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"Canadian comic genius" TV GUIDEColin 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. In 2013, Colin Mochrie was named Canadian Comedy Person of the Year at the Canadian Comedy Awards.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?, featuring Colin, Wayne, Ryan, and new host Aisha Tyler, is currently airing on the CW Network. Launched in July of 2013 with 12 episodes, it has subsequently been renewed for a second season with an order of 24 more shows to air in 2014.
Colin appears regularly in film and television and 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 show Getting Along Famously.
A native of Scotland but life‐long resident of Canada, Colin has remarkably toured worldwide for the past ten years, with Whose Line castmate Brad Sherwood, performing a live improv show. An Evening with Colin and Brad, has the distinction of being one of the longest running comedy tours in history. Their first live, taped special, Colin and Brad: Two Man Group, will air soon on the CW Network.
In 2012, ABC aired eight episodes of Trust Us With Your Life, produced by the makers of Whose Line and costarring Colin, Wayne Brady, and many of his former Whose Line cast members (but without Ryan Stiles). Fred Willard was host.
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.