Greg Proops

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Greg Proops
Proops in 2007
Gregory Everett Proops

(1959-10-03) October 3, 1959 (age 64)[1]
  • Actor
  • stand-up comedian
  • television host
Years active1982–present
Notable work
Jennifer Canaga
(m. 1990)
Comedy career
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Gregory Everett Proops (born October 3, 1959)[1] is an American actor, stand-up comedian and television host. He is widely known for his work on the UK and US versions of Whose Line Is It Anyway?. He has also voiced the titular character on the US version of Bob the Builder: Project: Build It[2] in series 10 to 14.

Early life[edit]

Proops was born in Phoenix, Arizona, and raised in San Carlos, California, a suburb south of San Francisco, attending San Carlos High School.[3][4] He attended the College of San Mateo and spearheaded the comedy duo "Proops & Brakeman". Later, he took courses in improvisation and acting at San Francisco State University, though he never finished college.[5]


Improv comedy[edit]

After college, he joined an improv group with Mike McShane. Both Proops and McShane impressed producers Dan Patterson and Mark Leveson, who put them on their show, Whose Line Is It Anyway?. He frequently instigated jokes concerning various idiosyncrasies and differences between British English and American English, and would frequently banter with Clive Anderson on these matters (among others). He lived in London for four years when he was doing the show and lists McShane, Richard Vranch[6] and Colin Mochrie among his best friends. After the show ended, he was recalled for the American version and has been a frequent "fourth contestant". Through 2020, he has appeared in 74 U.S. Whose Line episodes, more than any other non-regular cast member.

Proops performing in a nightclub in 2008

Proops also appeared in every episode of the short-lived Drew Carey's Green Screen Show, where the performers would play improv games (some of which were taken from the show's main influence Whose Line Is It Anyway?) in front of a massive green screen.[7] Later, animators would draw on the background and other props. In April 2011, Drew Carey's Improv-A-Ganza premiered on GSN featuring Proops along with other frequent guests from Whose Line is it Anyway? In July 2012, Proops appeared in ABC's improvisation show, Trust Us with Your Life.[8]

In November 2011, Proops did a week on Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas with the Lewis Black Comedy Cruise Tour. He performed the entire week of stand-up with other artists, which included a live, one-hour podcast in front of his entire audience.[9]

Film and television[edit]

Proops has performed his stand-up act across Britain, mainland Europe, Australia and New Zealand. His other credits include hosting Space Cadets, a mid-1990s science-fiction comedy game show on Channel 4 in the UK, which also featured Craig Charles (Dave Lister from Red Dwarf) and Bill Bailey, and appearances on BBC2's Mock the Week. He appeared as a panelist on the 2000 revival of To Tell the Truth. Proops has also hosted game shows, including VS. in 1999,[10] Rendez-View in 2001,[11][12] and Head Games, a Science Channel game show which ran for one season in 2009.[13] Proops also competed on the November 8th, 1984 episode of Jeopardy!, losing to eventual five day champion John Genova. He would later record video clues for two Jeopardy! episodes in 2000 & 2001.[14]

In addition to his stand-up and improv acts, Proops has done voice work in various films and TV shows, including Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas, and the miniseries Stripperella with Pamela Anderson. Proops provided the voice of Bob in the US version of the TV series Bob the Builder for the five seasons of Project Build It. He has also featured in 2003 film Brother Bear as the voice of one of the Love Bears and provided the voice as Cryptograf in 2006 film Asterix and the Vikings.

Proops has been involved with Turner Classic Movies since 2013, appearing on several of the network's podcasts and in person at public events. In 2016, he appeared as a television presenter for TCM, introducing comedy films by the Marx Brothers and Wheeler & Woolsey.[15]

Proops has been involved with the Star Wars franchise as well. He played the role of Fode in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. He would later work with the Expanded Universe, reprising his role as Fode in the video game Star Wars Episode I: Racer and the video game adaptation of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, and he guest-starred on two episodes of the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars ("The Mandalore Plot" and "Voyage of Temptation") as Tal Merrick. In 2018, Proops voiced Jak Sivrak in Star Wars Resistance.

Proops appeared as a guest on The George Lucas Talk Show during their May the AR Be LI$$ You Arli$$ marathon fundraiser.

