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Brad Sherwood

What I’ve come to learn more and more is that comedians aren’t just “funny guys”. Those who excel in any art are not limited to one skill. In fact, their genius reflects upon every other aspect of their lives, making these individuals brilliant in more ways than we can immediately perceive. We can all learn from those with real passion.

 I spoke with someone who has been an outstanding improvisational comedian for over two decades.  He is wise, he loves dogs, and he is not lacking in passion. His name is…

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David Luna: Tell me your earliest memory.

Brad Sherwood: My earliest memory in performing: I was in preschool and I did You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, and I was Snoopy, and I was just laying on the doghouse, dancing the whole time. That was my first memory of being in front of an audience.

DL: Can you remember how you felt when you worked your first acting job?

BS: I liked it. I liked being in front of people. I was an only child, so I think I was a little starved for attention. Being around people was such a rarity for me. I felt like I lived a lot of time in solitary with my own thoughts, so any time I got a chance to be with other people was really exciting.

DL: Do you feel the same way today about acting? Do you feel like you always want to be in front of people, or do you also reserve a good chunk of time for solemn introspection or just solitude?

BS: Now the only time I like to be around people is when I’m performing. Now I’m back to being a completely solitary, hermit-like person, except for when I’m performing.

DL: What do you do with the time you have to yourself? Any creative things?

BS: Yeah, I have a lot of different creative outlets. Sometimes I play guitar and write sort of folky, introspective-y kind of songs. Sort of James Taylor, Cat Stevens-like stuff. And I paint, but I haven’t painted in a long time. Mostly abstract, weird stuff, like Peter Max.

DL: Of the music you’ve written, is any of it available for people to listen to online, or is it stuff you do privately?

BS: It’s mostly stuff I do privately. I should actually be a little more organized. Most of it’s in a fairly listenable state that I can actually probably put it on iTunes. I would never be looking for it to be a real source of income, but for people interested in hearing “oh, what kind of songs does Brad write,” I should get more organized and throw it on to iTunes.

DL: Out of the projects that you’ve been involved with, which ones have been the most rewarding?

BS: Really, my favorite is what Colin and I are doing now, which is our live tour. It’s so much fun. We both like being in front of a live audience, we both like making people laugh and we have complete creative control over the show, so we’re the ones calling the shots. We go out 40 to 50 times a year, and it pays our bills and keeps us busy and we still have lots of free time to do other things, including taping Whose Line and other projects. So, it’s really the best of both worlds.

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A Look Inside The Annual 9!

Annual9CoverThere’s a lot to be said about The Annual #9, in many ways it’s our most visually appealing issue yet. Emily and Kevin sat down and really cranked out some upgrades to make this issue feel more like a magazine than past ones, and that’s saying something considering all The Annual has to do to feel like a magazine is sit unread on the back of your toilet. Needless to say, The Annual #9 makes a number of improvements, there’s even a masthead for Christ’s sake!

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Jam packed with new content from your favorite Annual writers and illustrators, The Annual #9 will have you laughing for a full two months. Buddy Purucker even provides a new Annual Manual to help you read it.

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If you were concerned about the state of Nico’s Drink of the Month following his announcement of sobriety at the start of year, get ready to watch him fall off the wagon in a very poetic nature (by summing up the experience with an actual poem).

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While this issue may be missing a bit of Sam Walkers signature advice, there’s plenty to be learned as Briana Haynie helps you turn your role model into a mentor, and Lily Fryburg gives some tips on impressing a man on a date.

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And how could we neglect to mention David Luna’s interview with Whose Line Is It Anyway? star, Brad Sherwood. It’s a fascinating interview about life, comedy, and bringing Improv to the mainstream. Plus, it’s the ONLY magazine where you’ll find a picture of Brad Sherwood riding in his rocket chariot being pulled by his Rottweilers in hellhound form in space.

The Annual #9 is available now and can be purchased for the cheap cheap price of $4! So order your copy today!

Contributing Writers/Artists:

Parker Benbow | Kevin Cole | Nicolas Contreras | Lily Fryburg | Amber George | Stuart Gunter | Hannah Gutman | Briana Haynie | David Luna | Andrew Michaels | Damon Norko | Emily Perper | Buddy Purucker | Kate Sidley | Cassie Schaeffer | Kelsey Sartory | Steve Younkins

The Annual #9 Now Available for PREORDER!

Annual9CoverComing May 8th: The Annual #9! It’s a date that has many asking, “Why not release The Annual #9 on May 9?” The answer: We want you to be happy as soon as possible, and there’s a lot to be happy about our newest issue:

Nico’s Drink of the Month comes unhinged as birthday festivities ensue. Q2Q Comics creator Steve Younkins teams with Amber George for their newest comic strip, Doomsday Sandwich. We unveil our very first topical characters: Borisnakov and Natalia. And David Luna chats with Whose Line Is It Anyway star Brad Sherwood. We’ve got food pyramids, a break-up letter to your bangs, ways to impress your date and so much more!

Head over to The Annual store and PREORDER The Annual #9 for only $4 (and free shipping)!

