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Two Days Til 6pm Shows

Categories: Latest News
Posted: October 23, 2014

Since my show–Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer–has been at 10pm, except for a few 11pm performances, during its six-year run, I don’t think there can be too many reminders about the set of 6pm shows I start Saturday night. From October 25th to November 22nd, I will take the stage at the Soho Playhouse four whole hours earlier.
New York Taxi Cab
That means the lucky cab ride winning group will probably direct me to some hotspot or restaurant instead of going home. I’m excited for the possibilities of this new found adventure–earlier performance, earlier cab ride, the whole kit and kaboodle.
Get your tickets now because you’ve got a limited chance to see me and my magic at 6pm.


6PM Shows Start This Week!

Categories: Latest News
Posted: October 20, 2014

This is just a reminder that it’s a big week for Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer. From today’s E-blast:
Halley’s Comet. George Clooney’s Wedding. Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer at 6pm. AKA things that almost never happen.
I heard from many people that they’d kill to see me and my magic earlier in the evening, and I’m happy to prevent murder. To that end, I’m celebrating the Sixth Anniversary of my mostly one-man comedy show with a series of 6pm shows.
For a limited time only–October 25th through November 22nd–I’ll take the stage at Soho Playhouse at 6pm. Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity! Get your tickets now and toast the first fantastic six years of the show that has been called “outrageously funny” (Backstage) and “a rollicking roller coaster ride” (nytheatre.com).
And, this Saturday, October 25th, I’m also offering a free Taxitini–a mouth-watering cocktail created specifically for the show–for everyone in attendance.
See you soon.

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Ladies & Comedy

Categories: Comedians
Posted: October 16, 2014

Lucille Ball was an icon. A powerful woman in a man’s world. A comedian. A charmer. The creator of hit TV shows and a beloved performer. Life magazine just released a series of photos from her illustrious career in the 1940s and 1950s. You can see the photos here.
Speaking of talented women, Elizabeth Peña passed away earlier this week. I was fond of her performances in dramas Lone Star and Jacob’s Ladder, but she did appear on Modern Family. And had a light comic touch. RIP Ms. Peña. Your luminous presence will be missed on screen and off.
And in other comedy news, there is a protest and storm brewing in Portland over a women’s comedy festival. Here are two different takes on the issue from Mic.com and Death and Taxes. They are really of the same mind. One is serious and the other a humorous take on the issue.
Have a great weekend.


New York Legend Dorothy Parker Is Brought to Life

Categories: Latest News,Off-Broadway Shows
Posted: October 13, 2014

Last week, I spoke about the Edinburgh Fringe shows that are playing at Soho Playhouse. There is another piece that I recently saw (and see that it’s been selling out!) in the space. A piece about Dorothy Parker, one of New York’s most legendary women. Known for her acerbic wit (“The first thing I do in the morning is brush my teeth and sharpen my tongue.”) and a life grander than the stage, Ms. Parker ruled New York for many years. Now the wonderful Chicago actress Jennifer Engstrom brings her back to life with her one-woman show.
Presented by Oscar nominee actor Michael Shannon and Soho Playhouse, Excuse My Dust (A Dorothy Parker Portfolio) is searing and a masterful melding of Dorothy Parker’s romantic misadventures and her compositions. And there are lots of romantic misadventures. Ms. Engstrom is brilliant in the role, and this must see performance continues through November 9th.
Don’t miss this chance to spend 60 minutes with the enchanting and entertaining Ms. Engstrom in a role she was born to play. For tickets and other information, visit here.

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Festival Time at SoHo Playhouse

Categories: Latest News,Off-Broadway Shows
Posted: October 9, 2014

Out with the New York Fringe and in withe Edinburgh Fringe. For the last few weeks, SoHo Playhouse–where I perform my weekly comedy show–has been home to Fringe Encores, a series of the best and brightest from the 2014 New York International Fringe Festival. Now, the famous theater is hosting a series of shows that rocked the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe this summer.
As part of the Edinburgh Encores series, you can see new work by SoHo Playhouse favorite Baba Brinkman. He’s tackled Evolution and now, he’s ready to bring the house down with The Rap Guide to Religion. He’s been called “brainy and entertaining” by the New York Times, and now you can learn why.
The other shows include the Jewish Chronicles, a musical folklore extravaganza by Daniel Cainer; System Failure, “A genuinely fresh look at not only relationships, but also modern city life” according to The Scotsman; and Running with the Firm, James Bannon’s one-man show about going undercover in one of the most dangerous groups in the UK.
Check out these four shows when you can!


Latest Comedy News

Categories: Latest News
Posted: October 6, 2014

Here are some of the latest and most interesting stories in comedy right now.
If you’re in New York, you can head to BAM to see a film retrospective of Stephen Chow’s work. I remember Shaolin Soccer, but there are so many more to see. This New York Times article offers a great look back at his work.
An Indian-American family comedy may be in the works for American TV. That, according to this NBCNews.com article. Comedian Sunny Tripathy has signed a deal with 20th Century Fox.
Rolling Stone takes a look back. Way back. 25 years ago. Here’s a flashback to Adam Sandler performing stand-up in 1989.


Where to Eat Before My Comedy Show

Categories: Latest News
Posted: October 2, 2014

I am often asked where to eat in SoHo before my show–Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer. There are many places to choose. Here are five of my favorites, in no particular order.
Aqua Grill (210 Spring Street at Sixth Ave.) — Mouth watering seafood restaurant and raw bar. There’s a reason why this upscale seafood restaurant has been around nearly 20 years.
Bar Ciccio (190 Sixth Ave. at Vandam) — Just steps away from Soho Playhouse, this cute boite serves great wine and pastas. Adorable space, lovely staff. Charming.
Il Corallo (176 Prince Street between Thompson & Sullivan)– For inexpensive pasta, go to this Soho staple. Diners swear by the Fusilli Tuberio and Rigatoni Pugliese. And you won’t pay extra for the servers’ brusk, New York attitude. Three blocks from the theater. Cash only.

Lupe’s East LA Kitchen
(110 Sixth Avenue just below Broome) – Authentic Mexican food. Burritos, enchiladas and plenty of vegetarian options. Terrific margaritas too. Reasonably priced. Outdoor seating. Cash Only.
Westville (333 Hudson St. at Charlton) — The Hudson outpost of this NYC favorite serves American fare for carnivores and vegetarians alike. Try the grilled chicken breast with two market sides or a market plate (four vegetables and/or tofu). Both run about $15. Great salads and burgers too. Three blocks from the theater.
Happy eating & imbibing.


Another Reason to Love the Big Apple: Jazz Standard

Categories: Latest News
Posted: September 29, 2014

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.
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.


Politics and Politicians Are Best Fodder for Comedians

Categories: Latest News,Off-Broadway Shows
Posted: September 25, 2014

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.
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!


Just a Reminder: Limited Edition 6pm Shows Coming Soon

Categories: Latest News
Posted: September 22, 2014

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.
6 O'Clock
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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