Hometown: Seattle, Washington
Executive Producer/ Comedian
Ryan Stiles puts his hilarious improvisational skills to the test each week on the critically-acclaimed CW comedy series “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” Colin Mochrie and Wayne Brady co-star on the series, which is hosted by Aisha Tyler.
Stiles has starred in all three incarnations of “Whose Line.” 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 Canada’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 “Whose Line” series, Stiles also portrayed Lewis, the luckless janitor, on the hit sit-com “The Drew Carey Show” and recurred for several seasons as Dr. Herb Melnick on the popular series “Two and a Half Men.” His film work includes the spoof features “Hot Shots” and “Hot Shots, Part Deux” and the Academy Award-nominated short film “Rainbow War.” And he recently produced a feature-length documentary called “Out of Nothing,” about four men competing to break the motorcycle land-speed record on the salt flats of Bonneville.
You can likely catch Stiles in your home town with his ongoing national improv tour “Whose Live?” starring Stiles and fellow “Whose Line” veterans Greg Proops and Jeff Davis along with Joel Murray (“Mad Men”).
According to Stiles, when he’s not at work, he spends his time thinking about work.