Drew Carey's Improv-A-Ganza Update

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If you haven't already heard, the new improv show on GSN is going to be called 'Drew Carey's Improv-A-Ganza'! It is set to premiere on Monday, March 28th, 2011, and it will be shown during a primetime slot (the exact airtime and how frequently it will be shown is not yet known).

There has also been a slight change in the cast list. We have since learned that Allison Bosma will not but a part of the cast, but that Sean Masterson will! Wayne Brady, however, is not going to be involved in the show in any way.

For those that didn't know, I am in the works of creating a new fansite just for Improv-A-Ganza called Improv-A-Ganza Online. It will be located at http://www.improv-a-ganza.com. The new site will include news, sneak peeks, clips, social interactives, show reviews, and more! There is also now an unofficial YouTube channel for the show located at http://www.youtube.com/improvaganza". There is also a new Facebook Fan Page. On top of that, there's a Twitter account and a Livejournal community. All of these things are still in the works, but you can go ahead and join them now if you so wish! I will be adding more to them very soon.

I will be attending the first seven tapings of Improv-A-Ganza, and will be relaying a lot of information on the show's structure, games played, the set, who was involved, and so forth. So keep your eyes peeled for the upcoming reviews!
A little over two weeks ago, I made an announcement that the new Whose Line-esque improv pilot that had been filmed in Las Vegas last February had been picked up by The Game Show Network, and was set to begin airing episodes in spring of next year. If you missed this post or want to re-read it, simply scroll down a bit.

I am writing you all now with a bit of an update! I have found out the official cast list for the show. Yes, I sent some emails, made some phone calls, and was able to get my hands on it. (I found it out about a week ago, and announced it elsewhere, but procrastinated announcing it on my own sites. If you have already heard about the cast list from elsewhere, just know that they got it from me.) It includes a vast majority of the U.S. Whose Line old guard, a few folks from Drew Carey Show / Green Screen Show, and a couple of new faces as well:

Greg Proops 

Drew Carey
Ryan Stiles
Chip Esten
Jeff B. Davis
Sean Masterson
Kathy Kinney
Heather Anne Campbell (new - was in promo footage)
Allison Bosma (See January 10th 2011 Post)
Jonathan Magnum
Colin Mochrie
Brad Sherwood

The show will also occasionally include surprise guest stars.

However, how the cast will work is still unknown. Mr. Proops is telling me that the details are still yet to be hashed out completely; no one knows who all is filming on what days (or if it's going to be the entire cast). Colin and Brad tour with their two man show, and a few of their tour show dates conflict with the filming schedule (specifically January 15th, 20th, and 22nd). So either they will not be filming those days, or they will have to reschedule those tour dates. We shall have to see!

The new show is also going to be filmed in Las Vegas, at the MGM Grand. It will be shot over the course of three weekends - January 13th - 16th 2011 (4 nights, 7 tapings), January 20th - 22nd 2011 (3 nights, 6 tapings), and February 3rd - 6th 2011 (4 nights, 4 tapings).

The show still currently remains nameless, too - though I am speculating that there's a good chance it's just going to be called 'Drew Carey And The Improv Allstars'. But I could easily be wrong in that department.

Hope everyone is getting excited for the new series!

A Very Special And Enthralling Announcement

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Some of you might recall that earlier this year, back in February, I made a very tantalizing announcement... that there was a possibility that "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" would be returning to television, but in the form of the live show "Improv Allstars". I had been fortunate enough to be a part of and witness the pilot for the new show, and since then, I have been keeping very close tabs on any and all news I could obtain concerning it.

It seemed like such a long shot. No one thought it would actually get picked up and become reality. We all had our doubts, and yet, we sat patiently with fingers crossed.

Well, the waiting is over, and it is time to celebrate and spread the cheer...

The pilot for the new improv show, featuring Drew Carey and the stars from Whose Line, has officially been picked up by The Game Show Network (GSN), and will air in the spring of 2011!

Yes, you heard me right! The new show is happening!! It is momentous indeed, for it is the closest thing to a Whose Line revival that we will ever get. The new series (which has yet to be named) will include forty episodes (yes, forty!), half hour in length, all of which will be filmed at the MGM Grand Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, beginning January 13th 2011.

Though it is unclear at this point in time who all will be involved and featured on the new show, we can assuredly assume that Greg Proops will be a part of it. The other individuals who were a part of the original pilot were Ryan Stiles, Kathy Kinney, Chip Esten, Jeff B. Davis, Jonathan Magnum, and new face Heather Anne Campbell. (But just because these performers were a part of the pilot, doesn't necessarily mean that they will be a part of the new show - though we think that it is fairly safe to say that they will be.) All we can tell you is this: articles are claiming that the new show will feature a rotating cast of 'Drew Carey's improv friends' and some special 'guest stars'.

The format of the pilot was Improv Allstars. A host of the games played included Freeze Tag, Sentences, Fairytale, Change, Film And Theatre Styles, Forward Reverse, Moving People, Sound Effects, and Greatest Hits (just to name a few). Improv Allstars - like the other touring live shows featuring the men from Whose Line - does not have a points system. There is no person behind a desk with a buzzer. The games are short form, but they aren't rapid fire (such as Hats or Props were). However, this being said, we still cannot determine if the actual show is going to be based off of how the pilot was, or if changes are going to be implemented. It has been said, however, that there will be no pre-determined suggestions - everything will come straight from the audience (as how it is with the live shows).

