It’s ‘Nova’s Line, Anyway

Andrew Petsche

Brad Sherwood and Colin Mochrie came to Villanova University to perform their hit sketch comedy show An Evening with Brad Sherwood and Colin Mochrie. The former “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” stars showed off their remarkable comedic talents in front of a packed house and made sure their audience was laughing from beginning to end.

On Friday evening in the Pavilion Parents’ Weekend was a time for hilarity, sketch comedy and an opportunity for students to laugh whole heartedly with their families.

The 90 minute performance, which was completely improvised, featured no dull moments and captured the crowd’s attention directly through audience participation.

A few members of the audience were lucky enough to be directed on to the stage to perform tasks such as moving the bodies of the “motionless” Sherwood and Mochrie, moving their mouths silently as the comedic duo spoke in voice-overs for them and making sound effects for every action the “Whose Line?” stars did.

The two comedians learned quickly from the crowd’s reaction of what worked and what didn’t, and it became quite clear that Sherwood and Mochrie both have a large amount of experience in improv comedy.

Throughout the night, the duo taught the audience what Poland, Flag Day and sausages have in common, how funny a powder blue sweater vest can look on a burly, middle-aged-man and how inappropriate a sentence can sound when ended with the phrase “If ya know what I mean.” They capitalized on every opportunity they were given to fill the Villanova families with side-splitting laughter.

An Evening with Brad Sherwood and Colin Mochrie was, for the third time here at Villanova, a huge success.

The Villanovan was able to sit in on an exclusive interview with the two stars prior to their performance.

Q How did you both get in to comedy?

CM: In high school I was very quiet and studious. Withdrawn, lonely, sorry and I was dared by a friend to try out for a school play. I did it and got my first laugh and that sort of changed my life. I decided that’s what I wanted to do.

BS: As a kid I always liked making people laugh. I read MAD Magazine and liked to watch the elder statesman of comedy on television like Sid Caesar and Colin Mochrie and I just, you know, got into it.

Q What is the worst part about being a comedian?

CM: Well, I guess when you get no laughs that’s a bad part.

BS: What’s that like?

CM: If I can set you up anymore, please, just tell me. The travel does get pretty tiresome. It’s great when we actually get to the cities and do the shows, but the actual travel does suck.

Q What’s the best part of being a comedian?

CM: Being given the chance to be out there doing what you love. We’re out there entertaining at least tens of tens of people.

BS: It’s really fun to make people laugh and we both love to do that. It’s our favorite thing to do, and we get paid for it.

Q If you had to get a job outside of comedy, what would you do?

CM: That’s hard because we have no skills. Oddly enough we found out after working together for a while that we both wanted to be marine biologists when we were younger so I probably would have to give that a chance.

Q What’s your favorite “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” bit to perform?

CM: The beauty with improv is that there isn’t one game that you love all the time. It seems to change. I guess if I had to choose one I’d have to say the singing game.

BS: I like the games where you have audience members involved so that you’re sort of at their mercy, because then you really have to work at your top game just to keep things going.

Q What kind of advice would you give a young college student aspiring to be a comedian?

BS: Practice. You just have to do it. You have to get in front of an audience and make them laugh. It’s all trial and error, and then you become more instinctual with how to make them laugh.