The very funny comic Greg Proops is the guest on this week’s episode of one of my favorite podcasts, Never Not Funny. Greg always wears a suit on stage, and so does Jimmy Pardo, the host of the show. In this six or eight minute clip from the show, they get deep into why they wear a suit on stage. You haven’t seen episode three of Put This On yet, of course, but when you do, the resonances will be clear.
“A lot of people go, ‘Oh I hate putting a suit on’ and ‘how can you be comfortable in a suit?’ And it’s like, because this is like medieval armor for me. When I put this on, it’s like when you see in the movies and they put a breastplate on and there’s a valet and he’s standing next to him and a page, and they light a candle and whatnot and I kneel down in front of a thing and I cross myself and I kiss the end of my sword, and I look up a picture of the king - oh fuck yeah! - and there’s a giant purple crystal hanging over my head, and Nicol Williamson is there with a conical hat with mystic runes on it and shit, and an owl flies into the room and sits on his shoulder and looks at me knowingly, right? And then, I fucking put my thing on and they put my cape on over me and I mount a giant horse and shit like that… that’s what this feels like to me. I feel like I have the protection of the Lord, and that I might go on the crusades - safely - and return with massive booty, and sack Jerusalem, and even meet a Saracen girl. All those things go through my mind when I put my suit on.”—
Greg Proops, from his Smartest Man in the World podcast