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Posted: May 18, 2015
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When I won an Emmy writing for David Letterman in the early years, I didn’t know then that he would become such an iconic staple of American television. For 30+ years, Americans have turned on their TV and bid their day adieu with the Canadian, gap-toothed funnyman. Whether it was his Top 10 or Stupid Animal Tricks or the bits with his mother, he’s made us guffaw for decades. It’s hard to believe it all comes to an end later this week. We will be a country adrift without his supreme talents.
 
As such, here are some of the best comedy articles and insights about David Letterman and how he changed the landscape of late night television.
 
Everybody was touched by Norm Macdonald’s touching tribute to his comedy hero.
 

 
This Newsweek profile of the early years of David Letterman’s career is simply sublime.
 
The Mercury News lists 10 reasons to miss the show. All good ones.
 
For the geeks among us, this Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel look at the numbers/stats of the show is quite intriguing.
 
I will watch every episode of Dave’s final week and reminisce about those early years. Happy Viewing.



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Saying Good-Bye to Letterman

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Posted: May 7, 2015
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As many of you know, I won an Emmy for my writing. For David Letterman in the early days of the show. It was a dream job in many ways–creating conceptual comedy sketches and being part of late night TV history.
 
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As Letterman prepares to sign off air after three decades entertaining the masses, there are many retrospectives on his illustrious career. Here’s Vulture’s look back at the world of Dave. Former writers–including my writing partner David Yazbek–talk about the sketches that didn’t make it on air.
 
It’s fun to reminisce about those early days, and hear what excited the show’s writers over the years.
 
Thanks Dave.



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Every Brilliant Thing Is Brilliant

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Posted: February 5, 2015
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There’s a one-person show running through March at the Barrow Street Theatre. It’s such a love letter to theater and life. Simple, haunting. Funny, beautiful. It’s Every Brilliant Thing.
 
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I highly recommend the show. It’s an exquisite piece of writing with a top notch performance by British comedian Jonny Donahoe. What I haven’t told you is that the play deals with suicide. But in the most human, sweet way. The night I saw it the audience left abuzz and inspired.
 
Don’t just take my word for it. “As brilliant as theater can get” is what Talkin’ Broadway said about the show. NY1 raved “as profound a work as you’re likely to ever see on the New York stage.” So, what are you waiting for, put Every Brilliant Thing on your to see list.



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In Comedy News

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Posted: January 19, 2015
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Last week, Transparent, Jill Soloway’s groundbreaking show, took home comedy gold at the Golden Globes. Transparent received two statuettes for Best Comedy and Best Actor in a Comedy TV show. Not bad for an Amazon.com show. Clearly the tide is turning with content from many outlets garnering awards.
 
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In the last 24 hours, Louis C.K.and FX has been big news. FX will present a comedy special by the comedian. Also, the network will produce a new show, Better Things, created by Louie’s Pamela Adlon and Louis C.K.

 
Netflix is about to launch a new comedy special by Iliza Schlesinger. It got a terrific review from The Boston Herald. CHeck it out this Friday.



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Turn Your Clocks Back

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Posted: November 24, 2014
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After six weeks at 6:00 pm, my show–Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer–returns to 10:00 pm through the end of 2014. That’s right, I take the stage at the Soho Playhouse every Saturday night at 10:00pm.
 
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Get your tickets now. We’ve found that large groups love to celebrate the holidays with us. The show is perfect for couples, friends, bachelorette parties, birthday celebrations and more. What’s great about downtown New York is that you can see my show at 10:00pm, and then head out to the hottest nightlife–bars, restaurants and clubs–to continue the fun.
 
Hope to see you at my show soon.



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The Parody Musical

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Posted: November 17, 2014
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There’s nothing quite like a parody musical–where some form of pop culture is given its over the top due. The PIT (I interviewed owner Ali Farahnakian here) is currently hosting a series of musical parodies of famous movies.
 
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Next up is Steel Petunias, a funny look at the five hanky film Steel Magnolias. I’m betting that the Olympia Dukakis character has some great song in there. Remember her? It will, of course, be difficult to match the dramatic actions of two-time Academy Award winner Sally Field, but it’d be fun to see it done.
 
Steel Petunias is on the boards December 2nd at 6:00pm. Get your tickets now.



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Comedy Specials on Netflix

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Posted: August 18, 2014
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Netflix has become a gamechanger in the entertainment world. The company, once solely known for shipping DVDs of films and TV shows, is now a top content provider with shows like House of Cards and Orange is the New Black — two of the most talked about and beloved on any platform today.
 
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Last week Netflix threw its hat in the comedy special arena — something you think about HBO and other cable channels. According to this Denver Post article, Netflix will present five comedy specials from Bill Cosby, Chelsea Handler, Chelsea Peretti, Jim Jefferies and Bill Burr. From August 29th through December 5th, the company will roll out the five comedy specials — all taped this year.
 
I’m a fan of Ms. Peretti’s, and look forward to her special the most. But, I love how Netflix gives us another reason to subscribe.



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Whither the Romantic Comedy?

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Posted: July 21, 2014
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Entertainment seems to be in a significant shift in terms of content and distribution. Who knew five years ago that some of the best “TV” series wouldn’t be on TV? Fans went apoplectic when a hoax announcing that Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black had been canceled.
 
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And now, with the disappointing box office of Sex Tape, a supposedly racy romantic comedy starring Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel, the plight of the romantic comedy film is being seriously debated. In fact, the film opened up the discussion at the TCA Panel. In fact Mindy Kaling, creator and star of The Mindy Project, and Elizabeth Meriwether of The New Girl posit that TV is where the romantic comedy is thriving. The predictable formula can be enhanced by characters who have 22 episodes a season to work out their issues, frustrations and love life. More diversions are possible because the story doesn’t need to be wrapped up in 100 minutes.
 
I also think that we’re ready to see Ms. Kaling and Zooey Deschanel, star of The New Girl, in love. After years of watching Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Sandra Bullock and Katherine Heigl fall in love over and over again, we’re ready to mix it up. Heck, audience is absolutely gaga over Game of Thrones so yes we’re ready to mix it up a bit. And, let’s face it Ms. Kaling is a very compelling, complex character — one who is easy to root for and be exasperated by at the same time!
 
And, here’s a great Deadline.com article about the panel.



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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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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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