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The Parody Musical

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Posted: November 17, 2014
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There’s nothing quite like a parody musical–where some form of pop culture is given its over the top due. The PIT (I interviewed owner Ali Farahnakian here) is currently hosting a series of musical parodies of famous movies.
 
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Next up is Steel Petunias, a funny look at the five hanky film Steel Magnolias. I’m betting that the Olympia Dukakis character has some great song in there. Remember her? It will, of course, be difficult to match the dramatic actions of two-time Academy Award winner Sally Field, but it’d be fun to see it done.
 
Steel Petunias is on the boards December 2nd at 6:00pm. Get your tickets now.



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Friends with Four Paws Benefit 11/20

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Posted: November 13, 2014
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It’s always good to give back. And, it feels right, especially around Thanksgiving. Two members of Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer are involved with an upcoming fundraiser, hosted in the very same space where we perform Saturday nights. On Thursday, November 20th, there will be a comedy event in support of Friends with Four Paws, a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization formed to rescue animals at the Chickasha Animal Shelter in Oklahoma from imminent death by having mobile adoption locations and providing foster care for dogs and cats. The rescued animals are adopted throughout the country, including in New York.
 
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The line-up of comics includes TGTCP’s own Mike Cupolo (host) and Paul Murdock along with Naomi Karavani, Jena Axelrod, Brett Druck, Craig Todaro and Jacob Silver. Showtime is 8pm. Tickets are only $18 and may be purchased in advance at Eventbrite. There will also be a silent auction, where you can win tickets to TGTCP as well.
 
All proceeds benefit Friends with Four Paws.



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Hottest Comedy News: Yes, Please!

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Posted: November 10, 2014
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The hottest comedy news right now is taking place on any stage. It’s the debut of Amy Poehler’s memoir Yes, Please!. This Daily Mail article covers The Paley Center for Media event that coincided with the launch of the book.
 
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Amy is known for her terrific tenure on Saturday Night Live and for her portrayal of Leslie Knope on Parks and Recreation, the long-running NBC sitcom that will end its run this year. She has received 15 Emmy Award nominations to date. And who can forget her work in films: Blades of Glory, Baby Mama, Deuce Bigelow: Male Gigolo, and Mean Girls.
 
Before all of this, she was on the Chicago and New York improv scene, working with Second City and Upright Citizens Brigade, respectively. And, even in some plays. Friends have come across her name in playbills form the late 90s.
 
Yes, Please! is out now. And you can read about her extraordinary career in this new memoir.



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FringeNYC Needs Our Help

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Posted: November 6, 2014
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As you know, Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer got its start at the New York International Fringe Festival in 2008, and I’ve been a loyal fan ever since. Elena Holy is an amazing and passionate producer, and somehow year in and year out, she makes dreams come true for thousands of artists and theater lovers.
 
I received a letter that FringeNYC needs some support, particularly for its free programming. They have set up a crowdfunding campaign to raise $20,000 for FringeHIGH, FringeJR, FringeU, FringeART, FringeAL FRESCO, and FringeCLUB. Essentially the festival was recently notified that it’s not receiving its usual support for the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. And the festival needs to cover the costs of these vital programs.
 
Of course, Elena makes the plea more elegantly than I can. So please check it out.



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New York Comedy Festival

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Posted: November 3, 2014
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Jason Zinoman does it again. In his thoughtful New York Times profile of the New York Comedy Festival, he teases out three of the hot stories from this year’s festival.
 
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He profiles the controversy surrounding Hannibal Buress and Bill Cosby. Buress called out Cosby in a joke focusing on accusations of sexual abuse that have been leveled at the ‘family man’ comic. Now, they’ll be on stage a night apart. Zinoman also looks at the Los Angeles invasion–comics from the West Coast who will be at the festival. And finally he offers insights into two comics–Sara Schaefer and Pete Holmes–who had TV shows recently canceled.
 
For more info on the New York Comedy Festival, visit this website.



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Latest in Comedy News

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Posted: October 30, 2014
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HBO has a couple comedy pilots in the works. One by Mike White, who worked on Enlightened. Another will star Kyra Sedgwick, who lit up cable television in the drama The Closer. The comedy pilot is by Kari Lizer, who created The New Adventures of Old Christine. Learn more at Deadline.com.
 
The Comedy Store in San Diego is hurting today. A very fancy car slammed into the building that houses the comedy club. The full story may be read at U-T San Diego.
 
The Sydney Morning Herald reports on the first indigenous sketch show in 40 years.
 
Just a reminder that my show is again at 6pm this week and every week through November 22nd.



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Reviews Are In – 6pm Is a Hit

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Posted: October 27, 2014
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My first 6pm show went amazingly well on Saturday night. Full house. Lots of laughs. And I was done with the cab ride before dinner time. It was the perfect way to celebrate the 6th Anniversary of the show.
 
An audience member, who was visiting from out of town with her grown daughter, remarked that she thought it was perfect to start the night off with such a fun show. Laughing so hard helps with digestion. Or so she said. A long-time fan of the show, who has seen it a number of times, also liked the change. He also thought it was the perfect warm-up for dinner.
 
You’ve got four more chances to see Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer at 6pm. Get your tickets through November 22nd now.



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Two Days Til 6pm Shows

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Posted: October 23, 2014
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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.
 
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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.



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6PM Shows Start This Week!

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Posted: October 20, 2014
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This is just a reminder that it’s a big week for Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer. From today’s E-blast:
 
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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.
Ted



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Ladies & Comedy

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Posted: October 16, 2014
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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.
 
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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.



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