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From the brazen, bold, and beloved comic and podcast star Greg Proops comes an electrifying, thought-provoking, and unrelenting collection of rapid-fire references, historical name-checking, Satchel Paige bon mots, and genuine wisdom.

Greg Proops is an internationally renowned comedian, best known for starring on the hit improv comedy show Whose Line Is It Anyway? and for his popular award-winning podcast, The Smartest Man in the World, which Rolling Stone called “some of the boldest comedy on the podcasting frontier right now.” But Proops is also a fountain of historical knowledge, a wealth of pop culture trivia, and a generally charming know-it-all.

The Smartest Book in the World is based on Proops’s sensational, iTunes Top 10 podcast that has been downloaded more than nine million times, in which his “bold, never-boring voice takes center stage” (New York Times). The book is a rollicking reference guide to the most essential areas of knowledge in Proops’s universe, from the noteworthy names of the ancient world and baseball, to the movies you must see and the albums you must hear.

Complete with history’s juiciest tales and curious back-stories, Proops expounds on the merits of poetry and proper punctuation, delivering this wealth of information with his signature style and Proopsian panache. An off-beat and exuberant guide to everything, The Smartest Book in the World gives you everything you need to know to always be the smartest person in the room—unless the Proopmaster is there, too.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This book is plenty glib, plenty sly, and pretty damn wise. It is also quick, funny, and, often, pointedly true.”

    New York Journal of Books

  • “Proops’ compendium of trivia, passionate essays, lists, and observations might not be the smartest book, but it’s certainly an entertaining one…Rather than offer a linear examination of a particular topic, Proops jumps around…but what Proops lacks in breadth he more than makes up for in enthusiasm. It’s a terrifically random appreciation of cultural touchstones that’s sure to inspire readers to look further.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A charmingly random omnibus from a wisecracking know-it-all…Proops sprinkles the book with a variety of fascinating tidbits…Snarky history and piquant criticism as delivered by the smartass in the back of the classroom.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “A seasoned comedian, he has a fun and lighthearted delivery, as well as the honed comedic timing one would expect…Proops is clearly having [fun] presenting it to the listener.”


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