- Birth Date Nov 30, 1957
- Age 63 Years, 9 Months
Colin Mochrie | Biography 2021
After completing his stint with The Second City, Mochrie relocated to Los Angeles. In 1989, he auditioned for the British comedy improv show 'Whose Line is it Anyway?.' He could not earn a role two times but got a regular spot on the show in the third effort. It aired on British Channel 4, and Mochrie remained a cast member for nine years until the show concluded in 1998.
Colin Mochrie is an award-winning Canadian comedian, best known for his role in the hit improvisational comedy TV series Whose Line Is It Anyway?
Who is Colin Mochrie?
Colin Mochrie is a Scottish-born Canadian actor, writer, and improvisational comedian who originally wanted to become a marine biologist. His career took a u-turn when he accepted the challenge from his high school friend to audition for the play The Death and Life of Sneaky Fitch, in which he portrayed the undertaker. He later took professional theatre training at Studio 58 theatre school in Vancouver before starting to perform at Vancouver Theatresports League in 1986.
In 1986, he moved to Toronto and joined an improvisational comedy enterprise, The Second City. He also spent his time touring with the National Touring Company. But his real breakthrough came when he became a part of the British improvisational comedy show Whose Line Is It Anyway? (1988). The show was a big hit in Britain, and soon the American version started in 1998. Mochrie also got his part to play in the latter show.
How Old Is Colin Mochrie?
Colin Andrew Mochrie was born in an Irish Catholic family on 30 November 1957, in Kilmarnock, Scotland, UK. His father was an airline maintenance executive. His family emigrated to a small city Quebec, in Montreal, Canada, when he was seven years old. Five years later, they again relocated to Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1969. He has said that he was a shy kid whose neighbor would tell that he “watched way too much television.”
Mochrie did his schooling in Killarney Secondary School in Vancouver and took Science to become a marine biologist.
Getting into the industry
During his high school, upon his friend’s dare, Mochrie tried out for a play titled The Death and Life of Sneaky Fitch. He landed an undertaker’s role and received his first laughs on stage, which encouraged him to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. He grew up watching television and loved old movies. It was also one of the inspirations to get into the entertainment industry.
“I was not the class clown,” Mochrie said. “When I was growing up I never thought of becoming a comedian. I was very serious, a bookworm. I loved reading. And I loved old movies. Maybe that’s where my interest in entertainment comes from,” he added.
In 1971, he graduated from high school as valedictorian and pursued a four-year course at a professional theatre training school Langara College’s Studio 58, in Vancouver.
Shortly after graduating from Studio 58, he joined an improv theatre Vancouver TheatreSports League; the stint would be his full-time job for a long time as he previously only had parts in plays. Mochrie has said that he “literally had to pull people out of McDonald’s to come see the shows” in the beginning.
During this time, he met Ryan Stiles through a mutual friend Jim McLarty. Stiles later became his long-time best friend and a fellow improviser. Stiles was then involved with Punchline Comedy Club, where he would do comedy. Stiles and Mochrie began working at TheatreSports together.
“Actually, through a mutual friend. My best friend, who I was just visiting in New Zealand, was part of the TheatreSports group and he had been hired by Punchlines to start an improv group there. And Ryan was doing standup at Punchlines and got involved and through my friend Jim we met and started working at TheatreSports together.,” Mochrie shared.
Later, upon Stiles’ recommendation, Mochrie moved to Toronto in 1986 and auditioned at The Second City comedy troupe, where Stiles was working. He also co-wrote and performed in three Second City productions. When he was performing with The Second City National touring company, Mochrie met comedy actress and the company’s director Canadian Debra McGrath, who would later become his life partner. She hired him for Second City’s National Touring Company, wherein he ended up directing for three seasons and starring and co-writing in three productions.
‘Whose Line Is It Anyway?’
After completing his stint with The Second City, Mochrie relocated to Los Angeles. In 1989, he auditioned for the British comedy improv show Whose Line is it Anyway? He could not earn a role two times but got a regular spot on the show in the third effort. It aired on British Channel 4, and Mochrie remained a cast member for nine years until the show concluded in 1998.
