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Not Quite the Classics [Hardcover]

Colin Mochrie

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Oct. 22 2013

Colin Mochrie, a man known worldwide for working without a script, tackles the classics in this surprising, delightful collection of stories

Borrowing from a well-known improv game, Mochrie takes the first and last lines from familiar classics and reimagines everything in between. With the same engaging humour he exhibits on stage, television, and film, he takes the reader in bizarre and hilarious new directions.

Imagine Herman Melville's Moby-Dick featuring a killer toupée. Imagine Sherlock Holmes doing stand-up and The Night Before Christmas with a time-travelling twist. This inspired collection is comical, quirky, and clever—classic Mochrie.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Canada (Oct. 22 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670066575
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670066575
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 13.6 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 558 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #59,275 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Colin Mochrie is devastatingly handsome, perilously smart, and smells like warm maple syrup. Step inside his hilarious and complex mind, and abandon all hope.” - Aisha Tyler

“Colin’s greatest attributes are his unique sense of humor, his kindness to his fellow man, and his uncanny ability to retain everything I’ve taught him the last 30 years.” - Ryan Stiles

“I adore Colin Mochrie. I think he is brilliant, so talented AND a dear sweet man. Also, he’s funny as well and a good kisser!” - Florence Henderson

“Colin Mochrie is a comedic and creative force to be reckoned with. Therefore, this book is a literary force to be reckoned with. If you are too lazy for reckoning, just read this book and everything will work out nicely.” - Brad Sherwood

“I love Colin. I love his voice. I love his lips. I love his eyeballs. His pecs. And the rest of him. I’m going to Paris with him soon.” - Richard Simmons

About the Author

Colin Mochrie was born in Scotland and grew up in Canada. He is best known for his roles on Whose Line Is It Anyway? and This Hour Has 22 Minutes, and as host of Are You Smarter Than a Canadian 5th Grader? He was influenced by the writings of Charles Dickens, Dr. Seuss, and Stephen King, and fulfilled his lifelong ambition to write a book after his agent forced him into it. Mochrie lives in Toronto with his wife, Debra, his son, Luke, and two dogs that won't come when called.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Not Quite 'Whose Line' But Who Cares? July 12 2013
By Robert F Gilleece - Published on
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Colin Mochrie has done exactly what he set out to do. He made a point, in his introduction, of stressing how little work he liked to do. Well this book comes across as too much fun to be called work! I am not saying that he didn't work hard, but the great ones always make their job seem easy.
Each chapter is constructed from the first and last lines of classic stories with the meat of the sacrilegious sandwich provided by the author. The result is one hell of a delicatessen!
He put a little of himself into each story (actually, more than a little into the chapter entitled "Moby"). The narrative of each tale flows smoothly and just when you think you know where the story is going - it ends! Followers of his live comedy and TV appearances will immediately recognize his departures and non-sequitors; the rhythm and cadence of the characters' protestations are unmistakable!
The reader imagines Colin talking himself into a corner and wishing a Ryan Styles or Brad Sherwood was there to help him escape. Even though he was stuck with nothing but his reflection in the literary mirror he did not disappoint. This book is an insight into what a real fan could only hope for: "An Evening with Colin Mochrie and Colin Mochrie".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for fans of classic literature! Aug. 4 2013
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If you like whose line, you'll love this book. I could hear Colin Mochrie in my head while I was reading it and ghat just made me laugh more. As an English teacher I really loved the concept of these short stories and I'll be using them in class to inspire the kids with their own short stories. Great book for fans of classic literature!
4.0 out of 5 stars Had me in Lilo and Stitches April 9 2014
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Innovative, intelligent and most importantly - extremely funny, NQTC could have been the result of a collaboration between Spike Milligan and Woody Allen, edited by a Canadian erudite who didn't half expect the Spanish Inquisition.
A real treat.
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it! Feb. 18 2014
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Such fun to read from cover to cover! The wit and humor kept me giggling the whole time. My family was giving me funny looks.
4.0 out of 5 stars Call me, Ishmael. Dec 7 2013
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I really enjoyed this book. The first line of the second story set the tone for me: "Call me, Ishmael." Very creative. My favorite story is A Tale of Two Critters about the coyote! Once I figured out that was where that story was going I couldn't wait to turn the pages. Hope Colin does more.

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