For many years (a long, long time ago), I was obsessed with the delightful British improv show "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" I forced almost anyone who came into my home to partake in the madcap hilarity. While I certainly appreciated Drew Carey's Americanized edition, Carey was easily the weakest link and made the obvious point that improv isn't easy. But with such talented regular performers, it was permissible to forgive Carey for his less experienced and less successful experimentation. Now, in the aftermath of that show--two of its most appealing actors take their brand of rogue improvisation to the masses. In a filmed theater piece, "Colin & Brad: Two Man Group" brings Brad Sherwood and Colin Mochrie into the limelight for a hysterical evening of familiar concepts and new inspirations. The intimate stage show involves plenty of audience participation and, in a word, is simply funny!
You've got some stunts you've seen before such as people manipulating their body movements and providing sound effects. Both of these come of quite well and set the stage for some new moves. I particularly loved a sideways theater bit where the two lie on the ground and are filmed from above. So simple, but genius. And the grand finale provides the World's Most Dangerous Improv involving blindfolds and hundreds of mouse traps. So silly, but genius. As with much improv, some of the skits are limited by the audience participation and this can result in hilarious ineptitude (such as the movement opener) or derail a great bit (I talking about you--mall cop!). Occasionally a bit will go on a beat too long--but this is near perfection and will surely delight everyone. If you were a fan of "Line" than I can't recommend this highly enough!
The performance itself lasts little over an hour--and unfortunately the DVD extras are sparse. I wanted more. The DOs and DON'Ts of Improv is a terrific five minute bit with Sherwood and Mochrie having at one another, and Interviews with Colin & Brad is a five minute spoof of a James Lipton type interview. Brief and lively, I just wanted more, more, more. These segments were seemingly filmed as an afterthought after a night's performance--and they are slight and amusing. But let's face it--I think both Brad and Colin are hysterical and their show is a winner. If you like this type of comedy, you won't want to miss this! KGHarris, 3/11.