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Chip Esten(born Charles Esten Puskar III, 9 September 1965) appeared on both the British and American editions of Whose Line. He is best known as the former star of the hit drama Nashville, which aired on ABC and subsequently CMT. He holds an impressive Guinness World Record for "Most Consecutive Weeks to Release an Original Digital Single by a Music Act."

Chip on Whose Line


Described by Clive Anderson early as being very handsome, Chip began as a bit-part player who occasionally participated in games of Song Styles. His appearances on the British edition didn't get the chance to make a huge impact; however, by the second season of the American edition, he was an in-demand singing partner for Wayne Brady. Chip appeared roughly as often as Brad Sherwood throughout the first eight seasons.

By the time Whose Line returned in 2013, Chip had been cast as one of the leads in ABC's Nashville thus leading to a busy schedule that didn't seem to allot time to return to the show. To fans dismay, one of the original US Series fourth seaters wasn't able to be brought back.

Esten returned to Whose Line in 2017 with huge fanfare. He was brought in for a special guest appearance which was able to accumulate two episodes to fans delight. Esten's Nashville came to a close in 2018, and in just a few months came a renewal for Whose Line's 15th season -- it appeared something was just upon the horizon for Esten's future with Whose Line, and in February of 2019, Chip returned to the fourth seat on the show.

Chip holds the title for the All-Time points winner on the show after Drew Carey awarded him 1000 points to the tenth power (Trigintillion Points) after an infamous gaffe in Title Sequence during episode US-8002.

Appearances on 'Whose Line'

Chip's appearances (UK)
Series 4: Episodes 5, 6, 8, 10, 11 and 13
Series 6: Episodes 8 and 11

Chip's appearances (US)
US Season 2: 1, 5, 12, 21, 24, 33, 36 and 39
US Season 3: 2, 3, 10, 12, 16, 22, 33 and 36
US Season 4: 3, 5, 9, 18, 19 and 25
US Season 5: 9, 14, 22, 25 and 34
US Season 6: 1, 3, 6, 8 and 10
US Season 7: 4, 5, 8, 9, 19 and 21
US Season 8: 2
US Season 13: 1 and 8
US Season 15: 4

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