Improv stars set to invade Stranahan TheaterWritten by Vicki L. Kroll | | firstname.lastname@example.org
When it comes to improv comedy, Brad Sherwood and Colin Mochrie just click. Especially when they are blindfolded and barefoot on a stage covered with mousetraps.
The funnymen who gained fame from “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” are up for anything during their unscripted live shows.
From pilgrims trying to play Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” on Guitar Hero to tourists lost in New Zealand who can only ask for directions in iambic pentameter, if the audience requests it, the imaginative duo is always ready.
“We start with audience suggestions for all of the games, so really they’re sort of the puppet masters, putting us through our paces, and we’re taking all their information and using them on stage and turning it into comedy,” Sherwood said during a phone call from his Los Angeles home.
And the more bizarre, the better.
“Everything is odd. We’re always in the state of making it up and taking completely different suggestions, so when you’re working from that, when you’re working from the place where nothing is planned and everything is different, pretty much that’s always a state of being odd,” he said.
In 1992, Sherwood joined the British version of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” and met Mochrie. Both later crossed the Atlantic for the American show, which was hosted by Drew Carey.
They have been touring as a two-man improv team since 2004.
“We get along well, we travel well. I handle kind of all the little bugs and details on the tour, and he just shows up and looks pretty,” Sherwood said of Mochrie. “And we both have very similar senses of what we think is funny, then we come at it from different perspectives. So it’s complementary and then different enough so it’s not all the same thing.”
Sherwood and Mochrie will bring their creative chemistry to Stranahan Theater for an 8 p.m. show Feb. 6. Tickets are $28.50, $34.50 and $42.50.
“I think in today’s economy, everybody needs a laugh,” Sherwood said. “Laughter is so therapeutic; it makes you feel good, it elevates endorphins. So if we can make [the audience] laugh for two-plus hours really hard and they’ll walk away saying that was one of the funniest shows they’ve ever seen, then we did our job.”