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Yew Restaurant and Lounge in Four Seasons Vancouver and Colin Mochrie Urban Improv with Ryan Stiles


By Catherine "Cat" Barr

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Comedians Colin Mochrie and Ryan Stiles were best friends long before they landed their star-making roles on the Drew Carey Show. Their 20-year friendship goes way back to the days when both were struggling actors here in Vancouver doing improv comedy. Last week, this dynamic duo paid homage to their adopted home town with a special appearance at Ten Years of Urban Improv at Kisilano's Chivana restaurant. Organizer/actor Roman Danylo and friends were extra pleased to find that Stiles, who was not scheduled to appear, heard about the show through his mom and drove up from the U.S. as an added surprise guest. Meanwhile, Vancouver's Four Seasons Hotel unveiled their new Yew Restaurant + Bar. This place gives Zen a whole new kind of zip with a raw bar, panini bar and 150 wines by the glass. It's also home to one of my favourite brunches of all time - La Boqueria – a Latin-inspired, hand crafted masterpiece featuring exotic meats, jellies, jams and a fresh egg/omlette cookery to die for. Try it - "yew'll" love it.

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colinmocherieimprov_028 Drew Carey star Ryan Stiles, left, is a surprise addition to the Urban Improv Ten Year lineup, much to the delight of actor Roman Danylo.
colinmocherieimprov_030 Award-winning improv actress Diana Frances is thrilled to share the stage with alumnus Colin Mochrie who now hosts Are You Smarter Than A Canadian 5th Grader?.
colinmocherieimprov_032 No wimps here as Toby Berner, left, and Drew McCreadie boldly take on audience challenges at Ten Years of Urban Improv.
yewrestaurant_001 No, you haven't had too much to drink. There really are mermaids on the bar at the opening of Yew.
yewrestaurant_003 Restaurant chef Stephen Clark serves up scrumptuous samples and seafood at the opening of Yew.
yewrestaurant_005 Holt Renfrew models Britta Bentz, left, and Megan Kaptein cuddle up to Four Seasons Executive Chef Rafael Gonzalez at the opening of Yew.
yewrestaurant_007 Four Seasons GM Guy Rigby looks red hot between Holt Renfrew models Stephanie Twarog, left, and Tiara Sorensen.
yewrestaurant_009 CTV-9 Olympic reporter Mike Killeen and wife Jill are among the VIPs at the opening of Yew.
yewrestaurant_010 Food stylist Nathan Fong escorts friend Jean-Francois Jutras to the opening of Yew.
yewrestaurant_015 Hey ladies, handsome barman Justin Taylor is new to town and will gladly pour you a glass of one of the 150 wines offered at Yew.
yewrestaurant_025 Global TV news anchor Chris Gailus and wife Jane get a chance to sip and sample at the opening of Yew.



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