No script? No problem for Mochrie and Sherwood

No one knew exactly what to expect when improvisation comedians Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood walked onto the H. Rich Luhrs Performing Arts Center stage Saturday night.

“If you’re wondering what we are going to be doing this evening,” Mochrie said. “We are wondering too.” The whole evening, he explained, would be determined by audience suggestion.

Mochrie and Sherwood are known mostly for parts in ABC’s improvisation shows “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” and “Drew Carey’s Improv-a-ganza.”

Their two-man tour has been on the road for four years.
The seats were packed and even before the show began, the crowd was restless and excited to see the comedy duo perform.

The crowd varied greatly in age, from college students to the older generation, but they all shared the same excitement.

The first game of the evening was a game show in which Sherwood and Mochrie pulled two audience members and dubbed over their voices, as well as their own.

Next, was a game in which they pulled seven members of the audience and each of them were required to fill in sentences that Sherwood and Mochrie made up on the spot.
The whole scene involved a pickle festival and an evil scientist wanting to release their mortal enemy, Cuddly Jellyfish.

Throughout the entire auditorium, there were calls of random things such as strippers, port-o-johns and anti-jellyfish lotion.

Another game from the show, called “Kick It,” was described as “mutual torture” between the two men, in which at any point during their scene, they said “kick it” and the other had to rap about what they just said.

Due to a suggestion from the crowd, Sherwood was made to rap about Greek mythology and Mochrie had to express his supposed fear of fingers.

Near the end, Mochrie refused to let Sherwood off forcing him to rap for about three minutes. It was an impressive display of Sherwood’s ability to think on his feet.

The next game was one where audience members supplied sound effects for the comedians.
The final and most dangerous of the games was when the guys put out 100 live mousetraps on the stage.

They played the alphabet game, in which they had to start every sentence with the next letter. They made it more difficult by doing it backwards.
The two men were blind-folded and barefoot as they tried to do the whole scene with live mousetraps all around them.

After they had completed the task, they started aiming the mousetraps at each other.
At one point, Mochrie took off his blind-fold and was playing with the other man, by setting traps right in front or behind him, and at the end, aiming them at certain delicate areas.
At the end, the two recapped the evening in song, singing hilarious jokes that had been made during the night.

It was obvious that the two enjoyed what they did, from the jokes about each other, to the messing with the spotlights in the auditorium by running around to avoid them.
Their carefree and hilarious outlook kept the audience laughing.
The two had incredible skill in thinking on their feet and being able to come up with hilarious and witty banter.

Their minds were working so fast to come up with the next pun or joke that it was hard to not be impressed by their mastery of improvisation.

Mochrie and Sherwood’s next project will be an improv show called “Trust Us With Your Life.”
It is scheduled to air July 10 on ABC. With them will include Greg Proops and Wayne Brady, two of the original cast members of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”

Overall, the duo was well-received and rightly so. The evening was filled with fun, laughter and thunderous applause. The crowd gave Mochrie and Sherwood a standing ovation at the end of their two-hour set.

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