Funny. That’s the only way to describe Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood, known worldwide for being part of the improvisational comedy TV show Whose Line Is It Anyway? But, in spite of making millions laugh for umpteenth years, a trip to India gave both of them the jitters.
That was till they realised that “fart jokes” work as well here as in the rest of the world! “When we go to places we haven’t been before, we’re a little careful not to offend anyone. But, we asked people in the audience in Kolkata for suggestions and almost every suggestion we got was a fart joke. So we realised we don’t have to worry as much as we thought,” says Colin, who’s touring the country along with Brad as part of Black Dog Comedy Evenings.
"We had a two-hour drive in Kolkata and that was... I don’t even know what the word would be. I’ve been to New York and I thought that was the worst traffic in the world. In Kolkata, it was... amazing – pedestrians, bikes, cows and horses on road. It was like an amusement ride," says Colin who, like Brad, is a "big fan of spicy Indian food."
Although the only ‘Bollywood’ movie Brad has watched is Slumdog Millionaire, Colin, who stays in Canada, says he’s aware of Bollywood because “a lot of Indian stars come to perform stage shows in Toronto.”
But, he isn’t equally keen on a song-and-dance routine in his own show. “I have the heart and soul of a singer, but not any of the equipment,” he quips, before adding that he, however, does think he’s “the funniest on Whose Line...”.