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.

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