The name of Greg Proops’ wildly popular podcast – The Smartest Man in the World – is somewhere between hyperbole and reality. The comedian, of course, is not the smartest man in the world (though how would we even quantify that, so maybe he is?), but he’s one of very few middle-aged white guys in the public eye worth taking seriously. The dude can drop knowledge on politics, world history, gay rights, drugs, literature and, in my humble opinion, he was the best Bob the Builder.
In a new interview, which you can peep below, Laughspin contributor Crisman Richards sits down the Proops backstage at the Punchline comedy club in San Francisco. The far-ranging interview touches on the impact of his podcast, poetry, parenting and much more. Proops has especially strong opinions about the subject of parenting. “My generation might be the worst parenting generation that ever lived,” he says, “because they raised a group of illiterates and were so self-absorbed that they couldn’t bother to teach anyone who Malcom X was.”
Check out the full video below!