It’s guaranteed to be the ONLY magazine where you’ll find

a picture of Brad Sherwood

riding in his rocket chariot

being pulled by his Rottweilers

in hellhound form

in space.

Contributing Writers/Artists:

Parker Benbow | Kevin Cole | Nicolas Contreras | Lily Fryburg | Amber George | Stuart Gunter | Hannah Gutman | Briana Haynie | David Luna | Andrew Michaels | Damon Norko | Emily Perper | Buddy Purucker | Kate Sidley | Cassie Schaeffer | Kelsey Sartory | Steve Younkins

Greg Proops

Feeling groggy and unprepared, I spoke to this man in the afternoon of November 15, 2013. I was certain that I’d receive interesting answers to my questions, but had no idea that I was in for some of the most thoughtful and potent talks of any interview to date. You might know him from his standup, his frequent appearances on Whose Line is it Anyway, or more recently from his podcast The Smartest Man in the World.
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David Luna: What is your earliest memory?

Greg Proops: Probably being in my house with my parents when I was little in Lancaster, California.

DL: Did you have a religious background or upbringing?

GP: Not particularly. I went to Sunday school until I was seven. I liked wearing the suit, because James Bond wore a suit.

DL: Do you have any supernatural or mystical beliefs?

GP: Not particularly. I think there’s such a thing as the supernatural that we don’t understand. I don’t think we can explain everything with rationality and science, in other words.

DL: Can you recall any profoundly funny moments from your childhood, where you sort of just “got it”?

GP: When I was in grade school and I met my friend Forest, we spent a lot of time really yukking it up when we were about 10 years old. We used to just make each other laugh, and I think that then is when I got that it was important to my life.

DL: From what age did you want to make it a career or central to your life?

GP: Well, I’d probably fool myself and say I wanted to do lots of other things, but probably from a teenager on; I’d say 15 or so. I just didn’t dream of it when I was 12 or 13. I was too insecure, I think, but I loved comedy.

DL: Who are your comedic influences?

GP: I have lots of influences. My cousin Donny; Warren Thomas, who was my best friend who passed away; my wife. As far as television and stuff, George Carlin, the Marx Brothers, Richard Pryor, the comics that were on TV when I was little, Rob Klien, Lilly Tomlin.

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Annual #4 Cover Concept

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David Luna tossed around a few concepts for the cover of The Annual #4. Here’s one of the two we didn’t use. The concept, similar to the chaos of our actual cover, occurs in hell with the cast Whose Line performing for a crowd of the damned.

Whose Line is it Anyway? airs Tuesdays 8 (EST) on the CW.

You can read our full interview with Colin Mochrie here.

You can use the code “WHOSELINE” to get $2 off The Annual #4!

Colin Mochrie

He was valedictorian at his high school, because he is flawless.  He is an improvisational comedian, and his brilliance has illuminated The Second City and the British and American incarnations of Whose Line Is It Anyway. Everything this man touches turns to gold. Though for most of our readers, he needs no introduction. This man is…

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David Luna: What is your earliest memory?

Colin Mochrie: I was playing with a girl named Mary Brown in Scotland. I think she was my first crush. I was probably around 3. She never calls.

DL: Growing up, who or what made you laugh the most?

CM: My family wasn’t very funny. They’re Scottish, and their humor tends to be quite morbid. I guess my grandfather. He had a good sense of humor. He was a joke teller. He loved telling stories, so it would probably be him. But everyone else was pretty dark.

DL: As you might know, Alexander Graham Bell was another Canadian born in Scotland. Are there any non-comedian historical figures that you revere with great passion, a figure that might inspire you?

CM: I’ve often been fascinated with people like Columbus or Magellan, these people who head out not knowing exactly where to, with some vague sort of goal in mind, but ending up somewhere totally different, sailing a world that they think is flat and could fall off the edge. It’s almost like improvising, except we’re never in any kind of mortal danger.

DL: Do you have a thirst for adventure, or are you a bit more sessile?

CM: I enjoy adventure in the grand sense of the word (going out, doing something I’ve never done before, going places I’ve never been). But, you know, climbing mountains or jumping out of planes, ehhh, no, not really.

DL: Will there be anything new that we might not expect with the return of Whose Line Is It Anyway?

CM: I don’t really know much about it except Ryan, Wayne, and I are doing it for sure, an improviser named Heather Campbell is doing it, and Aisha Tyler is hosting. So it’s nice that there’s actually women involved this time, so it will take some of the pressure off me.

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The Annual #4 Cover Concept

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David Luna tossed around a few concepts for the cover of The Annual #4. Here’s one of the two we didn’t use. The concept, similar to the chaos of our actual cover, occurs in outer space with the cast Whose Line performing for an extraterrestrial audience.

Whose Line is it Anyway? makes its long awaited return to television tonight at 8 (EST) on the CW.

Our interview with Colin Mochrie will be online tomorrow morning.

You can use the code “WHOSELINE” to get $2 off The Annual #4!

