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What’s in a Name: Ted

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Posted: June 28, 2012
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Tomorrow, a new movie opens across the country. A comedy film that bears my name: Ted. The film is the brainchild of Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane and stars Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis (who voices the daughter on Family Guy) and the voice of MacFarlane as a trouble-making teddy bear who goes by the name of Ted.
 
With the release of Ted, I rank my favorite things and people who share my given name. Here are the top five Teds:
 
5) TED: ideas worth spreading. TED — which stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design — launched in 1984 as a platform to engage and enlighten people about the latest thoughts and discussions in the aforementioned fields. These days, thanks to technology, you don’t have to travel to the conferences to enjoy the speeches and talks. Just visit its web site. How fantastic to have my name associated with something so smart.

 
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4) TED KENNEDY.
May he rest in peace. The youngest of the Kennedy brothers to serve in office, Teddy’s career was often challenged by scandal, but he was a terrific statesman. Unlike many politicians today, he made friends across the aisle and brokered deals that would be unheard of in today’s bipartisan circus. Plus, he gave great speeches.
 
Ted Kennedy
 
3) TED DANSON. He has entertained America for three decades. From the winning sitcom Cheers where he played a washed up Red Sox pitcher to the bromance I raved about on Bored to Death, Danson has made us laugh hard. He’s also done drama. He was fantastic on Damages, and can currently be seen opposite Elisabeth Shue on CSI. One of my favorite Danson movies is Cousins, a remake of a French film (like his Three Men in a Baby was). In that film which also starred William Petersen, who preceded Danson on CSI, Danson plays a romantically challenged, financially strapped dance instructor named Larry. His very wealthy uncle, though, pays him the ultimate compliment, “Larry is a failure at everything except life.” In my book Danson succeeds wildly.
 
Ted Danson
 
2) CAMIKNICKERS AKA TEDDY. Yes, before it was called a Teddy, lingerie had the horrible sounding moniker Camiknickers (a combo of camisole and knickers). Thank goodness my name came to the rescue. Teddy has a way sexier ring to it, don’t you think?
 
1) TED BAXTER. TED KNIGHT. Two Teds equal perfection. Ted Knight played Ted Baxter on The Mary Tyler Moore Show in the 1970s. Was there anyone better at portraying an egotistical blowhard and still making you love him despite hating him? Knight spun Baxter into comedy gold, literally, winning two Emmy Awards for his portrayal of the vain newsman. If you have not seen the show, do yourself a favor and watch an episode or two. In the meantime, here’s a clip from the show.
 

 
And, if you’re in the mood for some comedy this Saturday night or any other, you can catch me, Ted Greenberg, on stage at Soho Playhouse in downtown Manhattan every Saturday night at 10:00 pm in Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer. Hope to see you soon.



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Join Me on Pinterest

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Posted: June 25, 2012
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For months, I’d heard that everyone, including President Barack Obama, was joining Pinterest. I also saw the photos from people’s Pinterest accounts pop up on Facebook. I enjoy connecting with Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer‘s audience members and fans on Facebook and Twitter. Why not join Pinterest and share photos from performances, behind-the-scenes fun and other random occurrences?
 
Earlier this month, I joined Pinterest. Right now, my Pinterest boards highlight taxi cab ride winners, those lucky audience members who win a free cab ride home from my show with me at the wheel; the Mascot’s shenanigans (did you know he can play chess?) and audience photos. I will create new boards over the summer.
 
I would love suggestions. What should I include? Pins of my favorite comedians, places in New York, photos of me (gotta work on those)? I would love your suggestions. If you follow me on Pinterest, I will follow you. Looking forward to seeing you there.
 
George Takei
 
And if you have a moment, check out George Takei’s Pinterest boards. The man also known as Sulu on Star Trek has been wildly popular for his funny photo posts on Facebook. Now you can see them in all their glory on Pinterest. Not to be missed, if you like to laugh.



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New York Celebrates Pride

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Posted: June 21, 2012
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This weekend in New York City is one of the most entertaining, particularly for residents of downtown. That’s right it’s Pride Weekend when all of the rainbow flags fly from local establishments, the NYC Pride March struts down Fifth Avenue before ending just blocks from my apartment, and partying goes from a 10 to an 11.
 
Gay Pride Parade in NYC
 
The weekend is one wild celebration of LGBTQ rights, and a reason to stay in New York City at least one weekend during the summer. If you can, find a perch to watch the Parade on Sunday. As it winds down Fifth Avenue across Waverly through the West Village, it is a remarkable display of colorful floats, dance music, sculpted physiques and pure joy. A truly fun, raucous time in the middle of the day, which separates the Pride March in another way from the other West Village gathering — the Halloween Parade. The exuberance is contagious, and by the end of the Parade, you will be in love with at least one dance song you’d never heard before.
 
If you are among the thousands of people cheering on the sidelines this Sunday, look for me and the Mascot. He’s got great plans to bring back his Liberace jacket for ole times sake. I kinda miss that look from my weekly show Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer. He’s more dapper now, but definitely less flamboyant.
 
