Ted Greenberg's The Complete Performer

Starring Emmy Award winning Letterman writer, Ted Greenberg!

     
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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5th Anniversary Show Announced | October 19th

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Posted: September 18, 2013
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5 Smash Seasons!
Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer
5th Anniversary Party – October 19th

 
Time flies when you’re a dynamic lookalike duo. Thank you for helping Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer reach a significant milestone – the show’s 5th Anniversary!
 
On Saturday, October 19th, join us for another great show plus a champagne toast and cookies from our favorite local bakery — Milk and Cookies. Get your tickets now to celebrate with me and the Mascot NOW!
 
Five is a big anniversary. Half a decade. So big Mascot and I made this Vine about it.
 
It’s been 5 years of hilarity, mind-blowing magic tricks, free cab rides home and great reviews. Check out some recent ones.
 
“My mom laughed so hard she cried! Ted Greenberg has created a show that is a blend of comedy, magic with heaping spoonfuls of silliness and hilarity.” – PD on TripAdvisor
 
“Excellent show! My boyfriend and I laughed all night. A large portion of the show is improv and Ted did an excellent job interacting with the crowd and getting the audience involved. I’m a local and would definitely go again. Thanks for a great night, Ted!” – K.C. on Yelp.com
 
Thank you for the support over the past 5 years!
 
And if you cannot make it on the 19th, we’re at the Soho Playhouse in downtown Manhattan every Saturday at 10 pm. Tickets are on sale through the end of the year.
 
-Ted



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Downtown Comedy Show Rocks the Critics

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Posted: July 25, 2013
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Soho is a terrific hub of nightlife in New York. Bars. Music Venues. Clubs. Theaters. Movie houses. The neighborhood has it all. And, I am particularly proud that my show – Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer – is part of such vibrant arts and cultural community. A mere two blocks from Soho Playhouse is HERE, a 20-year-old theater that supports hybrid work. It’s a fantastic space with two theaters and a cafe.
 

 
Right now, HERE is presenting one of the best reviewed comedy shows of the year. Julian Schwab’s ‘rogerandtom’ has consistently tickled critics’ funnybones. The New York Times raves that the show is “past clever and making its way toward brilliant.” The New Yorker chimes in, ““the more nuts things get the more fun this light, whimsical, very well-acted play about the imagination is.” And New York Magazine was all hot and bothered by the production: “Julien Schwab’s crafty, poignant bottled playlet is a small, cool gem in the hot miasma of summer.”
 
Sounds like it’s time to run to see this stunning piece of work. And, I’d like to mention that it stars two very fine actors – Eric T. Miller and Richard Thieriot. Both are always worth the price of admission.
 
Get your tickets now before ‘rogerandtom’ closes. Performances run through August 24th.



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Bill W. and Dr. Bob at Soho Playhouse

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Posted: July 11, 2013
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One of the great things about performing my weekly comedy show at the historic Soho Playhouse — besides having a grand ole time every Saturday night — is the diversity of other shows that call the downtown theater home. This week, Bill W. and Dr. Bob, a moving and funny play about the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous, joined the long list of terrific shows on that adorable stage.
 
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The play about two of history’s iconic, but not well known figures, has racked up award after award and critical praise across the United States and Canada. Actor Martin Sheen raves, “The miraculous story, beautifully told, of the men who named the disease and created the cure.” Bill W. and Dr. Bob met 80 years ago in an interesting set of circumstances, and worked to keep each other sober. Their ‘cure’ has helped tens of millions of people who struggle with alcohol addiction.
 
Patrick Boll and Timothy Crowe play Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith, respectively. These terrific actors imbue their characters with vitality and grace. Their performances are a joy to watch as this uncanny story unfolds. Check out this wonderful show. For tickets, visit Soho Playhouse’s web site.



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Unconstitutional In Time for July 4th

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Posted: July 4, 2013
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Happy Fourth of July! It’s time to celebrate the birth of America. The re-opening of the Statue of Liberty, which has been out of commission since Hurricane Sandy last fall. Watch some fireworks, fire up the grill, head to the beach. Maybe even throw back a cold one or two.
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While you’re at it, celebrate the return of Colin Quinn’s Unconstitutional. The solo show has an extended run – July 4 – 23 – at the Cherry Lane Theatre in New York City.
 
