COLIN MOCHRIE & ASAD MECCI TO PERFORM HYPROV: IMPROV UNDER HYPNOSIS FOR A LIMITED RUN IN ONTARIO

Nine Performances Only – January 23 to February 1, 2020

“Personally, it’s the scariest thing I’ve ever done as a performer,”
says world-renowned improv veteran Colin Mochrie (Whose Line Is It Anyway?) of the
high-wire comedy show HYPROV: Improv Under Hypnosis . “I look into their dead eyes and
wonder if it’s going to be a very long night. So far, we’ve been really lucky,” adds Mochrie. The
show, co-created with master hypnotist Asad Mecci, is currently on 50 plus city tour
throughout Canada and the U.S., with nine dates scheduled throughout Ontario in January
2020.

Each night, Mecci welcomes twenty volunteers on stage, hypnotizes them, 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.

“It’s our version of shock and awe,” says Mecci. “I’ve been hypnotizing people for 20 years but
when I studied improv classes at Toronto’s Second City, I had an epiphany … hypnosis could
unlock the comedic genius in everyday people and turn them into pros! When you are
hypnotized, your blocks are set aside and you have virtually no inhibitions. Totally dependent
on the volunteers, it’s a completely different show each night.”

Adds Mochrie. “It was important to me that we weren’t having all the volunteers cluck like
chickens or bark like dogs. Luckily, Asad felt the same way. On this tour, we’ve had nuclear lab
technicians singing a blues number with me, and a carpenter improvising an emotional poem
at his pet’s funeral. Half the fun is watching people do things they would never do and say
outrageous things, in the context of a hilarious scene.”

About The Show
Currently on a 50 city tour of the United States and its native Canada, HYPROV is astounding
audiences with its unique blend of two popular artforms.

HYPROV began in 2015 after Mecci reached out to Mochrie’s agent and now co-producer Jeff
Andrews who thought the similarities between the two art forms was worth exploring.
Workshops, directed by friend and fellow Second City alum Linda Kash, turned into a tryout
after the main stage show at the legendary Toronto theatre. A tour soon followed with stops at
Just for Laughs Montreal, Just for Laughs London and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (2016 &
2017). BTW — HYPROV is pronounced Hip-rawv.

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HYPROV OntarioTour

Thur
Jan 23
HYPROV: Improv
Under Hypnosis FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre
 
St. Catharines
Fri
Jan 24
HYPROV: Improv
Under Hypnosis Meridian Arts Centre
 
North York
Sat
Jan 25
HYPROV: Improv Under Hypnosis Chrysler Theatre  
Windsor
Sun
Jan 26
HYPROV: Improv Under Hypnosis Chatham Capitol Theatre  
Chatham
Tue
Jan 28
HYPROV: Improv Under Hypnosis Capitol Centre  
North
Bay
Wed
Jan 29
HYPROV: Improv Under Hypnosis Sanderson Centre  
Brantford
Thur
Jan 30
HYPROV: Improv Under Hypnosis River Run Centre  
Guelph
Fri
Jan 31
HYPROV: Improv
Under Hypnosis Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts
 
Oakville
Sat
Feb 01
HYPROV: Improv
Under Hypnosis Deerhurst Resort, Legacy Hall
 
Huntsville

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