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Posted: September 16, 2014
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If you know my weekly comedy show — Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer — you know I’m a big fan of interactive comedy and crowd work. Being innovative with those tropes inspires me. I read this article about Smashatron, a monthly comedy show in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with great interest. Check out what’s happening there.
 
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The Fringe Encore series serves up some of the best shows from the 2014 festival. Full disclosure, I’m a 2008 FringeNYC alum. A few of the shows are comedies. Such as: <50%, a romantic comedy about a five-year relationship that unfolds onstage in surprising ways; and Gary Busey's One Man Hamlet (As Performed by David Carl), which I think is self explanatory. For the full list of Fringe Encores series shows, click here.
 



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We Are All New Yorkers

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Posted: September 11, 2014
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Today…thinking about 13 years ago and New York City’s darkest hour. As well as the moments of heroism and courage.
 
I love my city.
 
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Women Take the Wheel

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Posted: September 8, 2014
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I opened the New York Times today, and enjoyed reading an article about taxis. As you may know, I drive a cab at the end of the my long-running Off-Broadway comedy show Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer. That’s right. One lucky audience group is randomly selected at the end of my show. And, I drive them anywhere in New York City — home, to a bar, wherever.
 
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I’ve been a fan of yellow taxis since I was a youngster. They are quintessential New York. Now comes word that SheTaxis will launch in New York City next week. You will be able to order a female-driven cab through an app. Passengers must also be women. This is a great idea, offering what I’m sure some think is a much needed service.
 
The article points out that only 5% of cabbies are women, and that this new service offers additional opportunities for them. That’s great. Entrepreneurial spirit. What could be more New York than that?



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Tennis Fever

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Posted: September 4, 2014
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I’m a homer. For tennis. For the US Open. I’ve written about the tournament before. And I’ve always admired the show — the athletes, the matches, the wild audience. But, this year it’s different. I’ve truly been bitten by the tennis bug. I’ve already visited the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center multiple times in the last 10 days, and tonight, I get to watch Roger Federer play Gael Monfils.
 
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For those of you who don’t know either of these players, turn on the TV tonight. Federer, arguably the greatest player ever (or at least in the conversation), is back in form after a lackluster 2013 campaign. And Monfils (pictured below) is a great showman. An acrobat with a racket. And his game has matured where Fed fans need to be concerned about tonight’s match-up.
 
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So tonight at 8pm Eastern Time tune in and watch Federer and Monfils light up the court and treat the audience to a fantastic match. Me included.
 
And maybe I’ll see you at the Open next year. I’m ready to buy my 2015 tickets now.



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Sending Best Wishes to Joan Rivers

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Posted: September 1, 2014
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Last week, Joan Rivers — the funny lady who has entertained America for generations — was put in a medically induced coma, according to reports. Of course, my crew at Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer, Mascot Greenberg and I wish Ms. Rivers a fast and full recovery. We need her back critiquing fashion and wowing audiences with her acerbic wit at shows large and small.
 
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Joan Rivers has been a groundbreaker from Day One. Whether being a guest host on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson or the breakout star interviewing celebrities on the red carpet, she has set tongues a-wagging. Can you forget her famous line? “Who are you wearing?”
 
She does not suffer fools. She puts her foot in her mouth and a few others. But, she always goes for the comedy whether ripping stars a new one based on their fashion choices or cracking audiences up with her un-PC jokes. There is no one quite like Joan Rivers.
 
Here’s to another good 81 years for this unforgettable star.



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Funny Ladies are the Biggest Story at the Emmys

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Posted: August 28, 2014
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When the Emmys were handed out this week, the biggest stories surrounded two funny women. And for very different reasons. The headlines were all about Girls creator Lena Dunham and comedian Sarah Silverman.
 
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On the red carpet, Silverman let Giuliana Rancic look inside her clutch. When asked about a certain device found inside, Silverman revealed that it is her liquid pot vaporizer. And the world went nuts. In fact, I don’t think many remember that she took home an Emmy, just that she carried a pot pen. You can catch the video here.
 
