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Brooklyn Nine Nine Brings the Funny

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Posted: September 30, 2013
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The Emmys doled out awards a week ago, and Modern Family once again took home the top comedy prize for Outstanding Comedy Series. The new television season has just kicked off, and I’ve watched the first couple of episodes of Brooklyn Nine Nine, a comedy show set in a Brooklyn police station. The series, starring Andy Samberg–who would never be mistaken for a cop- and Andre Braugher-who has wowed audiences before as a police officer-, is off to a great start. It’s not perfect, but has immense potential to hit its stride. And did I mention that Patton Oswalt will guest star on the show?
 
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In Brooklyn Nine Nine, Samberg plays a goofy, out-of-bounds detective, and Braugher is his hard-nosed, gay supervisor. They clash from day one. After years of watching Braugher in serious dramas, it’s nice to see him play the heavy in a comedy. And, the supporting cast — particularly Joe Lo Truglio as insecure detective Charles Boyle and Chelsea Peretti as wacky assistant Gina Linetti – shines. Episode 2 features a hilarious bit about a psychic who helps solve a case or does she? In those scenes, Peretti reminds me of Desi Lydic, the wild star of MTV’s Awkward.
 
Tune into Brooklyn Nine Nine, one of the top reviewed and rated shows in this new season.



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Shout Out to Darren Cole

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Posted: September 26, 2013
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On Monday, I attended the Community Board Happy Hour Theatre Crawl when it stopped at the Soho Playhouse, home for Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer for the past five years. What a fabulous evening. I met terrific people who are part of the downtown community and even learned more about the long history of the Soho Playhouse.
 
Especially notable: Darren Cole, who manages the Soho Playhouse, was recently profiled by Soho Life Magazine. It’s a must-read for anyone who loves Soho and theater.
 
You may download the article, which includes gorgeous photos, below.
Soho Life July 2013



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Surveying the Emmy Awards

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Posted: September 23, 2013
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Last night was the biggest event in television: the 2013 Emmy Awards. The golden statuettes were handed out to the best and brightest in television. While I’m sure everyone is excited that Breaking Bad received a long overdue Emmy for Outstanding Drama, I’m more focused on the comedy awards. Naturally.
 
Modern Family achieved a three-peat – its third Outstanding Comedy Series in three years. This year the show’s actors were shut out, but the show won the top honor. Congrats.
 
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Jim Parsons took home the Outstanding Lead Actor trophy for the third time in four years for his role on The Big Bang Theory while Julia Louis-Dreyfus won her second Lead Actress in a Comedy Emmy in a row for her role on Veep. This marks Louis-Dreyfus’ fourth Emmy overall for three series (Seinfeld, The New Adventures of Old Christine and Veep).
 
The Supporting Actor and Actress categories went to Tony Hale of Veep and Merritt Wever of Nurse Jackie, respectively. Hale also joined his co-star Louis-Dreyfus when she won, standing behind her much like his character on Veep. Wever had the most memorable speech of the night. Really a non-speech as she blurted a few thank yous and then walked off stage. Later, she said she didn’t expect to win. I believe her.
 



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5th Anniversary Show Announced | October 19th

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Posted: September 18, 2013
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5 Smash Seasons!
Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer
5th Anniversary Party – October 19th

 
Time flies when you’re a dynamic lookalike duo. Thank you for helping Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer reach a significant milestone – the show’s 5th Anniversary!
 
On Saturday, October 19th, join us for another great show plus a champagne toast and cookies from our favorite local bakery — Milk and Cookies. Get your tickets now to celebrate with me and the Mascot NOW!
 
Five is a big anniversary. Half a decade. So big Mascot and I made this Vine about it.
 
It’s been 5 years of hilarity, mind-blowing magic tricks, free cab rides home and great reviews. Check out some recent ones.
 
“My mom laughed so hard she cried! Ted Greenberg has created a show that is a blend of comedy, magic with heaping spoonfuls of silliness and hilarity.” – PD on TripAdvisor
 
“Excellent show! My boyfriend and I laughed all night. A large portion of the show is improv and Ted did an excellent job interacting with the crowd and getting the audience involved. I’m a local and would definitely go again. Thanks for a great night, Ted!” – K.C. on Yelp.com
 
Thank you for the support over the past 5 years!
 
And if you cannot make it on the 19th, we’re at the Soho Playhouse in downtown Manhattan every Saturday at 10 pm. Tickets are on sale through the end of the year.
 
-Ted



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The Happy Hour Theatre Crawl Returns

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Posted: September 16, 2013
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I am proud to be part of the downtown arts community. This upcoming event — where you can learn more about the vibrant theatres in the area — looks like a lot of fun. Next Monday night, why don’t you stop by The Second Annual Happy Hour Theatre Crawl? Here’s the skinny on what, when and where.
 
