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Improv-A-Ganza Updates (Videos, Premiere Date, Cast List Changes, Wayne Confirmation, Tapings)
by Diane (proopstradamus)
at January 10th, 2011 (11:39 pm)
calm

current mood: calm

Today I received a phone call... from the producer of Improv-A-Ganza! Let me tell you, I didn't see that one coming. The guy was very nice, and politely asked me to remove the YouTube video containing the clip from the 'pilot', and to also clarify on my channel and forthcoming Improv-A-Ganza Online site that they were unofficial. No biggie.

However, he allowed me to retain the MGM promos, as they alone have been creating quite a stir with people and creating a lot of positive interest for the new show. He is also going to hook me up with the people from GSN to make sure I can keep posting the GSN commercials (as I have one up currently, and three more saved for later posting).

I will, of course, still be posting videos of my show reviews in a week or so for those interested in what the shows were like, who participated, what games were played, what the setup of the stage was, etc...

The good news is, the producer (I'm not going to give out his name for privacy reasons) has asked if I would like to work with them, and of course, I agreed. So he said that he would be sending me things I could use for the site and YouTube channel occasionally - sort of 'slip me things' that I can use with their permission, before anyone else has it. I don't know what all of this consists of, but I think it's rather exciting and I cannot wait to see what he sends me.

I also learned a few things between him and a few articles that were posted today. First off, the show is set to premiere on March 28th (which is a Monday). It will have a prime-time slot (exact time is not yet known). So this is VERY good for the show! Being in a good time slot gives it a better chance to have more viewings. And the producer did stress to me that, cable or no cable, it will depend heavily on the success of the first season on whether or not it continues. So fingers crossed! :)

I also learned that there has been a slight change in the cast list. Allison Bosma will *not* be a part of the show - but Sean Masterson will! Yay! (I'm personally very happy about this. Now if only Julie was there!) AND, a bit of a disappointment to some folks - Wayne is not going to be involved in the show in any way, shape, or form. No guest spot. I asked why, and what I had surmised turned out to hit the nail on the head - Wayne is off doing his own thing, hasn't really bothered to keep in contact with the others or show any interest, and is busy with his own show. So, that's that.

And there's also supposed to be 20 tapings, not 17, even though only 17 are being shown for available tickets. (Yeah, I'm as confused as you on that one.)

Anyway, that's the update! I hope everyone is as excited for the new show as I am! ^_^

PS - Here's the other MGM promo. Contains a few different clips than the other one, and is in higher quality.

Diane [userpic]
Improv-A-Ganza Videos! Follow Improv-A-Ganza!
by Diane (proopstradamus)
at January 5th, 2011 (12:19 am)
apathetic

current mood: apathetic

Hello everyone!

Still excited for the new show Drew Carey's Improv-A-Ganza? We hope you are! And if you are still sitting on the fence, perhaps these videos will help to cheer you up some:





If you have a YouTube account, please subscribe to http://www.youtube.com/improvaganza . The more subscribers obtained, the more videos that will be uploaded! Plus, more subscribers helps to share the news and general joy of the new show.

There are other ways you can follow Improv-A-Ganza, too. They are as follows:

Livejournal: improvaganza

Improv-A-Ganza Online: http://www.improv-a-ganza.com

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/improv_a_ganza

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/drewcareysimprovaganza

Some of these links are still in the works of being fully designed and created, but you can still go ahead and join them now (or bookmark them) to have as a reference and for all future updates on the show!

Hope you all are having a lovely 2011 so far! Happy new year!

Diane [userpic]
New Improv Show Now Has A Title!
by Diane (proopstradamus)
at December 21st, 2010 (02:36 am)
bouncy

current mood: bouncy

Well folks, less than a month before the first tapings begin, the new improv show now officially has a title (keep in mind - titles do happen to change - but for now, this is the 'official' title)...

And what is that title, you ask?

"Drew Carey's Improv-A-Ganza"

Also simply being called 'IMPROV-A-GANZA'.


What do you think? Do you like the new title?

Personally, I have mixed feelings about it. It could be worse. But it doesn't strike me as particularly unique, either.

