Colin Mochrie working on stage show with his wife about marriage, relationships
think a really good rapport,” says Mochrie.
“ We’re just trying to figure out exactly what the format is — it may be sort of sketch-like. It won’t be Colin and Deb talking about us, but it will be talking about probably marriage, the differences between men and women.”
Meanwhile, he’s preparing for a three-week run in the Yasmina Reza play “Art” for the Canadian Stage Company. The dramatic comedy is about three friends whose relationship is strained when one of them spends a large sum on a white painting.
“It’s a departure for me. Obviously, I’m scared, but it’s good,” says Mochrie, who hasn’t done theatre since the late ’80s.
“I always like to be afraid, I like to challenge myself, and this seemed like a challenge and being afraid but within a certain sort of island of security, with people I know.”
The production runs March 18 to April 10 in Toronto, causing a brief hiatus in Mochrie’s long-running improv tour with Whose Line Is It Anyway? co-star Brad Sherwood. The comedy duo have spent six years criss-crossing the country with their routine, and Mochrie says it’s as much fun as ever.
“It’s strange when you look back on your career. For me, as much as I love doing improv ... it’s one of those things where I thought it would never really lead anywhere,” he says.
“ When I started doing it, it was just for the love of doing improv, it was way before there was anything like Who’s Line — it was just something I enjoyed doing. I never thought (a) it would become a career and (b) it would get me some sort of notoriety.”
Mochrie’s long career in improv has netted him an award of excellence from ACTRA Toronto. The union, which represents more than 15,000 of the country’s performers, was to present the award at a gala on Friday along with several acting prizes.
Previous award-of-excellence winners include Sarah Polley, Paul Gross, Gordon Pinsent, Sonja Smits and Eric Peterson.
“It’s a great honour, I thought it was a kind of a joke when they called up,” says Mochrie, an active ACTRA member who has lobbied the federal government for greater support for Canadian drama and is on the board of the Actors’ Fund, a charity that provides emergency aid to cultural workers.