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An informal alliance between Community Board 2 and our neighborhood’s Culture scene
 
Residents of Community Board 2 are cordially invited to:
 
THE SECOND ANNUAL
HAPPY HOUR
THEATRE CRAWL!

 
Monday, Sept 23rd from 5:30pm-9:30pm
 
Join CB2 and some of your favorite local arts organizations for this special FREEcommunity event!
 
A local landmarks expert will guide us through historic Village streets from theatre to theatre. Once the Happy Hour Theatre Crawlers arrive at a venue, we will enjoy 45-minutes of drinks and snacks and get to know the theatre and its artistic leaders. We hope you can attend the entire crawl, but if you can only join for part of it, here is where the crawl will arrive, and when:
 
A. HERE (145 6th Ave – entrance on Dominick) – 5:30pm
 
B. SOHO PLAYHOUSE(15 Vandam St)– 6:30pm
 
C. CHERRY LANE THEATRE(38 Commerce Street)– 7:30pm
 
D. NEW OHIO THEATRE(154 Christopher Street)– 8:45pm
 
PLEASE RSVP TO: cb2cult@gmail.com
 
Check out www.cb2manhattan.org for info



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Put This Event on Your Radar Now: Lena Dunham + David Sedaris

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Posted: September 12, 2013
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The fall just got hotter in New York City. Carnegie Hall, known for its world class concerts, will host Alone Together At Last: Lena Dunham and David Sedaris on November 19th. Tickets go on sale soon for this sure-to-be entertaining evening of reading and conversation.
 
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Dunham, creator and star of HBO’s series Girls, has enjoyed a meteoric rise since the show’s debut last year. In addition to a mega-book deal, she has won a Golden Globe and been nominated for seven Emmy Awards for her work on Girls.
 
Sedaris is one of New York’s most beloved humorists. For years, his books have been the must read on the subway — a hilarious way to make it through a tedious commute. I’ve written about my fondness for his work previously.
 
Now, seeing this duo on stage has tongues wagging in the Big Apple. For more information, visit Carnegie Hall’s website.



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Thanks Derek Jeter

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Posted: September 9, 2013
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As football season is upon us, it means one thing: baseball season is in the homestretch. As a lifelong New Yorker and Yankees fan, I must give a shout out to Derek Jeter, who reinjured his ankle yesterday. Is there another athlete as classy, talented and beloved as the Yanks’ shortstop. For nearly two decades he has sewn up the infield, swung a good bat, won championships, and been a team captain. I’m sure like all New Yorkers — even those Mets fans — we are grateful that Jeter has spent his illustrious career with the bombers.
 
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No one is sure what’s next for the aging star and whether his injured ankle will keep him from competing again. Whatever the outcome, I want to say thank you to Jeter. He has woven himself into the fabric of New York – our era’s DiMaggio. A truly great athlete who has always gotten the job done. When he retires, he will leave a glorious legacy, but also a hole in the hearts of Yankees’ fans. Nothing will be the same without him.
 



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Is this the hardest week of the year?

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Posted: September 5, 2013
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Is anyone out there having a hard time getting into gear this week? After near silence and no returned E-mails for the month of August, Labor Day rolled around and essentially said good-bye to summer. On Tuesday, everyone on the subway looked like they had just ingested the sourest candy of all. No one — absolutely no one — wanted to return to work and sort through a barrage of E-mails.
 
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And to top this week off, Rosh Hashanah fell right in the middle of it. Happy New Year. It feels like a great time to start over because nothing much has been happening as we’ve gone on vacations or to the US Open or just enjoyed staycations where w didn’t need to think about anything other than catching up on Breaking Bad.
 
I, for one, will be happy to bid this week adieu. if summer is really over, I want to accept it and quickly move on. Besides, fall in New York means great performances, terrific comedy festivals and the best weather the Big Apple experiences all year. Of course, it also means our five months of winter is just around the corner. Now, I’m not looking forward to that.



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My Dad on His Favorite Comedians

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Posted: September 2, 2013
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Recently, a number of fathers and sons have come to my weekly comedy show – Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer. Seeing the duos in the audience reminded me how much my sense of humor was influenced by my own father. Many people know Alan “Ace” Greenberg for his financial prowess or the books he’s written. Much of my show was inspired by my father’s love of magic, bridge, card tricks and comedians.
 
A couple of weeks ago while having lunch with dad, I asked him who his favorite comedians are. See who he mentions in this brief clip.
 

 
If you want to see Danny Thomas in a scene with the equally legendary Jack Benny, check out the clip below. It’s priceless.
 

 
Thanks dad for the inspiration. And, Happy Labor Day to all.



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