Ted Greenberg's The Complete Performer

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Must Read: Insights into Comedy

Categories: Comedians,Comedy Shows,Latest News
Posted: March 27, 2014

Jason Zinoman writes about comedy for The New York Times. He’s had a recent run of excellent articles in The Grey Lady about the ins and outs of the business and what makes certain comics tick.
Earlier this month, he profiled Sean Patton and Ted Alexandro and what makes their live sets work so well. His assessment of why some comedians work well on TV and why others don’t is brilliant:
“As happens with many comics, some of his peculiar gifts don’t translate to the rigid constraints of late-night television talk shows. Mr. Patton is a kinetic, physical comedian who favors large, dramatic gestures. Standing still and staring into a camera puts him in a straitjacket.
He also specializes in coherent personal stories that dart across time and involve several characters, an approach that is riskier than a collection of disconnected jokes, since if one doesn’t work, the next offers the possibility of a fresh start.”
Check out his profile of comic Billy Eichner searching for comedy on the streets of New York.
And his assessment of the brilliant T.J. and Dave is a must read as well.

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See Me on The View Tomorrow 3/25

Categories: Latest News
Posted: March 24, 2014

I appear on The View Tuesday, March 25th. The show airs from 11am to noon Eastern time on ABC.
Tomorrow, The View hosts an all-star comedy hour that I am a part of. Barbara, Whoopi, Sherri, Jenny and guest host Judy Gold invite their favorite comedians to each perform a short set on the long-running ABC talkshow. I was treated like royalty, and had a blast with the other comedians and studio audience.
Tune in tomorrow or set your DVR!
Ted Greenberg on The View
And in other news, Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer is truly embracing late night. Our showtime will be 11pm in April and May. Book your tickets here!

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RIP David Brenner

Categories: Comedians
Posted: March 20, 2014

Earlier this week, I wrote about Jimmy Fallon’s first month hosting The Tonight Show. Each late night talk host has had favorite guests. Jimmy Kimmel loves Matt Damon. David Letterman has a fondness for Drew Barrymore. Back in the day, President Bill Clinton left a mark on the original Arsenio Hall Show. Chelsea Handler is a big fan of friend Jennifer Aniston.
Word broke earlier this week that one of Johnny Carson’s favorite guests — David Brenner — had passed away. He made 158 appearances on the show — more than any other person. Brenner, who was 78, performed as recently as two months ago. He had a long, storied stand-up career that included specials on HBO and work around the country.
Here’s Brenner’s first appearance on The Tonight Show in 1971 when Johnny Carson called him “warped”.

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Kudos to Jimmy Fallon

Categories: Comedy Shows
Posted: March 17, 2014

Five years ago, NBC tried handing over its prized late night franchise, The Tonight Show, to Conan O’Brien. Within six months, the network had wrestled the show from O’Brien and back into the hands of long-time host Jay Leno. That debacle spawned a great documentary — Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop — as well as Conan’s new show on TBS (and a lot of acrimony).
Half a decade later, there has been another host shake-up at The Tonight Show with different results. Jimmy Fallon took over hosting duties a month ago. While his inaugural show fell a bit flat, every episode since has gained momentum– both in ratings and online clips. And his sweet, I’m game for anything demeanor seems to work in his favor for this show, which now tapes in New York after a 40 year stint in Los Angeles. Essentially Fallon has honored the tradition of the show while bringing a modern appeal to it — asking celebrities to do wild bits (photobombing with Jon Hamm) and utilizing YouTube to post clips. Leno was not particularly internet-friendly.
What does having The Tonight Show in New York signal for comedians and other talent? Hopefully more New York-based comics will be featured on a regular basis.
Kudos to Jimmy Fallon for making it work. And work well.

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Tonight See Eric Andre at Webster Hall

Categories: Latest News
Posted: March 13, 2014

It’s Thursday. It’s March. It’s freezing outside, but you can head indoors to see one of my fave comedians rock the mic. Eric Andre, whom I interviewed a while back. You know him from The Eric Andre Show on Adult Swim or perhaps you saw him in the feature film The Internship or on TV in Don’t Trust the B in Apt. 23B.
Break out the $15 and head to Webster Hall tonight for the 8pm show in the club’s Marlin Room. Eric will be joined by Dan Curry, one of the writers on The Eric Andre Show, and Kevin Barnett, who has been seen in MTV2’s Guy Code.
The show is for those 19 and over. Brave the cold and enjoy!

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April 2014 at 11pm

Categories: Latest News,Off-Broadway Shows
Posted: March 3, 2014

I have a blast week in and week out at my late night Saturday comedy show — Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer. For over five years, I’ve rocked the stage at Soho Playhouse at 10:00pm, followed by a lucky group winning a cab ride from me anywhere in NYC. I’ve driven to the Bronx, the far reaches of Queens, deep into Brooklyn and even just around the corner in Soho. Each week is an adventure.
In April, that adventure goes one hour later. That’s right. On April 5, 12, and 19, you can see Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer and experience all the chills and thrills. Just at 11pm. Then, after three really late weeks, I’m taken April 26th off. I think I’ve earned it.
Book your tickets now, and be among the select few who can say “I saw Ted Greenberg at 11.”