Ted Greenberg's The Complete Performer

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Posted: April 14, 2014
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I recently appeared on ABC’s The View as part of its comedy special. Each of the four hosts — Barbara, Sherri, Whoopi and Jenny along with guest host Judy Gold — chose their favorite comedian to perform a short set in front of their millions of fans. I had a blast being part of such a fun episode and was thrilled that Barbara Walters, who will retire next month, selected me as her favorite comedian.
 
While I cannot tell you everything that went on during my sensational appearance, I can share the following clip, which explains what Barbara will be doing once she retires. Enjoy!
 

 
And don’t forget to tune into The View on May 16th, the legendary Barbara Walters last day on the groundbreaking show.



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Happenings at the Soho Playhouse

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Posted: April 10, 2014
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My show — Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer — has been at legendary Soho Playhouse since the fall of 2008. The theater has recently updated its website, which looks really great. You’ll find us under Huron Club.
 
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Things are always happening at the Soho Playhouse. Last week, New York’s First Family visited the long-running show Bill W. and Dr. Bob about the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous. You can see photos of Mayor de Blasio, his wife and daughter at the show on BroadwayWorld.com.
 
And, there is a new show playing on the Main Stage — Extraordinary Extremities. The show follows Geppetto, and is a one-hour drama that features music and puppet theater. It performs through the end of May. And, Jamaica Farewell returns later this month and goes through mid-May.
 
And, don’t forget our show performs at 11pm on April 12th and 19th, and we’re off April 26th.



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David Letterman To Retire Next Year

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Posted: April 7, 2014
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Big late night talk show news last week. David Letterman will retire in 2015. I had the pleasure of being part of the show’s early years, and am sad, like everyone else, to hear that he will leave the airwaves next year. He has transformed late night TV with his sardonic wit and conceptual humor that was a nice antidote to Johnny Carson and Tom Snyder.
 
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For more than three decades, he’s entertained and surprised America with his Top Ten Lists, Stupid Pet Tricks, interviews with his late mother and celebrity guests who adore him, and great musical acts. I’ve written before about Andy Kaufman and Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler on the show and the wild interviews he conducted. There will never be another like Letterman.
 
I wish him well in his retirement. And, I’m grateful that I had the chance to work on such a groundbreaking show. Of course, I’m intrigued, like everyone else, to learn who will ‘replace’ him. We all know his not replaceable.



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March Madness in April

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Posted: April 3, 2014
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Sports fans understand marketing in a very specific way. We’re still celebrating March Madness in April, sorta like Christmas in July, only different. The NCAA men’s basketball tournament comes to a close this weekend. After many upsets (thank you Dayton), we’ve got four teams — all named for the state they are in — Florida, Connecticut, Kentucky and Wisconsin — who will duke it out for the national title on Monday.
 
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This year’s shock quotient was pretty high, particularly if you root for a team from the state of North Carolina. Goodbye Duke. So long UNC. It’s rare that both of those teams are non-factors. Florida, the only No. 1 seed left in the tournament, escaped Kentucky in the conference tournament prior to March Madness. The Gators won the one-point nailbiter to clinch the SEC Tournament victory. There’s a good chance they will need to go through the Wildcats to hoist the NCAA trophy as well.
 
In a year when Warren Buffet offered big money to anyone who could accurately predict all of the tournament’s games, only 612 out of 11 million in ESPN’s tournament challenge got the right Final Four. According to USA Today, that’s .0000551% of people. Not great odds. Of course, that’s what made Mr. Buffet’s gamble so much fun and a sure bet. There was almost no way anyone could predict this year’s results, particularly when more than one No. 12 seed upset a No. 5 team in the first round.
 
Isn’t the unpredictability of the tournament part of the fun? Especially in a year when there are a No. 7 (Connecticut) and a No. 8 (Kentucky) seeds left. Of course, it could be argued that Kentucky earned a higher ranking.
 
I’m looking forward to watching the games right before my show–Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer– on Saturday, and then sitting in front of the TV on Monday night to see who wins the whole shebang.



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Must Read: Insights into Comedy

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Posted: March 27, 2014
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Jason Zinoman writes about comedy for The New York Times. He’s had a recent run of excellent articles in The Grey Lady about the ins and outs of the business and what makes certain comics tick.
 
Earlier this month, he profiled Sean Patton and Ted Alexandro and what makes their live sets work so well. His assessment of why some comedians work well on TV and why others don’t is brilliant:
 
“As happens with many comics, some of his peculiar gifts don’t translate to the rigid constraints of late-night television talk shows. Mr. Patton is a kinetic, physical comedian who favors large, dramatic gestures. Standing still and staring into a camera puts him in a straitjacket.
 
He also specializes in coherent personal stories that dart across time and involve several characters, an approach that is riskier than a collection of disconnected jokes, since if one doesn’t work, the next offers the possibility of a fresh start.”
 
