As many have probably noticed, there has been a severe lack of updates to the site over the last year. This is due to a very long process in which I am redesigned and refurbishing the site from head to toe. But it's more than just a redesign - I've been transferring the site to a completely new server and host. The sever I am on now does not let me automatically transfer files, so I have been having to rebuild the site almost from scratch. This has been a very ardous project that is yet to be completed. However, it will be finished as soon as possible. The new site will be more professional, have easier navigation, and be filled with tons of new content including news, pictures, video clips, audio clips, show dates and information, and much more. I have no set date at this time, but right now the goal is to get the site completed by October 3rd, Greg's birthday. We shall see!
There has also been a slight change in the cast list. We have since learned that Allison Bosma will not but a part of the cast, but that Sean Masterson will! Wayne Brady, however, is not going to be involved in the show in any way.
For those that didn't know, I am in the works of creating a new fansite just for Improv-A-Ganza called Improv-A-Ganza Online. It will be located at http://www.improv-a-ganza.com. The new site will include news, sneak peeks, clips, social interactives, show reviews, and more! There is also now an unofficial YouTube channel for the show located at http://www.youtube.com/improvaganza". There is also a new Facebook Fan Page. On top of that, there's a Twitter account and a Livejournal community. All of these things are still in the works, but you can go ahead and join them now if you so wish! I will be adding more to them very soon.
I will be attending the first seven tapings of Improv-A-Ganza, and will be relaying a lot of information on the show's structure, games played, the set, who was involved, and so forth. So keep your eyes peeled for the upcoming reviews!
I am writing you all now with a bit of an update! I have found out the official cast list for the show. Yes, I sent some emails, made some phone calls, and was able to get my hands on it. (I found it out about a week ago, and announced it elsewhere, but procrastinated announcing it on my own sites. If you have already heard about the cast list from elsewhere, just know that they got it from me.) It includes a vast majority of the U.S. Whose Line old guard, a few folks from Drew Carey Show / Green Screen Show, and a couple of new faces as well:
Jeff B. Davis
Heather Anne Campbell (new - was in promo taping)
Allison Bosma (See January 10th, 2011 Post)
The show will also occasionally include surprise guest stars.
However, how the cast will work is still unknown. Mr. Proops is telling me that the details are still yet to be hashed out completely; no one knows who all is filming on what days (or if it's going to be the entire cast). Colin and Brad tour with their two man show, and a few of their tour show dates conflict with the filming schedule (specifically January 15th, 20th, and 22nd). So either they will not be filming those days, or they will have to reschedule those tour dates. We shall have to see!
The new show is also going to be filmed in Las Vegas, at the MGM Grand. It will be shot over the course of three weekends - January 13th - 16th 2011 (4 nights, 7 tapings), January 20th - 22nd 2011 (3 nights, 6 tapings), and February 3rd - 6th 2011 (4 nights, 4 tapings).
The show still currently remains nameless, too - though I am speculating that there's a good chance it's just going to be called 'Drew Carey And The Improv Allstars'. But I could easily be wrong in that department.
Hope everyone is getting excited for the new series!
It seemed like such a long shot. No one thought it would actually get picked up and become reality. We all had our doubts, and yet, we sat patiently with fingers crossed.
Well, the waiting is over, and it is time to celebrate and spread the cheer...
Yes, you heard me right! The new show is happening!! It is momentous indeed, for it is the closest thing to a Whose Line revival that we will ever get. The new series (which has yet to be named) will include forty episodes (yes, forty!), half hour in length, all of which will be filmed at the MGM Grand Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, beginning January 13th 2011.
Though it is unclear at this point in time who all will be involved and featured on the new show, we can assuredly assume that Greg Proops will be a part of it. The other individuals who were a part of the original pilot were Ryan Stiles, Kathy Kinney, Chip Esten, Jeff B. Davis, Jonathan Magnum, and new face Heather Anne Campbell. (But just because these performers were a part of the pilot, doesn't necessarily mean that they will be a part of the new show - though we think that it is fairly safe to say that they will be.) All we can tell you is this: articles are claiming that the new show will feature a rotating cast of 'Drew Carey's improv friends' and some special 'guest stars'.
