By Chris Pickett – January 23rd, 2006

      Having been a feature of the Jorgensen schedule for the past four years, one would think the crowd would grow restless of the “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” players’ frequent visits. These notions were quickly dispelled as both the Friday and Saturday performances sold out.

      For the third year in a row, Brad Sherwood and Colin Mocherie wowed the audiences at the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts with their quick thinking and excellent improvisations. With them came fellow “Whose Line” performer Greg Proops, who proved to be a hilarious addition to the two veterans of the UConn scene.

      Yes, they performed the same improv games as on TV (however, some members of the crowd were begging for their famed “ho-down” only to be let down), but the overall tone was well-adjusted to the college atmosphere. Proops, clad in his trademark dark-rimmed glasses, seemed to shine in this setting, letting loose some foul words and bawdy references delighting the college crowd.

      Upon being asked the differences between the show and the live production, William Bernstein, a Windsor native, thought it retained much of its quality, with the addition of “hearing the f-word a couple times.”

      The crowd had trouble deciding who was the funniest of the three performers, as they all brought their own styles of humor.

      “It was hard to decide for me,” said Alexis Kruger, a Franklin, Mass. resident. “For looks, I’d probably say Brad. For humor, I’d say Colin.”

      Mocherie was at his finest and found himself, as usual, the butt of many jokes about baldness. Sherwood, the often-overlooked member of “Whose Line,” proved again he can hold his own within his cohorts-his dead-on John Wayne impersonation had the crowd in an uproar.

      “I like Brad the best,” Bernstein said. “He’s a character.”

      The crowd, however, reacted most to the crazed antics of Proops. His long-winded monologues during the mock-Shakespearian improvisation captured the language and nature of his works, as well as striking the audiences’ funny bone.

      The last act, an act so dangerous Sherwood jokingly said “Penn and Teller won’t touch this one,” incorporated 100 live mousetraps, and both Mocherie and Proops in blindfold. Devilishly, Sherwood would hold mousetraps out in the hopes it would catch on the two blindfolded subjects. Proops was the tragic hero of this event, as he appeared in great pain with a stream of profanities and groans coming from his mouth.

      “Greg was really funny,” said Jessica Savage, an 8th-semester plant science major. “The last part with the mousetraps, he was screaming like a girl-it was hysterical.”

      With a very receptive and original crowd, the job was made easier for the trio. For an improv group, it is always a very dangerous thing to depend on the audience for material, but they were able to accomplish this with ease. Even when faced with shy contributors, their humor brought them out of their shells.

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