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Hypnosis and Improv Unite for Unique Comedy Experience at Heritage Center

By University Relations Staff

DUBUQUE, Iowa - Colin Mochrie's HYPROV with Master Hypnotist Asad Mecci will unite hypnosis and improv for a unique comedy experience at 8:00 p.m. Friday, October 15, 2021, in John and Alice Butler Hall, Heritage Center on the University of Dubuque campus. The performance is a Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series special event.

WHAT: Colin Mochrie's HYPROV with Master Hypnotist Asad Mecci, Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series
WHEN: 8:00 p.m. Friday, October 15, 2021
WHERE: John and Alice Butler Hall, Heritage Center, University of Dubuque



General Public: $32 and up
UD Faculty and Staff, Alumni, Parents of Current UD Students, Military, and Veterans: $27 and up
UD Students: $10

Ticket prices increase by $5.00 at midnight the day of the event.

It's Homecoming at the University of Dubuque! From the brilliant minds of improv legend Mochrie, of Whose Line is it Anyway, and master hypnotist Mecci comes a brand new, mind-blowing, jaw-dropping, side-splitting show. Twenty preselected volunteers will be put under hypnosis by Mecci and whittled down to five of the best. Then Mochrie will take the stage to improvise with the top five while they are still under hypnosis. HYPROV is an original and unforgettable theatrical experience, for who knows where the unconscious mind will go.

Mochrie is one of the most prolific improvisers today. He was a member of the Vancouver TheatreSports League and toured with The Second City comedy troupe. Mochrie spent eight years as a regular on the British TV show Whose Line Is It Anyway? until it ended in 1998. He joined the US version on ABC, appearing in every episode, and he continues with the current revival on the CW Network. Mochrie has toured the world with fellow Whose Line Is It Anyway? performer Brad Sherwood for the past 12 years, appears in The Second City Guide to Symphonies, and wrote his first collection of short stories, Not Quite the Classics. In 2014, Mochrie was named Canada's Comedy Person of the Year in 2013.

Mecci has captivated audiences worldwide. He has performed in front of 1.5 million people in-person and millions more through mass media. Mecci has appeared on Entertainment Tonight, MTV, Maxim Online, HGTV, YTV, and been written about in publications like The New York Times, Huffington Post, and Maxim Magazine. He has performed at Canada's Wonderland, Skydome, GE Theatre, and The Just for Laughs comedy festivals. He has been invited to entertain and motivate employees and management for major companies including Remax and IBM. When he's not performing, Mecci uses hypnosis to help people lose weight, reduce stress, and achieve peak performance.

This event is made possible through support from the John and Alice Butler Endowment for the Arts with additional assistance provided by Travel Dubuque.

Broadcast media support for this event is provided exclusively by Y105.

Tickets for Colin Mochrie's HYPROV with Master Hypnotist Asad Mecci can be purchased from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 90 minutes prior to events at the Farber Box Office, Heritage Center, University of Dubuque, 2255 Bennett Street; by phone at 563.585.SHOW; or online at

HYPROV can be added to a series ticket package at a discount. Patrons may choose four to seven additional fall semester events to customize a series ticket package at a discount between five to 20 percent. Other subscriber benefits include discounted companion tickets, priority seating, reduced fees, and payment plan options. Order forms are available online at and the Farber Box Office.

To request a season brochure, please call the Farber Box Office at 563.585.SHOW.