If you don't have GSN on your cable or satellite, and you would love to see the show, never fear - we will do our best to host the episodes on the site for you to be able to download and watch. However, because the show is brand new, ratings will likely be important, and we highly encourage each and every fan of Greg and Whose Line and comedy and improv in general to support the new show. It will need all of the love it can get so that it survives for more than just a single season (let's not see it go south the way Green Screen Show did). Please help us spread the word about the new show. Tell it to your family, friends, neighbors, strangers in a cafe, wherever, whenever. We went this news to spread like wildfire, both on the internet, and by word of mouth. This is an important and exciting opportunity for both the fans and the performers. Let's make certain it becomes something special and well-loved.

We will be sure to keep everyone posted with updates on the show as it develops! Until then!

      One cannot deny that Greg Proops is downright brilliant. His witty and enticing jocularity lends itself to a high form of intellectualism that is both thorough and distinct. His verbal veracity is both striking and suave, sophisticated and sleek. As a man who has a seemingly endless wealth of knowledge, it is only fitting that his new podcast be entitled "The Smartest Man In The World". Yes, Mr. Proops now has his very own podcast, packed full of rich hilarity mines that he invites you to dig deep into, and upon exploration, your laughter will unfurl into the night (or day - your preference). Join him down a road of memories laced with delectable humor, and come aboard the Prooptacular train of wit and sarcasm and enjoy the ride as you coast through topics such as Governor Jerry Brown, reptiles, Ayn Rand, the ACLU, and more. One thing is certain, and this we do hold to be true... this podcast is fucking funny.
 

      The podcast is available in a few places. First and foremost, you can download the MP3 format of the file right here on GPN, over at the Audio Clips page. It's right at the top of the page so you don't have to hunt for it.

      You can also subscribe to it via iTunes.

      All jokes aside, please do give Mr. Proops' podcast a listen. Yours truly was there for the actual recording, and it was a magical night I won't forget. Greg worked hard on this podcast and it's a brand new venture for him, one which I sincerely hope he will continue. Please help spread the word about the podcast. Send the links to friends and family. Tweet about it. Post this onto your Facebook. Blog about it. Anything you can do to help get it to soar is deeply appreciated. Thanks, and more thanks.

 

A few months ago, we were made aware of a brand new CD / EP of Greg Proops' was going to be released. We are happy to now tell you that said EP, titled "Proops Digs In", shall be available on June 1st, 2010 (AKA, this upcoming Tuesday, folks)!

A short description of the CD (taken from the A Special Thing website) is written below:

"Proops Digs In!" is a 36-minute tour de force from a master improviser and noted snarketarian. Recorded at the Little Room at Largo on the night of Greg's "Elsewhere" release party, "Proops Digs In!" finds him at his loosest, and possibly his filthiest. Learn Greg's answer to TV's "Cougertown," his almighty disdain for Christian Audigier and his inspired vision of a stage play pitting James Bond against Wolverine. Oh, and he also gives that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad the business.

The hard copy of the CD is already available for pre-ordering online and comes as part of a three CD package. For a mere $15, not only shall you receive "Proops Digs In", but "Fossil Record" by Dan Telfer and "Sir, You Have Fooled Me Twice" by Paul F. Tompkins!

It has been said that this is an exclusive, limited-edition printing, so hurry up and order the CD package now while you can (at this time, you must buy the three CD package - you cannot buy "Proops Digs In" seperately)! You can order them online HERE.

Note: The material is currently not available on iTunes or Amazon. We shall let you know if it becomes available on either of these sites (or elsewhere).

This Sunday (AKA tomorrow!), Greg Proops will be featured on comedian Kevin Pollak's Chat Show as his special guest. The show is roughly one to two hours long, and the best part is, you can watch it live! The show will begin airing at 3 PM PST. You can watch it live and interact with other viewers in a chatroom over here at this link. We hope to see you there!

The show will be available for download on iTunes shortly after the airing. Go to iTunes and search for 'Kevin Pollak's Chat Show' to access the (free) downloads.

As you, dear reader, may or may not remember, back in July of last year, Greg had let it slip that there was a possibility of Whose Line returning, with Drew at the reigns of structuring the new/returning show. However, Greg later stated in August that it looked like those plans had come to a screeching halt. (Scroll down this page to read both references and the quotes involved.) Just when we were getting hopeful that Whose Line might live again, it seemed that that hope was shot down.

I am here to tell you that hope is taking wing and soaring once more. And this time, a solid step has been taken in the right direction. Please read on...

I attended Improv Allstars on February 6th, 7th, and 8th of this year (just a few weeks ago), which was held, per usual, at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino at the Hollywood Theatre in Las Vegas, Nevada. And when I entered those golden doors, there was one thing I instantly noticed: film cameras.

