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Posted: February 26, 2015
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Here’s a look at some of the latest articles about the world of comedy.

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The New York Observer (in its style section) takes a look at the nexus of fashion and comedy. Is there a reason why there isn’t a fashion icon among comedy stars? It’s a very fun read.
 
The Atlantic has a takedown piece about NBC and its commitment to the original comedy. The title is Will “Parks and Recreation” be the last great comedy?
 
More on Parks and Rec leaving TV. Apparently the real FBI noticed the FBI agent on the show. Read that article at Verge.
 
Hitfix weighs in on the best block of comedy shows in history. These debates are always fun because it is difficult to come to a consensus. There isn’t a right or a wrong necessarily.

Happy Reading!



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The Oscars

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Posted: February 23, 2015
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Last night, the Academy Awards celebrated the best in films from the past year. Hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, the event was pretty tame, and to be quite honest, not that entertaining. No even really outrageous dresses. Viewership was down 14% according to Deadline.com. That’s not good news for an industry that lives and dies by numbers.
 
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There was one thing that I was thrilled about last night; that Birdman won Best Original Screenplay. Sure, I liked the magical realism film and thought the performances were quite good. The score was jazzy and the cinematography interesting. But, I was proud for Alexander Dinelaris, Jr., one of the screenplay’s four writers, for taking home the gold. You see just a little while ago, he directed a wonderful Off-Broadway play The Drawer Boy at SoHo Playhouse where my show–Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer–performs every Saturday. It’s lovely to see his work being rewarded on a grand stage. And, also, to understand that the authenticity on display in Birdman, a movie about a play going up on Broadway, has legit credits.
 
Congrats Alexander and all the other Oscar winners.



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Rap Guide to Religion at Soho Playhouse

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Posted: February 19, 2015
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Baba Brinkman has returned to Soho Playhouse with his latest show Rap Guide to Religion. The show, directed by Darren Lee Cole, received terrific notices at the Edinburgh Fringe last year. Now, the New York Times has weighed in with a glowing review about the show.
 
Here’s what the show is about:

Rap Guide to Religion is a new species of theatre, part hip-hop concert, part stand up comedy, and part TED Talk, exploring one of the most heated questions of our age: what’s the point of religion? Taking a scientific approach to the question, Canadian hip-hop artist Baba Brinkman performs faith-illuminating songs inspired by the best of evolutionary and cognitive science, with examples from his own family history (Baba’s ultra-religious great-great-great-grandfather sired more than 8,000 descendants).

 
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Rap Guide to Religion continues through March. It closes shortly before Easter. Get your tickets now.



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Happy 40th Saturday Night Live

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Posted: February 16, 2015
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Last night, Saturday Night Live celebrated its grand 40-year history with a mega-show. Cast members (past and present), former hosts and cultural icons were on hand to pay homage to the long-running late night comedy show. In case you missed it, there are plenty of recaps and photos floating around today.
 
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People ranks the top five moments here. No surprise that Bradley Cooper and Betty White smooching makes the list. The New York Daily News offers a glimpse at behind-the-scenes photos. USA Today writes a recap as well as an article about who was missing from the reunion.
 
Last night’s fun was a reminder how important this show has been to the American public, comedy and comedy writing over the last four decades. Literally a who’s who of TV and film stars have passed through Studio 8H. And, we’ve been entertained by the show, its political satire (Sarah Palin was even there last night) and its wild characters. Thanks for the memories SNL.



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Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Posted: February 12, 2015
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The most romantic day of the year falls on this Saturday. Or at least the most commercially romantic. Roses, hearts filled with chocolates, champagne, overpriced dinners, sappy cards. Millions of those will be given between lovers on Valentine’s Day.
 
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As such, Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer will take the weekend off. That way my crew can spend time with their loved ones and enjoy a Saturday night off. I’ll miss being on the stage that night, but we’ll be back the following week, ready to continue our 7th smash season of shows.
 
And we hope to see you there soon. Until then, Happy Valentine’s Day!



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Worth A Re-Watch: Man on Wire

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Posted: February 9, 2015
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Director James Marsh latest narrative feature The Theory of Everything is nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Six years ago, his documentary Man on Wire took home the Oscar for Best Documentary. Man on Wire is the beautifully reconstructed story of Philippe Petit’s death-defying wire walk between the Twin Towers in New York City. This film is worth another look. It’s stunning and vibrant. A testament to art, greatness and a time before instant communication.
 
