Whose show is it any­way

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Comedy -

THERE’S noth­ing Amer­i­can ac­tor-co­me­dian Brad Sher­wood likes bet­ter than per­form­ing in front of a room­ful of peo­ple and mak­ing them laugh.

“I al­ways liked mak­ing my friends laugh when I was a kid, so my brain was kind of al­ready work­ing as an im­pro­viser be­fore I even knew what an im­pro­viser was,” Sher­wood said.

“When I got into im­prov, I just re­alised it was a more struc­tured group ac­tiv­ity ver­sion of what I was do­ing in my own brain.

“It was like, ‘oh, this is what I’ve been do­ing. I like do­ing this, I like mak­ing peo­ple laugh and now there’s ac­tu­ally an art form for that. Great, I’m in’.”

Sher­wood found his niche in both the UK and US ver­sions of im­prov TV show Whose Line Is It Any­way?. The lat­ter was re­cently re­newed for a 15th sea­son.

“They can’t kill us; we’re like the walk­ing dead who keep com­ing back for more,” Sher­wood said.

“I think there is a cer­tain pu­rity to the com­edy that we do. It’s four peo­ple us­ing their wits and be­ing goofy in sit­u­a­tions that are far more univer­sal than specif­i­cally cul­tural to one place that any­body can en­joy it if they speak a lit­tle bit of English.

“It’s kind of like the Bugs Bunny car­toons where you can go back to those at any time and en­joy them. There’s a silli­ness that per­vades it.”

Sher­wood, who lives in Las Ve­gas, will be in Aus­tralia later this month with fel­low Whose Line Is It Any­way? alumni Colin Mochrie and Greg Proops for their live show Colin, Brad and Greg, which will in­clude im­prov games from the TV pro­gram.

Which games will be in­cluded is still a mys­tery even to the com­edy trio.

“We don’t know what we’re play­ing yet,” Sher­wood said.

“We’ll get there and look at the space, sit down af­ter we do sound check, have a cof­fee and fig­ure out which ones the three of us want to play on that par­tic­u­lar night.”

■ Com­mu­nity News has five dou­ble passes to give away to Colin, Brad and Greg at Perth Con­cert Hall on Novem­ber 20.

En­ter at www.com­mu­ni­tynews.com.au by 10am on Fri­day, Novem­ber 9.

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