'Whose Line' alums at Weinberg

Audience gets a chance to tell Colin and Brad what to do

Audience gets a chance to tell Colin and Brad what to do

October 18, 2007|By JULIE E. GREENE

FREDERICK, Md. - When Brad Sherwood was on the improv TV show "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" viewers wouldn't believe him when he told them he and the other improv actors didn't know the suggestions for their skits ahead of time.

And when Sherwood, along with fellow "Whose Line" co-star Colin Mochrie hosted the Radio-Television Correspondents' Association Dinner in March in Washington, D.C., he didn't know how Karl Rove, then White House deputy chief of staff, would react when his participation was solicited during the show.

Sherwood said in a recent phone interview that Wolf Blitzer was his backup plan.

But he did not need the CNN anchor.

The result was a skit in which Sherwood rapped while Rove danced and repeatedly rapped "MC Rove." As of Wednesday, it could be seen on YouTube.

Mochrie and Sherwood have been touring for four years and will bring their act to the Weinberg Center for the Arts for two shows Saturday night.


Just as they did on "Whose Line," the two will solicit ideas from the audience as well as get some audience members onstage to help with improv skits and games.

But don't worry, they won't force anyone.

"We usually take really good care of the people that come up onstage," Mochrie said during a recent phone interview.

One thing they like to do is ask audience members to join them onstage to make sound effects for his and Sherwood's actions.

"Sometimes that works. Even when it doesn't, it's still funny," Mochrie said. "You really don't know what's going to happen."

Mochrie and Sherwood met about 17 years ago when Sherwood was on a TV show co-written by Mochrie's wife, Debra McGrath.

Asked what he thinks of Sherwood, Mochrie joked, "He's alright, I guess. I think it's great I can further his career like this."

On "Whose Line," they got to work together on maybe one "game" per show, Mochrie said. On tour together, they complement each other. "I do probably a little more physical (comedy), a little more surreal. He's very good verbally."

Sherwood said he is Mochrie's "comedy spotter.

He constantly falls on his face, and I'm there to pick (him) up and make him funny," Sherwood said.

Like their "Whose Line" co-star Drew Carey - the new host of "The Price is Right," Mochrie and Sherwood are taking stabs at hosting game shows.

Mochrie's "Are You Smarter Than a Canadian 5th Grader?" debuts next week.

Sherwood recently hosted a pilot episode for a game show, but he said he couldn't discuss the details yet.

"Being good at improv is a really great skill to have as a host because you're sort of running the ship and having to adapt at things going on," Sherwood said.

If you go ...

WHAT: An Evening with Colin & Brad

WHEN: 6 and 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20

WHERE: Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick, Md.

COST: Tickets are $35, $47 and $55.

MORE: For tickets, go to or Or call the Weinberg box office at 301-600-2828 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, or from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.

To learn more about the tour, go to

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