Entertainment Greg Proops, the smartest author in the world Greg Proops, the Smartest Man in the World. Photo Credit: Idil Sukan/Draw HQ By SCOTT A. ROSENBERG firstname.lastname@example.org @RosenbergScottA May 4, 2015 6:03 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email Comedian Greg Proops has been on your television a lot, both as an improv star on "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" and as the voice of Bob the Builder. For the past four years, he's been reinventing himself as a podcaster with "The Smartest Man in the World," where he opines about any of his favorite topics, from baseball to ancient history to music. "The connection I made with the audience has changed how I feel about comedy, it's changed how the audience feels about me," Proops says. "I've been around a while and to reinvent again has been inescapably meaningful to me." From the podcast comes Proops' new book, "The Smart Book in the World: A Lexicon of Literacy, A Rancorous Reportage, A Concise Curriculum of Cool." amNY spoke with Proops, 55, about the book. How has the podcast been received? After I did the first one ... my wife said to me, "This is the best thing you've ever done." This was after one show. I'm like, I've been doing stand-up for 30 years and improv forever, and she's like, "No, no no, this is really funny. You communicate. This is you. Sitting at a table drunk talking about the stuff like. It is what you should be doing." So I took it on faith that she was right, and I kept on doing it. Why do a book? I thought it would be nice for me to be disciplined for once in my feckless life. Where does all this knowledge come from? Oh, it's just a lifetime of reading. I'm in an improv group with Ryan Stiles from "Whose Line" and we've been on the road for 15 years and I have bored everyone in the group to death with all my stories. ... Ryan finally said to me, "Why don't you write a book where you talk about history like you do with us?" I think he said it so I'd quit talking about history. You've done the podcast at the Bell House a few times now. How do you like the Brooklyn crowd? In Brooklyn, I can get 300 people in on a Tuesday or Wednesday. I keep the price low, I think it's $15 to see me. When you get into [a higher price range], you're limiting your audience. I'd rather fill the place. The response is amazing. If you go: Greg Proops will be chatting with actor John Fugelsang Monday night at 7 at Strand Bookstore. Must muy book or $15 gift card. 828 Broadway, 212-473-1452. Proops will be at The Bell House on Thursday at 8 p.m. recording an episode of his podcast "The Smartest Man in the World," 149 Seventh St., Gowanus, 718-643-6510, $15. By SCOTT A. ROSENBERG email@example.com @RosenbergScottA Scott has been at amNewYork since 2008, first as the entertainment editor, and now as senior editor. He covers movies, books and other forms of entertainment. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.