Also, if you spread this news, it'd be really nice if you please credit me for reporting this first. Thank you. :)

Diane [userpic]
Official Cast List For New Improv Show Announced
by Diane (proopstradamus)
at December 4th, 2010 (07:28 pm)
apathetic

current mood: apathetic

A little over two weeks ago, I made an announcement that the new Whose Lineesque improv pilot that had been filmed in Las Vegas last February had been picked up by The Game Show Network, and was set to begin airing episodes in spring of next year. If you missed this post or want to re-read it, here's the link: http://community.livejournal.com/proopalicious/8678.html?mode=reply .

I am writing you all now with a bit of an update! I have found out the official cast list for the show. It includes a vast majority of the U.S. Whose Line old guard, a few folks from Drew Carey Show / Green Screen Show, and a couple of new faces as well:

Drew Carey
Ryan Stiles
Greg Proops
Chip Esten
Jeff B. Davis
Kathy Kinney
Heather Anne Campbell (was in pilot)
Allison Bosma (brand new)
Jonathan Magnum
Colin Mochrie
Brad Sherwood

The show will also occasionally include surprise guest stars.

However, how the cast will work is still unknown. Greg (Proops) is telling me that the details are still yet to be hashed out completely; no one knows who all is filming on what days (or if it's going to be the entire cast). Colin and Brad tour with their two man show, and a few of their tour show dates conflict with the filming schedule (specifically January 15th, 20th, and 22nd). So either they will not be filming those days, or they will have to reschedule those tour dates. We shall have to see!

The show still currently remains nameless, too - though I am speculating that there's a good chance it's just going to be called 'Drew Carey And The Improv Allstars'. But I could easily be wrong in that department.

Hope everyone is getting excited for the new series!

Diane [userpic]
A Very Special And Enthralling Announcement
by Diane (proopstradamus)
at November 22nd, 2010 (02:06 pm)
excited

current mood: excited

Some of you might recall that earlier this year, back in February, I made a very tantalizing announcement... that there was a possibility that "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" would be returning to television, but in the form of the live show "Improv Allstars". I had been fortunate enough to be a part of and witness the pilot for the new show, and since then, I have been keeping very close tabs on any and all news I could obtain concerning it.

It seemed like such a long shot. No one thought it would actually get picked up and become reality. We all had our doubts, and yet, we sat patiently with fingers crossed.

Well, the waiting is over, and it is time to celebrate and spread the cheer...

The pilot for the new improv show, featuring Drew Carey and the stars from Whose Line, has officially been picked up by The Game Show Network (GSN), and will air in the spring of 2011!



Yes, you heard me right! The new show is happening!! It is momentous indeed, for it is the closest thing to a Whose Line revival that we will ever get. The new series (which has yet to be named) will include forty episodes (yes, forty!), half hour in length, all of which will be filmed at the MGM Grand Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, beginning January 13th 2011.

Though it is unclear at this point in time who all will be involved and featured on the new show, we can assuredly assume that Greg Proops will be a part of it. The other individuals who were a part of the original pilot were Ryan Stiles, Kathy Kinney, Chip Esten, Jeff B. Davis, Jonathan Magnum, and new face Heather Anne Campbell. (But just because these performers were a part of the pilot, doesn't necessarily mean that they will be a part of the new show - though we think that it is fairly safe to say that they will be.) All we can tell you is this: articles are claiming that the new show will feature a rotating cast of 'Drew Carey's improv friends' and some special 'guest stars'. Please see the bottom of this post for the official cast list!!

The format of the pilot was Improv Allstars. A host of the games played included Freeze Tag, Sentences, Fairytale, Change, Film And Theatre Styles, Forward Reverse, Moving People, Sound Effects, and Greatest Hits (just to name a few). Improv Allstars - like the other touring live shows featuring the men from Whose Line - does not have a points system. There is no person behind a desk with a buzzer. The games are short form, but they aren't rapid fire (such as Hats or Props were). However, this being said, we still cannot determine if the actual show is going to be based off of how the pilot was, or if changes are going to be implemented. It has been said, however, that there will be no pre-determined suggestions - everything will come straight from the audience (as how it is with the live shows).

