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‘This might get us banned from India’

Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood of Whose Line Is It Anyway? reveal how their brand of comedy will land them in trouble.

entertainment Updated: Jul 26, 2010 15:06 IST

It’s your first time in Asia, how come you opted to come to India?
Colin: We only go where people want us. We’ve learnt that lesson the hard way.
Brad: We had offers from some rival companies; remember Blue Weasel? Chartreuse Kangaroo? But we felt right about Black Dog. It matched our personalities —brooding and willing to hump someone’s leg.

How have the shows been so far?
We didn’t know what to expect because we had been warned that people were shy and wouldn’t come on stage. But one of the first topics suggested were fart jokes. After that, we felt right at home.

So do you have a heart-to-heart before the show?
No, we don’t like each other that much.

Ever been embarrassed during a performance? Maybe the time on Whose Line...? when Colin took his pants off ?
Oh, I did that in at least three shows.
Colin: Wow, it’s pretty sad that you remember that. But yeah, we’ll do anything to make our audiences laugh.

So considering you claim to be international superstars, has anybody in India hit on you yet?
Well, Brad had that one guy in Bangalore…
Brad: I was stupid enough to bring my wife on the tour and she really cramps my style as far as the flirting goes.
Colin: Actually, it’s mostly our manager in the sleeveless shirt who gets hit on. Maybe you need to dress like him…
Colin: Oh, I don’t think anybody wants to see that.
Brad: Basically, they think Colin and I are a couple because we’re wearing matching outfits. They also think we’re alcoholics.
Colin: But feel free to flirt.

How much research did you do for this trip?
I bought one tourist guidebook. Not Lonely Planet, I wanted a more upscale one. I like to know where all the best hotels are.
Colin: As you can see, he likes to rough it out. But we haven’t done too much research. They just told us that New Delhi is conservative.

We heard politicians are attending the show?
So that means we’re offending important people in India. By the time we’re done with our tour, we might be banned from the country.

Any projects in Hollywood?
We decided to ignore Hollywood, because it’s been ignoring us. We’re making a play for Bollywood. We can be buddy cops, but won’t wear matching outfits. We’ll be the two white guys that fight crime and dance around trees with scarves.
Colin: We were watching a Bollywood movie yesterday on the plane. I just love how the singing and dancing goes on and on. The stamina involved is just amazing
Brad: Just when I thought the song was going to end, it went on for 15 more minutes. That was just the first verse.

So how does your night end once the show is over?
We just crawl off to our separate rooms because we waste so much energy entertaining the masses.
Brad: Waste? You mean spend!
Colin: I waste it… you spend it! He does the heavy lifting. I’m the wily veteran.
Brad: We’ve known each other for 30 years. We met when I was seven. Colin was 42 then. He’s my mentor.