The format of the pilot was Improv Allstars. A host of the games played included Freeze Tag, Sentences, Fairytale, Change, Film And Theatre Styles, Forward Reverse, Moving People, Sound Effects, and Greatest Hits (just to name a few). Improv Allstars - like the other touring live shows featuring the men from Whose Line - does not have a points system. There is no person behind a desk with a buzzer. The games are short form, but they aren't rapid fire (such as Hats or Props were). However, this being said, we still cannot determine if the actual show is going to be based off of how the pilot was, or if changes are going to be implemented. It has been said, however, that there will be no pre-determined suggestions - everything will come straight from the audience (as how it is with the live shows).
If you don't have GSN on your cable or satellite, and you would love to see the show, never fear - we will do our best to host the episodes on the site for you to be able to download and watch. However, because the show is brand new, ratings will likely be important, and we highly encourage each and every fan of Greg and Whose Line and comedy and improv in general to support the new show. It will need all of the love it can get so that it survives for more than just a single season (let's not see it go south the way Green Screen Show did). Please help us spread the word about the new show. Tell it to your family, friends, neighbors, strangers in a cafe, wherever, whenever. We went this news to spread like wildfire, both on the internet, and by word of mouth. This is an important and exciting opportunity for both the fans and the performers. Let's make certain it becomes something special and well-loved.
We will be sure to keep everyone posted with updates on the show as it develops! Until then!
One cannot deny that Greg Proops is downright brilliant. His witty and enticing jocularity lends itself to a high form of intellectualism that is both thorough and distinct. His verbal veracity is both striking and suave, sophisticated and sleek. As a man who has a seemingly endless wealth of knowledge, it is only fitting that his new podcast be entitled “The Smartest Man In The World”. Yes, Mr. Proops now has his very own podcast, packed full of rich hilarity mines that he invites you to dig deep into, and upon exploration, your laughter will unfurl into the night (or day - your preference). Join him down a road of memories laced with delectable humor, and come aboard the Prooptacular train of wit and sarcasm and enjoy the ride as you coast through topics such as Governor Jerry Brown, reptiles, Ayn Rand, the ACLU, and more. One thing is certain, and this we do hold to be true... this podcast is fucking funny.
The podcast is available in a few places. First and foremost, you can download the MP3 format of the file right here on GPN, over at the Audio Clips page. It's right at the top of the page so you don't have to hunt for it.
You can also subscribe to it via iTunes.
All jokes aside, please do give Mr. Proops' podcast a listen. Yours truly was there for the actual recording, and it was a magical night I won’t forget. Greg worked hard on this podcast and it's a brand new venture for him, one which I sincerely hope he will continue. Please help spread the word about the podcast. Send the links to friends and family. Tweet about it. Post this onto your Facebook. Blog about it. Anything you can do to help get it to soar is deeply appreciated. Thanks, and more thanks.
A few months ago, we were made aware of a brand new CD / EP of Greg Proops' was going to be released. We are happy to now tell you that said EP, titled "Proops Digs In", shall be available on June 1st, 2010 (AKA, this upcoming Tuesday, folks)!
A short description of the CD (taken from the A Special Thing website) is written below:
"Proops Digs In!" is a 36-minute tour de force from a master improviser and noted snarketarian. Recorded at the Little Room at Largo on the night of Greg's "Elsewhere" release party, "Proops Digs In!" finds him at his loosest, and possibly his filthiest. Learn Greg's answer to TV's "Cougertown," his almighty disdain for Christian Audigier and his inspired vision of a stage play pitting James Bond against Wolverine. Oh, and he also gives that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad the business.
The hard copy of the CD is already available for pre-ordering online and comes as part of a three CD package. For a mere $15, not only shall you receive "Proops Digs In", but "Fossil Record" by Dan Telfer and "Sir, You Have Fooled Me Twice" by Paul F. Tompkins!
It has been said that this is an exclusive, limited-edition printing, so hurry up and order the CD package now while you can (at this time, you must buy the three CD package - you cannot buy "Proops Digs In" seperately)! You can order them online HERE.
