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New Years in New York | Beyond Times Square

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Posted: December 30, 2013
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People flock to Times Square every New Year’s Eve to celebrate. The event is televised, and watched by millions more. But, there are other places to ring in 2014 than Times Square.
 
Brooklyn has a number of unique ways to greet the new year. And while these events are well attended, they won’t have you packed in like sardines a la Times Square.
 
You can check out the fireworks in Prospect Park. There will be bands playing and warm refreshments. And this year, there’s a special ceremony where outgoing Borough President Marty Markowitz will hand the reins over to Borough President elect Eric Adams. The fun starts at 11pm, and for best viewing, head to Grand Army Plaza.
 
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Or head over to Ft. Greene/Clinton Hill, one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in the borough. Prestigious Pratt Institute will let you blow off some steam. Literally. The annual Steam Whistle welcome to the new year is a delight to the senses–particularly site and sound. Check out Gothamist’s coverage of last year’s event.
 
Wherever you celebrate, I wish you a happy and healthy 2014!



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The Christmas Socks That Keep On Giving….Laughter

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Posted: December 26, 2013
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The funniest thing I watched on TV yesterday was not the millionth re-run of A Christmas Story. It was the Nets games. Did you get a load of those candy cane socks? If not, take a look at the photo. Not since Ronald McDonald wore a pair of red striped socks has something so ghastly been on the small screen.
 
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Look, I’m a fan of the Knicks, but I did the Nets black and white uniforms. They are cool and very New York. I, though, don’t understand the team’s mascot. Hey, I’m a man with his own mascot so I know about this subject.
 
I even like Barclays Center, the Nets home, but I cannot abide those socks. You don’t have to be fashion expert to realize how ridiculous they are. While I cannot appreciate them from a design standpoint, they did cause me to endlessly crack up yesterday. So, thanks Nets for that. It made it a very Merry Christmas.



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Christmas Plans in New York

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Posted: December 23, 2013
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The traditional New York Christmas includes Chinese dinner and a movie. It’s been the staple of Big Apple holiday life for decades–for people who don’t really celebrate Christmas to people who will do anything NOT to spend the holiday with their families. Mascot Greenberg and I are going to start our own tradition. Sort of like a staycation. We’re going to hole up in my apartment, order in Chinese food and watch all the Hulu+, Netflix and Amazon Prime we can. Hey, I’ve got the subscriptions and the day off, I might as well put them to use.
 
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What’s great about this year’s plans is that we can beat hanging out with the crowds, stay in our Santa hats and pajamas all day, and catch up on all the TV series we’ve fallen behind on. Or finally watch Orange Is the New Black.
 
Whatever you and your family are doing this holiday season, I wish you the best. May it be filled with cheer. And here’s to a happy and healthy 2014!



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Celebrate Funny Business on Saturday

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Posted: December 19, 2013
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Looking for something fun today before my 10pm show–Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer–on Saturday, December 21st? Head to Brooklyn. Straight to Union Hall, a lively bar in Park Slope, for the Funny Business Release Party, which kicks off at 8pm.
 
Funny Business is the new coffee table book that features Seth Olenick’s photos of NYC- and LA-based comedians. The established comics and newcomers too are photographed outside the comedy club and away from the microphone. The cover of the book features David Cross in the shower (see below).
 
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Still got some Christmas shopping to do? You may purchase the book at the release party, or just enjoy hanging with Wyatt Cenac, Brooke Van Popelen, Max Silvestri, Ben Kronberg and more. Maybe you can challenge one of the comics to some bocce ball since it takes up prime real estate in the always hopping bar.
 
Happy Holidays!



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What Everyone Wants for Christmas

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Posted: December 16, 2013
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Finally, America can rest in peace. There is a pinup calendar featuring New York City taxi cab drivers. Time called it hilarious. Checking out the photos will give you the chuckles and remind you that the Big Apple is the best city on the earth.
 
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Sure, you could get Joe Manganiello’s new book Evolution and stare at perfection every day. But, why would you do that when you can peep a cabbie with a horse head? Am I right?
 
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Yes, it’s nice to get Harry & David pears for the holidays. Particularly when you juice regularly in the morning. But, a calendar of NYC cabbies will put a smile on your face everyday. Those pears won’t do that.
 
