Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday - Not QUITE The Classics

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

Not QUITE The Classics by Colin Mochrie
October 22nd 2013 by Viking Canada

Where the art of improvisation meets the art of literature.

Based on the improv game First Line, Last Line, Colin Mochrie of Whose Line is it Anyway? fame, puts a unique spin on works of classic literature. Taking the first line and last line from classic books and poems, Colin recasts these familiar stories in his own trademark offbeat style: 

- A verbose coyote becomes the star of A TALE OF TWO CRITTERS
- Ishmael is a struggling actor hunting for a good hair day in MOBY
- A rainy day at home becomes a zombie-killing adventure in THE CAT AND MY DAD
- Mighty Casey strikes out again in CASEY AT THE BAR

These stories, and many more, prove that no literary masterpiece is too big, or too small, for the improvisational comedy treatment.


Yes, it's a bit of an odd pick for me, but Colin Mochrie is the king of Canadian improv (having starred in both the US and UK versions of Whose Line Is It Anyway),and it's been a long time since I read anything really funny. Continuing in the long literary tradition of such greats as Rick Mercer and Red Green, this should be a sure-fire winner. Can't wait for this!

6 comments:

  1. Mochrie is hilarious. He and Stiles ruled Whose Line is it Anyway.

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    1. and they still rule Whose Line is it Anyway.

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  2. I love Colin Mochrie. I actually had the pleasure of sitting next to him and played blackjack once,he was a bit shy :-)
    Here's my pick

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    1. http://moniquesmobooks.blogspot.ca/2013/09/waiting-on-wednesday-16-wit-wisdom-of.html

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  3. Oh nice! Loved watching this guy on Whose Line is it Anyway!

    Here's my WoW

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

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  4. I am not familiar with this gentleman, but the concept of the book sounds really fun. Here in U.S. my daughter said there was another host, Drew Carey. Besides the point, the book should be a good read for you--enjoy!

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