Straddling the line between witty and wacky Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood of ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway’ returning to Portland


PORTLAND – Continuing to thrive on the success of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood, two stars of the Emmy-nominated TV series, will return to Merrill Auditorium in November for an evening of improvisational comedy.

The Friday, Nov. 2, show will begin at 8 p.m. Tickets, $39.50 and $49.50, plus a PortTix service charge, may be purchased at the PortTix box office in person or by calling 842-0800. They may also be purchased at

This will be Mochrie’s and Sherwood’s second Portland appearance since they began touring together in 2002. Because the show is driven by audience suggestions and is improvised 100 percent, no two performances are the same.

Expect Mochrie and Sherwood to present several all-new improv games as well as some of their classics, such as “Sound Effects” and the “Deadly Mousetrap Improv.”

“Whose Line Is It Anyway?” continues to appear more than 15 times a week on Comedy Central and ABC Family.

Mochrie began his improv career when he was first introduced to Ryan Stiles by a friend, and the two teamed up. Shortly after doing Expo ’86, Colin moved to Toronto. There, he auditioned for The Second City, a famous North American comedy theater, where Stiles was working at the time. Mochrie worked in The Second City for three years.

His first appearance on “Whose Line is it Anyway,” the British version, was in 1991. His role on the American “Whose Line” got off to a rocky start when ABC wanted to drop him, maintaining he looked too old and not hip enough. Thankfully, those involved in the show held their ground, and ABC was smart enough to see that talent and creativity are more important than being hip – and fans of the show agreed, making Mochrie a popular mainstay on the “Whose Line” stage.

Recently, Mochrie has appeared in commercials as the Nabisco Snack Fairy and has been involved in independent and small movie projects, including in The Movie Co-op, a Canadian venture that helps produce Canadian movies funded by and run by the artists themselves.

Sherwood is also a regular cast member on ABC’s “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” and was a regular on the British version on Comedy Central. His credits include “The Drew Carey Show,” “The Green Screen Show,” more than 100 appearances on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” numerous appearances on VH-1’s “I Love The ’80s and ’90s,” and guest hosting “Talk Soup.”

Sherwood also appeared one season on “LA Law,” “To Tell The Truth,” and “The Newz” and hosted “The New Dating Game.”