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The Game Goes On

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Posted: January 30, 2014
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New York City and much of the rest of the country has been in a deep freeze. And it’s just hitting me now that the hometown Super Bowl is just a few days away. As Seahawks fans and Broncos supporters pour into the stadium and enjoy the halftime show by pint-size Bruno Mars, my thoughts will be on my beloved Giants and the team’s miserable season. I know Gang Green fans will equally be misty eyed. Where did it all go wrong? Why is the wrong Manning brother competing for the Vince Lombardi Trophy?
 
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I’d love nothing more than being at the Super Bowl cheering on my home team, rooting them to victory. I’m grateful that Eli has taken us to the promised land twice in his career. No one saw that coming in his early days (and granted Jets fans have a lot more to be upset about). But, Super Bowls in cold climes happen infrequently, and I had high hopes that the Giants would pull it together until they lost six games in a row.
 
So, I’ll watch the game from the comfort of my toasty apartment (glad it’s warm, but wish it didn’t feel like a sauna in my building), rock out to Bruno Mars and root for a competitive game. I don’t care whether Seattle or Denver takes the trophy because my cold, cold heart remains with the G Men.



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Returning to Soho Playhouse

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Posted: January 27, 2014
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A big, hearty welcome back to Soho Playhouse to Simon Lovell. His show Simon Lovell’s Strange and Unusual Hobbies returns this weekend–February 1st. We’re glad to see him back. His show predates our six seasons, and if you’re a fan of the con, you must see Simon perform. It’s a rare opportunity to see someone at the top of his craft work.
 
The show has card tricks, magic, sleight of hand and more. The only thing is it’s for adults only. No kids. Trust me on this one.
 
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6pm on Saturday marks Simon’s return after a few month absence. The Soho Playhouse has not be the same without him. For more information, visit Soho Playhouse’s website.



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Saluting Our Neighbor–City Winery

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Posted: January 23, 2014
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Our neighbor —City Winery— is changing up its programming a bit. We’ve enjoyed seeing concerts there for years or dining in The Barrel Room or attending a wine tasting like the wines of Argentina. And we’re excited that the company has expanded to Chicago and will have new outposts in Nashville and Napa this year. City Winery is cool.
 
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I received its latest newsletter and noticed something. City Winery will host comedian Paula Poundstone on March 21st–a Friday night comedy show. And in February, the place will set the stage for the House of SpeakEasy presentation of ‘This Is Not A Man’, which is billed as “a literary cabaret featuring Steve Coogan, Jeff McDaniel, Tom Reiss, Anton Sword, and Dana Vachon.” These lively events break the boundaries of music, and seem like a perfect fit for City Winery’s intimate performance space.
 
I look forward to seeing you around the corner from Soho Playhouse, where I perform every Saturday at 10pm. Let’s raise a glass and have some fun at City Winery.



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Amy Schumer — Must See Show This Week

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Posted: January 20, 2014
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There is one comedy show you must check out this week: Amy Schumer at Best Buy Theater. On Friday, January 24th the fiery comic will rock the microphone in New York City as part of her Inside Amy Schumer’s Back Door Tour.
 
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Amy’s Comedy Central show Inside Amy Schumer is must-see TV for the comedy-inclined. Her edgy take on the world is often surprising and laugh-out-loud-funny. She’s the golden girl of the comedy world. Besides her own show, she just appeared on the opening episode of the third season of HBO’s Girls. She left an impression so strong at the top of the show that I’ve forgotten what the rest of the episode was about. Seriously. She’s magnetic, caustic, and simply amazing.
 
She’s also not for the faint of heart. Just the way a comedian should be.



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See “Nothing to Hide” Before Its Too Late

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Posted: January 16, 2014
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You’ve got six more chances to see Nothing to Hide, the magic show that wowed Los Angeles and now New York City. The big name attached is Emmy Award-winning actor Neil Patrick Harris as the director. Stars Derek DelGaudio (2011 & 2012 Close-up Magician of the Year) and Helder Guimar√£es (2011 & 2012 Parlour Magician of the Year), though, are the reason to catch this beautiful show before its gone.
 
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After seeing it last week, I understand why it’s been extended more than once. If you’re a fan of magic, you must see it. If you regard magic with contempt, you must see it. If you look at magic sideways, you must see it. The duo riff on improbable and unlikely tricks, and make them entertaining and fun. The show absolutely restored my belief in magic!
 
I’m not the only one in awe of the show. Christopher Isherwood of the New York Times wrote this love letter to Nothing to Hide.
 
Buy those tickets now and head to The Pershing Square Signature Center. And like my show (Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer), this one is not for the little kiddies. 16 and over! Get your tickets now at Ticket Central.