After the British version of the show, Mochrie was hired for the American version of Whose Line Is It Anyway? that broadcasted on ABC. The four members of the previous show (Drew Carey, Wayde Brady, Colin Mochrie, and Ryan Stiles) were also hired as regular cast comedians to perform various comic games and sketches with other comedians and celebrities. Drew Carey hosted the American version of the show, and Ryan Stiles was also the executive producer. The show concluded after eight successful seasons in 2007.
On the revival of the show on the CW Network in 2013, Mochrie, along with his co-stars Stiles and Brady, returned to join the new season of Whose Is It Anyway?.
In addition to his portrayal on Whose Is It Anyway?, Mochrie appeared in numerous other TV series, stage productions, and films. The television series he appeared, include The Campbell (1986), Kung Fu: The Legend Continues (1995), Goosebumps (1996), and Once a Thief (1998).
Between 1999 and 2000, he starred in three episodes in the sitcom The Drew Carey Show, portraying Eugene Anderson’s role.
In 2002, Mochrie starred as Barney in the comedy film Jane White Is Sick & Twisted. He wrote and starred in the comedy series Supertown Challenge (1998) and the sitcom Blackfly’ (2001).
Mochrie was also part of the skit-filled comedy show This Hour Has 22 Minutes (1992). In 2006, he starred with his real-life partner Debra McGrath as the host in the television series Getting Along Famously.
Later in 2011, Mochrie appeared in the sitcom, She’s the Mayor, portraying Scott Linford’s role in 2011.
In 2018, Mochrie, with Whose Line Is It Anyway? co-performer Brad Sherwood launched the Scared Scriptless Tour in 2018. It was a scriptless comedy tour. Mochrie also made a guest appearance as an interviewer in the 2019 Canadian sci-fi drama film Astronaut.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, Mochrie conducted improv shows over Zoom with Sherwood.
Book: ‘Not Quite the Classics’
In 2012, Mochrie penned and published the book ‘Not Quite the Classics,’ consisting of a collection of stories with the humor he exhibits on stage, television, and film.
Awards and Honors
Mochrie won several awards and nominations for his noted improvisational skills. He won two ‘Canadian Comedy Awards for his performance on Whose Line Is It Anyway? (1998) in 2001 and under the category, ‘Television - Pretty Funny Writing, Special or Episode’ for ‘This Hour Has 22 Minutes: New Year’s Eve Special’ (2003). In 2002, he won the ‘B-Movie Award’ under the category ‘Best B-Movie Hollywood Appearance/Cameo’ in Jane White Is Sick & Twisted (2002).
For his work on This Hour Has 22 Minutes (1992), Mochrie won the ‘Writers Guild of Canada Award’ in 2002 and the ‘Gemini Award’ in 2003. He also received the ‘ACTRA Toronto Award of Excellence in 2010 for the British comedy film The Anniversary (2014). Mochrie was also the recipient of the ‘Best Supporting Actor’ and ‘Best Ensemble Cast’ awards at The Florida Comedy Film Festival 2020 for his role in the teen comedy Boys vs. Girls (2019).
Colin Mochrie married comedian and director of National Touring Company, Debra McGrath, on 8 January 1989. The couple together welcomed a son, Luke Mochrie, who later came out as a transgender person in 2016. She is now known as Kinley Mochrie. Along with his wife and daughter, Mochrie has become an active supporter of transgender rights and the LGBTQ community.
Post a year after Kinley came out in 2017, Mochrie revealed her daughter’s sexuality with a tween in support of his daughter. “My 90-yr-old mother-in-law and 87-yr-old mother love and acceptance of our trans daughter warms me. Wonder why some who are younger can’t, he wrote.
It also took time for Mochrie to adjust to calling her by the name Kinley. He said in an interview, “We knew Luke for 26 years so it was very hard to quickly change that. And even now, there’s still times when we slip. We’re certainly a lot better,” he said at the time. “So we now have a Kinley.”
Did You Know?
According to Celebritynetworth, Colin Mochrie’s net worth is $1 million.
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