EDIT: "Proops Digs In" is now available on iTunes as well! You can purchase the CD seperately (by itself without the other two albums) for $6.93. You can access its iTunes page by clicking HERE.
The show will be available for download on iTunes shortly after the airing. Go to iTunes and search for 'Kevin Pollak's Chat Show' to access the (free) downloads.
I am here to tell you that hope is taking wing and soaring once more. And this time, a solid step has been taken in the right direction. Please read on...
I attended Improv Allstars on February 6th, 7th, and 8th of this year (just a few weeks ago), which was held, per usual, at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino at the Hollywood Theatre in Las Vegas, Nevada. And when I entered those golden doors, there was one thing I instantly noticed: film cameras.
Sure enough, the shows on both Friday night and Saturday night (though not Sunday night) were filmed. There was a full camera crew there, with professional lighting. The stage was also done up in a manner that was far different from usual, featuring a ladder in the corner, a pile of rope by the piano, an odd brick wall of sorts slanted sideways upstage, a hoarde of spotlights and key lights with barn doors, and the stools were much closer to the edge of the stage.
One could assume that they were filming another television special, like they did back in 2001 for HBO. And this was originally what I thought.
That is, until Drew Carey said, during the course of his opening stand-up act, the magical words, "We're filming a pilot tonight."
During both nights, the show was filmed from beginning to end, including Drew's stand-up and concluding on the game 'Fairytale'. The performers included Greg Proops, Ryan Stiles, Drew Carey, Chip Esten, Jeff B. Davis, Kathy Kinney, Jonathan Mangum, and a brand new woman named Heather Anne Campbell (check out some basic information on her here). The music was composed by Bob Derkach (of Second City fame; he tours with Whose Live Anyway?).
I thus made it my mission to learn more about this mysterious "pilot". After the second taping, I brought it up in my conversation with the delightful Chip Esten. It went as follows:
Diane: Do you know anything about this pilot?
Chip: Well, it's not quite a pilot.
Diane: Ah, because Drew said 'pilot'.
Chip: It is a pilot, as much as usually a pilot means that you know who is looking at it to buy it. This is kind of a pilot where they are going to shoot it, produce it, and then see who wants to buy it, see if anybody's interested.
Diane: Oh nice!
Chip: Yeah. So they can do whatever they want. We've shot over two nights and then take best 20 or 30 minutes you can out of that. So think good thoughts.
I was too engrossed in my other conversations with Greg after the shows to ask him about the pilot, so I sent him an email inquiry later instead. He replied and told me that he had yet to hear of any news concerning the status of the pilot. However, he did say that he'd (in his words) 'hip me when something goes down'.
Thus, we are back to waiting, and wondering, and wondering, and waiting. I will let you all know the status of things the moment I learn anything new. I will be keeping in touch with Greg to try and find out more about Drew's plans, and just what this new show would consist of.
Based on what was filmed for the 'pilot', we can assume that the new 'Whose Line' would be simply Improv Allstars, which is obviously a different format than the original game-genre show. There is no person behind the desk or buzzers in Improv Allstars. There are a lot more players on stage at a time. There are new games in Improv Allstars that were never played on Whose Line (or even on Green Screen Show, for that matter). There is a lot more suggestive humor (the pilot was obviously not censored). Some questions I might have is whether or not, if the show was to be picked up, if it would continue to be filmed in Vegas, or if it would move to Hollywood. I also wonder about the casting. I'm sure a lot of Whose Line fans would be eager to know if Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood would again be joining the ranks, or if perhaps more totally new faces - like that of Heather Anne Campbell - would fill their shoes instead. At this point, we can only guess and speculate and, as Chip said, have good thoughts!
But overall, I find the news very exciting! Please stay tuned for further updates as more information presents itself. Keep your fingers crossed, folks.
Greg Proops Net would like to wish everyone far and near, close and dear, a very merry Christmas, and a most happy holiday! Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, we would like to thank you for being a part of our web family, and for continuing to support Greg and his work. We sincerely hope that everyone has a beautiful, wonderful holiday season filled with love, joy, peace, family, and friends, and that the upcoming year will bring great things to one and all.
