If you’re a fan of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”, here’s your chance to see two of its star performers live.
The Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett presents “Stream of Consciousness” with Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood on Oct. 18, 24 and 30 via Zoom.
Mochrie and Sherwood of “Whose Line” fame will perform an improvisational comedy show fueled by audience suggestions. Since they don’t know what each sketch will be about, they’re left to rely on only their wits and intuition.
Here’s another twist: Because their show is on Zoom, they’re also performing without hearing any audience laughter.
“It’s totally different from our live show, where we get the audience reaction right away,” Mochrie said in an interview with The Daily Herald, calling from his home in Toronto.
“We don’t have that in this. It’s odd doing improv to silence — although Brad is used to it — but for me, really, you realize how important the audience is to the show,” Mochrie continued, adding a good-natured dig at Sherwood for good measure.
The PG-13 rated show includes variations on many of the games showcased on “Whose Line Is It Anyway?,” including Sound FX and One Word Expert.
Mochrie and Sherwood are best known for their appearances on the British and American versions of “Whose Line.”
Mochrie, 62, appeared in several episodes of the Canada’s “Improv Heaven and Hell” and “The Red Green Show,” which was a cross between a sitcom and a sketch-comedy show. He also was a performer on “Drew Carey’s Green Screen Show” in 2004.
Sherwood, 55, joined the cast of the syndicated sketch-comedy series “The Newz” in 1994. He also was a producer and performer on “Drew Carey’s Green Screen Show” in 2005 and a performer on “Drew Carey’s Improv-A-Ganza” in 2011.
The two of them also have performed with Drew Carey on the touring comedy show “Improv All-Stars.”
Mochrie and Sherwood have intermittently toured the U.S. and Canada as a two-man show for 18 years. It was initially called “An Evening with Colin and Brad” and then billed as the “Scared Scriptless Tour.” After COVID-19 hit, they made the show virtual and retitled it “Stream of Consciousness.”
“It’s been a good substitute,” Mochrie said of the Zoom show. “It gives Brad and I a chance to do our show at a time when we do not know when we’ll be able to do it again live in a theater.”
“Everybody needs a laugh, that’s for sure,” Sherwood said over the phone from Las Vegas. “In 2020, we need to laugh more than ever before.”
The latest rendition takes a page from “Drew Carey’s Green Screen Show’s” book. Mochrie and Sherwood play improv games in front of a “green screen” that provides different backgrounds for scenes — including photos submitted by the audience.
Appearing as if they are in the same room when Mochrie is in Toronto and Sherwood is in Las Vegas took some practice. They perform their show just like how meteorologists explain the weather on TV with green screen technology.
“The first couple of shows we did, that took up a lot of our brain space,” Mochrie said. “Since then it’s become more second nature so we’ve gotten back into the fun of improvising, the fun of working together and goofing around with each other.”
As the improv legends will point out, the scenes that make up the show are entirely unscripted. Which means no two shows are exactly the same. Some improv superfans have purchased tickets to more than one show.
Your video will be live for the show, but your microphone will be muted. You may be unmuted at times throughout the show to interact with Mochrie and Sherwood. If all of the microphones were on at once, the audience wouldn’t be able to hear the performance.
”We had to recalibrate our brains to just plow forward, because we’re not getting anything from the audience,” Sherwood said. “We’re just going on our own instincts and being funny and improvising, and trying to make each other laugh.”
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If you stream
Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” fame will perform “Stream of Consciousness,” an improv show via Zoom. Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett presents “Stream of Consciousness” at 5 p.m. Oct. 18, 24 and 30. Tickets are $35. Number of passes are limited. A Zoom link will be emailed to you with event registration. Go to www.angelofthewindsarena.com for more information.