Radio and podcast[edit]

Proops in 2007

Since 2010, Proops has hosted a podcast called The Smartest Man In The World,[16] often together with his wife Jennifer Canaga, in which he talks about current events, celebrity culture, and his personal life, usually in front of a live audience. Before Smartest Man, Proops hosted a podcast called The Greg Proops Experiment.[17]

In 2010, Proops hosted Odd News on yahoo!.com for several years. It was a weekly program where he told weird and funny stories from around the world. Sadly, they all appear to have been removed from yahoo! completely, even direct links from other sites bring you to a page stating that the page you're looking for no longer exists. The series seems to have continued in text format and on Twitter for several years after Proops was no longer a part of it.[18][19][20]

From 1995 to 1996, Proops presented Bits from Last Week's Radio on BBC Radio 1. He did voice work for the BBC Radio 2 series Flight of the Conchords, first broadcast in September 2005. Proops also played the title role in BBC Radio 4's sci-fi comedy series Seymour the Fractal Cat.

Proops provided the voices for the Harlequin Demon, the Devil, and the Sax Player in Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack and movie.

Video games[edit]

Proops provides voice-over work as Howard "Buckshot" Holmes, a game show announcer along with John DiMaggio for the Nintendo Wii game MadWorld. DiMaggio and Proops play as comical announcers on a brutal game show set in the future.

Proops provided the voice of Matthew Black, a reporter in the forgotten Psygnosis game, ZombieVille (1997).

Proops also provided the voice of Fargus, a pyromantic court jester for the PlayStation Pandemonium game series.

He later worked as a voice actor in Skylanders: Imaginators, where he voiced a Brain that was freed by Kaos in order to help perfect his Doomlanders project.

Comedy albums[edit]

  • Live (1994)
  • Back in the UK (1997)
  • Joke Book (2006)
  • Houston, We Have a Problem (2007)
  • Elsewhere (2009)
  • Greg Proops Digs In! (2010)
  • In the Ball Park (2015)
  • The Resistance (2018)
  • In The City (2022)
  • French Drug Deal (2023)

Comedy specials[edit]

  • Greg Proops: Live At Musso & Frank (2013)

The Smartest Book in the World[edit]

On May 5, 2015, Proops released nonfiction book The Smartest Book in the World through publisher Touchstone. The book is based in part on Proops's weekly podcast The Smartest Man in the World, detailing the author's movie and poetry recommendations, baseball facts, powerful women, and misconstrued history. The paperback version of the book was released from Touchstone on February 21, 2017.[21]



Year Title Role Notes
1993 The Nightmare Before Christmas Harlequin Demon, Devil, Sax Player (voices)
1999 Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace Fode (voice)
2003 Kaena: The Prophecy Gommy (voice) English dub
2003 Brother Bear Male Lover Bear (voice)
2005 Bob the Builder: When Bob Became a Builder Bob and Mr. Beasley (voice) US Dub
2006 Asterix and the Vikings Cryptograf (voice) English dub
2006 Bob the Builder: Built to be Wild Bob (voice) US Dub
2007 Super High Me Himself Documentary
2009 Dr. Dolittle: Million Dollar Mutts Poodle (voice) Direct-to-video
2011 Bad Actress Barry
2015 Hell and Back Asmoday the Demon (voice)
2018 Duck Duck Goose Banzou (voice)


