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This is a show that is completely unrehearsed, unscripted and requires complete audience interaction to help make it happen.
Are you up for the challenge of an “Evening with Colin and Brad: The Two Man Group Tour.”
Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood, that is.
Those are the guys from the former ABC improve show, “Whose Line is it Anyway,” and they’re bringing their uncut antics to the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown on Thursday. Tickets are $49-$79 and are available at www.mayoarts.org or at 973-539-8008. Show time is 8 p.m.
“We’re going to hand the keys to the car to the audience,” said Sherwood during a phone interview.
And if said audience permits, they will be seeking out willing volunteers. “If your friend is pointing at you..”
A Chicago native, Sherwood grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He discovered acting at age 8, and attended Wright State University in Ohio, graduating with a B.F.A.
“Those are the days when you had to go to college,” he said.
In addition to “Whose Line,” his comedic credits include but are not limited to, “The Second City,” “Constant Comedy,” “The Drew Carey Show,” “The Green Screen Show,” as well as regular appearances on” The Tonight Show.”
Sherwood was also a commentator for VH-1’s “I Love the 70’s-90’s,”a host of “The New Dating Game,” and “Talk Soup,” and even had a brief stint “L. A. Law.”
“L.A. Law was my first professional acting job,” he said. “They needed someone to play a new, young, lead lawyer. I always looked 10 years too young—not so much anymore-- so they cast me as the love-struck nanny.”
Acting and host roles aside, Sherwood’s heart remained true to improv.
Based on the original British version, “Whose Line” aired on ABC from 1998 until 2003. Hosted by Drew Carey, the show featured performers Colin Mochrie, Wayne Brady and Ryan Stiles, who would develop improv-style games based on suggestions from the audience or Carey.
Sherwood appeared as a recurring character, a role which would eventually cement a friendship with Mochrie. Borrowing the improvisational premise from “Whose Line,” the pair developed “An Evening with Colin and Brad: The Two Many Group,” and hit the road in 2006.
Armed with only a game list and accompanying sound effects, the pair selects sketches according to the mood and size of the crowd.
The rest is completely on the fly and well, off the cuff.
There are no props involved, though he did allude to mousetraps.
In addition to the 80-shows per year, Sherwood has “several irons on the fire,” including a pilot called “This-and-That,” in search of a network.
A revival of “Whose Line is it Anyway” is on tap this summer on the CW network. While Sherwood will not be participating, the show will be hosted by comedian Aisha Tyler and will also feature alums Ryan Stiles, Wayne Brady and Mochrie.