A Quick Chat with Donnybrook Bestie Greg Proops!

Of Course the Smartest Site in the World hangs with the Smartest Man in the World – Would you Expect Anything Less?

Greg Proops. He is a raconteur, a worldly scholar and a veritable man about town. First seen by most in the 90’s as a regular cast member on the seminal improv comedy show Whose Line Is It Anyway?, the dapper verbal assassin now hosts his own podcast aptly titled “The Smartest Man in the World.” In it, sipping on a bottomless glass of vodka rocks, Mr. Proops opines on current events, societal issues and the human condition.

As the Comedy Envoy for Donnybrook, I reached out to Mr. Proops so that you all could catch an albeit quick glimpse into the mind of the self-appointed but none-disputed Smartest Man in the World.

MS: There seems to be a rumbling among comics that small clubs are no longer “safe” to work out new material in. Do you think there is any truth to this?

GP: Anywhere is safe if you are funny.

How do you feel that technology in the hands of the audience has changed performing?

The phone has empowered everyone to be an intrusive douche.

What is the single most egregious transgression a person can make at a Greg Proops show?

Talk while I am speaking.

Which audience has more potential to be insufferable: college kids or Vegas crowds?

Anyone male under 30 wearing a cap acting drunk is danger to me.

From the onset, comedy podcast hosts wondered how they would monetize their shows and many still do. How does Greg Proops approach his podcast in this regard?

I am not making a living from the podcast. This keeps me honest. Everything worthwhile does not need to be monetized.

Why does Greg Proops think there are so few women in stand-up comedy in relation to men?

Men are free to say what they like.

Recently you’ve spoken at some length about the injustice facing three of the women from the Russian punk band Pussy Riot. What do you think is going to happen to them going forward?

I hope they become spokespeople for freedom of speech after their incarceration.

Seattle or Portland? Caveat: Remove Voodoo Doughnuts from the equation.

Seattle for the junkies and fun.

Listeners can find The Smartest Man in the World by subscribing on iTunes or by visiting the official Greg Proops website. The fanciful musings of Mr. Proops can also followed on Twitter.


About the Author

Maximillian Archimedes Stoneburner

Darius Schwarz, aka Maximillian Archimedes Stoneburner, is a Contributing Editor at The Donnybrook Writing Academy. Conceived under a baccarat table on a train to Monte Carlo and born during an ill-fated museum heist, Maximilian won the World Snooker Championship at 5, sings Frank Sinatra's My Way in every known language and spends his off hours officiating the weddings of various celebrities and foreign dignitaries. Follow Darius on Twitter and Facebook.

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2 Comments on "A Quick Chat with Donnybrook Bestie Greg Proops!"

  1. Richter von Deaton September 5, 2012 at 3:53 pm · Reply

    I love him. You just know he spent his entire childhood being called “Greg Poops”.

  2. Olive Duster January 13, 2013 at 7:56 pm · Reply

    Greg is my secret boyfriend. Last year, he sent me an autographed headshot for my office. Whenever I look at it, I get jealous of myself. Way to score this interview! Buy a Man Grate!!!

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