Hey! It’s podcast time! This is important!
No, seriously, this is important. This is the one. The one we’ve been waiting for. Striving for. Dreaming of, even. Greg Proops. The Smartest Man in the World. Greg is known for being infallibly articulate, whipcrack fucking smart, and wildly freewheeling onstage. Whether doing improv on “Whose Line is It Anyway?”, performing solo on a standup stage, or, since 2010, recording his unbelievably popular weekly live podcast, The Smartest Man in the World, Greg is absolutely one of the best entertainers around. He’s a comic’s comic and an average man’s intellectual. And he knows some soul music, so he’s alright in our book.
Greg is rightfully looked up to by everyone- from comics, podcasters, industry professionals down to history buffs, stoners, and baseball nerds. Proops is an enduring icon in an endlessly overlapping Venn Diagram of cultures and subcultures. If you’ve listened to Smartest Man, you probably believe that he’s knowledgeable about everything. Negro baseball, 1970′s soul music, and Alexandrian Egyptian history; modern baseball, women’s rights, and…well…maybe not math…are ALL covered regularly by Greg on stages all over the world, night after night, in front of real audiences, interacting and laughing and sharing.
We first met Greg four years ago when we started our standup journey. We mercilessly cornered him after a late show at the old Tempe Improv, where we harangued and cajoled this intellectual everyman, trying to get kernels of advice that we could carry with us on our way as we gain our own experience onstage and in life. Much like that first encounter, we recorded this podcast in the green room of Stand Up Live in between shows when he was here doing a chunk of standup and podcast dates. You’ll get to hear us revisit that first conversation that we ever had with Greg in which we asked him about our idol Bill Hicks, and we talk extensively about podcasting, comedy, the history, the future, his beloved wife, and we even get into our very own special boring preachy part.
This whole podcast is very special and very dear to us. It means a lot to us that it finally happened, that Proops is a cool motherfucker and makes time to sit down and talk with a couple podcasting comic nobodies, toiling away in the desert, trying to make our own way in this comedy life- the way he did two decades ago, in a completely different era of show business, a completely different social landscape, and a completely different political world than the one we strive in and fight against now. Listen to Proops. He’s The Smartest Man in the World for a reason.
Go to The Proopinator’s very own website, where you can purchase his brand new special, “Greg Proops Live at Musso & Frank” for a mere $5, because Greg is an equanimous man of the people if nothing else.
Do also go and listen to his podcast, “The Smartest Man in the World,” as though your life depends on it. Because you never know, it might later on down the road.
Thanks for listening; keep coming out to shows and supporting the Live, Local, Gratitude-Filled Independent PHX Comedy Scene!