Thurs., Jan. 3, The Smartest Man in the World

Punch Line Comedy Club, 8 p.m., $20

Greg Proops is a wordsmith. His podcast The Smartest Man in the World is a contemporary and illuminating listen; his intellectual narrative and provocative twists on current events will leave you in stitches. He is an agile stand-up improviser who peppers the audience with unique riffs, thrusting and parrying insights and insults on contemporary culture. The comedian's wit and spirit bring to light the inadequacies of modern culture. Proops will also be performing four stand-up shows at the same venue over the weekend, at 8 and 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday. 2100 Arden Way,