Not all heroes wear capes. That is what my friend posted on facebook when I mentioned I would be interviewing my first guest. Colin Mochrie has been making Canadians, Americans, and Brits laugh for close to 30 years thanks to his stints on three different versions of the improv comedy show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”. But he is so much more than an improviser. He has appeared on a host of Canadian series including Corner Gas, Little Mosque on the Prairie, Murdoch Mystery and a memorable two season stint on This Hour Has 22 Minutes. He has also branched out into Shakespeare, recently completing a run as The Fool, in Groundling Theatre’s production of Lear. Lately though, he has become a hero to the LGBTQ community, by showing support for his transgender daughter. On February 9th, he will be performing in Rama, Ontario with his longtime Whose Line Co-star Brad Sherwood as part of their touring show An Evening With Colin And Brad. Brad has also appeared in all three versions of Whose Line, as well as guested on The Drew Carey Show – along with Colin – and they both appeared in the 2002 Comedy Jane White is Sick And Twisted, which also featured Kim Little, Will Wheaton, Alley Mills and Chris Hardwick. And of course, who can forget Brad’s role as agent #2 in That Darn Cat. Both Colin and Brad joined me on Skype a little over a week ago to talk about a life in improv, the legacy of Whose Line and touring on the road.
Trevor Strong, Mike McCormick. Chris Patterson. Though you might not recognize them individually, you most certainly know them as the three men who make up Canada’s leading musical comedy group The Arrogant Worms. Having taken being silly to a high art form, the three gents from Kingston celebrated their 25th anniversary last year and released their 15th album The First Farewell album in late 2016. Having skewered about everything Canadian from it’s vastness, beavers, mounties, hockey, and patriotism; they have sung about various animals such as dogs, cats, cows and gators, wrote an ode to reincarnation and William Shakespeare, explored the Weather, facebook, and vegetarians, and collaborated with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. Centre worm Trevor Strong joined me last week to talk about their career.