Dickins spends five minutes with Greg Proops on the Edinburgh Festival!
Famous faces are all over Edinburgh during the Edinburgh Festival. In the next of our series, Dickins spends five minutes with Greg Proops – the comedian many will remember from Whose Line Is It Anyway? – on his new book, the Edinburgh Festival and poets from Greenock.
Greg Proops tells us all about his Edinburgh Festival shows!
Tell us about your Edinburgh Festival shows this year!
Greg:I recently learned to read and write, so I have written a book called, The Smartest Book in the World. Based on my award seeking podcast, The Smartest Man in the World. Since I am now a fancy author with a pipe and a tweed jacket with patches on the elbows, I will be at the Edinburgh International Book Festival on August 26 at 17.45. I will also be performing my podcast at the Gilded Balloon, which consists of me drinking, dancing poorly and ranting about how I hate the wealthy. Edinburgh International Book Festival. Finally, I have another podcast that does not seek awards The Greg Proops Film Club where we show movies and I act like I know what I am talking about. We are showing the Steve McQueen cop drama/fashion show Bullitt and the sublime comedy Young Frankenstein. This will be at the Filmhouse on Aug 22 and 28th. Then late night chips at the chippy.
How long have you been coming to the Edinburgh Fringe?
Greg: My first time up was 1989. No food then. Just crap prawn cocktails at Italian Restaurants with pink tablecloths. My first stand up show was 1993 at the Old Assembly Rooms which are now a Jamie Oliver Restaurant or something. The tram was not started being built then. Or was it? I have done Impro with Whose Line? Impro with Paul Merton. A chat show, stand-up show and played in a tent with an Irish band blaring in from outside for competition. I love the dance and the madness.
What does Edinburgh mean to you?
Greg: Drinking with friends and meeting my podcast audience! I actually talk to everyone at my show. British crowds are not always ready to touch. Scottish crowds are always ready to rumble. I had a lad from Greenock read a poem last year. He killed at my show.
Do you have any favourite Edinburgh hangouts or regular haunts?
Greg: Valvona and Crolla for lunch and wine shopping, The Deep Sea chippy near The Playhouse, The Grain Store for venison, Ondine for seafood and whisky, Cafe St Honore for a decadent dinner, Koyama near the Gilded Balloon for Japanese food. Mostly I try to eat fish suppers a thousand times.
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