Yes, today marks Mr. Proops' birthday. Let us all send the best of wishes to this brilliant man who has so graciously continued to entertain us with his sharp wit and snappy, snazzy humor through all these years. GPN raises a toast to honor Greg, to thank him humbly for continually making us laugh. We appreciate everything he has ever done. Thank you Greg, and here's to many more years to come.
Yesterday, Greg Proops’ latest comedy album “Elsewhere” was released! The album features roughly an hour of non-stop hilarity. From angry, edgy, biting humor to his razor sharp wit and sheer plethora of intelligence and astounding vocabulary, this album will take you on a whirlwind joyride of comedy. It can quite easily be considered his most vicious album yet, mercilessly tackling and throwing down on subjects concerning the miseries of living ‘elsewhere’, why Britney makes us feel good about our pathetic lives again, ponderings on how the Olsen twins’ heads manage to stay afloat on their toothpick bodies, how Evel Knievel was actually the real life version of Wile E. Coyote, why women actually have brains and use them unlike men, and how Hillary Clinton’s proverbial member is swift, massive, and entirely dangerous to all who threaten. These are just but a few grains of sand on the topics that are covered, as I could not even begin to properly do the genius of this album justice. You must - I require, nay, demand this of you - purchase it and listen to it for yourself, so that you, too, may feel the love for the Proopkitty and worship his comedic divinity.
There are two ways to go about purchasing. The album can be downloaded online in the form of MP3s from either iTunes or Amazon, or you can purchase a hard copy from A Special Thing Records. The cost is only a mere $10 either way.
By Diane Shreve
September 11th, 2009
[GPN] Hello there, Greg! Allow me to premise this interview by saying thank you very much for your time and for agreeing to do this. I understand that you are a rather busy individual, so I just wanted to say thank you on behalf of not only myself, but all of the visitors of Greg Proops Net.
[Greg] My pleasure, you little rascals.
[GPN] You have mentioned a few times before in the past that you’d like to play a ‘cool villain’. If you could be any villain whatsoever, what would be some notable character traits you’d love to portray? Or rather, what would your “dream role” be like, if you have one?
[Greg] Satan, a black knight, an evil Warlock. Troll, gremlin, sprite. I wanna be evil as Eartha Kitt once sang. I want to cheat at Jacks.
[GPN] Not very long ago, I caught wind of a pilot called “Simply Svelte” that was - please correct me if I’m wrong - developed by you and your wife. The comedy sitcom was described as being about ‘a fashion guru who juggles work deadlines and his wild lifestyle as well as a girlfriend, an ex-wife, and a boyfriend’. To me, the premise alone sounds outright hilarious. What happened to “Simply Svelte”, and is there any sort of possibility for it to be revived and / or picked up as a series? Also, were you originally set up to play the lead character?
[Greg] Don't want to tell. Let's not have someone steal it.
[GPN] As articulate, descriptive, and well-read as you are, I’m almost surprised you haven’t penned a written work yourself. Have you ever thought about publishing a book (of any sort)?
[Greg] I will be reading books. One day if I can be bothered I might write something.
[GPN] Something that never fails to astound me is your sheer wealth of knowledge. To be sure, some have even likened you as a walking encyclopedia, as it seems that you can pull dates, facts, and political as well as pop cultural references out of the hat with ease. Allow me to take a moment to say just how greatly I admire this. Of course there’s always the typical adage of ‘just read a lot’ to increase one’s know-how, but I was curious if you attributed your seemingly endless mental capacity to something else - if you had a secret, of sorts, on how to not only take in information, but to remember it.
[Greg] You are capable of remembering anything you want. But we don't want to. I just read and watch movies and stuff and remember what I likes.
[GPN] Ok, I must ask about ocelots. Ocelots seem to be a long-term gag that has made many appearances - both in your improv, and in your stand-up material. Likewise, in the past you’ve not only termed your fans as ‘ocelot kittens’, but yourself as ‘the big ocelot’. And, of course, there is the old joke of owning an ocelot whose name seems to change frivolously. So, the question is this… Just how did ‘ocelots’ come to play such a big role in your comedy, to the point where it’s one of the things fans have come to know you by?
