Ryan Stiles puts his hilarious improvisational skills to the test each week on the critically-acclaimed CW comedy series â€œWhose Line Is It Anyway?â€ Colin Mochrie and Wayne Brady co-star on the series, which is hosted by Aisha Tyler.
Stiles has starred in all three incarnations of â€œWhose Line.â€ First in the British version from 1989 to 1998; second in the American version hosted by Drew Carey from 1998 to 2006; as well as in the current version. He executive produced both American versions.
Stiles began his comedy career as a teenager, performing stand-up routines at small comedy clubs near his home in Vancouver, British Columbia. At age 17, he dropped out of high school to pursue stand-up comedy full-time.
He began honing his celebrated improv skills in 1986 with Canadaâ€™s highly- acclaimed Second City comedy ensemble. In 1990, he began a successful, four- year run with the Second City troupe in Los Angeles.
In addition to his â€œWhose Lineâ€ series, Stiles also portrayed Lewis, the luckless janitor, on the hit sit-com â€œThe Drew Carey Showâ€ and recurred for several seasons as Dr. Herb Melnick on the popular series â€œTwo and a Half Men.â€ His film work includes the spoof features â€œHot Shotsâ€ and â€œHot Shots, Part Deuxâ€ and the Academy Award-nominated short film â€œRainbow War.â€ And he recently produced a feature-length documentary called â€œOut of Nothing,â€ about four men competing to break the motorcycle land-speed record on the salt flats of Bonneville.
And you can likely catch Stiles in your home town with his ongoing national improv tour â€œWhose Live Anyway?â€ starring Stiles and fellow â€œWhose Lineâ€ veterans Greg Proops and Jeff Davis, along with Joel Murray (â€œMad Menâ€).
According to Stiles, when heâ€™s not at work, he spends his time thinking about work.