By Lindsay Larin – The Bellevue Scene – July 21st, 2010

      There is something about a man in a suit. Add a good sense of humor and a killer wit and you have comedian Greg Proops. Best known for his improvisational work on the UK and U.S. versions of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”, Proops is currently staring as Max Madigan on the Nickelodeon sitcom True Jackson, VP. In addition to his latest ventures, Proops has done voice work for a number films and television shows including Stripperella with Pamela Anderson, Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and as the Pod-Race announcer in “Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace”. He also made a guest appearance on the HBO sitcom, “Flight of the Concords”. Catch Proops live at his upcoming performance line-up at the Parlor Live.

Q. How did you first get into comedy?

      During my college years, stand up (comedy) was booming and I wanted to get on board. They had an improv group and I thought I could do that. They asked me to join the group. It went on from there.

Q. What is the secret to good improv?

      When I first took improv classes, I picked it up pretty easily, but it still took years of practice to refine my skills. A lot of people think improv is easy, but that’s not true. It takes a lot of time and effort devoted to the craft of being funny.

Q. Your look is very distinct. Did this help you get recoginized in the early years of your career?

      In this business, you really have to stand out. I remember when Drew Carey got corrective eye surgery and stopped wearing his glasses. People just didn’t think he looked like himself. He had become known for his thick frames. I think I’m kind of the same way.

Q. You have done stand up, improv, film and television successfully. Do you have a favorite?

      I love doing stand up. It’s my job and it’s the thing I consider my vocation. I am fortunate to do a little of eveything, but by far, “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” was huge for me. It blasted my career off. I truely enjoy performing in front of a live audience. I’m excited to come to Bellevue and the Seattle area. I hear Parlor is an excellant venue.

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