“Here he is, though, in front of a live audience each week, bravely recording some of the boldest comedy on the podcasting frontier right now.”
-Rolling Stone Magazine
Greg Proops is a stand up comic from San Francisco. He lives in Hollywood. It’s not that bad. Really.
The Proopdog is best known for his unpredictable appearances on Whose Line is it Anyway? He can be seen on the New Season on the WB.
Professor Proops has a hit Podcast called The Smartest Man in the World. He has recorded it live in Australia, New Zealand, Montreal, Edinburgh, Dublin, San Francisco, Oslo, Amsterdam, Austin, London, Paris aboard a ship in the Caribbean and somehow, Cleveland. Find it at Proopcast.com or iTunes.
Greg brazenly smokes dope on TV on The Green Room with Paul Provenza on Showtime.
Greg has lent his voice to Star Wars the Phantom Menace and was Bob the Builder.That's right Bob the Bloody Builder.
Mr. Proops has been a guest on Red Eye, The Late, Late Show and Chelsea Lately on E!
You may Socially Network with Greg on Twitter at @gregproops and tumblr at proopcast.com
Kumail is a tireless Los Angeles-based writer, actor, and comedian. He has been seen performing stand-up on Conan, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Late Show with David Letterman, and Jimmy Kimmel Live. His 2013 comedy special Beta Male was on the "best of 2013" lists for Vulture, Village Voice, and the Onion AV Club, and it was chosen best comedy special of the year by Entertainment Weekly. Kumail is a recurring cast member on shows like Portlandia, AdventureTime, and the webseries Burning Love, among others. He has also appeared in the feature films Hell Baby, Loaded, Bad Milo, Five Year Engagement, and the upcoming Hot Tub Time Marchine 2. He was a regular cast member on TNT's Franklin and Bash for two seasons and is now a regular cast member on the Mike Judge show Silicon Valley on HBO. The live show he cohosts, The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, is considered the best standup show in Los Angeles, and it will be a series on Comedy Central in 2014.
Raised a proud Razorback in Little Rock, Arkansas, Matt Besser attended Amherst College where he learned how to collect CDs. After graduating, Matt toured the Midwest doing stand-up, while taking improvisation direction from Del Close at Chicago's Improv Olympic Theater.
In Chicago in 1991, he became a founding member of the sketch group Upright Citizens Brigade, and with them he has performed and written stage productions including "Virtual Reality", "UCBTV", "Conference on the Future of Happiness", "Thunderball", "Bucket of Truth", "Big Dirty Hands", "Punch Your Friend in the Face", "The Real Real World", "That's F'd Up!", "Saigon Suicide Squad" (winner of Best Sketch at 1996 U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen), and currently in "The Funny Show".
In 1996 the UCB moved to NYC and produced their sketch show "Upright Citizens Brigade" for three seasons ('98 2000) on Comedy Central.
Soon after the success of the tv show the UCB opened their own comedy theater and improv school which operates in NYC, and most recently the UCB have expanded to open another theater in LA.
After the UCB tv show , Matt teamed up with Method Man & Redman to create and perform in a hidden camera show on MTV called "Stung". He was a co-creator and star of "Crossballs" which ran 23 episodes on Comedy Central.
He has directed stage productions including "Feature Feature", "Immortal Combat", "Sidecarrin'" (1998 U.S.C.A.F), and Todd Barry in "Icky" (2001 U.S.C.A.F).
Besser's one-man shows include: "How Much I Lied", "May I Help You Dumbass?", "Don't Be A Dick", and "RUhi?". As a stand-up, he participated in the first USCAF. His most recent one-man show is called "Woo Pig Sooie!" and concerns his battles with God.
As an improviser he was a member of Chicago's "The Family" and is forever a member of "Asssscat" the longest running and greatest improv show in the history of the world.
In fall of 2005 the UCB premiered their improv show "Asssscat: Improv" on Bravo. More new Asssscats on DVD will soon be released on the UCB label.
Besser has guest starred on "Help Me Help You", "Pilot Season", "Reno 911", "Stacked", "Bernie Mac Show", "Frasier", "America Dad", "Watching Ellie", "Spin City", "Late Night with Conan O'Brien", "Jimmy Kimmel Show", "Late Friday", "Weekends at the DL", and featured in the movies "The TV Set", and Sundance Film Festival favorite "Junebug".
Michael is CRACKED's Senior Video Editor, and Co-Founder of Those Aren't Muskets! His comedy has appeared online, in print, on television, on the radio, on the big screen in the form of his debut film Kill Me Now, and is regularly blasted out into the infinity of space so that it can be preserved forever and ever. He does all the things you do when making movies, and also raps and eats mexican food.
Daniel O'Brien is the Head Writer for Cracked.com, a website. He is the co-author and editor of "You Might Be a Zombie (And Other Bad News)" now a New York Times Bestseller. His new book, "How To Fight Presidents," will be available for purchase January 21, 2014, assuming bookstores still exist by then. He lives in Santa Monica with his dog Jackson, who is a good little guy.
Adam Tod Brown is an editor and columnist at Cracked.com and host of the damn amazing Unpopular Opinion podcast. As coincidence would have it, he also hosts a stand-up comedy show of the same name the first and third Tuesday of every month at Westside Comedy Theater in Santa Monica. He's performed at fun places like The Stand in NYC and The Improv in Hollywood and has written for the likes of Playboy.com, TheSmokingJacket.com, and Uproxx.com. He believes he can fly. He believes he can punch the sky.
Cracked.com proudly presents the biggest Hour of Power Hour yet! Join us for:
GREG PROOPS (Whose Line Is It Anyway?)
MATT BESSER (The Upright Citizens Brigade)
KUMAIL NANJIANI (The Meltdown)
Featuring stand-up, tunes and vids from your favorite CRACKED.COM contributors:
ADAM TOD BROWN
Hosted by LEE KEELER
Live music from the gyratingly genius JACK & GENE!
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The Hour of Power Hour is your semi-monthly face-melting of the finest sketch and stand-up comedy straight from the steaming-hot ovaries of Hollywood! Presented by The Devastator, the quarterly comedy magazine that has been amplifying the laughter of human society since 2009. Produced and hosted by Lee Keeler (ScreenJunkies.com), the show features the finest in Devastation that comedy has to offer! Previous guests have included Maria Bamford, Paul Scheer, Kyle Kinane, TJ Miller, Greg Fitzsimmons, James Urbaniak, Neal Brennan, Myq Kaplan, Ali Wong, Dominic Dierkes, Moshe Kasher, Sean Patton, Eddie Pepitone, Keith Knight, Brendon Walsh, DC Pierson, Brent Weinbach, Dave Anthony, Rick Overton,Ken Tanaka, Allan Havey and more! For more information, power up at hollywood.improv.com or devastatorquarterly.com!