Proops, on the other hand, has tapped into the British psyche enough to be able to stand back and deliver killer observations from the outsider's perspective while nevertheless absorbing a dollop of British culture en route. Take his line on the impossibility of getting served in a British restaurant after three on a Sunday. "Till I came here I thought Fawlty Towers was a comedy show. Now I realise it's a hard-hitting documentary."
There's a certain element of predictability (both he and fellow countryman Rich Hall match each other almost line for line on the Atlanta Olympics) and I could have done with a little less "audience-are-you-with-me?" patronising. But such is Proops's speed of attack that there's hardly time to reflect. For pure gags-per-minute consistency, he's hard to beat.
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