By Craig McKeough – The West Australian – April 29th, 2011

      Few targets escape the withering wit of US comedian Greg Proops. He takes on all comers with his barbed, political-tinged tirades and comes up with a refreshing show which entertains while sneakily enlightening us about what is wrong with the world.

      The shame is that few in Perth got to see him in action. The Regal was barely half full for his performance on Wednesday. Those who weren’t there missed a treat.

      Proops does not have a high profile in Australia, with his best-known work going back several years on the late-night improvisation TV comedy Whose Line Is It Anyway? But he deserves more recognition for his sharp, smart brand of comedy and his fast-paced, erudite delivery style.

      Proops, a snappy dresser with carefully groomed hair, got the ball rolling by handing out some fashion advice to WA men, centring on his disbelief that anyone could wear “flip-flops” outside the house given the hideousness of men’s feet.

      From there, his rapid-fire verbal barrages swept up everything from over-the-top security measures in US aviation (compared with the anything-goes attitude in Australia), country music and the trend towards older parents (whose worn-out DNA apparently produces damaged children).

      The “young people today” theme was a recurring one as Proops ruminated on discipline, appalling modern music and how on earth people of the baby boomer generation managed to entertain themselves.

      It culminated with a tirade about teenagers daring to write online blogs despite their near complete lack of life experience. He suggested the point where you might have something worthwhile to record in a blog was when “your third ex-wife is coming after you with a squirrel gun”. It was pleasing to see Proops had done some homework on his audience and their environs. Like many visiting comedians, he made a few prosaic observations on the crazy local wildlife and place names but in a highlight of the evening, he showed an intelligent grasp of the political realities of WA’s status as a quarry for China with his sharp and very funny imagining of what life will be like once China takes the State over in a few years.

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