[Greg] Purely organic. I found one kitten and she blossomed, then they sprang forth endlessly. I love to watch them run and gambol.
[GPN] A bit of a random question, but were you a part of the 1999 cartoon series “Dilbert” at all?
[Greg] Yes, but I killed a guy by accident so they overreacted and fired me.
[GPN] As enraptured as you are with the popular American past-time that is baseball, I deem it only just to ask you a baseball-related question. You’ve said in the past that if you weren’t a comic, you’d probably be a sports historian of sorts. Thus, I inquire of you… if you were presented with a “magical” baseball that could transport you back in time to see any one game, any place, any time, what game would that be, and why?
[Greg] The 1944 Negro Leagues All Star game with Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, and Cool Papa Bell. Sam Lacy the writer told me Oscar Charleston was a better all around player than Willie Mays. He would have been great to see.
[GPN] A short time ago I stumbled across a rather interesting rumor. It was a note written on a very old fansite by an anonymous poster who claimed to know you back at San Francisco State. He alleged that you starred as the lead in the drama “Equus” back in 1981. First off, is this statement true? Secondly, if so, what was that experience like? I personally have not seen it, but from what I know of it, Equus is supposed to be an exceedingly emotional and somewhat taxing play.
[Greg] I did. Yes, I was naked. Scary skinny, then. Awesome equipment. The play is very moving and shocking. I loved playing the crazy boy. It helped me through my own young life.
[GPN] I don’t recollect exactly when, but in another interview from not too awful long ago, you were discussing your new comedy album, Elsewhere, but you also mentioned something about a new comedy DVD as well. I was wondering if perhaps you could indulge me with further information on this DVD?
[Greg] It will be available on A Special Thing Records.
"Elsewhere" Comedy CD Release Party
With Laura Kightlinger!
And Other Special Guests!
366 North La Cienega Blvd
9 PM - God Willing
[GPN] Just recently you began filming season two of “True Jackson VP” as the character Max Madigan. Max is a sort of zany and flamboyant individual. How much influence did / do you have over the creation of Max and his character traits? In other words, is everything cut and dry scripted, or were you allowed to develop the character yourself to some extent? Also, has there been a specific episode that stands out in your mind as being particularly clever, funny, or just plain fun to film?
[Greg] I loved the character from the audition. Nothing is cut and dried. TV sitcom work is very collaborative. Do I make up new lines? Not that much. We all try to add bits and work on pace and delivery. The writers and producers Andy Gordon and Dan Koppelman are dead clever with a very clear comic vision. Our directors, crew, and everyone are top-notch.
I have had snakes on my head and had to fly in a lounge chair so they are all fun. I have got to work with Dave Foley and Andy Richter and Dave Gruber, so that part is just tremendous. The best part is working with Keke, Ashley, Matt, Danielle, Ronnie, and Robbie. They are hilarious and generous and we have each other's backs. And we poke at each other as you should.
[GPN] Head Games is, as we know, by far not your first dabble with the game show genre (if indeed game shows even have a genre). How has your experience with Head Games differed from that of VS. and Space Cadets?
[Greg] Well, Head Games is about science so that part is different. We shot in New York which made it funner. I like the genre because there are stakes. Remember, Whose Line is a faux game show.
[GPN] It seems that you’re an exceedingly busy individual with little downtime. When you’re not working, what would the absolutely divine, perfect day consist of?
[Greg] Breakfast with my wife on the balcony overlooking the Mediterranean. Two double cappuccinos and pastry. Buzzing to look at Roman ruins and driving back gazing at the sea. Lunch at a roadside place, prosciutto and melon. Long nap. Sunset walk to dinner outside. Wine and swordfish and oysters and cherries on ice. Iced peach tea in the square after. Late night shopping at Yves St. Laurent. Cigar.
[GPN] Looking back on everything you’ve accomplished, you have had quite the prolific life and career. What would you say is, thus far, your greatest achievement, and what goal(s) are you still striving towards?
[Greg] Marrying well.
I still strive to be funny - all the time. In stand-up, improv, and acting. Funny must be made, delicately.
