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Published on November 29th, 2011 | by Sharilyn Johnson


Greg Proops: The Smartest Sunday Night Live In The World

Readers, I’m going to admit something to you: I was worried.

Late on Sunday afternoon, the Sketchersons rehearsed that week’s Sunday Night Live sketches at Comedy Bar, as they typically do. But in the place of host Greg Proops were stand-ins from the rest of the cast – which is very atypical. The man of the hour was fulfilling duties elsewhere, and wouldn’t arrive until it was time to record his Smartest Man in the World podcast.

I’m not so hot at math, but I knew this meant that he’d only have an hour with the script, between the recording and the start of Sunday Night Live.

Proops is one of the smartest, quickest performers out there. But c’mon: how do you memorize and rehearse several sketches in that amount of time?

The obvious answer: be Greg Proops.

The one where he’s haplessly suffering through a Francophone game show? Nailed it. The one about a serial-killing improvisor, on the run from the law after strangling his scene partners to death? Sold it beautifully. The one about the guy who has a medical affliction that makes him constantly appear to be playing the improv game Helping Hands? Didn’t miss a beat.

I felt a little less guilty for having doubts when, one by one, castmembers admitted to me afterwards that they’d been just as needlessly concerned as I was.

As for that Smartest Man in the World recording? I’ll keep this post spoiler-free, but tease you with this: Occupy Wall Street, and Justin Bieber. It’s a great episode, so watch for that soon in your iTunes.

Photos under the jump, copyright Sharilyn Johnson.

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is the author of the book Bears & Balls: The Colbert Report A-Z. Called "one of the city’s most discriminating comedy critics” by NOW Magazine, Sharilyn has been covering comedy for longer than she cares to admit. She served as the comedy reporter for Winnipeg's Uptown Magazine for five years, and was the host of the radio show Laugh Tracks for three seasons. Her work has also appeared in the Toronto Star, the Winnipeg Free Press, The Apiary, and on CBC Radio's national comedy programs LOL and Definitely Not the Opera.

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