The Greg Proops Chat Show with Greg Behrendt, Rhys Darby, and Josh Homme 4/21/09
Greg Behrendt mercilessly making Greg Proops weep at his own chat show. I Photo courtesy of Greg Proops.
It is no surprise that Jon Brion did not ask for any requests last Tuesday evening. The last time he did that to warm up the crowd for Greg Proops, some wise acre asked for Free Bird. It does not matter that Brion rose to the challenge and melted our faces off with, get this, a piano solo, what matters is that Brion was not going to allow the audience to choose his song again. To be honest, I don't know what he was thinking the first time. Who does he think attends the Greg Proops Chat show, if not smart ass goobers? (For anyone who is offended by that, know that I include myself in this category.) So instead he chose the safe course and sat down at the piano without so much as a glance at the audience, and promptly stunned us all into awed silence with his playing. It must be very handy being able to do that on command. I would even possibly qualify it as a minor superpower. Nothing as flashy as moving objects with your mind, but still very impressive.
I suspect Greg Proops has chosen Jon Brion because of this super power. He has Brion blow our minds because then have our brains ready and receptive for comedy. It's like washing a chalkboard. All the annoyances and calculations of the day have been wiped clean by the majesty we just listened to and now we don't have a care in the world except for what Proops is going to say next. It's a theory.