As far as career, I am proud to know and work with the Comedy Store Players in London and the Whose Line crowd here. Drew Carey and Ryan Stiles have done everything for me.
The best thing I have been able to do is travel and do my act in all its guises. I'm for Ireland in October with Steve Frost, Andy Smart, and Richard Vranch. Should be great craic. Look it up.
[GPN] Lastly, because this is an interview for Greg Proops Net as a site exclusive, though I don’t know how much of the site you’ve seen, or how often you’ve visited it, but what are some of your thoughts on the site?
[Greg] I hate the fat pictures of myself. But I actually go there to get details about my gigs and such. You often know more than I do. Should I be scared or just happy I can Google myself in your world? Both, a little.
[GPN] Thank you once again Greg, and we hope that you have an absolutely lovely day! Do you have any last comments?
[Greg] I love all the people who have followed my jokes and all. I truly do appreciate the love. There is no show all alone. I have been so happy to do what I always wanted: to be a fool. Thanks for letting and abetting.
To start with, it seems that the aforementioned possible Whose Line Is It Anyway?-like show return is currently at a halt. Even though he had mentioned that he couldn’t speak of it, I still took a stab and inquired about it, wondering if he could allude to anything at all. Our conversation was as follows:
Greg: “I would exhale, because I don’t think there’s going to be anything really soon, but hopefully. We’ll see. But the thing with Drew… I don’t think so, and I would be dishonest if I said yes that it’s going to happen, so…”
Diane: “So it’s looking like a no-go?”
Greg: “Pretty much. For the moment, because you know, things change.”
Diane: “Can you tell us more about it since it is looking like a no-go?”
Greg: “No, I can’t. It was too much of Drew’s thing, and it never got further than that, so I can’t really tell you, but yeah, you know… it would have been everything that everybody would have wanted. But other things will happen.”
While it does give us some answers, it also leaves a lot of room open for interpretation. Perhaps in the future something else will come about, which Greg was slightly hinting at - though that could have just been Greg being hopeful, but then again, possibly something is going on underground that he simply can’t speak of. The fact that he said that ‘it would have been everything that everybody would have wanted’ leads me to believe that the original project with Drew was, indeed, similar to a Whose Line resurrection-type show. It is too bad, and very sad, that this will not be happening - at least, not sometime in the near future. We can only keep hoping!
Along the lines of bad news, it seems that “GSI: Game Scene Investigation” is, as Greg put it, “sleeping with the fishes”. Apparently the pilot was actually created in 2007, but was never picked up. We regret to admit that this will not be happening whatsoever!
However, it’s time to lighten the mood with some good news! I was able to garner some information from Greg concerning the mysterious pilot that he shot back on May 10th, 2009, at the Grand Star Jazz Club in Chinatown. (Scroll down to the news article “A New Pilot In The Works?” on May 26th to read more about the original finding.) This is what Greg responded with to my questioning:
“That was something that is still up in the air for Sundance Channel, and I don’t think they’ve been able to make it happen yet, so I can’t say that it’s going to happen. It was Hari Kondabalo, who is a very funny young comedian, and Laura Swisher, and I, and the whole premise is that we go to different cultures and do stand-up. And I would be the wizened old baboon who they would come to as the law giver, because I’ve been a lot of places and I’m old, and they are in their late 20’s, I reckon, and dead funny, and keen. And we would try to bring American, you know, things to other lands. And Hari is, you know, his family is from India, and Laura is, I think, a black girl who was raised by white people. I think she was adopted. So they have really interesting backgrounds and that was the whole premise, I think, was to send a representative slice of America abroad. But as I say, I don’t think they’ve made a decision yet. It might still be alive. Let’s all cross our fingers. That would have been really fun, because we would have traveled all around the world.”
So we can only hope, and, as Greg says, cross our fingers, that this will come about. I, personally, find this an intriguing concept - a travel show meets comedy show sort of ordeal. As the normal point of travel shows is to focus on architecture, history, and the culture of a particular place, it might be interesting to see what, exactly, makes these cultures, these people, actually laugh - to what degrees would they respond to the three American comics. Again, hopefully Sundance will pick this up and make it happen!
