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Comedy Changes Are Afoot

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Posted: May 29, 2014
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It’s not surprising that there is a real shake-up happening in the world of entertainment, particularly comedy these days. From hot button issues to new methods of distribution to changing of the guard, comedy is in the news.
 
Over the weekend, The Washington Post film critic Ann Hornaday wrote a column examining the context of the very tragic Santa Barbara killing (my thoughts with all of the families and friends of those lost). She called out the narrow world view of comedies by Judd Apatow and other filmmakers; comedies that show slovenly men landing hot women over and over again as wish fulfillment. Judd Apatow and his regular star Seth Rogen took to Twitter to respond with vehemence and anger. Then, Hornaday released a video to clarify her position. No matter where you stand on the debate, you could not miss it as it became one of the hottest stories this year.
 
In other news, David Letterman’s departure from The Late Show has shaken up the comedy TV world in interesting ways. Stephen Colbert will take over his gig next year; sadly, that means the end to the brilliant Colbert Report. Perhaps as a result of not getting the job, Craig Ferguson will leave The Late Late Show when his contract is up. And, Chelsea Handler, who reportedly was on the short list for the Letterman gig, will leave her popular E! show Chelsea Lately in August after seven years. Of course, I expect her to land somewhere else. It’s been rumored perhaps Netflix or some content provider like it. Which leads to…
 
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We use Vimeo on our show to share videos among crew members. Today, the video streaming service announced that it’s getting into the original content game a la Hulu and Netflix. The company ordered six new episodes of High Maintenance, a short comedy series that presented a 13-episode season on Vimeo last year. House of Cards and Orange is the New Black have set a high bar critically and in terms of audience for new content providers.
 
It’s a wild, wild world out there.



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Happy Memorial Day!

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Posted: May 26, 2014
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I hope you’ve had a great holiday weekend and unofficially kicked off summer. Sure the solstice is three weeks away, but in NYC we know Memorial Day means three things (1) you can now wear white until Labor Day (is this still a thing?), (2) it’s time to get that share in the Hamptons, Fire Island or enjoy staying in the city on weekends when everyone else is out of town and (3) watch when you cross the street with the volume of people on Citi Bikes (especially tourists going the wrong way down streets).
 
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I look forward to summer in New York–the warm weather, the al fresco dining, the US Open (tennis), music festivals and performing my weekly late night, Saturday show — Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer — for New Yorkers and visitors alike. Hope to see you at the show soon.
 
Happy Memorial Day!



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Writing About Comedy To Check Out

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Posted: May 22, 2014
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As an Emmy Award-winning comedy writer, I am intrigued by Mike Sacks’ book Poking a Dead Frog: Conversations with Today’s Top Comedy Writers, which features interviews with the best in the biz. He spoke with Glen Charles (Cheers, Taxi) and Adam McKay (Talladega Nights, Step Brothers). Sounds like a great insider baseball read.
 
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Sacks has also contributed to Esquire magazine. This month’s issue is about fatherhood, and features a great interview with Jerry Seinfeld about the ‘burden’ of celebrity (or lack thereof) and Patton Oswald in a cheeky article called Fatherhood for Men. Both are worth checking out.
 
Have a great Memorial Day weekend.



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Top Lists of Comedy Special

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Posted: May 19, 2014
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Tonight, former SNL player and Bridesmaids Maya Rudolph has a comedy special “The Maya Rudolph Show” on NBC. This USA TODAY article and interview gives the skinny on what to expect when you tune into the Peacock tonight at 10pm.
 
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Rudolph’s comedy special got me thinking about others. They are perfect to binge watch during a rainy summer day. Here are best of lists to choose from:
 
Last fall, Flavorwire compiled The 50 Funniest Stand-Up Specials of All Time. You’ve got Brett Butler, Kathy Griffin, Dennis Miller and more on this list.
 
Paste Magazine takes a look at the top comedy specials on Netflix Instant. No surprise that Louis C.K. makes the top 10 list twice.
 
The Village Voice weighed in on the top 10 specials of 2013.
 
Enjoy. There’s a lot of laughter to be had. And don’t forget to tune into “The Maya Rudolph Show” tonight.



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Thanks for the Memories, Barbara

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Posted: May 15, 2014
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Tomorrow, Barbara Walters, who is still stunning at 84, is set to sign off on a career that has spanned six decades, made her a household name and inspired generations of women. To list her myriad accomplishments would require years. In 1996, she was ranked by TV Guide as one of the top 50 TV stars of all time. And, in 1989, she was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame. Barbara has won multiple Daytime Emmy Awards.
 
