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Newsflash

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Newsflash is a game in which one performer stands in front of a green screen onto which a video is chroma keyed for the audience. This performer is the "reporter in the field". Two other performers take the part of news anchors interviewing the reporter about what was going on, with the catch being that the reporter could not see what was going on. The anchors provide clues to what was happening through their questioning.

Colin excelled at this game. He both had a knack for providing appropriate reactions and comments, as well the ability to guess the scene from surprisingly few clues.

One common device was to use scenes that elicited strong feelings from the audience, such as maggots, cockroaches, roller coasters, and grossly overweight strippers, so that the audience reactions became a big part of the joke.

Much like Press Conference, much of the humor of Newsflash came with the reporter's frequently-inappropriate answers to questions. Ryan Stiles and Colin developed the technique of asking "How did this begin?" which resulted in a series of unusual scene-setting responses by Colin.

Another running gag had the anchors pretend to have been having a conversation, not realizing that they were live on the air.

One famous rendition of this game featured Colin standing in front of a projection of his own appearances on Whose Line? including things such as his "dinosaur" act. When asked how the scene began, Colin replied, "It all started with a badly-timed bald joke," one of the most accidentally humorous lines in Whose Line? history. In response to Drew Carey's question of what he was standing in front of, Colin's response was, "I hope it's me with my clothes on." This idea was used again with Colin in front of clips of Ryan, and with Ryan giving hints about himself.

Similar to "Press Conference"

Appearances

UK

US

AU

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