The other huge story was Dunham’s new look. Her blonde Oliver Cromwell haircut and her voluminous dress, which landed her on nearly every worst dress list out there. Outside of Tilda Swinton and Bjork, that generally does not happen. I love that she can turn the conversation about herself no matter what she does. And that she takes risks in her fashion, just like on her show.
 
Thank you ladies for keeping it interesting.



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Tennis Takes Over New York

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Posted: August 25, 2014
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Today, the US Open makes Queens the place to be. The best tennis players in the world will vie for top prize at the final Grand Slam of the year, and this sport will have New York under its spell for two glorious weeks.
 
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Arthur Ashe Stadium is huge, and unless you have corporate tickets, the worst place to watch two pros hit a tennis ball. But the rest of the courts offer a chance to sit mere feet from the top pros. While Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Maria Sharapova haven’t set foot on those courts in years, you may catch the new Genie Bouchard, the Canadian player who has sets hearts afire with her play and beauty. Or see Nick Krygios, an up-and-coming American player.
 
Either way, there are millions of reasons to head out to the tournament during the fortnight. Besides the great players on court, there are plenty of celebrities who will be there taking in the action. There’s live music and activities for kids too.
 
Maybe I’ll see you out there. Bring your sunscreen



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August Is My Favorite Time of Year

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Posted: August 14, 2014
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Six years ago, I had the great fortune to be part of the New York International Fringe Festival. Those performances launched my long-running comedy show Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer. After a sold out run in the festival, the show moved to Soho Playhouse, and we will celebrate our 6th Anniversary this fall with 6 weeks of 6pm shows.
 
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Every August, I peruse the FringeNYC guide to find shows that I want to see — solo shows, comedies, an odd musical or two, and even some dramas. If you’re like me, you need some help choosing which of the 200 shows to go to. I also read what the New York Times and other outlets are previewing. Here’s the Times roundup. TheaterMania.com also had a list of 7 shows to see. And Time Out New York breaks down the myriad styles of shows.
 
I’d be remiss if I didn’t give a shout out to the lovely Christine Renee Miller, who is directing the solo show Mother at this year’s FringeNYC.
 
I look forward to seeing you downtown at the shows over the next two weeks.



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ICYMI: 6pm Shows, 6 Saturdays this Fall

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Posted: August 11, 2014
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In case you missed my latest announcement!
 
YOUR WISH HAS FINALLY COME TRUE!
 
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For those of you who like to be in bed by 10pm, I’m running 6pm Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer shows starting October 25th. You’ll be out of the theater by 7pm and – if you win the free cab ride – home by 7:15pm, in time to settle in with a giant kale smoothie and apply a mud mask before 10pm – giving you a full night’s sleep ahead of your 6am spinning class. This health nut offer runs only 6 Saturdays and coincides with our 6th anniversary.
 
6pm show time, 6th anniversary special, 6 weeks, and on October 25th a drink voucher for any 6 dollar drink!!!!!
 
For nearly 6 years many of you have clamored for an earlier showtime. “I can’t stay out that late!” “I’m NOT a vampire!” “I am a vampire, but I see theater before sundown!” My mascot and I have heard you loud and clear. Take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and book your $20 tickets now.
 
What won’t change is the high wire comedy you’ve grown to love and a free post-show cab ride to anywhere in New York City for one lucky audience group per show, driven by me.
 
See you soon!
 
— Ted
 
P.S. For those nite owls, our show normally runs at 10pm. You can get tickets to those shows here.



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72 Million Smackeroos

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Posted: August 7, 2014
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The biggest news in comedy this week is that the internationally popular show The Big Bang Theory will return for three more seasons, and signed its three leads — Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco and Johnny Galecki — to the tune of $1 million per episode. That means $24 million per season times three which equals $72 million smackeroos. Plus, according to some reports, they get some back end money, pushing the contract to close to $100 million. Not bad for a show about geeks and nerds and the beautiful and nerdy women who love them.
 
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Since Revenge of the Nerds thirty years ago, geeks and geek culture has exploded. Comic books have been elevated to high art, and the biggest films are about superheroes. And, now the biggest comedy on the planet revolves around two physicists. In other words, brains are sexy. And funny. And rich.



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