I got to speak to Brad Sherwood and Colin Mochrie of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” in anticipation of their two-man show at Merrill Auditorium in Portland on Thursday, Sept. 17. I spoke with them separately via phone and asked them the same questions. An abridged version of this is appearing in the Portland Phoenix, but here’s the complete transcript.
How is that out of all of the “Whose Line” guys that it is you and Colin that have a two man show?
BS: All the “Whose Line” guys have some sort of incarnation of touring. Ryan (Stiles) goes out with a couple of the guys. Colin and I have probably been touring the longest. We’ve been doing it about 13 years now. Wayne (Brady) goes out with Jonathan (Mangum) who is on “Let’s Make a Deal” with him. So, we all sort of split off into little subgroups so we can get on the road and make some money.
Obviously all you guys have been working together for more than 20 years. How has your relationship and dynamic shifted over the years?
BS: It hasn’t changed much. It is kind of like we all went to college together way back when and now when we see each other to tape these shows on the CW, it is just like “Hey, what’s up?” We do a bunch of shows in a couple of weeks and then we leave and we don’t see each other for a year.
CM: No. It still sort of has a sibling sort of thing to it. I keep hoping that one of will mature a little more, but it doesn’t seem to happen. It is a nice playful sort of relationship that carries on off stage and on stage.
The CW will keep bringing the funny with its hit improvisational comedy series WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY?, ordering an additional 24 all-new, half-hour episodes to debut in 2015, it was announced today by Mark Pedowitz, President, The CW. A premiere date and time for the new cycle of episodes will be announced at a later date.
The CW’s WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? features Ryan Stiles, Wayne Brady and Colin Mochrie, who along with a special guest each episode, must put their comedic skills to the test through a series of spontaneous improv games. Prompted only by random ideas supplied by the studio audience and host Aisha Tyler, our four performers must use the little information they have and their wild imaginations to depict different characters and an array of scenes, as well as perform songs. After each round of improvisation, Aisha doles out points to our four performers and declares a winner at the end of every episode.
Guest stars who have dropped by to demonstrate their improv comedy skills have included Lauren Cohan (“The Walking Dead”), Misha Collins (“Supernatural”), Michael Weatherly (“NCIS”), NFL superstar Rob Gronkowski, Olympic gold medalist and commentator Tara Lipinski, Kevin McHale (“Glee”), Darren Criss (“Glee”), Olympic gold medalist and WNBA superstar Lisa Leslie and Kat Graham (“The Vampire Diaries”).
Based on the wildly successful U.K. format, which also spawned a previous incarnation in the US that ran for eight seasons on ABC, WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? is executive produced by Dan Patterson, Mark Leveson, Jimmy Mulville, Ryan Stiles and Wayne Brady. Co-created by Dan Patterson and Mark Leveson, WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? is from Angst Productions and Hat Trick Productions.