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Narrate (also known as Film Noir or Narrating for Each Other) was a game played on both the British and American editions of Whose Line.

The game involved two performers (usually Colin Mochrie and Ryan Stiles) acting out a film noir scene in an unlikely location suggested by the audience (such as the Oval Office). As well as acting the scene, the performers had to narrate for each other in the style of film noirs and hardboiled detective novels.

This game showcased the chemistry between Colin and Ryan, as they were able to force each other into bizarre situations. Ryan also showed himself to be adept at performing any action in a film noir manner (including throwing pizza dough, in one rendition of the game). Colin's gifts of wordplay were showcased, as his narration went even further than the texts of Raymond Chandler and those it was inspired by. Ryan's surrealism was also shown, particularly on the British edition.

In one famous rendition of this game, Colin narrated that Ryan's character "did something totally unexpected...even though it was kind of funny, it still was really weird". Prompted by this narration, Ryan then grabbed Colin and kissed him full on the lips.

While the game's debut featured Jim Sweeney and Steve Steen, they have also played two rounds of Scene to Music with film noir music playing. Those games can be considered a forerunner to Narrate.


  • The only time Narrate was played without Colin and Ryan was in the game's debut, with Jim Sweeney and Steve Steen in a betting shop.
    • There was also no background music playing in that scene.

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