Wednesday, November 11, 2015



 Memorizing multiple pages of lines in a script is a daunting task and, for many of us, impossible. Imagine, therefore, how much more intimidating and overwhelming if you were to perform onstage without the benefit of the playwright’s words. A Cappella, so to speak. The skill is known as improvisation and two masters of the art, Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood, are coming to the John Lyman Center for the performing Arts on Friday, November 20 at 8 p.m. to show you just how they make it happen.
Billed as “interactive comedy with big belly laughs,” these improv gurus are gifted with sharp wits, a great sense of humor, fast thinking on their feet and a fun loving attitude that knows no bounds.  With Brad hailing from the windy plains of Chicago and Colin calling Scotland his place of origin, the pair have been flitting hither and yon entertaining the masses, people of all ages, from one end of this vast country to the other.  As side-kicks in the field of humor, they glory in taking suggestions, wild and crazy, bizarre and inane, from their audiences and imaginatively making them into a skit that is hysterical.  Forget props and backdrops, scripts and direction, Brad and Colin are clearly magicians who manufacture mirth with clever words, pithy actions and enough facial funny frowns and features to keep a school of clowns amused.

Start thinking up your suggestions now and the crazier the better.  Watch them expand their minds tackling such diverse topics as Miss Piggy on a date with Donald Trump or the Keebler Elves challenging the Hershey Kisses in the World Series.  You can surely do much better than these.

Since 2002, Mochrie and Sherwood have toured North America in “An Evening with Colin and Brad” and now they are coming practically to your doorstep.  For tickets ($35 general public, Fun 4 pack $30 each, $10 students), call SCSU at  203-392-6154 or online at  The show will be at John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts, 501 Crescent Street, New Haven on Friday the 20th at 8 p.m.

If you love their television show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?,” then this is clearly your cup of jasmine tea, java or juice. Enjoy!

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