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Posted: June 30, 2014
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The Soho Playhouse has been my home for six years. In that time, many shows have played both the upstairs theater and the Huron Club. I’ve written about many of them. Normally the Huron Club hosts comedy shows (like my Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer) or solo shows or variety shows.
 
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For the next couple of months, you can catch comedy shows at the aptly renamed Huron Comedy Club on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Tickets are $20, and there is no drink minimum. The evening is called Jokes On Us, and last week Christian Finnegan headlined a night. My show’s very funny Paul Murdock and Mike Cupolo serve as hosts to keep the evening rolling along.
 
And Sunday nights there is an open mic at 7pm. For more details visit the Soho Playhouse web site.



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It’s Pride Time

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Posted: June 26, 2014
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If you live in the West Village, you know there are a couple events each year that take over the streets and offer a visual and sonic display. And the Pride parade is one of them. This Sunday, tens of thousands of people will wind their way through downtown New York festooned in gorgeous, wild costumes and perched on creative floats with dance music blaring. All on Sunday morning. What a fun treat for the neighborhood and the nearly as many who line the streets watching the festivities. A celebration for the LGBTQ community and all New Yorkers.
 
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The parade started a year after the historic Stonewall Riots after gay men fought police early in the morning in 1969. At that time gay bars were constantly raided by police in efforts of intimidation, but on June 28th, the Stonewall patrons had had enough. Now 45 years later, the Pride Parade is still going strong.
 
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To learn more about the route, activities and how to participate, visit http://www.nycpride.org/.



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Finding the Funny in the World Cup

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Posted: June 23, 2014
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Yesterday the US Men’s National Team was seconds away from a historic victory in the World Cup when Portugal tied the match with mere seconds remaining. What a blow to the American team and its legion of fans, looking forward to celebrate the team’s advancement to the next round. When the US takes on Germany on Thursday, there will be enormous pressure on the Red, White and Blue.
 
To blow off steam yesterday, I browsed the Web for comedy posts related to all things fubol. Here’s what I found.
 
(1) Here’s a Mentalfloss article detailing the wild demands made by teams involved in the World Cup. Which team asked for baskets of bananas to be delivered daily to its team members? You can find out here.
 
(2) Comedy Central made a video in support of the U.S. efforts in the World Cup. Check out Stephen Colbert, Key and Peele, Jon Stewart and more in celebrating the US.
 

 
(3) Or check out this hilarious spoof of England’s Wayne Rooney. His corner kick goes awry and ends up in a very interesting place. Watch it here.



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Celebrating the Life of a Legend

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Posted: June 19, 2014
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I do not know a single San Diego Padres fan. Not one. Likewise, I do not know anyone who wasn’t a fan of the the most famous Padre–Tony Gwynn. He did his–being a baseball player–with dignity, humility and integrity. And, he committed to a team that never gave him a true chance to win the World Series. Despite lucrative offers to leave the team, he double downed and played his whole career for the Padres. The community supported him and loved him for his commitment both on and off the field.
 
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I understand that commitment. As much as Mr. Gwynn cherished San Diego, I love New York. The Big Apple courses through my veins in a profound way. I’ve been enamored with the fast pace, the people, the wildness of my hometown.
 
Like any fan of baseball and decent human beings, I was sad to learn that Mr. Gwynn lost his battle with salivary gland cancer this week. At the age of 54. The world is truly a lesser place with his passing, but a greater one because of his life. Thank you Tony Gwynn for being a role model and not succumbing to big bucks. I’m just grateful he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame before he died.
 
Thank you for a job well done. That’s all we can hope to do. RIP.



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It’s World Cup Time!

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Posted: June 16, 2014
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The biggest show on earth started a few days ago in Brazil. That’s right the FIFA World Cup is underway. Thirty-two teams are vying to be crowned world champion of soccer (or football or futbol in other countries). In fact, the United States plays Ghana later today in its first round match-up. While the US has made the championship over the last two decades, experts aren’t giving the Red, White and Blue much of a chance to advance.
 
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New York–with over 800 languages spoken and hundreds of nationalities–is celebrating World Cup fever. And, there are plenty of bars and restaurants where you can watch the action. Eater breaks down a top 11 restaurants. Even the Hummus Place in my Greenwich Village neighborhood installed a TV so diners may catch every moment of action. The Huffington Post lays out the best places to watch matches depending on which country you are cheering for. And, Time Out New York weighed in on the best bars to get a peek of the action.
 