Lastly, we still don’t have any definition release dates on Elsewhere yet, but it looks like it’s going to be soon. Greg recently approved the artwork and did some other things for the album, so I’m placing bets on a mid-autumn release. We also were able to learn that the material is from a little bit before the election - so it will be a bit dated. (However, anyone who knows Greg and his stand-up very well at all can tell you that he changes it constantly, and that the term ‘dated’ can thus be used loosely.) We’ll keep you posted on news concerning Elsewhere as it comes around!
Finally, we just have one small snippet before we end this lengthy news posting. Greg Proops Net is proud to say that Greg has graciously consented to grant us an interview sometime in the near future! I don’t know when the interview will be. It will be a written/typed interview and not live, but I, for one, am greatly looking forward to it. So be sure to keep an eye out for that as well!
It seems that we finally have a bit more information concerning Greg's newest album! Well over a year ago, we mentioned rumors of a new comedy CD coming out. Now the item officially has a name: Elsewhere. The CD is being released by "A Special Thing Records" (a company that is well-known for releasing comedy-related material). However, we still don't know of its release date, nor do we know the actual content of the CD. It had originally been rumored to be a CD featuring content from Greg's chat show at Largo, though this is not confirmed. However, speaking as one who has attended Largo a few times now, a Largo CD would be most welcome!
Greg's had a history of playing the role of 'television host'. He played this role well with shows such as Space Cadets, Rendez-View, and V.S. He's also hosted numerous other small items for television (such as Memory Skills). Thus, when it was just announced that Greg will reprising his role as a TV host for a brand-new game show called "Head Games", we were both intrigued and yet not too surprised to see him going back to bat at something which he obviously does well. "Head Games" will be shown on the Science Channel, and was created by and will be produced by Whoopi Goldberg. It is said that the show will involve videos of the craziest science riddles and questions. The show will be shot in front of a live studio audience in New York City, New York, and possible contestants are already being chosen! If you are interested in being a contestant, the casting call ad from Craigslist stated the following:
The Science Channel and Executive Producer Whoopi Goldberg are currently looking for a select group of bright, witty people who would like to appear as contestants on a new game show and aren’t afraid to mix it up with host Greg Proops…and maybe win some cash. You don’t need to know Einstein’s Theories or be a master at quantum physics. You only need to choose the right answer…and have fun while you’re doing it.
For more information on how to be a contestant, please click this link. Auditions are already being held, and filming is set to commence in late August, with the show rumored to begin airing early October.
If you're interested in attending a taping (or two or three) of "Head Games", email email@example.com and be sure to include your name and phone number so that a member of the audience department can contact you with more information.
But that's not all! Mr. Proops has definitely been keeping himself busy, as it was also just announced that he is piloting a new show for ESPN called "GSI: Game Scene Investigation". The only description we currently have of the show are as follows:
In the show, Greg will set out to investigate and uncover the truth behind some of sport’s most famous myths. Are they real or fake?
Indeed, it's an interesting concept, especially to sports fans. As knowledgeable as Greg is about both history and sports (especially baseball), this is right up his alley. Stay tuned for further updates on when GSI will be hitting your television sets.
As a bit of pure speculation, just recently in an interview, Greg had mentioned that he was working on a possible new show that would involve him traveling all around the globe. Either there is yet another pilot in the works... or he was referring to GSI. (Don't forget about the mysterious pilot, too, that was filmed back in May!)
Either way, the Proopdog has been extremely busy as of late. With so many new projects and shows and comedy CDs, Greg is really strutting his stuff. And of course, he continues to tour with both his improv and stand-up, as well as is still a part of "True Jackson VP"!
"Whose Line lives on forever and ever... We might be doing something. I can't really talk about it, but Drew's trying to whip up some improv thing."
Obviously, at this point, we can only merely speculate as to what, exactly, this means. This is no definite 'yes, Whose Line is coming back' or even a strong maybe - more like something that is in the works and being cooked up. However, the mere possibility for Whose Line to return - or at least, another improv show featuring the original Whose Line cast - is exciting, to say the least. We'll definitely be keeping tabs on this news snippet, so stay tuned for further updates!