Colin Quinn
 
The 75 minute show finds the humor in the founding of the United States of America and our document – The Constitution. The show isn’t a dry history lesson. As told by Quinn, whom I’ve praised before, the Constitution is a living, breathing work and the men who wrote it flawed and funny. And lest you think the show is only about Madison, Jefferson and Washington, Quinn weaves in modern day tales and references Bruce Springsteen. Get your tickets now.
 
Unconstitutional is a great way to spend this patriotic day. Check out this wonderfully funny and insightful one-man show. I promise you won’t be disappointed.



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Summer in New York

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Posted: June 6, 2013
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Nothing says summer like a stroll through Central Park, the 843 acre mega park in the heart of Manhattan. The park bustles with joggers, cyclists, picnics, rollerskaters, walkers, tourists, New Yorkers and of course, theater. For over 50 years, downtown’s Public Theater comes uptown to present two productions in Shakespeare in the Park. Now, the shows aren’t always by the Bard, though this year they are. And the tickets are free. To obtain them, you must wait in a long line — longer still when megastars like Meryl Streep and Al Pacino grace the stage at the Delacorte Theatre.
 

 
This summer’s Shakespeare in the Park is already under way. Comedy of Errors continues through June 30th and stars Modern Family’s Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Hamish Linklater and Heidi Schreck. The second show, which runs late July through mid-August, is a musical adaptation of Love’s Labours Lost by the creative team behind the brilliant Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson, a Public Theater hit from a couple years ago that eventually moved to Broadway. You can listen to a few of the songs at the Shakespeare in the Park website.
 
The first week of each run is always the best to try to get tickets, but you can often still get in on a rainy evening when there are a bunch of no-shows. If you’re visiting New York for the first time or a longtime member of the Big Apple, there’s no better way to kick off your summer than going to Shakespeare in the Park.



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‘Baby Wants Candy’ Rocks SoHo Playhouse Again

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Posted: March 4, 2013
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Late night shows that tickle the funny bone are a great reason to live in New York City or plan a visit. There’s nothing like being charmed or captivated by a unique, downtown experience. Something not quite like another. And, I’m happy that Baby Wants Candy, that juggernaut musical improv show, has returned to Soho Playhouse through the end of April. Get your tickets now before the show sells out its Friday night at 10:00 pm run.
 
Baby Wants Candy
 
It’s widely accepted in the industry that developing a musical takes, on average, eight years. That’s right. 70,158 hours to bring a musical to life. At Baby Wants Candy, all it takes is ONE HOUR for the zany cast to come up with a musical you will never, ever forget. A Chicago import, Baby Wants Candy, according to its website, has featured performers Stephnie Weir and Nicole Parker (MadTV), Rachel Dratch and Seth Meyers (SNL), Jack McBrayer (30 Rock), Garry Tallent (Bruce Springsteen and the E St Band), Mark Pender (Max Weinberg 7) to name a few.
 
Don’t just take my word for it. The New York Times has made the show a “Critic’s Pick”. And Buzzfocus.com raves, “This gathering of comedic geniuses is the one show you want to see before you die.” All I can say is welcome back to New York and Soho Playhouse, Baby Wants Candy. You’re sure to heat up the rest of winter.



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Cabs of the Future

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Posted: February 28, 2013
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Times are a-changing. This recent Beta Beat article highlights a modern vending machine currently available in and East Village bar. The ultimate goal is to roll these machines out in New York City taxi cabs, and to offer gum and condoms, among other items.
 
First, credit card machines were installed in the back of cabs, and now condoms may be easily available. This news got me thinking about what else I would like to see in the back of a cab since I drive one for my Off-Broadway comedy show, Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer. Here are my top three choices for the back of a cab:
 
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3. Coffee – Do you know how many drunk people get in the back of a cab, particularly late at night? Some coffee to sober them up would be a welcome addition to any ride.
 
2. Barf bag – Are you sensing a theme? Yep, a barf bag would help keep the back of the cab clean. If they can be on airplanes, why not cabs?
 
1. Back massager
– Everyone would love this. I think the next cabs need to featured a back massager as its seat. Who wouldn’t want to ride there?
 
What would you like to see in a vending machine in the back of a cab?



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Comedian to Comedian | Interview with Matt Graham

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Posted: September 13, 2012
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Today, I’m thrilled to continue my interview series with comedians (and in this case Scrabble champion). Matt Graham, who is currently starring in This Too Shall Suck at SoHo Playhouse as part of the Fringe Encore Series spoke to me about his grandmother’s favorite joke of his, whether he prefers Larry Bird or Magic Johnson and what animal he someday wants.
 