Ted Greenberg and his Mascot
 
You can learn more about its history at NYC Pride’s web site. See you Sunday.



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The Best Father’s Day Gift Ever

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Posted: June 18, 2012
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I hate to brag, but I seriously doubt that you can top the gift I gave my day for Father’s Day. More on that later. I understand that it is really hard to pick out a gift for dear ole dad. At a certain point, our fathers have everything they want or need. And, even if they don’t, they aren’t so great at letting us know what’s on their minds.
 
Father's Day Gifts
 
How many pairs of socks or ties can you give a man? Manhattan closets are not big enough to hold an endless supply of accessories. And, giving that professional shave goes stale after year five. (Note, if you are thinking about getting one for your dad, I recommend The Art of Shaving on Madison Avenue.) There are only so many golf clubs or lessons you can buy your dad before you’re insulting his golf game.
 
In this post Occupy Wall Street culture, material things are passé. Gifts should come from the heart and mean something. And, mine does. When I started my show four years ago, it included full frontal nudity. Yes, my own. Now, my father — a well regarded businessman and amateur magician — loved every part of my show, except that. The last time he saw me nude I was in diapers. So, dad, I’m happy to announce that my show is no longer Rated R; it’s PG-13. It’s been PG-13 for awhile so come back and see Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer, dad. The show is ready for your repeat viewing.



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Comedian on Comedian: Jessica Kirson Interview

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Posted: June 14, 2012
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Jessica Kirson
 
A couple months ago I sang Jessica Kirson’s praises, ranking her as one of my favorite Jewish comics. She’s brash, bold and at the top of the game with her flat out hilarious characters. Now, she’s returning for a couple night headlining gig at Gotham Comedy Club. Book your tickets now for June 22nd and 23rd at 8:00 pm and prepare to laugh the night away.
 
Jessica Kirson agreed to be my second interview on the blog. Find out which Lady GaGa song she loves, what her parents love about her act and how the West Coast is better for her hair.
 
Ted Greenberg: What’s your favorite Lady GaGa song?
Jessica Kirson: Favorite Lady Gaga song is “Born This Way.”
 
Ted Greenberg: Does your daughter ever talk about being brought up on stage?
Jessica Kirson: My daughter tells everyone she is a comedian too. She tells them I am popular, and I will give them free tickets to a show.
 
Ted Greenberg: Of your stand-up material what’s your parents’favorite?
Jessica Kirson:
My parents’ favorite is Jewish material.
 
Ted Greenberg: What kind of audience reacts strongest to your UFO siting bit?
Jessica Kirson: Most audience members love the UFO bit. Black people like it the best.
 
Here’s the UFO clip — definitely NSFW.
 

 

Ted Greenberg:
Is the West Coast or East Coast easier on your hair?
Jessica Kirson: West coast is easier on my hair.



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Twice As Funny This Summer | 2 for 1 Through Labor Day

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Posted: June 11, 2012
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2 FOR 1 Tickets to
TED GREENBERG’S THE COMPLETE PERFORMER
All Summer Long

Every Saturday Night at 10:00 pm at SoHo Playhouse in NYC
 
Ted Greenberg and Mascot Greenberg
 
That’s right. Two people can see my mostly one-man show with a free cab ride home — Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer — for only $20. Bring a date. Bring your best girlfriends. Bring your neighborhood.
 
The New York Times, New York Post, Back Stage, NYTheatre.com and more have raved about my show, now in its fourth smash season at SoHo Playhouse. They say it “goes by both fast and enjoyably,” “will deliver laughs,” is “outrageously funny,” and “a rollicking roller coaster ride.” The critics aren’t the only ones laughing.
 
Recent audience member EJ wrote: “How incredible is it to see a show that is designed around the audience?! I could see “Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer” over and over again because the material would be fresh and FUNNY each time. Treat yourself, your loved ones and friends to a great, funny time by going to see “The Complete Performer” in action.”
 
Get your 2-for-1 tickets, good for performances through Labor Day weekend, now.
 
3 Easy Ways to Save This Summer:
1. Buy Online here. Select the Summer $20.00 package.
2. Call 1-866-811-4111 and mention that you want to buy the Summer $20.00 package.
3. Mention the code SUMMER at the SoHo Playhouse box office.
 
The 2-for-1 discount is good for performances between June 9 – September 1, 2012.



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Interview: Eric André

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Posted: June 8, 2012
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Eric Andre
 Eric André, one of my favorite comedians, is on fire. He’s been featured on seven episodes of the ABC comedy “Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23.” And today, “The Eric Andre Show” is part of a terrific feature article by Jason Zinoman of the New York Times. Rightfully so. The show, part of Comedy Central’s “Adult Swim”, is outrageous, entertaining and envy inducing.
 
I’m proud that Eric is the first, in hopefully a long line, of comedian interviews I do. Here, Eric muses on De Niro movies, ex-girlfriends and his hair.
 
Ted Greenberg: What’s your favorite Robert De Niro movie?
Eric André: Raging Bull, by far. The best. OH! And King of Comedy.
 