Wherever you watch, enjoy!



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New York Changes All of the Time

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Posted: June 12, 2014
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New York is one of the most dynamic cities in the world. New shows open nearly everyday. Cab designs evolve every few years. And neighborhoods change dramatically over just a few years. Of course, we also love our mainstays — Katz’s Deli, which has served up meat sandwiches for decades; long-running shows like Chicago and Wicked on Broadway (hey, I’ve been performing Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer for nearly six years!) and .
 
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Five years ago, the Big Apple welcomed a number of new places. Here’s Time Out New York’s tribute to the Highline, which is a gorgeous park transformed from an elevated train track. It’s hard to believe the park has been up-and-running that long. But, if you’re in New York, check it out.
 
Around that same time, New York christened two new baseball stadiums — the new Yankees Stadium in the Bronx and Citi Field in Queens–both are adjacent to where their predecessors sat. Citi Field is a dream compared to the former Shea Stadium while the legendary former Yankees Stadium is missed whenever I go to a game.
 
In 2019, there will be another crop of new places celebrating their fifth anniversary, and I hope Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer will near its 11th.
 
Have a great weekend.



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Tony Awards Offer the Razzle Dazzle

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Posted: June 9, 2014
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Last night was the biggest night on the theater calendar. The Tony Awards. Hosted by the uber-talented Hugh Jackman, the event featured stars of stage and screen — from Idina Menzel to Bradley Cooper to Kate Mara as well as a performance by Jennifer Hudson.
 
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The ceremony crowned a new queen; Audra McDonald won her sixth Tony Award, becoming the most decorated actress in the award’s history. TV stars Bryan Cranston and Neil Patrick Harris collected trophies for Best Actor in a Play and Best Actor in a Musical, respectively. And Carole King and Jessie Mueller’s duet (Jessie won the Best Actress in a Musical award for her portrayal of King) brought the house down.
 
The night’s big winners — A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder and All the Way — are must sees. The former stars Jefferson Mays in a fabulous performance. Get your tickets here. The latter, featuring Cranston as President Lyndon B. Johnson, closes soon on the Great White Way.
 
Thank you Tony Awards ceremony for reminding us how powerful, fun and entertaining theater is.



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Take Tomorrow Off — OITNB Season 2 Is Released

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Posted: June 5, 2014
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We’ve waited almost a year for a new batch of eps. Finally tomorrow – June 6th – we can return to Litchfield and catch up with the ladies of Orange is the New Black. It’s been an excruciating wait for anyone who is a fan of the wild dramedy from Jenji Kohan.
 
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If you are like me, you’ve devoured articles about the show. Last year, E! ranked the characters from best to worst — is there really a bad (by bad I mean, not compelling) character on the show? Or perhaps you’ve seen this hilarious Arrested Development-style promo for Season 2? Here Poussey, Taystee and Bennett talk about their weird fan encounters since the show began.
 
Tomorrow’s supposed to be gorgeous in New York City. I don’t care. I’m ready to catch up with Piper and Co. When we left Ms. Chapman she had beaten Pennsatucky into a bloody pulp. What will happen in this next installment of 13 episodes? I’m ready to find out.



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Obvious Child Opens on Friday

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Posted: June 2, 2014
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This Friday, June 6th, Obvious ChildGillian Robespierre‘s indie comedy–opens at the movie theater. If you’re not spending the weekend binge-watching Orange is the New Black or if you blow through the 13 eps of the Netflix series in no time, perhaps Obvious Child is the film to see.
 
Jenny Slate stars as Donna Stern, a 20-something who has the worst Valentine’s Day ever. She loses her job, gets dumped and finds out she’s pregnant. The trifecta of unexpected news causes her to re-evaluate her life. Slate, whom I adored in Bored to Death, is joined by Gaby Hoffman, whose career is having a renaissance this year and my friend Richard Kind, who wished me well on my show’s anniversary a few years ago.
 
Here’s the films trailer plus a couple of review snippets.
 

 
“It really is a classic summer movie…Jenny Slate gives a singularly hilarious yet incredibly vulnerable performance” — Vulture
 
“Obvious Child is funnier, and more honest, than any female-centric cinema produced in Hollywood today.” –Indiewire



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