With the ongoing writers' strike keeping all our TVs tuned to nothing but reruns and reality shows, unscripted comedy is something of an untapped resource.
Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood have been doing the whole improv thing for a long, long time. You might know them, respectively, as "that balding guy with the thick Canadian accent" and "that dude who sings all the time who isn't Wayne Brady" from the now defunct Drew Carey-hosted show "Who's Line Is It, Anyway?"
Even before that, Mochrie and Sherwood, who appeared on practically every episode of the long-running ABC hit, were seasoned veterans of its even-longer-running British predecessor. Reruns of it used to air back-to-back every morning on Comedy Central. (In case you missed them, they were hilarious.)
Simply put, these guys are pros. Now, they're bringing their well-honed, off-the-cuff comedy stylings to clubs and venues around the country. Sadly, lanky oddball and fellow "Whose Line" alum Ryan Styles isn't part of the package deal, but hey, two out of three ain't bad.
"An Evening With Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood" will hit the stage in all its ad-libbed glory at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Pkwy., Atlanta. Tickets range in price from $34.50 to $44.50, depending on seating level. Call 404-249-6400 or visit www.ticketmaster.com to order.
Beware, wallflowers, audience members are often brought onstage to participate.
Dial 'E' for Entertaining
Lawrenceville's Aurora Theatre is set to offer an utterly Hitchcockian experience this week with its production of the classic "Dial M for Murder."
Well, that's not entirely accurate. Fun fact: "Dial M" was actually a successful West End play way before the heralded Master of Suspense ever got his hands on it.
It makes perfect sense if you think about it. The film is very stage-esque, in that nearly all the action takes place in one London living room. The claustrophobic setting, it turns out, merely serves to escalate the thrills.
The story revolves around a former tennis player who plots to kill his unfaithful wife ("the perfect murder," he says) and how his seemingly unbeatable wit keeps the tables from being turned even as his best laid plans unravel like a cheap sweater.
"Dial M" is a nail-biter in the most classic sense that will surely have you on the edge of your theater seat, even if you already know how it ends.
The curtain goes up at 8 p.m. Thursday at Aurora Theatre, 128 Pike St., Lawrenceville. Ticket prices range from $18-$25. Call 678-226-6222 or visit www.auroratheatre.com.