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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Canada (Oct. 22 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670066575
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670066575
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 2.5 x 22 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 558 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #111,514 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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By JM on Nov. 16 2014
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Great conversation piece.

I've had this sitting on the coffee table in my living room for a while now - it has sparked many interesting conversations.

This is an excellent read by Colin Mochrie. I've recommended it to family, friends and now you!
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By Zuzia on April 22 2014
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Book recommended to all fans of 'Whose Line' and of the one and only Colin Mochrie, the wittiest of all the cast.
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By Tracy on July 26 2014
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doesn't Colin Mochrie already tell you why I loved it? Funny, super easy read, awesome.
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By kathy on Sept. 19 2014
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The book arrived in perfect condition.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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".
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great for fans of classic literature! Aug. 4 2013
By Jo Swan - Published on
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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!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Clever, well-written homages and parodies that hit the funny bone Nov. 7 2014
By Bob Milne - Published on
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If you're even a casual fan of Colin Mochrie, then you already know that he is a funny, funny man. He has a peculiar sort of humor, blending Canadian stereotypical politeness with an often surprising edge, but he is as clever as he is frantic. When I first hear he was taking the Whose Line is it Anyway approach to a short story collection with Not Quite the Classics, I knew I was going to have to read it.

A Study in Ha Ha opens the collection with a Sherlock Holmes homage so absurd, so inconceivable, it works astoundingly well. In it, Holmes decides to make a study of jokes, with the intention of becoming the world's first stand-up comic. Moby: Toupee or Not Toupee is a tale of a different sort, a blackly comic horror story about a bald man who lacks confidence, and the living toupee that does far more than just boost his self-esteem.

One of the early highlights of the collection is Casey at the Bar, a straight up homage of Casey at the bat, with Colin's version being the story of a washed up Leaf's goalie. Funny stuff, and as it enjoys a few wildly humorous tangents. My favorite entry, however, has to be A Tale of Two Critters. It's written as a very stuffy Dickensian tale, capturing the narrative essence of the original, which actually suits the story of poor old Wile E. Coyote very well. Without spoiling it, let's just say that anybody who's ever wanted to see the roadrunner get his due won't be disappointed!

The Cat and My Dad is another rhyming tale, this time putting a very Seussian spin on the post-apocalyptic zombie story. It's a fun story, surprisingly dark given the singsong verse, and it reminds us precisely why polite, law-abiding, poorly-armed Canadians would have a hard time with zombies. Along the same lines, Twas Not Right Before Christmas continues the rhyming lyrical theme, offering up a Twilight Zone mash-up of all the holiday standards, coming together under one man's roof. If there's any justice in the world, this will be the next animated holiday special . . . just please don't let Tim Allen or Adam Sandler be involved.

While I had hopes that Not Quite the Classics would be funny, I honestly did not expect it to be as clever and as well-written as it is. Clearly, Mochrie put a lot of thought and imagination into his story choices, and while a few missed my funny bone, other had me laughing out loud (and driving my wife crazy with my insistence on reading passages aloud). How each story will hit you depends as much on your sense of humor as your familiarity with the source material, but it's an entertaining bunch of tales.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I loved it! Feb. 18 2014
By R. Jessop - Published on
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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.
Not Bad June 27 2014
By Rickter Scale - Published on
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Colin is hilarious. The impromptu act doesn't translate to paper as well as I had hoped, but I still found the stories amusing.