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Another Reason to Love the Big Apple: Jazz Standard

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Posted: September 29, 2014
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There are a million and one things to do in New York City. That’s partly why I love to call it home. Over the next few months, I’ll highlight some of my favorite places–those tucked away spots where you can have fun and appreciate the arts.
 
First up is the Jazz Standard, a jazz club on East 27th Street. Great musicians. Terrific drinks. A wonderful atmosphere. What else do you need? Did I mention Blue Smoke Barbecue is just upstairs. Make it a night and enjoy some great food and fantastic music. There are two shows nightly–7:30 and 9:30–with an 11:30 on Friday and Saturday nights.
 
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October 1 through 5, you can catch the Terence Blanchard Quintet or later see the Big Mingus Band. The club is intimate, but not so small that you feel claustrophobic. A really great venue to hear the best musicians in the world do their thing.



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Politics and Politicians Are Best Fodder for Comedians

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Posted: September 25, 2014
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I’m a big fan of the New York International Fringe Festival. My show–Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer–got its start in the festival six years ago, and it’s been running ever since. It’s thrilling when other FringeNYC shows enjoy extended runs and/or move to a bigger theater.
 
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Today, you can see Tail!Spin!, the big hit at the 2013 FringeNYC. The show plays through November and elections at the Lynn Redgrave Theater downtown. It stars Arnie Burton, Rachel Dratch, Sean Dugan, Tom Galantich and Nate Smith. Tail!Spin! follows the ripped-from-the-headlines, unbelievable words and actions of America’s politicians, particularly Anthony Weiner, Mark Foley, Larry Craig and Mark Sanford. Obviously, there’s a lot of comedy material to mine from those four gentlemen. Whether Tweeting inappropriate photos or running away with a mistress while in office, they set a low bar for behavior.
 
The show’s tagline is spot on: Politics is dirty. Politicians are dirtier. And, according to TheaterMania.com, Ms. Dratch brings her beloved imitation of Barbara Walters out of retirement for the show.
 
Enjoy Tail!Spin!



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Just a Reminder: Limited Edition 6pm Shows Coming Soon

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Posted: September 22, 2014
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For the past six years, I have performed nearly every Saturday night at 10pm — minus a few nights off and a few performances at 11pm (what was I thinking?). You can set your clock by Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer. If it’s 10 pm on Saturday, I’m taking the stage of Soho Playhouse for my mostly one-man comedy show.
 
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To celebrate my 6th Anniversary this fall and to appease those fans who have asked for an earlier performance time, I will have a series of 6pm shows beginning October 25th. Get your tickets now because this time change won’t last long. Only 6 weeks in fact. Limited opportunity to say you saw the show at an earlier time.
 
Looking forward to seeing you at the show!



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It’s All About Baseball

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Posted: September 18, 2014
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Fall 2014. The last time to see the great Derek Jeter play in pinstripes. Is there a more revered player in this town? I don’t think so. The Yankees shortstop has been team captain, led the Bombers to five championships, and been a model baseball player. A class act. On and off the field. It’s hard to believe #2 won’t be in spring training next year. It’s even harder to believe he’s 40 because he’s been a Yankee for nearly 20 years.
 
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Thank you Derek for bringing glory to the Bronx. For being an all-around great guy and even better player. And for helping to restore the Yankees to their greatness. A place they richly deserve. I will miss cheering you on.
 
On the funny side of baseball, there’s Bryan Cranston — possibly the best living actor today (Hello Walter White) — showing off his funny side. The Guardian offers many different looks, but the first about MLB may be the best. See the videos here.
 
Enjoy the final days of the season.



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Latest Comedy News

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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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