Ted Greenberg's The Complete Performer

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Shout at the Screen on Halloween

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Posted: October 31, 2013
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You know I’m a fan of interactive comedy that gets the crowd involved in the action. What’s more New York than letting your feelings be known in a crowd of people?
 
For those of you looking for a comedy alternative on Halloween, I’ve got a recommendation for you. A way to avoid putting on a costume or dealing with candy obsessed kids (and let’s face it adults too). Head to Brooklyn for Shouting at the Screen.
 
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In a grand tradition, you’ll have the opportunity to scream at a movie — a blaxploitation movie — to your heart’s desire. Wyatt Cenac (“The Daily Show”) and Donwill host this yuk-fest. And the event is only $10 and includes an after party with a DJ. Not a bad way to spend a Thursday night.
 
For more information and tickets visit IndieScreen.



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How to Pick a Halloween Costume – Comedian Style

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Posted: October 28, 2013
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Since my Saturday night comedy show – Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer – performs just around the corner from Blood Manor and steps from the start of the famed Village Halloween Parade, I’ve been in the Halloween spirit for quite some time. With New York City’s favorite holiday only days away, I’ve tossed around some costume ideas for me and Mascot Greenberg. Here are the best ideas I’ve come up with so far.
 
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#5 Batman and Robin — The Super Hero and his sidekick is a natural fit for me and my Mascot. Toss in the Batmobile instead of a taxi, and I’m game.
 
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#4 Dorothy and Toto — We’re not in Kansas any more. I think the Mascot would make an adorable small dog, don’t you? Not sure I can pull off Dorothy, but it’s worth a shot.
 
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#3 Rayna James and Juliette Barnes — Two of the best frenemies on televison. Why not go a little country in this rock ‘n roll town?
 
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#2 Bill de Blasio and Joe Lhota — With the election only a few days away, Mascot Greenberg and I can be on the opposite political sides.
 
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#1 Eli Manning and any other Giant — This is a truly scary outfit. My beloved Giants in the season from Hell.
 
HAPPY HALLOWEEN!



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Comedian to Comedian | Interview with Ali Farahnakian

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Posted: October 24, 2013
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Ali Farahnakian founded The PIT in New York City, has written for Saturday Night Live and is also an actor.
 
Ted Greenberg: Of all the characters you’ve played, what’s your favorite?
Ali Farahnakian: Playing T.B. on Adult Swim’s “Delocated” was a lot of fun, I got to work with my friend Jon Glaser, it was his show and he put me in it, I got to be around a great cast and crew like Janeane Garafolo, Marc Wooten, Amy Shumer, Eugene Mirman, to name drop a few. I got to be a Blackwater Bodyguard carrying multiple guns. When I was a kid I lived in a small town, Danbury,NC,population 150, and we ran around the woods with fake guns playing army. In one scene I was running around the woods with fake guns playing, and I thought, I did it!
 
TG: Your bar, The Pioneer, seems to be always hopping. What’s the wildest idea you’ve ever had as a bar add-on?

AF:
Pioneers on 138 w 29th is the first bar on 29 b/t 6th and 7th in the 400+ year history of NY, so we feel like Pioneers, we have tried a lot of things, Giant Jenga, we have Pinball now, and someone is trying to pitch body painting, we also do two nights of karoke. One of the coolest things that happens there is ASL story telling, once a month on a friday night the space is filled with the deaf community telling each other stories in their own way.
 
TG: How old are your daughters? And of all the jokes or bits you’ve done, what’s the favorite of your daughters?
AF: Ella is 7 and Oliva is 5, one of their favorite games to play with me is “the Tap Tap Sisters”, It happens at dinner, I take a piece of food, like broccoli and I say in a real old timey voice, “After a long day of work, I really enjoy a piece of well cooked Broccoli” then one of the sisters taps me on the shoulder, I turn my head to see whate she wants and the other one takes the broccoli off my fork and eats it. I usually say something like, ” Why you Tap Tap Sisters, You’ve struck again” It’s got a real silent movie feel, and they love it, they want to do it way longer than anyone should, but they eat a lot of healthy broccoli.
 
