Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
We can’t believe our good fortune but here it is: the ridiculously erudite and riotously funny Greg Proops will confer his wondrous presence upon our humble establishment, launching the paperback edition of his wildly informative, hilarious book, The Smartest Book in the World: A Lexicon of Literacy, a Rancorous Reportage, a Concise Curriculum of Cool . Don’t miss the host of the stratospherically popular podcast The Smartest Man in the World when he launches his luxuriant supply of comic missiles from Chevalier’s shores in a talk, q&a, and signing.
Greg Proops brings his “gift of gab” (Rolling Stone) and his “bold, never boring voice” (New York Times) to the printed word with a cultural dictionary as hilarious as the man himself, The Smartest Book in the World: A Lexicon of Literacy, a Rancorous Reportage, a Concise Curriculum of Cool (Touchstone/Simon & Schuster). This electrifying compendium of essential wisdom and obscure knowledge takes readers through ancient rulers, overlooked feminists, and more than one fantasy baseball team. The Smartest Book In The World unleashes Proops’s fascinating and far-reaching knowledge, and delivers plenty of laughs too. Filtered through his distinctive voice and Proopsian panache, the exploits of the Roman Emperors read like a gossip column and entire novels fly by in a single sentence. Illustrations throughout by Proops’s wife, the artist Jennifer Canaga, bring inspired visuals to his riotous writing. This book is the perfect companion to The Smartest Man in the World and an uproarious introduction for the uninitiated.
Audiences fell in love with Greg Proops’ brazen jokes and signature suit on the improv show ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway?’ In 2010 Proops launched his own smash-hit podcast, The Smartest Man in the World. His rapid-fire references, thought-provoking commentary, and improvisational style draw thousands of listeners each week and led Rolling Stone to name it one of “The 20 Best Comedy Podcasts Right Now.” It has been a top iTunes Podcast and has been downloaded more than 10 million times.
“WARNING: STUPID PEOPLE ARE CAUTIONED TO AVOID THIS BOOK. Its advanced comedy notions may cause emotional hemorrhaging and/or unwanted brain wrinkles.”
—Chris Hardwick, host of @midnight
Greg Proops is a revered stand-up comic from San Francisco, and he records his chart-topping podcast The Smartest Man in the World from live shows around the World as well as Cleveland. Mr. Proops has been a voice actor in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and played Bob in Bob the Builder. He has been a guest on @Midnight on Comedy Central; Red Eye; The Late, Late Show; and Chelsea Lately. He lives in Hollywood.