Year Title Role Notes
1989–98 Whose Line Is It Anyway? Himself British version
67 episodes
1990 Midnight Caller Cab Driver Episode: "Old Friends"
1994 Anna Lee Martin Mayhew Episode: "Requiem"
1996 Family Matters Café Manager Episode: "Tips for a Better Life"
1996 Dennis the Menace Quentin Hitchberg (voice) Episode: "The Secret Diary"
1997 Space Cadets Himself 10 episodes
1997 Men Behaving Badly Billy Episode: "The Party Favor"
1997 3rd Rock from the Sun Yasmine Episode: "Sensitive Dick"
1998 Mike Hammer, Private Eye Deke Gerard Episode: "The Life You Save"
Whose Line Is It Anyway? Himself American version
78 episodes
1999 The Jamie Foxx Show Jon Marc Episode: "Bro-Jack"
2000 Veronica's Closet Richard Small Episode: "Veronica's Tattooed Man"
2000–03 The Drew Carey Show Greg, Derek 3 episodes
2001 Hollywood Squares Himself 12 episodes
2001 Mike, Lu & Og Additional Voices Episode: "A Learning Experience/We the People"
2001, 2003 Lloyd in Space 2 episodes
2002 Just Shoot Me! Turtleneck Guy Episode: "Educating Finch"
2003 10-8: Officers on Duty Jewelry Store Owner Episode: "Late for School"
2003–04 Stripperella Bernard (voice) 7 episodes
2005–07 Bob the Builder Bob, Mr. Beastley (voice) U.S. dub
70 episodes
2006 Ugly Betty TV Fashion Reporter Episode: "Queens for a Day"
2007–16 Red Eye Himself 9 episodes
2008–11 True Jackson, VP Max Madigan 47 episodes
2009 Flight of the Conchords Martin Clark Episode: "A Good Opportunity"
2010 Who Wants to Be a Millionaire Himself 5 episodes
2010 Star Wars: The Clone Wars Tal Merrick (voice) 2 episodes
2011 Drew Carey's Improv-A-Ganza Himself 20 episodes
2012 QI Episode: "Jungles"
2014–17 @midnight 9 episodes
2016 Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures Fode (voice) Episode: "Race on Tatooine"
2016 Uncle Grandpa Cupid (voice) Episode: "Uncle Cupid"
2017–18 The Powerpuff Girls Isosceles, Additional Voices 2 episodes
2018–19 Star Wars Resistance Jak Sivrak, Garma, Stormtrooper (voices) 6 episodes
2019 Schooled Mr. Granger 4 episodes
TBA Damsels Greg Proops Post-production

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role
1996 Pandemonium! Additional Voices
1997 Zombieville Matthew Black
1999 Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace Beed
1999 Star Wars Episode I: Racer
2001 Driven David Doyle
2009 MadWorld Howard "Buckshot" Holmes
2012 Kinect Star Wars Fode
2016 Skylanders: Imaginators Brain, Baron von Shellshock, Imaginators, Brawler Doomlander
2022 Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga Fode

Web series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2008–12 Easy to Assemble Ben Rand 8 episodes


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  2. ^ Bob the Builder (TV Series 1998– ), retrieved December 21, 2017
  3. ^ The Adam Carolla Show (podcast), 2011-08-03 show with Greg Proops, 59 minute mark Archived October 9, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Proops, Greg. "Guest Column By Greg Proops: The Quest to Underachieve". Saturday Night Magazine (U.S.). Archived from the original on August 9, 2011. Retrieved August 5, 2011.
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  6. ^ iTunes - podcasts - The Smartest Man in the World - "Legends",, March 23, 2012, retrieved December 10, 2012
  7. ^ "Drew Carey's Green Screen Show". Retrieved August 16, 2011.
  8. ^ Lowry, Brian (July 9, 2012). "Trust Us With Your Life". Variety. Retrieved December 20, 2017.
  9. ^ "Pollstar | Royal Caribbean Cruise Line - Freedom Of The Seas". Retrieved December 20, 2017.
  10. ^ "Time for the (mis)match game". SFGate. Retrieved December 20, 2017.
  11. ^ "Rendez-View | Broadcasting & Cable". January 8, 2001. Retrieved December 20, 2017.
  12. ^ "Rendez-View - Greg Proops Net". Greg Proops Net. Retrieved December 20, 2017.
  13. ^ Silver, Curtis. "Play Head Games, Rule Your Social Media Circle". WIRED. Retrieved December 20, 2017.
  14. ^ "J! Archive - Show #44, aired 1984-11-08". J-Archive. February 5, 2023. Retrieved February 10, 2023.
  15. ^ "Guest Programmer: Greg Proops". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved December 20, 2017.
  16. ^ "The Smartest Man in the World podcast".
  17. ^ "Interview: Greg Proops, comedian". Retrieved December 20, 2017.
  18. ^ "Yahoo Odd News with Greg Proops - -".
  19. ^ @gregproopsnet (October 27, 2011). "We have added three new Yahoo! Odd News video clips" (Tweet) – via Twitter. [better source needed]
  20. ^ "Thanks for pushing our Odd News Facebook page past 100,000 fans". April 16, 2012.
  21. ^ Proops, Greg (February 21, 2017). The Smartest Book in the World. Atria Books. ISBN 9781476747057. {{cite book}}: |website= ignored (help)

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