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Celebrating What’s Great About New York

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Posted: July 14, 2014
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There are a million — really 8 million — reasons to live in New York City. The siren’s call brings thousands of artists, entrepreneurs and other fine, engaged citizens to the Big Apple. Last week, we experienced the beautiful, wild phenomenon — Manhattanhenge, which is explained in this great Economist article. And, the Brooklyn Nets came to the wise decision to can its mascot Knight. See there are smart people here. Make a mistake, like creating a befuddling mascot, and it’s corrected two years later.
 
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New York is known for its visual artists and galleries, whether on the Upper East Side or in Chelsea. There is a new one, though, to check out painting in real time. And, it’s drawing serious crowds because it’s located in the Broadway district. Tourists and New Yorkers alike can take in a show and see another show — this one free — at the iconic Brill Building.
 
Two artists — Andy Hammerstein and Tom Christopher — have taken over the street level studio and paint in real time with an audience simply separated by a glass window. Here’s a great New York Daily News article on The Brill Project. You can check out this unique project through this week.



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Holy Emmy Nominations

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Posted: July 10, 2014
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Today’s one of the biggest days in television! That’s right the Emmy nominations were announced at the crack of dawn. The comedy shows that will vy for the top prize are perennial winner Modern Family, Veep, The Big Bang Theory, Louie, Orange Is the New Black (though some question whether it’s a true comedy) and even more surprising HBO’s Silicon Valley. Will this be the year that Modern Family is dethroned? If so, my bet is on either Louie or Orange Is the New Black.
 
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The Outstanding Comedy Actress includes Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who has taken the trophy home the past two years. She will duke it out with Melissa McCarthy (Mike and Molly), Lena Dunham (Girls), Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation), Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie) and Taylor Schilling (Orange Is the New Black). This is a strong category, but it is hard to imagine anyone else unseating Louis-Dreyfus.
 
The Outstanding Comedy Actor has one surprise — at least according to all of the experts — Ricky Gervais for Netflix’s Derek. The other contenders are three-time winner Jim Parsons (Big Bang Theory), Don Cheadle (House of Lies), Louis C.K. (Louie), previous winner Matt LeBlanc (Episodes) and William H. Macy (Shameless). It would be nice to spread the love to the great work Don Cheadle or Louis C.K. is doing these days.
 
Looking at the Supporting Actor and Actress categories, it’s great to see Andre Braugher nominated for his role on Brooklyn Nine-Nine. After years in drama, he has soared on this breakout show. His joined by Adam Driver (Girls), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family), Fred Armisen (Portlandia), Ty Burrell (Modern Family), and Tony Hale (Veep). For the actress category, Kate Mulgrew of Orange Is the New Black leads the pack, which includes Anna Chlumsky (Veep), Julie Bowen (Modern Family), Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live), Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory) and the surprise nomination of Allison Janney for Mom.
 
Looking forward to the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards.
 
P.S. I’m mad that The Good Wife did not get a nod for Best Drama or Writing. But kudos to Josh Charles for his Best Supporting Actor turn on the show.



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When Did a Sense of Humor Stop Being Sexy?

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Posted: July 7, 2014
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I read with interest People Magazine’s Hottest Bachelors issue. Yes, I really did. The glossy mag named hunk Joe Manganiello (pictured above) — he of the chiseled abs and perfect physique — as the absolute, on fire hottest bachelor in Hollywood. I get it. No one would want to meet this 6’5″ Pittsburgh native in an alley, yet women go gaga for him. Those arms. Those everything.
 
If you scroll through the list, it’s a mixed bag of actors — Jared Leto, Liam Hemsworth, Steven R. McQueen, Ian Somerhalder, singers — Usher, Sam Smith, Ricky Martin, and Prince Harry. Seeing this list, I wondered where are the comedians? When you ask women want they want in a guy, they always say someone funny, right? Isn’t that the top characteristic? Or perhaps women or People mag is lying to us. Right? You cannot have it both ways.
 
Or maybe there is another answer — all the comedians are loved up right now. Because women really do appreciate a sense of humor, perhaps there aren’t any comedian bachelors. If you catch a set or two at a comedy club, you know this isn’t exactly the truth, but for now, that’s what I’ve got.
 
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And, you know People is kicking itself (pun intended) for releasing this list a couple days before Tim Howard (pictured above) became a national hero, soccer star and the hottest man in America. There’s a new article about his prowess both on and off the field posted daily, like this one.



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Happy Birthday America

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Posted: July 3, 2014
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Bald Eagles. Barbeques. Fireworks. Baseball Games. Here’s to another year of the United States. Happy Birthday Uncle Sam — your 238th. You look pretty good for your age. How perfect that our national holiday falls on Friday. That way we have two days off *after* we celebrate with cold brews, burgers and back yard parties.
 
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However you celebrate, I hope it’s with a dash of comedy. And that you are able to spend time with your favorite people.
 
Happy Fourth of July from everyone at Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer.



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Check Out Jokes On Us

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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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