Interview: Colin Mochrie comes home to Vancouver
No matter how far Colin Mochrie travels, the legendary improviser always finds his way home to Vancouver.
“Vancouver is my city, where everything started for me,” said Mochrie. “I love the mountains, the oceans and parks. We’ve got great restaurants and great people here. It’s hard to find a city as beautiful as this.”
Mochrie comes home for three nights of performances with Vancouver TheatreSports League (VTSL): “An Intimate Evening with Colin” on August 20 and “Colin Mochrie & Friends” on August 21 and 22. He will be joined onstage by members of the VTSL ensemble to raise funds for the Colin Mochrie Sponsorship Fund and VTSL’s outreach programs.
“VTSL is where I first learned about improv,” says Mochrie. “TheatreSports became a huge part of my life, and I am glad to give back to the company. The sponsorship fund will provide scholarships for future improvisers to take TheatreSports classes.”
VTSL Executive Director Jay Ono is excited to welcome Mochrie back to Vancouver for the third year in a row.
“I improvised with Colin in the ’80’s, and like fine wine he gets better with age,” said Ono. “He is truly one of the most gifted, generous improvisers I’ve seen. Colin makes everyone around him look good.”
Mochrie is one of the most beloved improvisers in the world due to his work on Whose Line Is It Anyway, his book Not Quite The Classics and films such as The Anniversary and After The Ball. He is also the Volunteer Ambassador for the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto.
With all of the various projects that he works on, Mochrie’s first love is still improv.
“I’m fortunate that improv by its nature is very fresh. It’s different every time you step onstage,” said Mochrie. “We have a great pool of talent here in Canada. Everyone is so fearless. I can’t ask for a better job.”
Vancouver TheatreSports League presents “An Intimate Evening with Colin” on August 20 and “Colin Mochrie & Friends” on August 21 and 22. For more information visit www.vtsl.com.