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Greg Proops

It was fun to catch up with Greg Proops after a two-year absence.  His book, “The Smartest Book in the World” is now out on paperback.  We discussed the revolutionary changes made in the new edition, why it’s necessary comedians to have a distinct point of view, and translating the spoken word to the written page.  Plus:  insulting fellow comedian Dylan Brody and his most disliked interview questions.

 

Paul F. Tompkins on his “Crying and Driving” special

Paul F. Tompkins is one of the best stand-up comics working today, and also an amazing improv performer, especially the characters he plays on Comedy Bang! Bang! (Dame Sir Lord ALW, J.W. Stillwater, Cake Boss and more).   His new hour-long stand-up special “Paul F. Tompkins: Crying and Driving” airs this Saturday night at 11/10c on Comedy Central.  We discussed how the worlds of stand-up and improv should ideally intersect, the importance of honesty in comedy for both performer and audience member, and of course what kind of a show we’ll see on Saturday night.

Lauren Lapkus on her new show “Clipped”

You know the amazingly talented Lauren Lapkus from “Oranges: The New Black.”  She’s currently on cinema screens in “Jurassic World” and is also starring in TBS’s new hit comedy “Clipped,” which airs Tuesday nights at 10/9C.  In addition, she’s one of the funniest podcast performers ever.  We talked about her improv background in Chicago, how she develops her characters, and what we’ll see on Tuesday’s new episode of “Clipped.”  We also discuss a phrase she created with one of her characters on Comedy Bang! Bang! that almost got me fired when I quoted it (something involving Whitney Peeps and a “bloppy jay”). We’re good, though.  Lauren is the literal definition of “very funny.”

Greg Proops has written “The Smartest Book in the World”

Greg Proops Smartest BookGreg Proops called us up to talk about his new book “The Smartest Book in the World,” a spinoff of his “Smartest Man in the World” podcast.  We talked about whether or not the book has become self-aware, why smart people like to write about baseball, and how he may (or may not) have achieved the all-time “points” record on Chris Hardwick’s “@ Midnight” (11 Central).

Greg will be at the Up! Comedy Club in Chicago for a podcast taping on May 13, and at North Central College in Naperville for a book signing on May 14.  Details here.