My Brush With Colin

Stephen Kadwell

I was in college. I had just been introduced to performing improv earlier that year – it is the first acting class you have to take at WMU. A friend of mine was starting an improv troupe on campus. Well, truth be told he was defecting from an improv troup on campus and starting another. Evidently the other troupe, Suspicious Pudding, was having some problems internally. I never really got the down-low. At any rate, we started our own troupe, Shallow Insight. Some day I’m going to write a compendium of improv troupe/group names. I imagine it will start with Aardvark Express and end with The Zip Zap Zoppers. At the time we thought we were pretty clever. Ok, I still think that.

I had watched the UK version of Whose Line is it Anyway so I was familiar with improv in that regard. My favorite, as I’m sure it is for many a Whose Line fan, was Colin Mochrie. I’ve never been a nut, just a fan. Even my passion for Star Trek: The Next Generation doesn’t bleed through into my everyday life. I wasn’t crazy obsessed, but I enjoyed (and still do) Colin’s style as he always makes me laugh. I did something I rarely do, something I’ve never done for any of the cast of ST:TNG. I wrote Colin a letter. I mentioned that I was a college student in love with improv and asked if he had any pointers for someone who wanted to make a go of it in that realm. I assumed it would be intercepted by his agent or some such, but I dropped it in the mail and waited.

Fast-forward a year and some months later. I don’t know the exact length of time, but it’s always seemed like a year – it was at least long enough for me to forget that I had sent any such letter to begin with. It was then that I got an envelope in the mail from Canada.  I could not, for the life of me, figure out who I knew in Canada. I thought about it all the way from the mailbox, up two flights of stairs, to my ground floor apartment. (the building was built into a hill). When I opened the envelope one solitary paper fell out. It was an autographed photo of Colin which read “Best Wishes, Stephan”. I bought a frame for it.

Fast-forward some eighteen or so years later. Kayla, my girlfriend, is also a Whose Line fan, though she geeks out a bit more than me. She’s on a quest to meet all of the performers. She bought us tickets to see Colin and Brad in Lakeland, FL. and to prepare for the adventure we watched the DVD of their show, which I recommend. Lakeland is a city between Orlando and Tampa that exists, I think, because it is between Orlando and Tampa. Up until my visit there, I had assumed its only claim to fame was a Publix that had been used in the filming of Edward Scissor Hands. I was mistaken. They also have a giant performing arts center that is attached to a basketball arena of some kind. The night we attended the performance, there were some sort of basketball finals going on. It wasn’t hard to tell who was attending which event and both cursed the other as we attempted to park.

The performance was nothing short of amazing. If you get a chance to see Colin and Brad live, you should. I imagine the rest of the crew is equally as talented live so go and see them as well. Or find some live improv wherever you may be, here in Chicago, Cook County Social Club is the group to see. (Though for entirely different reasons thanColin and Brad. It’s amazing how deep the art of improv is.) Kayla wanted to wait for Brad and Colin, so we skulked about the back doors of the theatre for while. We were about to give up when they emerged. I’m not sure how jet lagged they were but I do know they had done two performances that day and I’m familiar with how much an improv set can take out of you. They both looked exhausted and, if I’m not mistaken, they both sighed a little when they noticed that there were two more fans who wanted to meet them. Kayla just smiled and shook their hands, I did the talking. This wasn’t because I wasn’t allowing Kayla to speak, but rather because she was a little dumbstruck by finally meeting them. I said something to the effect of “We just wanted to shake your hands and tell you how great you did” and I mentioned a mentor of ours who was a friend of theirs. They eased a bit when they heard our mutual acquaintance’s name. For some reason the only other thing I could think to say was “Lakeland, huh?” To which, I’m fairly certain, they both replied “Yeah.” I think I sounded like an ass, though that wasn’t my intent. They did a hell of show and I have the greatest respect for both of them.

Someday I might try and get another autographed picture of Colin. One with my name spelled correctly. (I’m content to have one with my name on it, though that may have been added by his agency as well). Until then, the one I have will hang near my computer and remind me that, however unlikely, with enough talent you can earn a living doing the thing you love.

My Brush With Colin was published in The Annual #4 and can be purchased for $3 by using the code “WHOSELINE” this week!

Stephen Kadwell (an improvisor, asked to write a guest piece for our Improv Issue) is currently studying at the Second City conservatory as well as iO in Chicago. He performs with a yet to be named group and is a creative consultant for “Mommy” a two man sketch comedy team. He has a BA in Theatre from Western Michigan University and an M.Div from Asbury Theological Seminary in Orlando Florida. Improv and comedy are two of his passions. He accepts donations.

Whose Discount is it Anyway?

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On Tuesday, July 16th, Whose Line Is It Anyway? will make its much anticipated return to television. As many of you know, The Annual #4 features an exclusive interview with long-time cast member Colin Mochrie.

This week, we are celebrating the return of Whose Line and the previously mention interview by sharing three pieces from The Annual #4! But the fun doesn’t end there. For the entire week you can save $2 on The Annual #4 by using the code “WHOSELINE” at checkout. It’s a great deal for Whose Line fans, Improv fans, or anyone who likes comedy! Purchase your copy today!