Gospel was played on the British version of Whose Line.

Similiar to Hoedown, Gospel features all four players singing about a particular topic in the style of Gospel. The final verse was usually sung by Mike McShane, who usually dominated. The Gospels were catchy, but improvisers would often have difficulty it not only trying to capture the style the best, but also to think of something funny. It didn't have the straightforward four line pattern of March or Hoedown, but of a 12 Bar Blues style, which is often difficult to try and sing four lines to. Paul Merton only performed one Gospel and his tone deafness obviously did not suit the game. Julian Clary, perhaps inspired by Stephen Fry, speaks throughout his verse in The Needlepoint Gospel to a comic effect. One of the many highlights of the early Gospels was Sandi Toksvig's Southern Baptist Preacher verses, where she didn't particularly sing but preached about the topic.

Gospel made one last return years later, in the final British series, recorded in Hollywood. In that playing, it became a lot closer to Hoedown in it's style, but still kept the psuedo-religious format. Colin Mochrie's verse was perhaps the most notable, as he used a style similiar to what Sandi Toksvig was known for.

Though the game never appeared in the American version of Whose Line, its spirit has. Gospel is the style of music that was used the most in Song Styles, Duet, and Greatest Hits

Trivia

  • Mike McShane performed in every game of Gospel except for two - the very first playing (about Cake Decorating) and its one-off return playing in series 10 (about Plastic Surgery).
  • Sandi Toksvig talked through every one of her verses in a preacher style, with the exception of one: In the Bus Driver Gospel, she gave an actual song verse a try, to mediocre success.

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