|A Taxi Cab Life
Categories: Taxi Cabs
Posted: July 12, 2012
by Ted Greenberg
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When you think of New York, a few things come to mind — the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, Times Square, Broadway, Macy’s and yellow taxi cabs. These are all quintessential Big Apple experiences.
Thus, my Off-Broadway comedy show Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer, which has been described as a must see New York show, appropriately ends with a taxi cab ride. A free taxi cab ride with me at the wheel driving one lucky audience group anywhere in the five boroughs. You may watch one of the cab rides home here. I had my hack license two decades ago, and drove occasionally on weekends. I applied again for it once I started performing my comedy show Saturday nights at SoHo Playhouse.
Since I drive every Saturday night, I was intriqued by New York Magazine’s recent profile on cab driver Lucky Abeysekara in an article called Taxinomics. The story follows Lucky through one night behind the wheel. Check it out to get a sense of what life is like for a cabbie.
And for random taxi cab trivia, it seems I’m not the only creative type to hold a hack license at some point. A friend just posted a photo of the license Robert De Niro held while driving in one of my favorite New York movies, Taxi Driver. As I previously mentioned, that film inspired me to get behind the wheel of the cab.
And this Mental Floss article points out that at least six other famous people — actors, comedians, and musicians — were once cabbies. I think number 6 Philip Glass is my favorite because it’s so unexpected. I’m trying to imagine him navigating the streets of New York City while listening to his on music.