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Whether working on The Today Show or creating the gabfest The View or interviewing celebrities and world leaders, Barbara is a force of nature. For 20 years in December, I, like many Americans, look forward to her 10 Most Fascinating People special, where she interviews the newsmakers of that year.
 
I must admit I am biased. I’ve known Barbara since I was in high school, and recently got to propose to her on The View. You can see the video here. Still, whether you know Barbara personally or not, I’m sure you admire all that she has accomplished in her illustrious career.
 
Thanks for the memories, Barbara. I will tune into The View tomorrow to say goodbye.



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Land Your Comedy Pilot at NBC

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Posted: May 12, 2014
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Entertainment has become more democratic. In some ways at least. As new avenues to creative content are explored–with series on Amazon, Netflix, Hulu and other platforms–the traditional network channels are upping their stakes too. Take NBC.
 
An aspiring writer or team, who has not produced work on TV before, can submit a pitch as part of NBC Playground. And, three winners will be selected from the batch of entries through a multi-tiered process. A comedy’s who’s who–Adam Scott, Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling, Jason Katims and more–serve as an Advisory Board that will choose two pilots to air on NBC. And a public vote will determine one online winner that will have his or her pilot broadcast online.
 
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Time to start writing and making your awe-inspiring video to wow NBC execs and woo the Advisory Board. Good luck!



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Basketball in the Springtime of New York

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Posted: May 8, 2014
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Finally, it’s spring in New York City. Though slightly chilly and rainy today, we’ve enjoyed some glorious moderate days over the last week–the kind where shirts come easily come off movie stars (I am talking to you Adrian Grenier), brunch takes place outside and more people are running than walking on New York’s sidewalks.
 
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Yet, despite this beautiful change, something is not right in the Big Apple. Particularly in Manhattan. The New York Knicks are not in the playoffs for the first time in four years. Sure we’ve got guru-kingmaker-former coach and player Phil Jackson in the front office with the hopes of turning around a team that needs a surge in energy and enthusiasm. Wins too.
 
Seems like Manhattan has been losing to Brooklyn on the regular. And I’m not just talking basketball. Although in this case, it’s true too. The Brooklyn Nets, under first year coach Jason Kidd, eked out a one-point victory over the Toronto Raptors to take the first round series in seven games. Of course, the Nets have a tall task ahead of them–playing the Miami Heat in Round 2, but at least they are in the game, so to speak. Fans can flock to Barclays Center this week while Madison Square Garden is shut down for the season.
 
I wish the Nets the best, partially cause they are the underdog in their series versus LeBron, Dwyane and company. Still, I’d be a lot happier if my beloved Knicks were still in the picture.



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We’re Back at 10 pm

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Posted: May 5, 2014
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I’m thrilled to announce that Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer returns to 10pm this Saturday. After a month of 11pm performances and a week off, we are back at our normal time at Soho Playhouse.
 
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You can enjoy all the laughs and possibly win a cab ride at 10pm! Whether you’ve seen the show ten times or never, come check it out. And, before the show, consider having dinner at the intimate Bar Ciccio or Il Corrallo Trattoria, one of Soho’s best kept secrets where the pasta is affordable and delicious. Or perhaps old standard Aquagrill is more your speed.
 
Wherever you go, we will see you at 10 pm. Get your tickets here.



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Vulture Festival Rocks NYC May 10 & 11

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Posted: May 1, 2014
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If you’re a New Yorker, you check New York Magazine’s Vulture site on a daily basis for the latest snark; interviews with culturally relevant performers, writers, directors; TV recaps and pop culture analysis. Next weekend, you can get up close and personal with Vulture. Its hosting the Vulture Festival, an eclectic mix of music, talkbacks, comedy and a book club, next weekend May 10th & 11th.
 
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Some of the events are already sold out. Tickets are gone for the M.I.A. and Solange concert, its Animated Voices event (actors behind top animated series), Chelsea Art Tour with Jerry Saltz and the Comedy Night, which features Mike Birbiglia, W. Kamau Bell, Billy Eichner and Chelsea Peretti, who plays my favorite character on Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
 
There’s still room for brunch with musician Rufus Wainwright, a talk between David Milch (creator, Deadwood) and Matthew Stoller Zeitz and the Book Club. Check out all of the offerings and get your tickets now.



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