The Mary Winspear Centre Presents HYPROV
Starring improv legend Colin Mochrie and hypnotist extraordinaire Asad Mecci.
Created by improv and comedy legend Colin Mochrie (“Whose Line Is It Anyway?”), and co-star World Renowned Hypnotist Asad Mecci, HYPROV has been called “hilarious and fascinating” by Time Out New York and “catnip for those who relish spontaneity and informality” by The Wall Street Journal. The New Yorker says, “say yes to HYPROV!”
The 100-minute live show combines hypnosis and improv – two art forms that have mystified and entertained fans, skeptics, and everyone in between worldwide – for a totally unique comedy experience that The Times of London declared “a celebration of the human imagination.”
Hyprov begins with an expert hypnotist welcoming 20 volunteers on stage to be hypnotized—a process that takes about 20 minutes. The most receptive “Hyprovisors” then join a world-class improviser and create an instant improv troupe and perform the rest of the show, while fully under hypnosis.
In the hands of two experts, and solely crafted from the Hyprovisors uninhibited, unconscious minds, each show is an entirely original and completely unforgettable theatrical experience.
COLIN MOCHRIE “Canadian comic genius” TV GUIDE
Colin Mochrie is an alumnus of Toronto’s famous Second City comedy troupe and is widely considered to be one of the leading improvisers in the world.
He is most-recognized around the world as a star of the ubiquitous comedy Whose Line Is It, Anyway? After nine years as a regular on the British improvisation series Whose Line is it Anyway?, he became a regular on the American version hosted by Drew Carey, which ran for six years on ABC and three years on ABC Family. In 2011, the entire cast was reunited in Vegas for Drew Carey’s Improv‐aganza, a new series which aired for one season on GSN. A new hit version of Whose Line is it Anyway? followed in 2013, featuring Colin, Wayne, Ryan, and new host Aisha Tyler, and is currently in its fifth season on the CW Network.
A native of Scotland but life‐long resident of Canada, Colin has toured extensively worldwide for the past fifteen years alongside Whose Line castmate Brad Sherwood, performing a live improv show. Colin and Brad: Two Man Group has the distinction of being one of the longest running comedy tours in history. Most recently, Colin appeared at the 2016 and 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festivals with a show he co-created, HYPROV. A huge festival hit, the show provocatively hypnotizes volunteers from the audience and then improvises with them, while they are under hypnosis. A North American tour is currently in the works.
In 2007, Colin and Brad made international headlines and newscasts when they were joined on stage in Washington by the controversial Karl Rove for a rap song during the White House Radio and Televisions Correspondents Dinner.
Appearing regularly in film and television, he was notably a cast member of CBC’s classic news spoof This Hour Has 22 Minutes for two seasons. With his wife, Debra McGrath, he produced, wrote and starred in the CBC series, Getting Along Famously.
Colin has garnered awards including a Writers Guild of Canada award (writing, 22 Minutes), three Canadian Comedy Awards (writing – 22 Minutes, “Pretty Funny Male” – Whose Line and Canadian Comedy Person of the Year 2013) as well as a Gemini Award (Best Ensemble, 22 Minutes). In 2010, Colin received the ACTRA Toronto Award of Excellence. Perhaps his greatest award to date was for Best Hollywood Appearance at the 2010 B‐Movie Awards (Jane White is Sick and Twisted).
His first book of fiction, Not Quite the Classics, in which he uses the first and last lines of familiar classics as a launching and landing point and re‐imagines everything in between, was released by Viking, a publishing arm of Penguin Canada, in October 2013. The ebook version is currently available in the US at www.diversionbooks.com or www.amazon.com
Asad Mecci’s jaw dropping performances have captivated audiences worldwide. He has performed in front of over 1.5 million people live and millions more through mass media. You might have seen Mecci on Entertainment Tonight, MTV, Maxim Online, HGTV, YTV, talk television or read about in the New York Times, Huffington post and in Maxim Magazine. Away from the television cameras and radio waves, Mecci has amazed crowds at Canada’s Wonderland, Skydome, GE Theater and The Just for Laughs comedy festivals. Even within the confines of major companies like Remax, IBM and Rogers, Mecci has been invited to entertain and motivate employees and management. When he is not performing on stage, Mecci uses hypnosis to help people lose weight, reduce stress and achieve peak performance.