Greg Proops – Stand Up

greg-proops_32575_thumbIt came as a shock to be informed that this performance would actually be a recording of a podcast, and not the stand-up set we were expecting.  Not on really, and akin to advertising a tournament as strokeplay, when it’s actually matchplay.

There was a frisson of excitement in the room when the audience thought Proops was eulogising about South African Major winner, Louis Oosthuizen, only for it to fizzle out when it became clear that the subject was Robert Louis Stevenson.

A glaring missed opportunity came and went when Proops decided to talk about Kevin Kostner’s ‘Robin Hood Prince of Thieves’, when clearly ‘Tin Cup’ would’ve been a better choice.  Proops pandered to the crowd by criticising George Bush Snr, but he would do well to remember that the former President was an 11 handicap golfer in his prime, so not all bad.

However, Proops finished strongly by playing 1978 funk track ‘Dukie Stick’ – an ode to PGA Tour veteran Ken Duke’s putter, which he wielded to such devastating effect in the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands in June.  A clever move by an experienced performer, giving him a respectable rating of 3 golf balls.

Reviewer – Teabagger Vance


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