LOWELL -- Brad Sherwood isn't sure what he and Colin Mochrie will do tomorrow night when they take the Lowell Memorial Auditorium stage for Two Man Group, their improvisational comedy show at 8 p.m.
"We've been doing it for eight years and it's completely improvised, so we never know what will happen," Sherwood said by phone last week from Los Angeles.
He does know it will be fun and great to be on stage again with Mochrie, who enjoyed great success with their Emmy-nominated show on ABC's Whose Line Is It Anyway?
"He and I have so much in common -- we're left-handed, both wanted to be marine biologists growing up and we both have loud wives -- sort of like Lucille Ball -- while we're pretty shy," he said.
The two go out most weekends every spring, summer and fall and never have a disagreement when planning their shows.
"We see the world in similar ways and we love doing the improv since we don't have to do anything -- we're not much for scripted shows and we're really pretty lazy," he said.
The shows are pretty much audience-driven, he noted.
"The audience leads us and that's how it all starts. We take their suggestions and it goes from there," he said.
Besides the weekend gigs with Mochrie, Sherwood remains a cast member on Whose Line Is It Anyway? and has also appeared on The Drew Carey Show, The Green Screen Show and over 100 times with The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
Together, he and Mochrie are working on a reality show based on their lives and will be part of a new ABC show this summer Trust Us With Your Life, where Fred Willard interviews celebrities, then Sherwood and Mochrie improvise their lives.
"It's pretty goofy and positive," he said.
Tickets for Two Man Group with Sherwood and Mochrie start at $22 at the box office or call 978-454-2299 or www.lowellauditorium.com.
Girls Night Out: The Musical plays the LMA on Saturday at 8 p.m. The zany show follows five friends as they re-live their past, celebrate the present and look to the future on a wild night of karaoke. Audience members will recognize themselves in the hit songs of the '80s and '90s and want to sing along. The LMA has a couple of promotions going on for this show, including four tickets and four glasses of champagne for $149. Just use the promotional code "Champagne" when buying tickets on line, on the phone for at the box office for the deal. There's also a 10 percent off deal for groups of 15 or more. Tickets starts at $30.50 and are available at the box office, call 978-454-2299 or visit www.lowellauditorium.com.
Nancye Tuttle's email address is email@example.com. On the marquee
MRT NEWS: The Friends of MRT are staging its 2012 charity auction -- Spring Into Auction -- on May 10, 6-11 p.m. at the UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center. Susan Wornick of WCVB-TV, Channel 5, is the celebrity auctioneer. Tickets $65 at www.MerrimackRep.org or call 978-654-7552... About 100 seats are left to be named in the theater, which will be refurbished this summer. Starting with a $1,500 pledge over three years, donors can name a seat in honor of someone or with their own name and be included on the new glass donor wall in the lobby. The deadline to submit a name and make it onto the donor wall is May 14. Corporate sponsorships are also available. Visit the website or call the number above for info and a pledge form... MRT's production of Two Jews Walk into a War, by Seth Rozin, starring Will Lebow and Jerry Kissel and directed by Melia Bensussen, will be re-staged at the Geva Theatre in Rochester, N.Y. April 27-May 20. Tom Parrish, MRT's former managing director now in that role at Geva, put the wheels in motion to bring the MRT there.
IN THE WINGS: The Actors Shakespeare Project bring Troilus and Cressida to life at the Modern Theatre at Suffolk University April 25-May 20. Tina Packer, founding artistic director of Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, will direct. Visit www.actorsshakespeareproject.org for tickets and info.