Interview: Rarely Asked Questions – Greg Proops

Greg Proops is a bit of a legend. The smart-suited American is a terrific stand-up comedian but may be better known as a master of improvisation. He first made his name in the UK as a regular performer on C4’s Whose Line Is It Anyway? You name it, he can make it funny. Later this month he joins that other great improv institution, The Comedy Store Players – Richard Vranch, Lee Simpson, Andy Smart, Neil Mullarkey and Josie Lawrence – when they play their 20th annual gig at the Globe Theatre. And if you can’t see them there you can always catch them at The Comedy Store on Sundays and Wednesdays (often with Paul Merton), though we cannot guarantee the magnificently quiffed Mr Proops will be in that line-up. One place you can always catch the Proopster though is on his very own hit podcast, The Smartest Man In The World. Listen here. Did I say bit of a legend? Scrub that. Greg Proops is a total legend.

Buy tickets for the Globe Theatre on Monday, April 24 here.  



1. What is the last thing you do before you go onstage (apart from check your flies and/or check your knickers aren't sticking out of your skirt and check for spinach between your teeth)?

Fly check and breathe in the creative ether swirling all about.

2. What irritates you?

Stupidity I can stand. Wilfull ignorance and hate fuck me off. Being racist, sexist and homophobic are not political positions, it is just being a horrible person.

3. What is the most dangerous thing you have ever done?

Physically? Swim in the Green Lagoon in Capri as I cannot see a goddamn thing. Emotionally tell my Dad to fuck off. He deserved it.

4. What is the most stupid thing you have ever done?

Wait to get married.

5. What has surprised you the most during your career in comedy?

The love I have of podcasting and the love I have received because of it. After 30 years I did not anticipate how profoundly it would change my outlook.

Interview continues here.

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