Check out his profile of comic Billy Eichner searching for comedy on the streets of New York.
 
And his assessment of the brilliant T.J. and Dave is a must read as well.



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See Me on The View Tomorrow 3/25

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Posted: March 24, 2014
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I appear on The View Tuesday, March 25th. The show airs from 11am to noon Eastern time on ABC.
 
Tomorrow, The View hosts an all-star comedy hour that I am a part of. Barbara, Whoopi, Sherri, Jenny and guest host Judy Gold invite their favorite comedians to each perform a short set on the long-running ABC talkshow. I was treated like royalty, and had a blast with the other comedians and studio audience.
 
Tune in tomorrow or set your DVR!
 
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And in other news, Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer is truly embracing late night. Our showtime will be 11pm in April and May. Book your tickets here!



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Tonight See Eric Andre at Webster Hall

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Posted: March 13, 2014
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It’s Thursday. It’s March. It’s freezing outside, but you can head indoors to see one of my fave comedians rock the mic. Eric Andre, whom I interviewed a while back. You know him from The Eric Andre Show on Adult Swim or perhaps you saw him in the feature film The Internship or on TV in Don’t Trust the B in Apt. 23B.
 
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Break out the $15 and head to Webster Hall tonight for the 8pm show in the club’s Marlin Room. Eric will be joined by Dan Curry, one of the writers on The Eric Andre Show, and Kevin Barnett, who has been seen in MTV2′s Guy Code.
 
The show is for those 19 and over. Brave the cold and enjoy!



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April 2014 at 11pm

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Posted: March 3, 2014
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I have a blast week in and week out at my late night Saturday comedy show — Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer. For over five years, I’ve rocked the stage at Soho Playhouse at 10:00pm, followed by a lucky group winning a cab ride from me anywhere in NYC. I’ve driven to the Bronx, the far reaches of Queens, deep into Brooklyn and even just around the corner in Soho. Each week is an adventure.
 
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In April, that adventure goes one hour later. That’s right. On April 5, 12, and 19, you can see Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer and experience all the chills and thrills. Just at 11pm. Then, after three really late weeks, I’m taken April 26th off. I think I’ve earned it.
 
Book your tickets now, and be among the select few who can say “I saw Ted Greenberg at 11.”



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The Olympics Come to An End

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Posted: February 24, 2014
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Yesterday, we bid adieu to the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia. What a couple weeks of intrigue and competition. At times given the deep freeze of NYC, it was hard to watch sports in a clime even colder than we were. But, there were many memorable moments.
 
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(3) The opening ceremony. Sure the fifth ring failed to materialize, but if that is all you took from the the over-the-top, theatrical opening ceremony, then you weren’t watching the TV. Flamboyant, beautiful and moving. That’s what we got, a spectacularly produced event. Ok, there was the malfunction, but anyone who works in theater or live events can tell you that can happen. And, the Bermuda team wore Bermuda shorts. What an unforgettable moment.
 
(2) Johnny Weir’s Outfits. If you thought the Bermudans were brave for rocking shorts (I did), then Weir’s outfits were fierce. In fact, SB Nation tracked his wonderful ensembles. He and commentator partner Tara Lipinski coordinated their outfits, but no one can outshine Weir, a three-time U.S. figure skating national champion.
 
(1) Bob Costas. The venerable reporter and Olympic host went down for the count with an eye infection that spread from eye to both. Matt Lauer filled in and was fine. But, Bob was sorely missed when not in the booth. His love and reverence for sports is surpassed by none.
 
Good by Olympics. You were fun, but I’m glad to get some of my regular TV shows back.



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A Genius Idea

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Posted: February 20, 2014
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A friend recently posted on Twitter that a smart film executive would get a script for a Kevin Hart-Melissa McCarthy comedy stat. It’s a brilliant idea. Those two have struck box office gold in America, and seem to be beloved by the public. I’ve raved about Ms. McCarthy before. Now, it’s time to give Mr. Hart his due.
 
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I should first confess that my girlfriend LOVES him. Everything — his comedy albums, his films, his stunning grin and even his short stature. When Ride Along, Hart’s film with Ice Cube, broke the normal January doldrums at the box office, people in the industry and audiences alike took notice. And, it’s just been announced that a sequel is in the works. If your film passes the $100 million mark on a $25 million budget, you can expect that another film will be ordered.
 
His great work isn’t just confined to Ride Along. He stood tall (pun intended) opposite heavyweights Robert De Niro, Alan Arkin and Sylvester Stallone in Grudge Match. He stole every scene he was in–whether it was leaving his crappy car in the middle of the street when he learned he had gotten a financial sum or verbally sparring with Alan Arkin. If you watch the film, just forward to his scenes.
 
And, the more I think about it, I love the idea of Kevin Hart-Melissa McCarthy comedy. I’d pay $14 to see that.



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