|How to Embrace the Unexpected at a Comedy Show
Categories: Comedy Shows
Posted: April 19, 2012
by Ted Greenberg
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I hope that saying that things happen in threes is right on the money. As the star of a weekly late night comedy show, Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer, I love the spontaneity of performing in front of a live audience. You never know exactly what’s going to happen. The past two weeks’ shows have proven this point again and again — as two unexpected, but hilarious events arose — things that have never happened in the other 175 performances of my show.
Two Saturdays ago, a male audience member, in the spirit of fun, took off his shirt, and was such a hit with the audience that he kept it off until the conclusion of the show. Sure, you had to be there to get the full experience, but here’s a picture of the man, whose grand gesture earned him my full praise and the audience’s love. Now, there’s no expectation for anyone to disrobe at my show so I doubt this will ever happen again. And, that’s precisely what made it incredibly funny.
Every week, one lucky audience group wins a free cab ride home or to their next destination in New York City, with me at the wheel. Most people are overjoyed to win the cab ride and be whisked away from the SoHo Playhouse in style. Not so for Megan. Last Saturday, she boldly asked if she could receive the cash value of the cab ride instead! Say what? Watch the clip for yourself.
Now, after these two adventures, I have no idea what to expect for this Saturday night, but bring it on.
- 2012 New York Improvisation Comedy Awards
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