Colin Mochrie and Asad Mecci bring their brand of entertainment to the Reilly Arts Center on Saturday

The excitement of improvisational comedy lies in interacting with the audience and “making something out of nothing,” according to Colin Mochrie, a master of the art.

You might want to familiarize yourself with the concept now, in case you end up onstage with Mochrie at the Reilly Arts Center on Saturday.

If you buy a ticket to “Hyprov: Improv Under Hypnosis,” that is a possibility.

Hyprov is the Canadian comedy pairing of Asad Mecci, a master hypnotist, and Mochrie, known to TV viewers as a performer on “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” a long-running program now airing on the CW network.

In a Hyprov show, Mecci takes volunteers from the audience at least 18 years old and puts them under hypnosis. From 20, he selects five he thinks are responding best. Mochrie then takes the stage and performs with them.

In a phone interview, Mochrie said the format puts him in “panic mode,” a state he embraces.

“When I’m working with other improvisers, even though we don’t know what the content is going to be, everyone trusts each other,” he said. “We follow each other. You feel it’s going to work out. I don’t have that guarantee with five people under hypnosis.”

So far, his hypnotized co-stars have performed well, according to Mochrie.

“There’s never been nothing but stiffs,” he said. “There’s always been someone who has risen to the occasion.”

Mochrie describes Hyprov as a “good, clean show,” suitable for all ages, that avoids politics; otherwise, just about everything is fair game.

“There’s a scene where someone has to propose to me, and I’ve had some very tender proposals with some very gentle kissing, which is always shocking,” he said.

With improv comes risk, but awkward moments have been rare, Mochrie said.

“We’ve had a couple of instances where Asad has had to take someone out of a trance,” he recalled. “We were doing a pet funeral and one of the subjects got really upset, so Asad had to gently take her out and take her back to her seat.”

Otherwise, about the worst that can happen is Mochrie and Mecci end up with five hypnotized subjects who aren’t terribly lively. But that’s good too, Mochrie said.

“That’s the beauty of improv,” he said. “If everything is going great, that’s wonderful. If everything isn’t, that’s also wonderful because there’s a lot more to play with. It gets your mind going.”

Mecci has about 20 years' experience in hypnotism and hypnotherapy related to stress management, weight loss and athletic performance. In 2013, he teamed with Brian Orser, two-time Olympic silver medalist from Canada, to develop a visualization app for figure skaters. Over the years, Mecci also developed a stage hypnosis show. He enrolled in an improv class at The Second City in Toronto to sharpen his skills.

Mecci said in a phone interview he got the idea for Hyprov as he studied there.

“I said ‘Wow, I know what they’re doing here,’” he recalled. “One of the terms they use is, ‘Get out of your head.’ What they are trying to say is, ‘We want unconscious material. We don’t want you to consciously construct the comedy.’”

Mecci said he pitched the idea for Hyprov to Mochrie’s management about four years ago “with a cold email.” Within days, they set up a meeting, where Mecci and Mochrie brainstormed.

“You know, one of the worst things you can do when you’re improvising is get comfortable,” Mochrie said. “And I thought, ‘Well, with this show, at no point will I ever be comfortable.’”

Mochrie and Mecci developed the concept in workshops at The Second City before taking the show out, with stops including the Just For Laughs festivals in Montreal and London and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Mochrie’s native Scotland.

According to Mochrie, he had little interest in hypnosis before meeting Mecci and has not yet been put in a trance himself.

“My only sort of exposure to hypnotism was in movies,” he said. “The hypnotists were usually evil, making people do bank heists and stuff. Asad and I haven’t gotten to that part yet in our partnership. Maybe it’s something we can take up later.”

For those who want to see the show but aren’t sure about being hypnotized, Mecci describes a trance state as “a normal, natural state of consciousness.”

“You cycle in and out of a trance state four times an hour daydreaming, for example,” he said. “There’s nothing to be worried about. It’s a lot of fun and you know, you might just experience another side of yourself up on stage.”

Mochrie said to expect an evening of entertainment that is “just plain goofy.”

“We’re there just to help you have fun and forget whatever is happening in the world at that moment,” he said.