TG: Anything else you’d like to say?
AF: I feel very blessed that I get to the things i love doing, I prefer a buffet to an entree, so I like the life i’ve somehow created through luck and some hard work where I get to teach improv and sketch, do some improv and sketch, act in cool shows, do some voiceover and commercial work, oversee these various going concerns, do some architechture and design, and help people follow their bliss and fulfill the promise within them. I try to enjoy it while I can, because nothing lasts forever.



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Thank You for Five Fantastic Years

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Posted: October 21, 2013
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Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze aren’t the only ones to have the time of their lives. On Saturday, October 19th, Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer celebrated its 5th Anniversary show. What a night. It’s one I will never forget. A great, sold out audience. Laughs from start to finish. And a champagne toast.
 
Thank you to Milk and Cookies Bakery for these gorgeous and delicious cookies to commemorate the occasion. They were a huge hit.
 
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And, I want to give a shout out to everyone who has helped make this show possible. Special Thanks to: Elena Araoz, Jed Alpert, Balde, JoAnna Beckson, Lou Borenstein, Katrina Borgstrom,Rome Brown, Michael Codispoti, Michael Cupolo, Darren Lee Cole, Farrah Crane, Ien DeNio, eeboo, Kyle Fincham, Alison Forns, Sax Freymann, Glenn Gabe, Jon E. Gicewicz, Jim Glaub, Bob Golden, Alan Greenberg, Kathy Greenberg, Doug Hirsch, Stephanie Holmes, Aliya Itzkowitz, Jon Johnson, Lynne Koeppel, Master Lee, Simon Lovell, Michael McQuary, Francesca Meccariello, Diego Medina, Mike Motz, Bestar Mujaj, Faith Mulvihill, Napesi Taxi, Bob Ost, Stephen Rosenfield, Rick Rubens, Gary Rudoren, Alan Ruskis, Chris Ruskis, Dan Salvatore, Michael Santiago, Simple Studios, Splendid Clothing, Michael Sweeney, Jessica Disbrow Talley, Emma Thorne, Matt Wayne, The New Excitement, David Yazbek & Lanie Zipoy.
 
Looking forward to another great 5 years.



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A Look Back: Five Years of Memories

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Posted: October 17, 2013
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It takes a team to put Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer on each week. Today we ask five members of the TGTCP team about their favorite memories about the show, heading into its 6th Season at Soho Playhouse.
 
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Kate (Stage Manager)
My favorite thing about the show is how fluid it is. The show continues to evolve and change. And while it remains the same no two shows are exactly the same.
 
Bestar (Technical Director)
My fondest experience with the show is when I invited a few friends to come and see the show. They had a blast! We were all talking about it for quite some time. They asked me to reveal Ted’s secrets, but I promised to never give them up. It was a great experience being able to laugh with friends about the show. They told family back home about the show and everyone wants to go when they come here on vacation.
 
Lou (Technical Assistant)
My favorite thing about the show has always been simply that Ted has a mascot of himself. Who has a mascot of themself?! Whether dancing up a storm, levitating himself, or getting into the taxi driven by Ted, the mascot is the perfect addition to blow any one-man-only show out of the water. One-man, one-beast shows are way better, and I’ve never seen it anywhere else.
 
Lanie (Producer)
I love this show. It brings together fathers and sons with shared comic sensibility, groups of women celebrating birthdays or bachelorette parties, native New Yorkers and, like last week, a group of nine who were in town for a friend’s wedding. Everyone has a great time because Ted is hilarious, outrageous and the perfect funny-man to spend Saturday night with.
 
Mascot Greenberg (Mascot)
The first time I fell in love was during The Complete Performer.
 
Being a mascot, love is hard to find. Do you know we are the only type of person to not have their own dating website?
 
It was a Saturday night. Ted was doing his thing. I was doing mine and then it happened. A woman ran on stage during the show and hugged Ted! This was very similar to a streaker during a sporting event, except she was wearing clothes. Bummer, I know. She then exclaimed how much she loved Ted and the show. After realizing she had no plans to leave the stage or letting the show continue I did what any good wingman would do. I attempted to escort this enthusiastic fan back to her seat.
 
