The Telegraph: Greg Proops, Hay Festival, review 2014.05.27

Greg Proops’s Hay Festival show started brilliantly but ended up as an unnecessary political rant, says Rupert Hawksley [Read more here]

Rolling Stone: Listen Up: The 20 Best Comedy Podcast Right Now. ‘Greg Proops Is the Smartest Man in the World’ 2014.5.08

It turns out Whose Line Is It Anyway? only hinted at its former in-house player Greg Proops’ gift of gab, which is constantly on display in the weekly soliloquy he calls a “Proopscast.” [Read more here]

Static Beach: Greg Proops – The Smartest Man Alive 2014.3.06

Dive into the Ether… 

Los Angeles is host to so many talented comedians. 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. Amidst all these local talents is one comedian that you shouldn’t miss: the brazen, bold, and painfully debonair Greg Proops. [Read more here]

The Telegraph.co.uk: This week’s best podcasts: World Service Music Documentaries 2014.3.01

Once a month, the brilliantly acerbic American comic Greg Proops hosts a screening of one of his favourite films at a Los Angeles cinema and records a 45-minute-long preamble which he releases as this podcast. It’s a stimulating, regularly funny listen, especially if you’re familiar with the films under discussion – which range from Howard Hawks’s noir classic The Big Sleep to the surf-themed Keanu Reeves / Patrick Swayze vehicle, Point Break, to Woody Allen’s Annie Hall [Read more here]

WHATCULTURE.com: 8 Must-Listen Comedy Podcasts 2013.12.31

You probably remember Greg Proops from Who’s Line Is It, Anyway? 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. (“That’s gotta hurt!”) [Read more here]

InfoBarrel.com: Podcast Spotlight: The Smartest Man in the World Proopcast 2013.12.03

Kittens McTavish!  If you’ve never tuned in to the dulcet meaderings of the Proopster, Proopmaster, Prooptacular One, Proopnosticator of Proopitude, or… nope, I just Prooped out of monikers (but, trust me, there are several more), then it may be difficult to convey the type of electrifying, off-beat, vodka drenched, thought provoking, fun, depressing but in a good way, uplifting, irreverent, topical, exhilerating, political, satirical, scholarly, profane, unrelenting show this is. [Read more here]

Laughspin: The Gospel of Greg Proops: A selection of truths, as heard on The Smartest Man in the World 2013.07.18

In a world full of windbags, comedian Greg Proops is a deep puff of fresh air. Every week his Vodcast, The Smartest Man in the World takes to the aether to remind us that not all middle-aged white men are gynophobic power whores. [Read more here]

Irish GAZETTE: Improviser, Comedian, Podcast genius returns to Dublin stage
2013.07.18

Beloved comedian, actor and podcaster Greg Proops is making a welcome return to Ireland in the coming weeks, with appearances at the Galway Arts Festival and the Vodafone Comedy Festival at the Iveagh Gardens on July 27. [Read more here]

CAVE Interview Series: Greg Proops
2013.05.28 Cavemag.com

Improv comedian Greg Proops is perhaps best known for his regular appearances on Whose Line Is It Anyway?

But his storied career also includes voice work for Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace and Bob the Builder, as well as many other film and television projects. [Read more here]

Greg Proops is the Smartest Man in the World: Live Podcast Taping at The Bell House
2013.01.21 LocalBozo

The Greg Proops you may know from his tenure on the American version of “Whose Line Is It Anyway” is simply only one dimension of a truly remarkable and highly intelligent comedian and entertainer. 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. “Greg Proops is The Smartest Man In The World” features the spectacle wearing funny man as a one man band of sorts, sprouting out deliciously layered monologues going in a thousand different fantastic directions. On Saturday, Greg brought the popular podcast to Brooklyn’s The Bell House for a live taping. The LocalBozo comedy crew was front and center, ready to digest every nuance Proops would produce. [Read more here]

Greg Proops talks San Carlos, “Midnight Caller” and Kiss at the Cow Palace
2013.01 SFGate.com

