Whose Line Is It Anyway comedian Greg Proops on Trump and diversity in comedy
Regular from the show comedian Greg Proops comes to India for the Black Dog Easy Evening, and we get an exclusive interview with him. Proops has worked on both the UK version of the show, hosted by Clive Anderson, as well as the US version, hosted by Drew Carey. Apart from his comedy, Greg is also known to be the voice of cartoon Bob the Builder.
Since you’ve worked in Britain, how much of British comedy inspires your own style?
Quite a lot. I’m considered a somewhat sarcastic comedian in the US but because English people are so cynical, I’m considered an optimist there. I love Peter Cook, Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders and Phill Jupitus.
How would you define the differences between British and American comedy?
I think American audiences are a little rowdier whereas British crowds stop laughing after the punchline, but I love them both.
Clive Anderson vs Drew Carey?
Clive Anderson is very arch and snarky, Drew is a regular dude. Clive is strict and used to whip us with a piece of leather soaked in brine and Drew was a cuddle bunny. I just worked with Clive in Edinburgh and it reminded me that Drew was my favourite.
Tell us about your podcast, The Smartest Man in the World.
It’s a weekly affair that my wife and I put out. It’s a labor of love and
it gives me a chance to talk about the things that are important to me like feminism, history, politics, music and literature.
Politically tense times always make for great comedy fodder. Do you think it’s easier or more difficult for comedians in such times?
I wish it was easier. I wish that the politics in the US were more settled. It’s not exactly a dream come true. It’s tough to try to be funny in the face of Mango Mussolini.
What is the next big thing in comedy?
I think the rise of women and people of colour is the most exciting trend. They’re getting to be heard the way white guys always were. Diversity makes for better comedy.
What can we expect from this two-city tour?
We’re going to do our improv show. Expect audience involvement. We’ll be bringing lots of people up from the audience, so if you don’t like the show…it’s your fault.
December 16, 6 pm. At Manpho Convention Centre, Nagawara. Tickets (Rs. 750 upwards) on ticketgenie.in