If you don't have GSN on your cable or satellite, and you would love to see the show, never fear - we will do our best to host the episodes on the site for you to be able to download and watch. However, because the show is brand new, ratings will likely be important, and we highly encourage each and every fan of Greg and Whose Line and comedy and improv in general to support the new show. It will need all of the love it can get so that it survives for more than just a single season (let's not see it go south the way Green Screen Show did). Please help us spread the word about the new show. Tell it to your family, friends, neighbors, strangers in a cafe, wherever, whenever. We want this news to spread like wildfire, both on the internet, and by word of mouth. This is an important and exciting opportunity for both the fans and the performers. Let's make certain it becomes something special and well-loved.

We will be sure to keep everyone posted with updates on the show as it develops! Until then!

EDIT: As a lot of folks are seeing this post from Reddit, I will also include the information in our most recent post concerning the cast list:

I am writing you all now with a bit of an update! I have found out the official cast list for the show. It includes a vast majority of the U.S. Whose Line old guard, a few folks from Drew Carey Show / Green Screen Show, and a couple of new faces as well:

Drew Carey
Ryan Stiles
Greg Proops
Chip Esten
Jeff B. Davis
Kathy Kinney
Heather Anne Campbell (was in pilot)
Allison Bosma (brand new)
Jonathan Magnum
Colin Mochrie
Brad Sherwood


The show will also occasionally include surprise guest stars.

However, how the cast will work is still unknown. Greg (Proops) is telling me that the details are still yet to be hashed out completely; no one knows who all is filming on what days (or if it's going to be the entire cast). Colin and Brad tour with their two man show, and a few of their tour show dates conflict with the filming schedule (specifically January 15th, 20th, and 22nd). So either they will not be filming those days, or they will have to reschedule those tour dates. We shall have to see!

The show still currently remains nameless, too - though I am speculating that there's a good chance it's just going to be called 'Drew Carey And The Improv Allstars'. But I could easily be wrong in that department.

Hope everyone is getting excited for the new series!

If you want more news concerning the new show, please follow us here, or on our main website, Greg Proops Net (http://www.greg-proops.net) or Ryan Stiles Net (http://www.ryan-stiles.net).

Diane [userpic]
Brand New EP "Proops Digs In" Available June 1st
by Diane (proopstradamus)
at May 29th, 2010 (08:24 am)
sleepy

current mood: sleepy



A few months ago, we were made aware of a brand new CD / EP of Greg Proops' was going to be released. We are happy to now tell you that said EP, titled "Proops Digs In", shall be available on June 1st, 2010 (AKA, this upcoming Tuesday, folks)!

A short description of the CD (taken from the A Special Thing website) is written below:

"Proops Digs In!" is a 36-minute tour de force from a master improviser and noted snarketarian. Recorded at the Little Room at Largo on the night of Greg's "Elsewhere" release party, "Proops Digs In!" finds him at his loosest, and possibly his filthiest. Learn Greg's answer to TV's "Cougertown," his almighty disdain for Christian Audigier and his inspired vision of a stage play pitting James Bond against Wolverine. Oh, and he also gives that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad the business.

The hard copy of the CD is already available for pre-ordering online and comes as part of a three CD package. For a mere $15, not only shall you receive "Proops Digs In", but "Fossil Record" by Dan Telfer and "Sir, You Have Fooled Me Twice" by Paul F. Tompkins!

It has been said that this is an exclusive, limited-edition printing, so hurry up and order the CD package now while you can (at this time, you must buy the three CD package - you cannot buy "Proops Digs In" seperately)! You can order them online HERE.

Note: The material is currently not available on iTunes or Amazon. We shall let you know if it becomes available on either of these sites (or elsewhere).

Diane [userpic]
Join Greg This Sunday On Kevin Pollak's Chat Show
by Diane (proopstradamus)
at May 22nd, 2010 (09:58 am)
mellow

current mood: mellow

This Sunday (AKA tomorrow!), Greg Proops will be featured on comedian Kevin Pollak's Chat Show as his special guest. The show is roughly one to two hours long, and the best part is, you can watch it live! The show will begin airing at 3 PM PST. You can watch it live and interact with other viewers in a chatroom over here at this link. We hope to see you there!

