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Veteran comedian best known for “Who’s Line is it Anyway?”
(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) – Moravian College will host “An Evening of Improvisational Comedy” featuring Colin Mochrie on Friday, March 26 at 8 p.m. in Johnston Hall. Mochrie is best known for his role on the popular television show, “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” Tickets go on sale Monday, February 16 in the Moravian College bookstore in the lower level of the Haupert Union Building. Tickets also will be sold on www.musictoday.com. General admission is $12. IMPACT, a student activities group at Moravian is sponsoring the performance.
Colin Andrew Mochrie was born in Kilmarnock, Scotland on November 30, 1957. His father’s work as an airline maintenance executive caused the family to move often. They first moved to Montreal in 1964 and later to Vancouver in 1969. Because of his shyness, a trait he still claims to possess, Mochrie considered himself to be a loner during his childhood days. Mochrie got his first acting opportunity when he was 16 years old. A friend dared him to join the high school play in which he played an undertaker. It was at this time that Mochrie got his first laugh (by splitting his pants) and afterwards, he yearned for nothing more than laughter. He attended Theatersports, an acting school, for the next four years.
After being introduced by a friend, Colin teamed up with Ryan Stiles, currently a regular on “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” and “The Drew Carey Show,” to do improvisational work. Shortly after doing Expo ’86, Mochrie moved to Toronto and auditioned for The Second City, a famous North American comedy theater. He was hired by Debra McGrath, whom he married in 1989. Two years later, the couple had a son named Luke. After working in The Second City for three years, Mochrie moved his family to Los Angeles. There, Debra worked with a Second City colleague on a television series. The Mochries hated the city and after spending their last few weeks selling their CDs to buy diapers, they moved back to Toronto.
Mochrie has acted in various small movies and TV series. His first movie was “Space Hunter: Adventures of the Forbidden Zone,” in which he captures Molly Ringwald and speaks the infamous line, “You can ask the chemist.” He also appeared in “The Real Blonde” starring Kathleen Turner and Matthew Modine. His first TV series was “Downtown Saturday Night,” a sketch comedy-talk show shot in Vancouver. However, Mochrie is best known for his role on “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” When he first auditioned for the show in Vancouver, he did not get the part. A few years later, he tried again in Los Angeles and made it. Mochrie had a rocky start when ABC wanted to drop him because it thought the comedian looked too old and not hip enough for the show. Those already in the show held their ground, and ABC was smart enough to realize that Mochrie’s talent and creativity were more important than being “hip.” The fans agreed, making Mochrie a popular mainstay on the American show. In April 2000, Mochrie won a Canadian Comedy Award for best male improviser. One year later, he received another Canadian Comedy Award for Best Male Performance on a Television Series (“Whose Line Is It Anyway?”)
More recently, Mochrie has become a busy actor. In addition to shooting “Whose Line Is It Anyway” in the summer, he also performs regularly on stage, is in several commercials, has done a few movies, and is often on various television series. He appeared on “Improv Heaven and Hell” and “The Drew Carey Show” as Eugene. He starred as the host in “Supertown Challenge,” which was a spoof making fun of small towns. Mochrie has also done voiceover work as a sexually ambiguous alligator, and along with his wife, a hyena. Mochrie is currently in the process of filming the American version of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” in Los Angeles; episodes of Blackfly in Halifax; hosting “Offbeat World,” a travel series; doing voiceover work for “Seven Little Monsters;” and appearing in several commercials.
For ticket information, contact the Moravian College bookstore by calling 610 861-1485. Tickets also will be sold on www.moravian.musictoday.com. The Haupert Union Building and Johnston Hall are on Moravian’s Main Street Campus near the intersection of Monocacy and Locust Streets. For more information, visit Moravian on the Web at www.moravian.edu.