Ten years ago, no one would have expected impro to be a big thing on Aussie TV. While Thank God You're Here finally arrived, the UK cottoned on much earlier. Who's Line Is It Anyway? finished its decade-long television run before Bush even angled for president in the USA, where the show crossed the Atlantic to precede him to national prominence as well. Its regulars moved with it, a checklist of refugee comedians from the Drew Carey Show, and swift-lipped standup Greg Proops. Having moved back to live comedy, Proops is swinging through Australia and making a stop in Sydney at the Enmore Theatre.
Proops keeps an even keel from stand-up, to impro, to acting. On Flight of the Conchords or on kid's TV, he's smooth, clever, snide and funny. With Buddy Holly hair and no shame for the force of his opinion, Proops recently shocked the Herald into pondering his conviction. He's done his time on the tube this tour, visiting fellow anglophile comedians Adam Hills and Paul McDermott. But get to the Enmore Saturday night to see him own a solo stage.