The show will be available for download on iTunes shortly after the airing. Go to iTunes and search for 'Kevin Pollak's Chat Show' to access the (free) downloads.

blackroseshadow [userpic]
Lets laugh for a bit.
by blackroseshadow (blackroseshadow)
at May 13th, 2010 (10:32 am)

I have to think after watching this, that Greg sure does play the bratty kid really well.

blackroseshadow [userpic]
Yep, it is that time again...
by blackroseshadow (blackroseshadow)
at April 29th, 2010 (08:07 am)

A little fangirling ahead.. thanks to a youtube clip.

Now, I don't know how many of you have seen this, but umm wow.. I.. need to go just drool for a moment.. LOL. Enjoy.

blackroseshadow [userpic]
Just a picture.
by blackroseshadow (blackroseshadow)
at April 23rd, 2010 (07:58 am)

Just a picture to cheer everyone up.

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blackroseshadow [userpic]
To my surprise.......
by blackroseshadow (blackroseshadow)
at March 30th, 2010 (07:37 am)

I've had a really crappy week with getting ready to graduate from college in May. They have just been pounding me with work and all these projects. Well anyways, I open up my email this morning and I find to my surprise and to my delight, that one of my friends had emailed me a new picture I've never seen before. I thought it would only be nice to share the picture with everyone here. It just made me smile and made me feel a little better this morning. Now if only my allergies would go away.
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blackroseshadow [userpic]
New Member!
by blackroseshadow (blackroseshadow)
at March 23rd, 2010 (06:44 am)

I just wanted to say hello.

I'm a new member. I just joined last night, but I've been lurking around for a few days. Odd that I would pick only a few days to lurk around, since I usually take my time lurking around. Yes, I'm sneaky like that LOL.

If any of you guys have any other questions feel free to ask them and I'm glad I am now a part of this group!

Diane [userpic]
Happy Birthday, Greg!
by Diane (proopstradamus)
at October 3rd, 2009 (08:09 am)
excited
Tags:

current mood: excited



Yes, today marks Mr. Proops' birthday. Let us all send the best of wishes to this brilliant man who has so graciously continued to entertain us with his sharp wit and snappy, snazzy humor through all these years. Thus, we raise a toast to honor Greg, to thank him humbly for continually making us laugh. We appreciate everything he has ever done. Thank you Greg, and here's to many more years to come.

Quiet! I'm expressing myself. [userpic]
Hey everyone!
by Quiet! I'm expressing myself. (lunchpunch)
at April 29th, 2009 (10:26 pm)

Does anyone by any chance know what kind of music/bands Greg likes? I was wondering the other day. Has he ever said anything specific (or hinted twoards) regarding the kind of music and bands he listens to? I have a feeling he listens to some good music. I know he's worn a Nine Inch Nails shirt before, and his MySpace says "Glam, dub, jazz, punk, old school soul, bossa nova, ambient. Jon Brion."

But does anyone know anything a bit more... specific?

Diane [userpic]
The World Shifts Slightly On Its Axis
by Diane (proopstradamus)
at March 26th, 2009 (03:29 am)
exhausted

current mood: exhausted

For many years, it has been common Proops knowledge that Greg was a proud owner of an ocelot. This ocelot was named Shia. Then later, fairly recently, Greg got another ocelot, named Bristol.

Ocelots have long been a running gag in the Proops world, constantly showing face in standup and improv alike, even in articles and other various material. Often when fans think of any animal to represent Mr. Proops, 'ocelot' immediately comes to mind. After all, he has been nicknamed "The Big Ocelot" before, and has referred to his fans as his "ocelot kittens".

And yet, here we are, on March 25th, 2009, and Greg Proops confirms something that I've long suspected (but didn't want it to be true)...

There is no ocelot. There never has been. It's been a running joke, a gag.

Via the use of the interwebs, Greg has carefully led us to believe that he has actually owned an ocelot by putting it into his self-written bio that has been splashed all over the web. However, in a most recent article, Greg said this:

Oh, I say I have an ocelot and it’s a joke, but I’ve had so many news programs in this country say, “So what’s it like, having an ocelot?” And I’ll say, “It’s marvelous just to see them run free. When feeding time comes and they’re mulling, it just warms your heart.” People will really believe fucking anything. You may have noticed this. It’s not just me. Look around.