Ted Greenberg: Are you a fan of the Fred Willard, Martin Mull late 70s show “Fernwood Tonight”?
Eric André: I got turned on to Fernwood tonight by Tim from Tim and Eric. That shit is awesome. I love the aesthetic.
 
Ted Greenberg: Are you still in touch with the girl in Florida whose boyfriend threatened you by text?
Eric André: I never talked to her after that. I’m dead to her.
 
Here’s the clip where Eric discusses the ex and her belligerent boyfriend on “George Lopez Tonight”. The bit starts at the 2:37 mark.
 

 
Ted Greenberg: What’s your mom’s favorite joke/routine of yours?
Eric André: My mom will laugh at something, and then five minutes later tell me that she didn’t think it was funny. She’s unpredictable. One time she told me she wanted grandkids, and I told her “I’ll stop wearing condoms, if that’s what you want.” She laughed at that.
 

Ted Greenberg:
Is the West or East Coast easier on your hair?
Eric André: West coast. Nice and dry. East coast is humid, and I end up looking like one of the dude’s from Welcome Back, Kotter.

 
Ted Greenberg:
Anything else to share?
Eric André: I have no penis.



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Top Five Things to Do in New York This Weekend

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Posted: June 7, 2012
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Summer weekends are meant for leaving town unless you’re a die-hard New Yorker like myself, who performs his mostly one man comedy show every Saturday night in all seasons. This weekend, in particular, is a hotbed for activity — something for everyone to enjoy. I highlight my top five things to do in the Big Apple June 8th – 10th.
 
5. Rhett Miller and the Serial Lady Killers provide many good reasons to go to the Bowery Ballroom Friday night at 8:00 pm. The boyishly handsome Texas bandleader is best known for his work with the fantastic alt-rock Old 97′s, but this time he swings through town with his backing solo band — The Serial Lady Killers. Miller’s observational songs go down as easy as a cold beer on a hot day and offer a number of laughs as he details nights of drinking, meeting the fairer sex and everything in between. Not to be missed.
 
Rhett Miller
 
4. Susie Essman at Carolines. Get your weekend started early and see her on Thursday night (she also headlines the 8th and 9th)! Essman is probably best known for playing hot tempered Susie Greene on “Curb Your Enthusiam.” She also entertained audiences in the Vagina Monologues opposite Robin Givens and Donna Hanover over a decade ago. In this video clip with Tavis Smiley, Susie discusses how people approach her to cuss them out like her character Susie Greene.
 

 
3. Moonrise Kingdom, the latest film from Wes Anderson, wowed critics in Cannes before its limited release stateside. It is my favorite film by Anderson since Rushmore. Funny. Moving. Charming. Insouciant. It has all the nuanced and quirky touches you expect from an Anderson film and boasts a top rate cast. It’s a summer flick worth seeing NOW.
 
Moonrise Kingdom
 
2. The Soundtrack Series is a monthly event where top playwrights, critics and entertainers riff about their favorite songs. This go-round Clay Mcleod Chapman, Michael Criscuolo and Cami Clamaco will tackle such great tunes from their proms, such as Ace of Base’s “The Sign,” “I Used to Love Her” by Guns N Roses, and Mariah Carey’s “Always Be My Baby.” Be transported to one of life’s most seminal rituals — Prom — and prepare to laugh about the exploits of the six writers. The event is at 8:00 pm Friday night, June 8th, at The Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge in Greenwich Village.
 
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1. Root for I’ll Have Another, the amazing horse that is vying for the Triple Crown. His two come-from-behind victories at the Kentucky Derby and Preakness were spellbinding to watch. Now, all eyes will be on I’ll Have Another as he races for immortality at the Belmont Stakes. Race time is 6:30 pm. It will be the fastest, most exciting two minutes of the weekend.
 
I'll Have Another
 



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Drama Desk Awards Recognize One Man, Two Guvnors

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Posted: June 4, 2012
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James Corden, One Man, Two Guvnors
 
One Man, Two Guvnors picked up a couple of Drama Desk Awards for two of its actors. James Corden beat out Hugo Dancy, Claybourne Elder, Santino Fontana, Joseph Franchini, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Kevin Spacey to take home the Outstanding Actor in a Play award. Tom Edden brought home the Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play.
 
The play, Richard Bean’s riff on the 1753 Italian play Arlecchino servitore di due padroni, has been heaped with accolades, including a five star review from Time Out New York, during its runs on Broadway and the West End before that. And, the praise is well deserved.
 
Steeped in the centuries old tradition of physical comedy, One Man, Two Guvnors wrings every bit of comedy it can out of its star’s portly, athletic charm.
 
Corden is a marvel, a superb physical comedian. Watching his performance evokes pure joy and delight as his character Francis tries to please his two bosses. Something a down-on-his-luck guy like himself struggles to do. Corden so embodies his role, throwing himself into it with full heart, it’s hard to imagine anyone else playing the role.
 
Edden is equally spectacular as one of the waiters in the play. While his role is a little less showy, he nails it completely. Corden and Edden are nominated for Tony Awards in the respective categories. I’m rooting for them both on Sunday night. They deserve every accolade they receive.



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