Hyprov: Improv Under Hypnosis
Approximate running time: 1 hour and 45 minutes
12 King Square South
Saint John NB E2L 5B8
Hyprov: Improv Under Hypnosis
Wednesday, April 5, 2023 at 7:30pm
Tickets: $50 admission / $45 members
Description: Nov 16 – NEW DATE – Moved from February 2 to April 5, 2023. Ticket holders notified.
Hypnosis and Improv — two art forms that have mystified and entertained fans, skeptics and everyone in between for decades worldwide – come together as two masters of their crafts unite for a totally unique comedy experience, HYPROV: Improv Under Hypnosis.
How it Works: Twenty random volunteers from the audience will be put under hypnosis by Master Hypnotist Asad Mecci (the process of which is a show in its own right), their inhibitions evaporated and their minds no longer their own. The contestants are methodically and hysterically whittled down until the five best are left on stage when one of the world’s leading improvisers enters! Co-Creator Colin Mochrie takes the stage to improvise with the top five while they are still under hypnosis, turning the show into an improv extravaganza!
In the hands of two masters, and solely crafted from the audience’s uninhibited subconscious, this will be an entirely original and completely unforgettable theatrical experience, for who knows where the unconscious mind will go…
“Very funny…a celebration of the human imagination.” -THE TIMES OF LONDON
COLIN MOCHRIE “Canadian comic genius” TV GUIDE Colin Mochrie is an alumnus of Toronto’s famous Second City comedy troupe and is widely considered to be one of the leading improvisers in the world.
He is most-recognized around the world as a star of the ubiquitous comedy Whose Line Is It, Anyway? After nine years as a regular on the British improvisation series Whose Line is it Anyway?, he became a regular on the American version hosted by Drew Carey, which ran for six years on ABC and three years on ABC Family. In 2011, the entire cast was reunited in Vegas for Drew Carey’s Improv-aganza, a new series which aired for one season on GSN. A new hit version of Whose Line is it Anyway? followed in 2013, featuring Colin, Wayne, Ryan, and new host Aisha Tyler, and is currently in its fifth season on the CW Network.
A native of Scotland but life-long resident of Canada, Colin has toured extensively worldwide for the past fifteen years alongside Whose Line castmate Brad Sherwood, performing a live improv show. Colin and Brad: Two Man Group has the distinction of being one of the longest running comedy tours in history. Most recently, Colin appeared at the 2016 and 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festivals with a show he co-created, HYPROV. A huge festival hit, the show provocatively hypnotizes volunteers from the audience and then improvises with them, while they are under hypnosis. A North American tour is currently in the works.
In 2007, Colin and Brad made international headlines and newscasts when they were joined on stage in Washington by the controversial Karl Rove for a rap song during the White House Radio and Televisions Correspondents Dinner.
Appearing regularly in film and television, he was notably a cast member of CBC’s classic news spoof This Hour Has 22 Minutes for two seasons. With his wife, Debra McGrath, he produced, wrote and starred in the CBC series, Getting Along Famously.
Colin has garnered awards including a Writers Guild of Canada award (writing, 22 Minutes), three Canadian Comedy Awards (writing – 22 Minutes, “Pretty Funny Male” – Whose Line and Canadian Comedy Person of the Year 2013) as well as a Gemini Award (Best Ensemble, 22 Minutes). In 2010, Colin received the ACTRA Toronto Award of Excellence. Perhaps his greatest award to date was for Best Hollywood Appearance at the 2010 B-Movie Awards (Jane White is Sick and Twisted).
His first book of fiction, Not Quite the Classics, in which he uses the first and last lines of familiar classics as a launching and landing point and re-imagines everything in between, was released by Viking, a publishing arm of Penguin Canada, in October 2013. The ebook version is currently available in the US at www.diversionbooks.com or www.amazon.com
ASAD MECCI Asad Mecci’s jaw dropping performances have captivated audiences worldwide. He has performed in front of over 1.5 million people live and millions more through mass media. You might have seen Mecci on Entertainment Tonight, MTV, Maxim Online, HGTV, YTV, talk television or read about in the New York Times, Huffington post and in Maxim Magazine. Away from the television cameras and radio waves, Mecci has amazed crowds at Canada’s Wonderland, Skydome, GE Theater and The Just for Laughs comedy festivals. Even within the confines of major companies like Remax, IBM and Rogers, Mecci has been invited to entertain and motivate employees and management. When he is not performing on stage, Mecci uses hypnosis to help people lose weight, reduce stress and achieve peak performance.