A nice sweater from Macy’s, Bloomingdales or Saks is also welcome. It can keep you warm as the weather turns to brutal. But, this cabbie calendar will warm your heart through summer, spring, fall and winter. What’s the better gift?
 
My only quibble is I wasn’t asked to participate. I drive a cab every Saturday night after my 10 pm comedy show–Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer. I guess there is always next year.



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Here Comes the SantaCon

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Posted: December 12, 2013
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New York City’s most controversial event–SantaCon-hits the streets starting at 10am this Saturday, December 14th. Neighborhoods–particularly downtown, Midtown and some in Brooklyn–will be overrun by adults of any gender dressed in red Santa costumes getting their drink on.
 
The organizers ask participating ‘Santas’ to donate $10, which will be dedicated to charity. Last year, the event raised $45,000 which provided 10,000 pound of food to charities. The event also raises many eyebrows. Not every New Yorker likes having his or her neighborhood populated with inebriated bar crawlers all day. According to the Observer, Lower East Side residents have even staged an AntiCon. There was even talk of banning the event, but that did not come to fruition.
 
Mascot Greenberg and I will not join in SantaCon–hey we have a show to perform on Saturday night at 10pm. We don’t need to throw back alcohol before noon. But, I will say we look pretty dashing in our Santa costumes. Wouldn’t you say so?
 
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King Pong Is the Place to Be

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Posted: December 9, 2013
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Sometimes you’ve got to let loose. And that’s what Team Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer did over the weekend. We celebrated the holidays and working together on this fine show by playing ping pong at our neighborhood ping pong palace — King Pong. We are huge fans of the establishment, frequently encouraging our audience members to grab an early drink there or play a game.
 
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You learn a lot about your crew when you play a sport. Yes, ping pong is a sport. Namely, they aren’t very good at ping pong! One way to get better is to know the rules. In case you have no idea how to play the game, check out: http://www.wikihow.com/Play-Ping-Pong-(Table-Tennis).
 
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And if you find you still cannot excel at the game, have a beer or just laugh it off like we did.



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Tomorrow Night at The Improv

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Posted: December 5, 2013
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There is a new must-see documentary. EPIX will air The Improv: 50 Years Behind the Brick Wall, a one-hour behind-the-scenes look at the famed club, Friday, December 6th. Some of the biggest names in comedy will appear in the film and share stories about their work at The Improv.
 
Adam Sandler hosts the documentary. The who’s who of comedians interviewed for the project include: udd Apatow, Lewis Black, Russell Brand, Larry David, Jimmy Fallon, Kathy Griffin, Jay Leno, Richard Lewis, Bill Maher, Ray Romano, Jerry Seinfeld, Sarah Silverman, Damon Wayans, Keenan Ivory Wayans, Marlon Wayans and Shawn Wayans.
 
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The Improv opened in New York City 50 years ago before opening a Los Angeles branch. The clubs are now throughout America.
 
The documentary airs at 8:00 pm. I’ve got my popcorn ready.



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Going to The Bell House

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Posted: December 2, 2013
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Looking for plans for tomorrow night, December 3rd? Look no further than the taping of NPR’s Ask Me Another, hosted by comedian extraordinaire Ophira Eisenberg. The live taping features trivia, music and much, much more. Plus this particular night it’s A Holiday Extravaganza with John Hodgman, Lizz Winstead, and AJ Jacobs. How could you go wrong with that pairing.
 
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Here’s a tidbit about the show from its website:
 

For an hour, listeners can play along as(Ophira) Eisenberg puts questions to a rotating band of puzzle gurus, audience members and special mystery guests, who then takes a turn in the contestant’s chair facing trivia games written especially for him or her. What you’ll hear resembles the casual intimacy of game night at a friend’s house: one where scores are forgotten in favor of hilarious gaffes.
 
Ask Me Another is recorded live at The Bell House in Brooklyn, NY.
 
Ask Me Another is a co-production of NPR and WNYC.

 
If you don’t get into tomorrow night’s festivities, there will be another event next month. But, for goodness sake, check this amazing event out.



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