Interview: Rarely Asked Questions – Greg Proops: Page 2 of 2

6. What do your parents/children (delete as applicable) think of your job?

My parents are quite dead, which is a good thing. My children don’t exist so they love it.

7. What’s the worst thing about being a comedian?

My eating habits. Burgers and late night candy.

8. I think you are very good at what you do (that’s why I’m asking these questions). What do you think of you?

I think within my limits I am very good. I cannot be George Carlin, my idol, but I can be a good version of Greg.

9. How much do you earn and how much would you like to earn?

Lots considering, but it is horrible how not rich I am considering how long I have done this.

10. How important is luck in terms of career success – have you had lucky breaks?

Getting on Whose Line is the luckiest thing that ever happened in my career. I have been allowed to go around the world because of it. The TV show is still on. I am in several current groups with it. Whose Live Anyway with Ryan Stiles. The Comedy Store Players in London and we did the West End the last two years with a live show. I never thought it would be this enduring. The podcast is my other big break. It has enabled me to go everywhere and do everything without agents, meetings or showbiz. Heaven.

11. Alan Davies has said that comedians fall into two categories - golfers and self-harmers. The former just get on with life, the latter are tortured artists. Which are you – or do you think you fit into a third category?

Tortured over my own inadequacy. I hate golf and think it is a privileged white man thing. It makes me sick. Waste of space and resources.

12. Who is your favourite person ever and why – not including family or friends or other comedians?

Toughie, I need to think about that one. I love Bill Hicks but I knew him. I love Hillary Clinton for being so brave and accomplished.

13. Do you keep your drawers tidy and if not why not? (please think long and hard about this question, it's to settle an argument with my girlfriend. The future of our relationship could depend on your response).

I do, I am so anal I am actually going to clean up my pajama drawer right now. Is that sad?


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