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TED GREENBERG: What are the three books you couldn’t live without?
 
MATT GRAHAM: Well. Not counting the Bible or this one blue book, which I generally cuddle when I am scared but don’t read anyway, or the Scrabble player’s dictionary. I am gonna say;
(1) The Stranger; most impactful
(2) A Confederacy of Dunces: funniest
(3) and then get cheap and say anything by Vonnegut or William Poundstone (one fiction/one nonfiction).
 
I am not an avid reader. Did most of it in a binge in my early twenties.
 
TED GREENBERG: Are you a Bird or a Magic Johnson guy?
 
MATT GRAHAM: Wow. This is an amazing question, almost as if you know about the evolution of my life. It was always Bird. I grew up in Indiana, lived in Boston and was Celtics before that, and was a player who was used to being the underestimated white dude. However, at some point within the past 5 years, I decided I like Magic better as a player. He was so unselfish, could fill any role, was a star who didn’t really play like a star. On the other hand, Bird was kind of a hotshot, sorta selfish, unduly flashy, etc… I still think he had a couple good years, but he didn’t like it when he wasn’t making the final shot, because then he wouldn’t be taking it, and his ego could not handle that. I still hate the Lakers, and tire of Magic’s overwhelming media presence. So on court it’s Magic by a hair, but off court Bird by a mile.
 
TED GREENBERG: What was your grandmother’s favorite joke/routine of yours?
 
MATT GRAHAM: My grandmother only saw me once, early on, and I probably didn’t do well. If I would guess one she would have liked that I did back then – “My little league team was sponsored by a pharmacy. We had to wear childproof caps.”
 
TED GREENBERG: After you steam/tilt in poker, what do you to get centered?
 
MATT GRAHAM: I really don’t tilt almost ever, which is funny since the rest of my life often finds me an emotional wreck. I get more concerned about how big wins affect me than big losses. I get centered when running bad by not playing, which is fine. I could take or leave poker, with a small edge toward leave.
 
TED GREENBERG: Will you have children?
 
MATT GRAHAM: That would seem a clear no, but the ordering force I perceive in the universe (that I choose to call God) has had me do a lot of things I never thought I would do. If it was the woman of my dreams I would probably be convinced. Still, I love cats and animals so much I have a hard time not seeing that as my nurturing passion. I hope to one day own a capybara (rescued, not one from the wild).
 
This Too Shall Suck continues through September 24th at SoHo Playhouse. Tickets may be purchased at SoHo Playhouse’s web site.



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Celebrating Fringe Encores | A Second Life for Great Shows

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Posted: August 28, 2012
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Fringe Encores opens next week at SoHo Playhouse. It’s a second chance to see over a dozen of the hottest, most original and moving shows that were part of the 187 productions at the 2012 New York International Fringe Festival. Fringe Encores is thrilling for performers and audiences (especially after missing out on these fabulous shows the first time around). And, I know first hand what a blast Fringe Encores can be. Four years ago, my mostly one-man comedy show, Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer, was selected to participate in Fringe Encores, and I’ve been lucky enough to be at the SoHo Playhouse pretty much ever since.
 
Many of the shows selected for this year’s series were feted during the festival, winning awards. 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche and Independents both took home Overall Production Awards. Salamander Starts Over and The Zebra Shirt of Lonely Children were recognized as Outstanding Solo Performances. Chris Phillips won a Playwriting Award for Pieces, and Kelly Bailey was given an Outstanding Design award for Pulp Shakespeare‘s costumes.
 
The Zebra Shirt of Lonely Children
Matthew Trumbull in The Zebra Shirt of Lonely Children
 
Kudos to every show that was selected. I am particularly thrilled that The Zebra Shirt of Lonely Children, Matthew Trumbull’s exquisite one-man show, will have another life and even happier that it will play before my show two Saturdays, September 8 and 29 at 8:00 pm.
 
Don’t just take my word that this show is brilliant. Time Out New York gave the show four stars and said the show “achieves a masterful balance between the tragedy of loss and the touching moments of humor it can create.” TheaterMania.com called it “beautifully written.” Theater Is Easy raved about the show, “A devastating and funny personal monologue about losing a parent performed by a master storyteller — a true gift from Matthew Trumbull to his audiences.” I could keep piling on the terrific reviews.
 
See this show. Be moved, and then come to mine on September 8th or 29th at 10:00 pm to lighten up.



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