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SNL Takes Over The Golden Globes

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Posted: January 13, 2014
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Saturday Night Live alums reigned supreme at The Golden Globes last night. Former SNL stars Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosted the star-studded affair, getting huge laughs for their opening jokes and oohs and ahhs for their costume changes.
 
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Poehler also received a much overdo statuette for her portrayal of Leslie Knope on Parks and Recreation. There is simply no one like Leslie on TV, and Amy plays the character deliciously. Third time was the charm as she finally brought home the victory as Lead Actress in a Television Series — Comedy or Musical.
 
A bit more of a surprise was Andy Samberg’s win for his freshman series Brooklyn Nine Nine. Not only did the SNL alum take home the Lead Actor in a Television Series — Comedy or Musical trophy, the series won top comedy in a surprise victory.
 
Though she was nominated twice — in film and TV — Julia Louis-Dreyfus didn’t win a Golden Globe, but she cracked the audience up. In Fey and Poehler’s opening monologue, Louis-Dreyfus vamped and vaped (smoking an e-cigarette). She also refused to get a selfie with Reese Witherspoon. Later in the show, she moved to a “TV” table and chowed down on an enormous hot dog. Despite looking regal in her red dress, Louis-Dreyfus was game to make fun of herself and awards shows in general.
 
Like I said, it was a great night for SNL alums at The Golden Globes.



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Bard Up; Improv for Theater Fans

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Posted: January 9, 2014
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Like your improv with a dose of the Bard? You are in lucky. Improvised Shakespeare returns to New York for a four-night engagement at Theater 80 in the East Village. The esteemed company has wowed audiences around the world–from Seattle to Italy–with its signature comedy. And, most Friday nights, you can catch them doing their schtick iO Theater in Chicago.
 
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In fact, the company has garnered numerous awards, including the New York Nightlife Award for Best Comedic Performance by a Group and the Chicago Improv Foundation’s Ensemble of the Year. The Chicago Reader and the Chicago Examiner named the company Chicago’s best improv group.
 
How it works: an audience member suggests a title, and the actors, on the spot, creates a play in Elizabethan style. Star-crossed lovers. Cross dressing. Mad rulers. Adultery. Murder. These are all tropes that the company borrows from when performing its new play on stage. It’s a fast and furious experience, and one, that if you know even the littlest about Shakespeare, is enjoyable.
 
The Improvised Shakespeare Company is at Theatre 80 January 9 – 12.



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SoHo Karaoke Spot BINY Helps Us Say Good-Bye to Crew Member

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Posted: January 6, 2014
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Karaoke is a rite of passage for many groups. It was the perfect way to bid adieu to one of Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer crew members–Lou–who is moving to the bright lights of Los Angeles shortly. His post-show goodbye party was held at a New York karaoke institution, BINY (aka Best in New York). We closed the place down, belting hits from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. Somehow none of us chose a recent Top Hits.
 
You learn a lot about your crew members by their choice of songs. And, Lou surprised us when he broke out with Frank Sinatra’s Come Fly With Me. It was a brilliant and comic rendition at the same time. We also sang our hearts out to some of the show’s favorite songs–Journey’s Don’t Stop Believing and Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline. You simply cannot go wrong with those ditties. Some surprises included our beloved stage manager Kate’s take on Shoop, that classic Salt-N-Pepa hit. It kicked the night off in a big way.
 
It’s hard to say good-bye to Lou, who has been great to work with over the last two years, but I’m grateful his send-off was so much fun…and so funny. This is also a great time to say that I’m thrilled to perform Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer week in and week out. And I’m grateful to be surrounded by a motley crew who helps make the show happen.
 
Here’s Ol’ Blue Eyes crooning Come Fly With Me. Everytime I hear that song now, I will reflect fondly on karaoke 2014. What a fun way to start the year.
 



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Happy 2014

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Posted: January 2, 2014
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Happy New Year! I wish everyone health, happiness and a heaping of comedy in the year ahead. As I reflect on my previous wishes and resolutions, I have decided to shake things up this year. No wishes. No resolutions.
 
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That’s right. It’s live and let live. I’m going to be more zen about life in general. Making a resolution not to have resolutions feels so 2014. Very modern. The way things are being done. Sure, I could say I’m going to give up M&Ms or hit the gym more often or see more theater. I could make all of those a top priority, and check in later this year to see how many M&Ms I have eaten and such. But, I’m eschewing that. Resolutions are the one thing I’m giving up. And I feel great about it.
 
Here’s to a resolution-less year. I’m excited. More so than ever.



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