What came next from her was a result of pure affection mixed with a few martinis. The lady clamped onto my giant mascot dome like an octopus and told me how fantastic I was. All I ever do is dish out affection and now I was receiving it! She then sat down and enjoyed the rest of the show. I never saw her again after that night.
 
I never felt love before that shining moment in time, but for that brief instant, I was adored.
 
Love my friends, smells like vodka and screams in your ears to make sure you truly know how great you are.
 
The 5th Anniversary show is set for this Saturday, October 19th. Join us. Tickets are available at https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe.c/9818876.



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Just Some of the Memories | Top 5 Moments

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Posted: October 14, 2013
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My weekly comedy show Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer will celebrate its 5th Anniversary on Saturday, October 19th. For 250 Saturdays, I’ve stepped on stage at the Huron Club and ended the night driving one lucky audience group home in a yellow taxi cab. In between, there’s been a little improv, some magic and many unforgettable moments.
 
As I wax nostalgic about the amazing last five years, I’m thankful for the people who have made this show possible — the audience. Here are five of my favorite moments from the show — at least the ones we caught on tape!
 
(5) Celebrating your birthday at my show promises to be a memorable experience.

 
(4) The night that Mascot decided to party it up post-show. Now that was fun!

 
(3) Winning the cab ride home is a big deal. One MVP tried to game the system and choose herself! Sneaky sneaky.

 
(2) I’m often asked if I actually drive to all five boroughs. Here’s proof that the cab ride goes outside of Manhattan.

 
(1) Just more proof that we have a blast at the show.

 
Tickets are on sale now. Get yours here.



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Gearing Up for the 5th Anniversary Party

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Posted: October 10, 2013
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On Saturday, October 19th, Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer will celebrate its 5th Anniversary with aplomb. Great cookies from Milk & Cookies Bakery and a bubbly toast. Tickets are on sale now.
 
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When the show started, it was 2008. Not the best years in recent memory. There was a little thing called a financial collapse that happened. The Yankees didn’t make the playoffs. A writers’ strike in Hollywood tied things up on the entertainment end. But, my show persevered. We started out at the New York International Fringe Festival and shortly thereafter moved to the historic Huron Club at the Soho Playhouse. Over 200 shows later, we’re still going strong.
 
And we’ve got some great Yelp, Trip Advisor and Time Out New York reviews to prove it. The show is always a rollicking good time, and I look forward to hitting the stage every Saturday night. Next week, I’ll turn the blog over to the team that helps me run the show every week, and let them talk about the last five years since many of them have been with the show for years.
 
And here’s to seeing you on the 19th!



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There Isn’t Anything Funny about the Giants’ Season

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Posted: October 7, 2013
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Heard any good Giants jokes lately? We need something to make us laugh about this awful season. While I didn’t expect Big Blue to hoist the Lombardi trophy at the end of the season, I’m shocked by the 0-5 start and complete lack of offense. At this point, any Pee Wee team could score more points than my disappointing G-Men.
 
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The only good news is that now Sundays can be free. Instead of watching Eli and the gang suffer through the remainder of the season, you can go to brunch (a New York institution), have a date with your girlfriend or get in a round of golf before the weather completely turns.
 
And at least basketball is opening soon. I have a feeling the Knicks and Nets will fare better than Tom Coughlin’s team. And, hopefully they’ll have fewer turnovers than Eli Manning.
 
I’m trying to find the positive in this dreadful situation. And, if you’ve heard any great Giants jokes, send em my way.



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Looking for Sketch? Check Out The PIT this weekend

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Posted: October 3, 2013
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Today, The PIT opens its New York City Sketch Festival, which runs through Sunday, October 6th. Sketch troupes from around the country take both the Mainstage and Underground at the Flatiron hot spot. With more than 40 shows to catch, the $50 Festival Pass seems like a steal.
 
There’s something for everyone. Like music and songs with your sketch? Check out Pop Roulette. Prefer game-based comedy? Then Hammerkatz NYU is for you. If you like your comedy with a seal of critical approval? See Boat, the comedy trio the Chicago Tribune raved about: “Confident demeanor, distinctive faces, great rhythm and timing…Theirs is the type of comedy that cracks me up: 60 percent crass, 40 percent inventive.”
 
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For full details, check out The PIT’s website.



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