I’ve been wanting to interview Greg Proops for a while. He grew up in San Carlos, came up in the 1980s San Francisco comedy scene, improved on “Whose Line,” voiced Bob the Builder and once appeared on a “Midnight Caller” episode. [Read more here]

Greg Proops looks forward to Sketchfest
2013.01.20 San Francisco Chronicle

What started as a quick sound bite-filled conversation about SF Sketchfest has detoured down the Greg Proops rabbit hole. The comedian riffs humorously for nearly four minutes about KSFO radio hosts of the 1970s. Six minutes, 15 seconds covers the now-defunct Circle Star Theater. [Read more here]

Greg Proops- The Smartest Man in the World Podcast. The Thinking man’s way to Laugh
2012.12.11 Monkey Simple Tech

Podcasting is not as popular as it should be and that is a shame.

I try to explain podcasts to my friends (“It’s like grown up radio without commercials”) and all I get back are glassy-eyed stares. I really try to explain the eco-system that allows niche podcasts to flourish alongside more mainstream offerings most of us are familiar with and used to hearing like Adam Carolla, Leo Laporte and The Mike O’Meara Show. [Read more here]

The Smartest Man In The World Spins Pop Culture Brilliance & Cult Comedy At Cinefamily
2012.09.06

Not content to be a pioneer in the contemporary reinvention of radio known as the podcasting scene, comedian and dangerous free-thinker Greg Proops has decided to make his mark on cinema as well. But not by producing films; no, a look at his extensive tour schedule is evidence that he’s much too busy for that. [Read more here]

Greg ProopsNatural storyteller paints even overhashed topics a new shade of funny
2012.08.23 Edinburgh Festival Guide

Greg Proops is rambling (‘If there’s any critics in – fuck you. Why did you come on a Sunday night?’ Colour me chastised.) He finds tangents and embraces them, drawling on about the Scottish accent and his inability to understand that old chestnut: the ‘salt ‘n’ sauce’ dilemma. [Read more here]

Festival preview: Greg Proops, comedian
2012.08.14 Scotsman.com

GREG Proops is back at the Fringe, ready to prove what anyone who has downloaded his podcasts already knows – that he’s the smartest man in the world. [Read more here]

Q&A with Comedian Greg Proops: On the Best S.F. Haunts and Fuckin’ Kindles
2012.08.02 SF Weekly – San Francisco, CA

Stand-up legend Greg Proops (most familiarly of both the British and American versions of Whose Line Is It, Anyway?) returns to San Francisco three or four times every year. 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
2012.07 – via: 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. [Read more here]

Greg Proops, ‘The Smartest Man In The World,’ Heads To D.C. Improv
2012.06.06 Huffington Post – Washington D.C.

WASHINGTON — The Smartest Man in the World understands the joke. The podcaster, stand up, improvisor and actor Greg Proops started his podcast, “The Smartest Man in the World” in 2010. [Read more here]

Always Smart, Never Boring
2012.05 LA Lookout – Los Angeles, CA

Comedian and one-man-talk-show host/guest Greg Proops is the heady, spirit-sipping philosopher friend you always wished you had, but never had the time or intellect to sustain. [Read more here]

The Reasons I love Greg Proops
2012.05 Dave Burton’s Blog – Australia

Greg Proops’ podcast is like an olive. It’s sharp, insulting, disorganised and inconsistent. And it’s marvellous. [Read more here]

Comedy Stand up: Greg Proops
2012.04.11 Flavor Pill – Chicago

With his cockeyed smirk and rectangular eyeglass frames, Greg Proops has the perfect look to match his bitchy sophisticate persona. [Read more here]

Greg Proops at Soho Theatre
2012.03.23 Chortle, The UK comedy guide

He’s still best known as an improviser from the Nineties, but in his modern stand-up guise, Greg Proops is a jackhammer of sarcasm, driving away relentlessly in his attempts to crack the hard ground of first-world complacency. [Read more here]

