Comedian, TV Star & Local Legend Greg Proops
You grew up in the Bay Area (San Carlos)- what was the bay like in the 1970’s and 80’s?
Any “very SF” stories about your days performing in small clubs here?
What was it like running around the city as a teenager back then?
Did you ever get in trouble?
Only by being a douche. I have one rule. Never go to jail. I was mugged but I was drunk and singing so…
What was the comedy scene like when you started, what’s it like now?
Favorite Comedians right now?
Favorite restaurant or bar in SF (any era)
The Old Tosca was quite good. Sinatra and opera on the jukebox. The brandy cappuccinos. In the old days the Chi-Chi on Broadway had a horseshoe-shaped bar and a lovely owner named Miss Keiko. I love Greens for lunch. La Taqueria for carne asada tacos. Slanted Door for hangover lunch. Mijito for carnitas. Taqueria La Cumbre for carne asada burritos. Dodges on Union had the best bacon. The Pier Head near where the ballpark is now was a real dive. I had a vey wild birthday there in ’85. Arts Cafe on Irving the best cheap pancakes and eggs in the world. The Pork Store on Haight was my saturday breakfast place for years. Leon’s Ribs on Fillmore was grand now long gone as is Do-City on Divis. Brandy Ho for the ham with garlic cloves. Tommy’s Joint for brisket and a beer. Lefty O’Douls for the photos. Mabuhay Gardens was hotbed of punk. We used to play the Old Savoy Tivoli on Grant Ave in the 70’s and 80’s. Broken glass on the filthy carpeted stage. Jukebox with the Clash and reggae in the bar. I had some fine underage birthdays there.
First job in the city?
Your Podcast is called “Greg Proops Smartest Man in the World“. How’d you come up with that name and is there a lot of pressure being the smartest man in the world?
Phil Beauman told me to take questions and brook no dissent. He gave me the name cause of my snarky attitude. None at all it comes easily to me. I am joking.