By M.L. Zambrana – Scribd.Com – October 2010

      “I like Los Angeles and I like California most of all, and if you know anything about me, you know that I detest Elsewhere. That would be the rest of America, by the way…”

      With those words, comedian/actor Greg Proops opens up his latest comedy album, “Elsewhere.”

      “Elsewhere” was recorded at the Hollywood Improv in West Hollywood months earlier–I was in the audience that evening, tucked into a corner and reveling in the unique comedy style of one of America’s most individual performers–and the CD release show was held a short distance away at Largo at the Coronet on September 28, 2009.

      “The Greg Proops Chat Show,” a staple in the Largo schedule, was held in the “Little Room,” one of two performance spaces at the Coronet location. At the end of the show, after musician Jon Brion and comedians Laura Kightlinger and Dana Gould did their things, and following two segments of performances by Proops, the audience members received a free copy of “Elsewhere.”

      Greg Proops is best known for his numerous appearances on the UK and US versions of the comedy program, “Whose Line is it, Anyway?” and he has toured with his WL associates extensively throughout the U.S. and Canada. Improvisation and stand-up stand side-by-side in his talent bag, and Proops has performed stand-up comedy across the world and on television (“Comedy Central Presents,” “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson”). Proops is also known for his voice work on the children‘s show “Bob the Builder” and the Tim Burton film “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” For science- fiction fans, he is most familiar as the one of the voices of the pod racer announcers from “Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace.”

      The cardboard CD cover is primarily black, with two photographs of Greg Proops taken by Ellen Tunney. A yellowish-tinted photo of Proops is on the cover (holding the microphone in his standard way–road warrior style, with the cord looped through his fingers), and a bluish-toned profile shot of him on the back. Inside are Proops’ remarks “from the patio of solitude” where he offers up the names of those who “put up with my whims, caprices and erratic mood swings” in thanks for their support.

      The back cover lists the tracks “Elsewhere,” “East Coast,” “Atlantic City,” “Britney,” “Lindsay,” “Olsen Twins,” “Country Music,” “Phones, “Evel Knievel,” “Politics,” “Women” and “Hilary.”

      One of the pleasures of listening to Proops’ performance is that he weaves his material into one smooth stream of consciousness. Even when he mocks his own style and says, “’I like music,’ he said, because I have no segues…” to poke fun at his alleged inability to change topics, his skill says otherwise; the flow of his material carries listeners smoothly from mocking the Olsen Twins into the subject of music, and beyond.

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