Armed with a lifetime of accumulated trivia, reckless tales of youthful adventure, exquisite diction, and an unflappable comic pomposity, Proops dissects both consequential and ridiculous news items while unburdening whatever is bothering him.
Greg Proops still feels at home in San Francisco He may not actually be the smartest man in the world, but Greg Proops has a near-photographic memory for the San Francisco comedy scene of the past.
Open Road Nabs U. The smart-suited American is a terrific stand-up comedian but may be better known as a master of improvisation. I am a super fan, and had the most lovely occasion to talk to him in advance of his arrival this year. When I studied improv in Vancouver, I much preferred long-form, where a suggestion is taken and extrapolated into longer scenes and woven narrative stories. I actually honed my skills as a photographer by avoiding playing short form at an improv open-mic, opting out of the games to take pictures of my fellow improvisers, before performing a long-form set in the second half with my group.
Here are some of their great suggestions. Age of disbelief Anyone who believes in Santa Claus, still writes letters to and receives letters from Santa Claus, or would prefer not to hear stories about how other people came to believe that there was no Santa Claus, should be warned that, um, stuff is about to be said that might change the way they feel about, you know, Santa Claus]. From nationally acclaimed troupes like Upright Citizens Brigade and The Groundlings where comedic veterans like Amy Poehler, Will Ferrell, Phil Hartman, and Maya Rudolph got their start to thriving spots like Nerdmelt, great comedians can be found almost anywhere.
World Service Music Documentaries He was the guy dressed in black with the cool glasses and hair that would have made him a runner-up to play the next Doctor. He was on both the UK and American versions of the show, and was later cast as one half of the two-headed podrace announcer in The Phantom Menace. The Smartest Man in the World Proopcast A selection of truths, as heard on The Smartest Man in the World The Phantom Menace and Bob the Builder, as well as many other film and television projects.
Over the past year, Proops stretched and worked out his other talent muscles as the host and creator of a podcast that truly is his namesake. The LocalBozo comedy crew was front and center, ready to digest every nuance Proops would produce. The comedian riffs humorously for nearly four minutes about KSFO radio hosts of the s. Why did you come on a Sunday night? He finds tangents and embraces them, drawling on about the Scottish accent and his inability to understand that old chestnut: Greg Proops, comedian On the Best S.
Although born and raised in San Carlos, Proops spent his formative years as a comedian here, and, as he will tell you, the city is forever an important part of his life [ Read more here ] The Smartest Man In The World Meadow Muffins of the Mind Blog. As we have touched on in this space from time to time, comedy podcasting has started to become a more vital part of my commuting and listening rotation.
The Smartest Man in the World Jay Richardson talks to Greg Proops as he prepares to hit the Glasgow Comedy Festival Last August, as rioters set English cities ablaze, comedians addressing the violence were conspicuous by their absence. In addition to several returning podcasts, the festival is expanding its Comedy lineup to eight live podcast recordings. Proops, Pepitone, Peretti — and Surprise!
Not on stage, not on radio and not on television. I have no road manager, no posse, no midget. Just my scibbled notes and me. For anyone who is offended by that, know that I include myself in this category. Whose Line Is It Anyway? Live, Adelphi Theatre, review: The live version of the Channel 4 hit mainlines nostalgia, but backs it up with big laughs and a generous, unpretentious spirit.