Royal Flush Improv is returning to Blyth with the same local flare as the group’s November performance, but a little more star power.
Canadian comedic royalty Colin Mochrie, and his equally accomplished wife Debra McGrath, will be in Blyth for the May 9 show at Memorial Hall.
Organizer Nug Nahrgang, a Clinton native who worked as an usher at the Blyth Festival in his younger years, says it was his intention to bring Mochrie and McGrath to Blyth for the group’s first show late last year, but at the last second, the pair had to pull out.
Mochrie, a veteran of Second City, became famous as a regular cast member of Whose Line Is It Anyway? both in the United States and in Britain. He has also appeared on This Hour Has 22 Minutes, The Drew Carey Show, Little Mosque On The Prairie and he hosted the Canadian version of Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?
McGrath also began her career with Second City and became a regular cast member of Little Mosque On The Prairie.
In an interview with The Citizen, Nahrgang said Mochrie had been looking forward to performing in Blyth last year and apologized profusely when he had to cancel.
Mochrie had to cancel, Nahrgang said, because the American version of Whose Line Is It Anyway? was picked up for another season, and Mochrie had to fly to Los Angeles nearly immediately to begin filming.
“He said he was so sorry and he said he was on board for the next time,” Nahrgang said.
Nahrgang and Mochrie are not strangers, Nahrgang says, far from it.
After performing together a number of time through Second City, the pair have developed a relationship where, Nahrgang says, if he calls Mochrie, he knows he’ll pick up the phone.
Nahrgang has also welcomed Mochrie as a guest on Illusionoid, Nahrgang’s performance-based podcast.
In addition to Mochrie, McGrath and himself, Nahrgang will be returning with the same cast he brought to Blyth late last year, which included Bluevale native and Brussels Public and F.E. Madill Secondary Schools graduate Mandy Sellers.
Immediately after the success of November’s show, both Nahrgang and Sellers knew they wanted to return to Blyth in 2014.
“It was such a good time,” Nahrgang said. “I think we all had a blast.”
Nahrgang recalls the snowstorm on that weekend, saying there were questions as to whether the show was going to be cancelled or not, but he knew the cast had to forge on.
Sellers says she and Nahrgang, both being Huron County natives, were able to play to the crowd and make local references that really resonated with the audience.
She said she heard nothing but nice things from audience members after the show, whether they were members of her family or not.