Interview: Greg Proops - First word

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This article is from 2011.

Interview: Greg Proops - First word

First record you ever bought
The Jackson Five's Greatest Hits. I was 11. So were they.

Last extravagant purchase you made
Rented a posh cabin in Inverness, California last Christmas. I only wish my wife could have been there.

First film you saw that really moved you
I got a schoolboy semi watching Mary Poppins. Must’ve been the brolly.

Last lie you told
I don't read my reviews.

First movie you ever went on a date to
Back off List.

Last time you cried
Talking to my agent in Hollywood.

First thing you do when you’ve got time off work
Light one up. Medicinal of course.

Last great meal you cooked
My wife is the genius of the kitchen. She made tiger prawns with saffron rice.

First crush
Sheila Damir – you don't know her. On TV, Diana Rigg.

Last book you read
Arrian’s The Campaigns of Alexander the Great

First great piece of advice you were given
Never quit, take time off, never quit.

Last time you were star struck
I am friends with Debbie Harry. She came to see my show in New York and wore silver sneakers. I swooned.

First thing you’d do if you ran the country
Tax the rich, remove all the CCTV cameras and make war unprofitable.

Last meal on earth - what would it be?
Steak frites. Crème Brulee. Red wine.

First song you’ll sing at karaoke
‘Head Over Heels’ by Tears for Fears.

Last time you exploited your position to get something
Got a better table at a tapas bar in Denver last week. Pretty big.

First time you realised you were famous
When someone yelled from a window in the Grassmarket, ‘Big Love, Greg!’

Last time someone criticised your work
They ended up disappeared.

First three words your friends would use to describe you
Loud, long-winded, sage.

Last time you made an impulse buy and regretted it
Crappy headphones from a big vending machine at an airport. What a rip off.

First concert you ever attended
My dad took us to see Jimmy Durante when I was six. Google him, he was in Vaudeville.

Last time you bought someone flowers
Last week my wife and yes we dance together as well.

First object you’d save from your burning home
My weed.

Last funny thing you saw online
Hollywood A**hole on Atomic Wedgie.

First job
Paper boy.

Last person in the world you’d sleep with
Rupert Murdoch.

First word you spoke
Cocktail?

Last crime you committed
Smuggling.

First song at your (potential) wedding
‘Just in Time’ by Dean Martin.

Last song at your funeral
‘Save it For Later’ by The English Beat.

First person you’d thank in an award acceptance speech
The President of Show Business.

Last thing you recommended to someone
Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy.

First thing you think of when you wake up in the morning
Coffee and world domination.

Last thing you think of before you go to sleep
Brekkie.

Greg Proops, Gilded Balloon Teviot, 662 6552, 27 Aug, 9pm, £10.

This article is from 2011.

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