The original host Drew Carey awarded arbitrary point values after each game, often citing a humorous reason for his decision.
The points were purely decorative and served no practical purpose.
It isn't uncommon for the Bad Santa to herald his appearance with a twisted form of the 'naughty or nice' list - usually with severe penalties for whoever is judged "naughty".
See also The Krampus, a trope based on a concept often confused with this one.
From his beard to his boots, he was covered with ammo Like a big, fat, drunk, disgruntled Yuletide Rambo And he smiled as he said, with a twinkle in his eye "Merry Christmas to all! Alternately, there may be an impostor bringing shame to the red suit. Either way, we have a Bad Santa Claus on our hands.
This may simply lead to shameful behavior, or it might end in a full-blown violent rampage.
Improvisational musician Laura Hall, who appeared in the final season of the UK original, joined the original U. format for its entire run and performed piano and keyboards in games featuring improvisational singing by the cast members.
From the second season onward, other musicians joined Hall – Linda Taylor made frequent appearances playing guitar and occasionally keyboards, while Cece Worrall-Rubin, Anne King, Candy Girard, and Anna Wanselius appeared alongside Hall (and sometimes also Taylor) on occasion. Sometimes, the Anthropomorphic Personification of a beloved holiday just can't take the stress anymore.For children brought up with the "commercialized" form of Christmas, Santa Claus can be seen as something of a symbol of divine judgment as well as a jolly child-friendly icon, making the Bad Santa almost like a combination between the Knight Templar and the Monster Clown.The show's "short-form" approach to improv received criticism from some improv actors. During his tenure as host, Drew Carey also took part, though only in one game, after one of the performers was declared the "winner" and allowed to take his place at his desk in the studio; host Aisha Tyler did not take part in games when the show was revived, but has occasionally joined in for a quick scene during the Scenes from a Hat game.As of 2017, Mochrie is the only performer to have appeared on every single episode of the American version.He would reiterate this at the beginning of, and multiple times throughout, each episode by describing Whose Line as "the show where everything's made up and the points don't matter".