Traveling From: Toronto
Colin Mochrie is one of the most prolific and iconic comedians in Canada. Colin is an Actor, Comedian, Writer, and Director.
Experience: Colin Mochrie was born on Nov. 30, 1957, in Kilmarnock, Scotland. His father, an airline maintenance executive, moved the family to Montreal, Canada, in 1964, and finally to Vancouver in 1969. After he dropped out of school in BC, he did theatre sports and there he met Ryan Stiles, with whom he has remained friends for more than 20 years. In 1989, he married comedienne Debra McGrath and they have one son, Luke Mochrie.
Colin worked at Second City in Toronto before joining the British comedy improv show, “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” (1988) (and he also stars in the American version, “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” (1998)). Colin and his family once resided in Los Angeles but moved back to Canada. He had a recurring role on “The Drew Carey Show” (1995) as “Eugene Anderson”. He won the Canadian Comedy award as Male Improvisational Comic.
In addition to his TV work, Colin has been busy on the stage, which is where he actually began his career, the early part of which he spent touring with The National Touring Company, and has starred in such popular stage productions as “She Stoops to Conquer” and “The Brady Bunch”. He also writes, as well as stars in, the Canadian comedy series, “Supertown Challenge” (1998), as well as the sitcom, “Blackfly” (2001). He is also known for his work on Whose Line Is It Anyway? and his gig as host on Are you Smarter than Canadian 5th Grader?
Colin has been nominated for five Canadian Comedy Awards, and has won two. He received a Gemini and a Writers Guild of Canada Award for This Hour Has 22 Minutes. In 2008 he was nominated for a Gemini for best host or performance on History Bites, a sketch comedy series. In 2009, he received the Barbara Hamilton Memorial Award for excellence in the performing arts and arts advocacy. ACTRA Toronto presented him with its Award of Excellence in 2010, recognizing “an outstanding body of work by a performer as well as their efforts on behalf of the acting community and Canadian culture.”
In 2011, Colin returned to theatre after a 15-year absence receiving critical praise opposite old friend and theatre legend, Peter Donaldson in ART for Toronto’s Canadian Stage Company.Colin continues to tour extensively throughout North America with Brad Sherwood in their four-handed collection of games from Whose Line Is It, Anyway? The pair have filmed a DVD of their popular touring show called Two Man Group: The Colin and Brad Show. Most recently, Colin and Brad completed a five-city, six-show tour of India to phenomenal success.
Performance Style: Colin Mochrie has a dry, languid approach to comedy that few of his contemporaries can match or even imitate. “Professionally I was influenced by anyone who made people laugh. Everyone from Chaplin and Keaton to the Marx brothers, Jack Benny, Monty Python (especially John Cleese), Woody Allen and early Bob Hope movies. All of those people influenced me in some way. In many cases without me even knowing it.” — Colin Mochrie
Personality: “Onstage I do all the stuff I’d never do in real life, like lashing out at people who make me mad or freaking out in a long bank lineup. Performing allows me to fulfill all the sicko fantasies I’ve ever had.” – Colin Mochrie
Why hire Colin Mochrie? Mochrie’s unique and somewhat antiquated performance style and razor-sharp wit have made him one of the busiest and most recognizable actors in Canada. If an evening of improv comedy is a great way to end a day-long meeting, Colin is your man. His corporate performances are quick-witted, tour de forces that audiences can never seem to get enough of.
Works Well in this Type of Event: Private Events, Comedy Clubs, Comedy Festivals,Conferences, Corporate Events, Casino Events, Charity Events, Conventions, and Trade Shows.
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“Humour is born of the incongruous, and what’s funny about Mochrie is the disconnect between his docile expression and bold, blade-sharp wit, between his guileless bearing and shameless physical hijinks.”
Olivia Stern, Toronto Life