02 Feb Improvisation and hypnosis collide in..
Improvisation and hypnosis collide in Hyprov with Colin Mochrie and Asad Mecci
“I enjoy being outside of my comfort zone. And this show is as far out as I can get,” Mochrie says. “Working every night with people who are in a hypnotic trance? The whole thing is bizarre. But it’s so much fun.”
“It keeps me sharp, on my toes … They are like pure improvisers. They just react to what I say. There’s nothing preconceived.”
Mecci says the reason hypnotized people make such interesting improvisers is simple: They’re not thinking about themselves.
“The part of the mind that deals with self-reflection becomes disconnected when somebody is hypnotized,” he explains.
“First-time improvisers will hesitate. They’ll play to the audience. They’ll make conscious attempts at comedy. But the best comedy is automatic — off the tip of your tongue.”