|The Man Behind the Mascot
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Posted: July 8, 2013
by Ted Greenberg
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Saturday night marked the end of an era for Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer. After more than 200 shows, Mike Motz, who plays my irascible sidekick Mascot Greenberg, did his last Twerking in the name of humor. It’s hard to write this post. How do I thank Motz for creating such a wonderfully funny and game ‘character’ through dance, movement and gesture. Words don’t seem fitting somehow. It would probably be better if I could do my own interpretative dance to express my gratitude.
Anyone who has seen the show knows that Motz is a brilliant improviser, and he has a certain je ne sais quoi when he busts a move throughout my weekly comedy show. I will sincerely miss sharing the stage every week with him as well as all of the wild activities we’ve done between shows — playing handball or riding a bicycle built for two. He has given the show more than four-and-half-years of amusing and thoughtful work. I’m so grateful.
As I’ve been casting for a “new” Mascot, I realize just what a big head it is to fill. You need strength, stamina, an ability to think on your feet, willingness to rock it out on full tilt for an hour and an unfettered desire to make people laugh.
Motz is leaving to pursue his comedy career out West — in the beautiful Colorado Rockies and points beyond. New York won’t be the same without you. Of course, any time you pass through the Big Apple, you know you have a stage waiting for you man. Truly.
Good luck Motz. May the road be kind to ya, and hope to see you around New York soon.
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