Sure enough, the shows on both Friday night and Saturday night (though not Sunday night) were filmed. There was a full camera crew there, with professional lighting. The stage was also done up in a manner that was far different from usual, featuring a ladder in the corner, a pile of rope by the piano, an odd brick wall of sorts slanted sideways upstage, a hoarde of spotlights and key lights with barn doors, and the stools were much closer to the edge of the stage.

One could assume that they were filming another television special, like they did back in 2001 for HBO. And this was originally what I thought.

That is, until Drew Carey said, during the course of his opening stand-up act, the magical words, "We're filming a pilot tonight."

During both nights, the show was filmed from beginning to end, including Drew's stand-up and concluding on the game 'Fairytale'. The performers included Greg Proops, Ryan Stiles, Drew Carey, Chip Esten, Jeff B. Davis, Kathy Kinney, Jonathan Mangum, and a brand new woman named Heather Anne Campbell (check out some basic information on her here). The music was composed by Bob Derkach (of Second City fame; he tours with Whose Live Anyway?).

I thus made it my mission to learn more about this mysterious "pilot". After the second taping, I brought it up in my conversation with the delightful Chip Esten. It went as follows:

Diane: Do you know anything about this pilot?
Chip: Well, it's not quite a pilot.
Diane: Ah, because Drew said 'pilot'.
Chip: It is a pilot, as much as usually a pilot means that you know who is looking at it to buy it. This is kind of a pilot where they are going to shoot it, produce it, and then see who wants to buy it, see if anybody's interested.
Diane: Oh nice!
Chip: Yeah. So they can do whatever they want. We've shot over two nights and then take best 20 or 30 minutes you can out of that. So think good thoughts.

I was too engrossed in my other conversations with Greg after the shows to ask him about the pilot, so I sent him an email inquiry later instead. He replied and told me that he had yet to hear of any news concerning the status of the pilot. However, he did say that he'd (in his words) 'hip me when something goes down'.

Thus, we are back to waiting, and wondering, and wondering, and waiting. I will let you all know the status of things the moment I learn anything new. I will be keeping in touch with Greg to try and find out more about Drew's plans, and just what this new show would consist of.

Based on what was filmed for the 'pilot', we can assume that the new 'Whose Line' would be simply Improv Allstars, which is obviously a different format than the original game-genre show. There is no person behind the desk or buzzers in Improv Allstars. There are a lot more players on stage at a time. There are new games in Improv Allstars that were never played on Whose Line (or even on Green Screen Show, for that matter). There is a lot more suggestive humor (the pilot was obviously not censored). Some questions I might have is whether or not, if the show was to be picked up, if it would continue to be filmed in Vegas, or if it would move to Hollywood. I also wonder about the casting. I'm sure a lot of Whose Line fans would be eager to know if Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood would again be joining the ranks, or if perhaps more totally new faces - like that of Heather Anne Campbell - would fill their shoes instead. At this point, we can only guess and speculate and, as Chip said, have good thoughts!

But overall, I find the news very exciting! Please stay tuned for further updates as more information presents itself. Keep your fingers crossed, folks.

Merry Christmas And Happy Holidays!

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Greg Proops Net would like to wish everyone far and near, close and dear, a very merry Christmas, and a most happy holiday! Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, we would like to thank you for being a part of our web family, and for continuing to support Greg and his work. We sincerely hope that everyone has a beautiful, wonderful holiday season filled with love, joy, peace, family, and friends, and that the upcoming year will bring great things to one and all.

Happy Birthday, Greg!

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Yes, today marks Mr. Proops' birthday. Let us all send the best of wishes to this brilliant man who has so graciously continued to entertain us with his sharp wit and snappy, snazzy humor through all these years. GPN raises a toast to honor Greg, to thank him humbly for continually making us laugh. We appreciate everything he has ever done. Thank you Greg, and here's to many more years to come.

Bow Down And Worship The Wit Of "Elsewhere"

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      Yesterday, Greg Proops' latest comedy album "Elsewhere" was released! The album features roughly an hour of non-stop hilarity. From angry, edgy, biting humor to his razor sharp wit and sheer plethora of intelligence and astounding vocabulary, this album will take you on a whirlwind joyride of comedy. It can quite easily be considered his most vicious album yet, mercilessly tackling and throwing down on subjects concerning the miseries of living 'elsewhere', why Britney makes us feel good about our pathetic lives again, ponderings on how the Olsen twins' heads manage to stay afloat on their toothpick bodies, how Evel Knievel was actually the real life version of Wile E. Coyote, why women actually have brains and use them unlike men, and how Hillary Clinton's proverbial member is swift, massive, and entirely dangerous to all who threaten. These are just but a few grains of sand on the topics that are covered, as I could not even begin to properly do the genius of this album justice. You must - I require, nay, demand this of you - purchase it and listen to it for yourself, so that you, too, may feel the love for the Proopkitty and worship his comedic divinity.

      There are two ways to go about purchasing. The album can be downloaded online in the form of MP3s from either iTunes or Amazon, or you can purchase a hard copy from A Special Thing Records. The cost is only a mere $10 either way.

Download From iTunes

Download From Amazon

Order A Copy From A Special Thing Records