I wanted him owning an ocelot to be true - because that'd be simply awesome. Ocelots are beautiful cats that deserve our love and admiration - and he obviously still likes them qutie a lot. However, I do admit that I have always been suspicious, and even more so when 'Shia' become 'Bristol' right at the height of Sarah Palin and the incident with her daughter - Bristol - becoming pregnant, and then Greg making a joke that 'Bristol [the ocelot] was pregnant'. But, now we know the truth - no ocelots.

Am I the only one a little saddened by this news?

Unrelated Sidenote: Remind me not to try and type at 3:30 AM. I wrote 'axis' as 'access'. Oy vey.

Diane [userpic]
Greg On Chelsea Lately Tonight
by Diane (proopstradamus)
at November 26th, 2008 (08:06 pm)
drained

current mood: drained

Catch Greg on the E! channel tonight on The Chelsea Lately show as he once more appears as a guest on the panel. Check your local listings for the exact airtime in your area.

Diane [userpic]
Greg Proops Net Renovation Updates
by Diane (proopstradamus)
at October 28th, 2008 (01:58 pm)
hungry

current mood: hungry

Ok, as you all (likely) know, I've been working on totally revamping GPN. The new GPN is going to be quite different from what you see now. The new version will be very professional and information oriented, and thus look as such. Some things will have to be sacrificed for this, likely including things like the tagboard, the current way the news is presented, the side calendar on the front page, and essentially everything in the current lefthand column will either go, or be minimized. The new front page will be aimed at point-blank information, quick snippets on what is new rather than having to search for it. There will likely be small boxes with blurbs rather than the paragraph format there is now.

I'd like to hear your feelings on what I stated above. Also, please, it'd be very helpful if you all filled out this little questionnaire:

1. What do you primarily use GPN for? (I understand that you likely use it for more than one thing - hopefully - but please pick the main thing that you open it up for.)

A) News & Appearance Schedule
B) Photos
C) Videos / Audio
D) Other - Please Explain

2. If you had the perfect front page, what would be on it? How would it be organized?

3. How would you prefer the news delivered?

A) Just Like How It Is Now - In the long paragraph form, although very jumbled and hard to search for.
B) In quick blurbs with links to full artictles
C) Other - please explain

4. Which type of news is more important to you?

A) Site updates
B) Greg news

5. How do you feel about Proopalicious being reserved solely for the Livejournal community, and GPN being named just as GPN?

6. Do you have flash and javascript installed on your computer?

7. What is one thing (or more) that you'd love to see either implemented into the site, or altered? Please be detailed.

8. How often do you use the tagboard and the news comments? Would you see yourself using them more or less in the future if they remained?

9. What type of menu would you prefer?

A) Just like how it is now, with big areas, and then seperate sections within them with pages that link to them.
B) Drop-down menus.
C) One big long line with all of the pages at the top of the page
D) Other - please explain.

10. Lastly, please be honest... how often do you visit GPN? And would you plan on visiting it more often with the new design and changes?

Thank you!

Diane [userpic]
Easy To Assemble - Greg's First Appearance!
by Diane (proopstradamus)
at October 27th, 2008 (09:08 pm)
depressed

current mood: depressed

Easy To Assemble - Episode 6 - Personal Shopper


The first episode of "Easy To Assemble" featuring Greg has finally been released. Greg has reprised his role from "Illeanarama" as Ben, Illeana's agent. The episode is only a few minutes long, but it seems that it is likely that next week's episode will also feature Mr. Proops. So, go give it a look! The link is above.

Diane [userpic]
Greg On Chelsea Lately - Tonight!
by Diane (proopstradamus)
at October 21st, 2008 (04:50 pm)
exhausted

current mood: exhausted

Greg will be appearing yet again on the talk show Chelsea Lately, tonight! The channel is E! Entertainment. Check your local listings for the specific time!

Happy Birthday Mr Proops
by my_jar_o_dirt (my_jar_o_dirt)
at October 4th, 2008 (12:37 am)

To celebrate Greg Proops' birthday, I made this short video.


Happy Birthday Greg!

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