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6th Place is Not Acceptable

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Posted: April 28, 2014
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There’s surely going to be dissension about this list. One that ranks the 50 funniest cities in America from The Humor Research Lab at the Leeds School of Business at University of Colorado Boulder. It just released its findings at The Humor Code.
 
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Chicago ranks first on the list. The Windy City is a great choice. No problem with it taking the top spot, but New York–where comedy is king–should not be outside the top 5. No way. And, we shouldn’t lose to Boston EVER about anything. You hear me Yankees and other comedians? We need to take this back. How Bean Town ended up being No. 2 I have no idea.
 
Even more perplexing is that The Big Apple places behind Atlanta; Washington, D.C. and Portland. Say what? New Yorkers pride ourselves on our wit. A sense of humor is required in a city where rents are sky high and you can pay $55 for mac and cheese. The only saving grace is that we didn’t finish behind Los Angeles, which comes in at No. 7.
 
Alright, time to get funnier NYC.



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Stephen Colbert on David Letterman

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Posted: April 24, 2014
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As was reported weeks ago, David Letterman will retire next year. CBS did not waste time in naming a replacement: the facile Stephen Colbert. This week, Colbert stopped by The Late Show, chatted with his predecessor, took a selfie (everybody is doing it these days), and saw the seat he’s got to fill. For a full report on Colbert’s visit, read this New York Daily News article or watch the video below.
 

 
You will find no greater fan of The Colbert Report than I. Ok, there may be an ardent admirer or two. Colbert has created one of the most interesting characters on TV, his alter ego Stephen Colbert. The character is so inside baseball that sometimes people aren’t in on the joke or at least the sarcasm he has mastered. Through a hazy veil of pomp, arrogance and skewed worldview, Colbert dismantles the fallacies of government and culture like no other. Every night is a roast of American life.
 
As happy as I am for the man and his upcoming gig, I am equally sad that we won’t be able to tune into The Colbert Report in 2015. Truly, it will be one show that will be missed.



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Some Times You Need A Week Off

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Posted: April 21, 2014
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Since September 2008, I have performed week in and week out at the Soho Playhouse. We’ve had an odd night off or two over the course of the last five-and-a-half years. And this Saturday–April 26th–will be one of them.
 
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Each member of my trusted team gets a Saturday night off. Two are still working on Saturday either before or after when the show would happen. They don’t get much of a break. The Mascot is heading to Mexico! Another is going for a Korean salt scrub. Another winning idea. And another gets a night out with his girlfriend.
 
We will miss everyone this weekend, but we’ll return Saturday, May 3rd at 11pm. See you then!



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See An Honest Liar at Tribeca Film Festival

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Posted: April 17, 2014
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There are a couple things I love: downtown Manhattan and magicians. Tomorrow night at the Tribeca Film Festival, a documentary about James “The Amazing” Randi will open at the Bow Tie Cinemas in Chelsea. I’m excited about a lot of films in the 13th edition of the festival. An Honest Liar, though, is my top must-see film.
 
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James “The Amazing” Randi is known for going head-to-head with people who make paranormal and pseduoscientific claims. The Amazing Randi is a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship recipient and has his own foundation. He uses his training with sleight-of-hand, con artistry, and other magic arts to debunk mystics and others.
 
The film looks at his amazing career as well as his personal life. I’m sure you’ll be under his spell in no time.

 



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Watch A Clip from My Recent TV Appearance

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Posted: April 14, 2014
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I recently appeared on ABC’s The View as part of its comedy special. Each of the four hosts — Barbara, Sherri, Whoopi and Jenny along with guest host Judy Gold — chose their favorite comedian to perform a short set in front of their millions of fans. I had a blast being part of such a fun episode and was thrilled that Barbara Walters, who will retire next month, selected me as her favorite comedian.
 
While I cannot tell you everything that went on during my sensational appearance, I can share the following clip, which explains what Barbara will be doing once she retires. Enjoy!
 

 
And don’t forget to tune into The View on May 16th, the legendary Barbara Walters last day on the groundbreaking show.



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Happenings at the Soho Playhouse

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Posted: April 10, 2014
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My show — Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer — has been at legendary Soho Playhouse since the fall of 2008. The theater has recently updated its website, which looks really great. You’ll find us under Huron Club.
 
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Things are always happening at the Soho Playhouse. Last week, New York’s First Family visited the long-running show Bill W. and Dr. Bob about the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous. You can see photos of Mayor de Blasio, his wife and daughter at the show on BroadwayWorld.com.
 
And, there is a new show playing on the Main Stage — Extraordinary Extremities. The show follows Geppetto, and is a one-hour drama that features music and puppet theater. It performs through the end of May. And, Jamaica Farewell returns later this month and goes through mid-May.
 
And, don’t forget our show performs at 11pm on April 12th and 19th, and we’re off April 26th.



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David Letterman To Retire Next Year

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Posted: April 7, 2014
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Big late night talk show news last week. David Letterman will retire in 2015. I had the pleasure of being part of the show’s early years, and am sad, like everyone else, to hear that he will leave the airwaves next year. He has transformed late night TV with his sardonic wit and conceptual humor that was a nice antidote to Johnny Carson and Tom Snyder.
 
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For more than three decades, he’s entertained and surprised America with his Top Ten Lists, Stupid Pet Tricks, interviews with his late mother and celebrity guests who adore him, and great musical acts. I’ve written before about Andy Kaufman and Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler on the show and the wild interviews he conducted. There will never be another like Letterman.
 
I wish him well in his retirement. And, I’m grateful that I had the chance to work on such a groundbreaking show. Of course, I’m intrigued, like everyone else, to learn who will ‘replace’ him. We all know his not replaceable.



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March Madness in April

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Posted: April 3, 2014
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Sports fans understand marketing in a very specific way. We’re still celebrating March Madness in April, sorta like Christmas in July, only different. The NCAA men’s basketball tournament comes to a close this weekend. After many upsets (thank you Dayton), we’ve got four teams — all named for the state they are in — Florida, Connecticut, Kentucky and Wisconsin — who will duke it out for the national title on Monday.
 
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This year’s shock quotient was pretty high, particularly if you root for a team from the state of North Carolina. Goodbye Duke. So long UNC. It’s rare that both of those teams are non-factors. Florida, the only No. 1 seed left in the tournament, escaped Kentucky in the conference tournament prior to March Madness. The Gators won the one-point nailbiter to clinch the SEC Tournament victory. There’s a good chance they will need to go through the Wildcats to hoist the NCAA trophy as well.
 
In a year when Warren Buffet offered big money to anyone who could accurately predict all of the tournament’s games, only 612 out of 11 million in ESPN’s tournament challenge got the right Final Four. According to USA Today, that’s .0000551% of people. Not great odds. Of course, that’s what made Mr. Buffet’s gamble so much fun and a sure bet. There was almost no way anyone could predict this year’s results, particularly when more than one No. 12 seed upset a No. 5 team in the first round.
 
Isn’t the unpredictability of the tournament part of the fun? Especially in a year when there are a No. 7 (Connecticut) and a No. 8 (Kentucky) seeds left. Of course, it could be argued that Kentucky earned a higher ranking.
 
I’m looking forward to watching the games right before my show–Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer– on Saturday, and then sitting in front of the TV on Monday night to see who wins the whole shebang.



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