By Morgan Johnson – RedAndBlack.Com – November 30th, 2011

      Greg Proops was bred for comedy.

      Before achieving fame as a star on “Whose Line is it Anyway?,” Proops’ comedic chops were being flexed on an Arizona playground.

      “I was always outside because I got in trouble all the time joking about the teacher,” he said. “I’ve always known that I wanted to be performing — I have no other skills. I can’t even type, really.”

      With a lack of professional skills, Proops turned his ability to make others laugh into a career of its own — becoming seasoned in the art of improvisation, stand-up comedy, acting and voice-overs.

      “I was able to travel the world off of [Whose Line is it Anyway?], and it changed my life,” he said. “I’ve done stand-up in England and toured England four times. Because of [the show] I went to Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, everywhere. It opened a lot of doors for me and made me more confident as a performer.”
Proops uses everyday life, and his travels, as inspiration for his comedy routines.

      “Everything – the paper, life, my wife – it’s all inspiration to me,” he said. “[My wife] gives me a lot of good ideas.”

      And with his wife’s help, Proops devotes much of his time to acting, producing a podcast, touring and vodka.

      His most recent on-screen comedic venture, playing a fashion industry CEO on Nickelodeon’s “True Jackson, VP,” provided him with the opportunity to work with growing comedians.

      “‘True Jackson’ was fantastic,” he said. “The kids are amazingly talented. It’s depressing because they can sing, dance and learn their lines in two minutes and it made me feel like I was a thousand. But I got to do a lot of old-time comedy during that show.”

      With the show wrapped, Proops’ podcast serves as his main creative outlet.

      “I tend to do [the podcast] quite a lot now,” he said. “It’s ‘The Smartest Man in the World,’ and just me rambling and drinking vodka. I talk about anything that comes to mind.”

      Liquid courage frequently serves as a precursor to all of his comedy routines.

      “I usually have a drink, but not always,” Proops said. “I look at my notes before a stand-up routine, and if it’s improv I hang out with the guys beforehand.”

      Where alcohol is concerned, it’s recommended that audiences drink up before the show.

      “There will be fear, pain and drunken crying,” Proops said, “then I go on stage.”

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