Colin Mochrie, the star of the long-running Whose Line Is It, Anyway?, joins forces with Master Hypnotist Asad Mecci, for the return of their hit show HYPROV: Improv Under Hypnosis.
The live show, which combines hypnosis and improv for a unique comedy experience, played 43 cities to multiple sold-out crowds throughout North America prior to being put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“When we tried this for the first time onstage, I was absolutely petrified. Then I thought, ‘let’s just see where this takes us,’” said Mochrie. “Adding in the element of hypnosis to improv really allows people to let their guard down and have fun in a scene. They’re certainly the most interesting stage partners I’ve ever had!”
“I’ve been hypnotizing people for 20 years, but when I studied improv I had an epiphany: hypnosis could unlock the comedic genius in everyday people and turn them into pros,” said Hypnotist Mecci. “You never know which participants will go under hypnosis and for how long. But that’s part of the show and what adds to the laughs.”
The show begins with Mecci welcoming twenty volunteers on stage to be hypnotized. He whittles them down to four or five of the most susceptible and then brings Mochrie out to improvise with them–while they are under hypnosis.
In the hands of two experts, and solely crafted from the audience’s uninhibited unconscious mind, each show is an entirely original and completely unforgettable theatrical experience.
30 volunteers are needed to fill 20 stage seats. Those interested in participating in the interactive show must sign-up in advance through the venue by filling out the registration pre registration form online at https://bit.ly/3FTpiZk.
HYPROV (pronounced hip-rawv) was co-created by Mochrie and Mecci in 2016 at Toronto’s Second City. After working it out on stage, they took the show on the road to Just for Laughs London, Just for Laughs Montreal and the Edinburgh Fringe where it was received with rave reviews in 2016 and 2017. The duo set out on a 50 city tour in 2019 and performed across the U.S. and Canada before the pandemic caused them to postpone seven dates.
Volunteers must present both proof of full vaccination (at least 2 doses). Volunteers that can provide a negative covid test from within 72 hours of the show will have priority of being called on stage. This link is a “pre-registration” or sign-up for patrons who know (in advance) that they will wish to volunteer to participate in the show on-stage.
Tickets for the January 23, 2022 show at the Miller Center for the Arts are on sale now at millercenter.racc.edu .