|Give the Gift of Romance AND Comedy This Valentine’s Day
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Posted: January 31, 2013
by Ted Greenberg
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I’ve written for a late night TV show. I’ve driven a New York City cab. I’ve worked in risk arbitrage on Wall Street. I’ve run a marathon. But, nothing scares me more than Valentine’s Day. I’ve got a sweet lady, but the pressure to have the perfect day — one that showcases your love and commitment to your special person — is nearly debilitating. One false move and you’re in the doghouse. Or worse, moving toward a break up.
In two weeks, Valentine’s Day will be upon us. If you’ve spent a few years in a relationship, you know you’ve got to keep it fresh year after year. Do something new. Show her that your relationship is worth the effort. If you’re like me, you’ve already done flowers, jewelry, chocolate, the works. So what can set Valentine’s Day 2013 apart from previous years?
If you want to add a touch of humor and a bit of surprise to this year’s celebration of love, I have a suggestion for you. A Telly-gram. That’s right. Telly Savalas, the improbable 70s heartthrob, will either send a special video or make an appearance your significant other’s place of business. Not actually Telly Savalas. The legend has been dead for quite some time. But, comedian Tom DiMenna, whose meta-Telly show “Who Loves You, Baby?” ran for nearly a year in the same space as my Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer, channels Telly in a brilliantly savant way. His show was delightful to watch, and I bet the sweet words he purrs to your honey will melt her heart (and crack her up).
Here’s the Craigslist ad for Telly-grams. Snap one up now. The video version is only $50 and an in-person appearance (in NYC only) will set you back $80. Roses in this town cost way more than that.
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