Podcast Review: The Smartest Man in the World
2012.03.15 Groove Guide

Sometimes you need a break from looking up nougat on Wikipedia, trying to figure out why your Snickers tasted so great. After all that hard work, it’s a good idea to lie down on the couch and recover. A worthy companion for your rehabilitation is Greg Proops, The Smartest Man in the World. [Read more here]

Smarter than the average comic…
2012.03.10 Herald Scotland

How did a quiffed light-hearted improv nerd from San Francisco become the abrasive voice of reason? 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. [Read more here]

SXSW Comedy Announces Podcast Lineup: ‘WTF With Marc Maron,’ Doug Benson And More
2012.02.06 Huffington Post

South By Southwest, the wide-ranging media festival held in Austin, TX in March, has announced its planned live comedy podcast tapings for 2012. In addition to several returning podcasts, the festival is expanding its Comedy lineup to eight live podcast recordings. SXSW Comedy will be held continuously from March 10 – 17 this year. [ Read more here]

SF Sketchfest: Proops, Pepitone, Peretti — and (Surprise!) Robin Williams — Master Set List
2012.01.30 San Francisco Weekly

“Bay Area native and podcaster supreme Greg Proops (he of Whose Line is it Anyway?) worked through his set sketch-style, improvising multi-character scenarios for several of his topics… ” [Read more here]

2011.12.10 ifc

“…He’s funny, he’s eloquent without being afraid of profanity, and he’s fervently political…” [Read more here]

2011.11.27 new york magazine

“…Greg Proopss Top Five Podcasts You Aren’t Listening To…” [Read more here]

2011.11.25 timeout london

“…an overwhelming number of comedy shows to choose from in London…” [Read more here]

2011.11.27 the uk independent

“…the king of improv Greg Proops, at least, should be able to show how it’s done…” [Read more here]

2011.11.14 i am rogue

“…now the comedian…has truly found his voice with his groundbreaking weekly podcast The Smartest Man in the World…” [Read more here]

2011.10.21 usa today

“…I’m kind of obsessed…[Proops] manages to throw out about 213 topics in the span of about an hour…” [Read more here]

2011.09.29 the hollywood reporter

“…fans that follow comedy have turned to podcasts in the millions and are devoted to it…” [Read more here]

2011.09.19 Beck/Smith Hollywood

“…Greg Proops has quickly become a master of another new medium with his The Smartest Man in the World podcast …” [Read more here]

2011.09.14 geek chic daily

“…The IQ at NerdMelt just ticked up a few dozen points, because comedian Greg Proops has decided to …” [Read more here]

2011.08.24 timeout london

“…Is there anything in comedy that Greg Proops hasn’t done? The San Franciscan comic has performed improv, sketch and stand-up, been in …” [Read more here]

2011.08.08 sfweekly

“…It’s hard to imagine a comedy performance more energetic or well received than Greg Proops’ late show Friday night at the Punch Line…” [Read more here]

2011.07.30 chortle.co.uk

“…Greg Proops showed exactly what this format was capable of Ð as well he might, given his 437-year career as a top improviser…” [Read more here]

2011.06.18 buzzinetv.com

“…David Feldman and Greg Proops sat down to talk podcasts, stand-up, and improv, as well as why…” [Read more here]

2011.04.06 Rolling Stone

“…Here [Greg] is…in front of a live audience each week, bravely recording some of the boldest comedy on the podcasting frontier right now…” [Read more here]

2011.06.09 The Ploplist

“…the show flows like a love letter to tangents. Greg Proops is one of the best improvisers and compliments those skills on the show with …” [Read more here]

2011.04.06 Sydney Morning Herald

“…Greg Proops is an American who doesn’t hold back. Not on stage, not on radio and not on television. Nor is the telephone a platform Proops thinks is suited to restraint…” [Read more here]

