Colin Mochrie, famed improv comedian of TV series Whose Line is it, Anyway?, has teamed up with documentary filmmaker Sean A. Mulvihill (Living Luminaries: On the Serious Business of Happiness) on documentary feature film Act Social. Produced by New York City’s Exuberant Theatre Company, the project will premiere on actsocialfilm.com in November 2020 with a subsequent release on Amazon Prime in early 2021. The film looks at Mochrie’s brain with fMRI technology and explores new scientific research that suggests improvisation training can be harnessed by non-artists to thrive in a fast-changing world.
Act Social explores the world of applied improvisation which is used by trainers worldwide to educate team members at organizations like Google, Apple, and State Legislative Leaders Foundation. The coaches use improv theatre games to teach advanced communication practices, creativity, and public speaking.
Film follows Mulvihill’s journey tracing the history of improv from its roots in early 1900s social work in Chicago all the way up to its explosive success with Saturday Night Live in the 1970s. Also interviewed are original SNL writer Anne Beatts and Chicago improv comedy legends Mick Napier and Susan Messing.