCHLADY) - WAYNE AT THE STYLE AND 'TWO GREAT BIG MEATBALLS...'
Previous winners: Ryan & Greg kissing in Dead Bodies
Greatest Hits - Drew at 'Michael Jackson... a great head coach'
3 %

Hoedown (being stood up) - Tony at 'And then I kissed a labrador...'
10 %

Improbable Mission (laundry) - Ryan & Wayne at 'the cat!'
25 %

Party Quirks - Tony at Ryan's toddler
13 %

Song Styles (Lee the Lunchlady) - Wayne at the style and 'two great big meatballs...'
25 %

Three Headed Broadway Star - Drew during You've Got Sole
21 %

Drew and Tony seem to be the easiest to crack-up, but watching Wayne trying to sing a song while coming up with stuff even he can't help but laugh at is just hilarious.


The Comedy Central Editor's Twiglet for Worst Game

WINNER: IF YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN
Previous winners: Authors & Moving People
If You Know What I Mean
39 %

Letter Changes
16 %

Moving People
21 %

Questionable Impressions
11 %

Song Titles
11 %

My apologies - as last year's winner, Moving People should not have been nominated again, but it's good to see that it's still hated! :) However, If You Know What I Mean takes this category by a mile. A game that sounds reasonable in concept probably needed a lot more subtlety, a more constrictive setting and maybe some British double-entendre expertise to be successful. Thankfully, it doesn't appear to be coming back! Interesting also is the lack of song games now in this category; that aspect of the show seems to have been successfully brought up to (and beyond?) standard.


The 5th Seat Twiglet for Worst Contestant

WINNER: GEORGE WENDT
Previous winners: John Sessions & Drew Carey
Debi Durst
25 %

Archie Hahn
16 %

Denny Siegel
6 %

Chris Smith
3 %

George Wendt
34 %

Ron West
12 %

I don't like this category and it probably won't be back... whereas worst game offers either a thankful "phew, it's gone" or some constructive criticism on what isn't currently working, this category just seems mean :) Some new faces here this year, and some familiar old ones... perhaps we should wonder, though, if it's better to be infamous, or just one of the many contestants who is barely remembered? :) Anyway, George finally takes the award out, proving perhaps that you can't just assume that anyone will be good at the show without an audition.


The Practice Makes Perfect Most Improved Award

WINNER: CHIP ESTEN
Previous winners: Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood
Wayne Brady
16 %

Rory Bremner
7 %

Drew Carey
27 %

Chip Esten
36 %

Denny Siegel
5 %

Ryan Stiles
6 %

I do sometimes wonder if this category truly represents those who have improved; or just those who are currently performing well. IMO, most of these guys were pretty good when they started... but then I suppose only those who have been around for a while can be considered to have 'improved'. Drew has done well, which is probably good considering his worst contestant award of last year ;) Congrats to Chip who is back and doing a great job.


The Deja Vu Twiglet for Best Comeback Player

WINNER: BRAD SHERWOOD
Previous winners: None
Rory Bremner
5 %

Chip Esten
23 %

Stephen Fry
7 %

Josie Lawrence
26 %

Brad Sherwood
36 %

It's good to see that those who have come back and are continuing as regular 4th-seaters have performed well in this category - Chip and Brad did well in their original shows and a few years ago I was wishing that they'd be back (and now am happy they have). Josie, of course, has provided some nice balance to the now truly all-American show, one of a number of original players who many of us would like to see return (Tony, Mike, ...)


The Freezeframe Twiglet for Hottest Audience Member

WINNER: MELISSA OF THE PARTY QUIRKS UNDERWEAR INCIDENT (13.01)
Previous winners: None
'Global Warming' guy (episode 5.01)
14 %

Woman behind Clive (episode 7.07)
6 %

Bridget from Moving People (episode 7.10)
18 %

Ashley from Song Styles (episode 10.04)
12 %

Melissa of the Party Quirks underwear incident (13.01)
48 %

This was a bit of a fun category and I don't know that the number of nominations originally submitted necessarily found all of the 'hot' folks in the audience. Melissa takes it by a long way, perhaps because we've seen a little more of her than the others :) All nominees have done well; considering how hard 'best contestant' is to win, the competition amongst audience members must be a hundred times harder! Congrats especially to Ashley, who is probably known personally by many of the Whosers voting here! :)