Sunday, May 10th, 2009
Spent Mother's Day shooting in Chinatown with comics Hari Kondabalo and Greg Proops. This is us in the Grand Star Jazz Club after a stand-up show this afternoon.
I hope I don't jinx this project by writing about it, but I can say that this show would be AMAZING if it gets picked up, if only to hang out with Hari and Greg.
Spending time with Proops is like hanging out with a human encyclopedia. Want to talk about T.E. Lawrence, the Bataan Death March, the drug habits of your favorite legendary actors and anything related to cinema? Greg's your guy.
Anyway, I'm a big fan of both these guys and have got my fingers crossed that I'll be able to work with them in the relative near future.
As it is so vague, it is thus very much open to speculation, and will be treated as merely a rumor until more information materializes. Nevertheless, it would be nice to see Mr. Proops doing more than one show again!
"The Best Of Whose Line" will be a two disc DVD set consisting of ten episodes that are supposed to represent the absolute best of Whose Line. The region one (US & Canada only) DVD will be released on June 9th of this year.
Below is text from a statement released on tvshowsondvd.com that describes the DVD release in more detail:
Drew Carey hosts this American version of the British improvisational comedy series as an ensemble performs unrehearsed "games" before a live audience. No one gets voted off the show. That would be too easy. Instead contestants face crueler fates: be a fish on a TV dating show, Adam and Eve when they first converse, a doo-wop group singing about a girl (and a tragic taxidermy accident). We're not making this up. They are.
Host Drew Carey, a clever crew of comedy regulars and special guests (David Hasselhoff, Florence Henderson, Jerry Springer, Richard Simmons, bodybuilder Jane Tricker and more) come up with funny-on-the-fly in the hit series that crosses a game show with mad improvisation. Discover 10 of the show's best episodes with all of the censor bars and bleeps removed, so you can enjoy every bit of the delicious and daring funny business in all its glory. Uncensored means that the potential for laughter is unlimited!
Warner Home Video has announced that a DVD release titled Whose Line Is It Anyway? - The Best Of will come to stores on June 9th. This 2-disc, 300-minute release contains 10 favorite episodes of the classic, kooky series, at a cost of $24.98 SRP. Below is a list of those episodes:
Show No. 308 "Ryan smashing head" (First Aired: Thursday June 14, 2001)
Show No. 401 "good show with Wayne as Singing Bass and kissing Colin" (First Aired: Thursday September 6, 2001)
Show No. 413 Too Hot For Whose Line (First Aired: Wednesday October 3, 2001)
Show No. 512 "with Florence Henderson" (First Aired: Monday September 30, 2002)
Show No. 521 "with Richard Simmons" (First Aired: Friday June 20, 2003)
Show No. 610 "with Kathy Griffin & David Hasselhoff" (First Aired: Friday June 27, 2003)
Show No. 611 "with bodybuilder Jane Tricker" (First Aired: Friday July 11, 2003)
Show No. 505 Valentine's Day Show "with Loyola Marymount Cheerleaders" (First Aired: Saturday August 7, 2004)
Show No. 419 "Fluff your Garfield" show
Show No. 612 Jerry Springer in "Dubbing" game / Colin dancing in "Greatest Hits" game
"In Varrigan City, driven into quarantine and chaos by the outbreak of a deadly virus, 'survival of the fittest' takes on a whole new meaning as trapped citizens are pitted against each other in the gruesome sports show "Death Watch". Play as Jack and fight to the death as he battles to win the ultimate prize - his life."
For a recent interview with Greg and John DiMaggio (who voices as the other commentator) with their thoughts on the game and what went on behind the scenes, do take a moment to read this article.
"For eight glorious years Alyssa Rampart-Pillage ruled prime-time television, starring in the hit medical drama, "HMO Nurse." But these days, Alyssa's doing commercials for her husband's Valley-based appliance store chain. After the accidental death of their daughter, Alyssa's husband has a spiritual crisis, and starts giving away all of their money to charity... until Alyssa intervenes. A modern riff on Electra, 818 is about Fame, Family and Celebrity Justice."
Look for more information on 818 as it develops and envelops!