2010.08.18 thestranger.com

“…earlier this year, I watched Proops perform in a tiny, dim lounge in Los AngelesÑa swift, breathless, blistering, 30-minute rant that somehow swept the entire universe of pop culture (cocksucking, cocaine, Kardashians) into one perfect moment of performance art…” [Read more here]

2010.02.05 starwars.com

“…While many fans might recognize Proops from his improv hijinks on both the US and UK versions of the celeb game show Who’s Line Is It Anyway?, as well as the UK game shows Space Cadets and Mock the Week, Proops has an impressive list of credits with voice acting roles in…” [Read more here]

2010.01.21 SFWeekly.com

“I was pretty sure I was on Team Conan, but I may have flipped to Team Proops…Proops has a fun, ranty, self-deprecating, flamboyant, quick comedy style with depth, range, and most importantly, great jokes…” [Read more here]

2009.10.09 Punchline Magazine Online – Review of “Elsewhere” CD

“The Great White Snark, Greg Proops, seizes pop culture in his jaw and punctures suck-up politicans, effed-up celebs and clueless civilians on Elsewhere, his furiously funny new CD…” [Read more here]

Time Out – Paris

“Underpinned by a wry intelligence, Proops is one of those rare comedians who can be silly all the time without becoming irritating.”

Filter Magazine

“I am a touring comedian. I have no road manager, no posse, no midget. Just my scibbled notes and me. Rather than write everything down in a handsome Moroccan-bound ledger, I have developed a system…” [Read more here]

2009.03.25 Decider – Chicago

“Greg Proops is probably still best remembered as the bespectacled and loud-shirt-wearing performer from both the British and American iterations of Whose Line Is It Anyway?, the improvisational “game show” that was…” [Read more here]

2009.04.26 LAist – Los Angeles

“Who does he think attends the Greg Proops Chat show, if not smart ass goobers? (For anyone who is offended by that, know that I include myself in this category.) So instead he chose the…” [Read more here]

2009.03.19 Rolling Stone – USA

“Best known for his improv work, a recurring role on Nickelodeon’s True Jackson, VP, and guest stints on shows like Flight of the Conchords, Proops is hosting a monthly Chat Show at the recently relocated Largo, and asking friends to…” [Read more here]

2008.11.08 The LA Times – Los Angeles

“…Max, the head of Mad (please, please let Mad Max be intentional) is played deliciously by Greg Proops (“Whose Line Is It Anyway?”). He takes one look at True and hires her On The Spot…” [Read more here]

2008.07.01 The Comic’s Comic – Internet

“You probably recognize Greg Proops from his years improvising on TV in both the U.K. and U.S. in Whose Line is it Anyway? Some of you may remember Proops from hosting a TV dating show called Rendez-View. Or maybe…” [Read more here]

2008.03.03 Metromix – Los Angeles

“Not to totally generalize, but why do people from San Francisco complain so much about L.A.? And can I do anything to make them shut their squawking…” [Read more here]

2008.02.18 Punchline Magazine Online

“You probably recognize Greg Proops from his years improvising on TV in both the U.K. and U.S. in Whose Line is it Anyway? Some of you may remember Proops from hosting a TV dating show called Rendez-View. Or maybe…” [Read more here]

2008.01.11 LAist – Los Angeles

“The always dapper Greg Proops is at the Hollywood Improv. Whose Line Is It Anyway? was the mass media vehicle to inform all of us that Greg Proops is a gentleman and a scholar but that…” [Read more here]

2007.08.23 LA Weekly – Los Angeles

“L.A.Õs best-dressed comic (sorry, Paul F. Tompkins) brings his chat show to the cozy confines of Largo for more smart talk with guests Drew Carey, David Palmer and Greg Behrendt…” [Read more here]

2006.11.29 Drink, Joke, Woman – Esquire Magazine

“Proops, as it turned out, is the funniest man in L.A., with kinda retro hair and glasses and an interesting voice and mannerisms that kept it interesting the entire time he was onstage — superenergetic with a witty, intelligent kind of observational humor…” [Read more here]

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