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Of course, it’s hard to see the Twin Towers and not think of 9/11 and the ’93 bombing. Those landmarks and people who worked there are missed every day by loved ones the world over. Still, there is some comfort in seeing the buildings right after their construction and the awe they inspired in Petit and his ardent crew, who helped him launch his 45-minutes atop the world.
 
Man on Wire, though, is just solid filmmaking. And we always need that. Watch it again, and enjoy.



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Every Brilliant Thing Is Brilliant

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Posted: February 5, 2015
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There’s a one-person show running through March at the Barrow Street Theatre. It’s such a love letter to theater and life. Simple, haunting. Funny, beautiful. It’s Every Brilliant Thing.
 
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I highly recommend the show. It’s an exquisite piece of writing with a top notch performance by British comedian Jonny Donahoe. What I haven’t told you is that the play deals with suicide. But in the most human, sweet way. The night I saw it the audience left abuzz and inspired.
 
Don’t just take my word for it. “As brilliant as theater can get” is what Talkin’ Broadway said about the show. NY1 raved “as profound a work as you’re likely to ever see on the New York stage.” So, what are you waiting for, put Every Brilliant Thing on your to see list.



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What a Super Bowl

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Posted: February 2, 2015
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Last night, the New England Patriots rallied at the last minute to take home the Vince Lombardi trophy. Golden Boy Tom Brady was the Super Bowl MVP. The record-setting audience got a great see-saw game to enjoy over beers, nachos and wings. Such heart-pumping fun. Katy Perry put on a lively halftime show filled with fireworks, fake lions and even mascot sharks.
 
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The New York Daily News poked fun that the sharks didn’t know what they were doing dance-wise. It’s a fair point, but have you ever tried to dance in a full mascot costume like that? If you have, you’ll understand all the difficulties it brings: hard to breathe, sweating profusely, and no peripheral vision so you barely can see what’s going on. As a comedian whose show features a dancing mascot, I am acutely aware of the challenges mascots face. So sharp mascot dancer, I salute you for going in front of 100 million people and trying get your groove on behind Katy Perry. You tried.
 
And, for those of you who want to see how it’s done, my show–Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer–is now at 6pm on Saturday nights at Soho Playhouse. Every Saturday night except Valentine’s Day. Hope to see you there soon.



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Super Bowl Is the Gift That Keeps on Giving

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Posted: January 29, 2015
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For the past two weeks, Super Bowl stories have dominated sports headlines and even national conversations. There are more people investigating DeflateGate and the New England Patriots than looked into the Sony Hacking Scandal. How exactly did 11 of 12 Patriots’ footballs shrink before its clash with the Colts two weeks ago? Did Coach Belichick know? What about golden boy quarterback Tom Brady? There’s not been an official ruling, but expect one sometime soon. This story isn’t over.
 
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As we gear up for the big game on Sunday, February 1st, there is another outrageous story. GoDaddy.com previewed its Super Bowl ad, and now faces charges from around the country that it supports puppy mills. GoDaddy.com, don’t you know that Americans love football? They also really love puppies!!! In fact, there’s even a Puppy Bowl.
 
And this is all before Katy Perry unleashes her halftime show on us. I have no idea what to expect there. But, I know we’ll be talking about it around the water cooler or in the cabs on Monday morning.
 
Enjoy the Super Bowl!



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Stay Warm & Safe Out There

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Posted: January 26, 2015
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The headlines say it all: Powerful storm closing in on millions. That’s from weather.com. New York City and the Tri-State area are under a blizzard warning. Governor Cuomo warns that the subways and roads may be shut down later today. Supermarket shelves are empty. (Thank goodness CVS and Duane Reade are now carrying groceries!). Corporations are sending employees home early today. Essentially, it’s winter in New York.
 
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Here are five things you can do to ward off the winter blues as Storm Juno approaches.
 
(5) Catch up on the Australian Open. Most of the tennis is played while we’re getting shut eye on the East Coast. Take advantage of watching yesterday’s matches today as they are repeated on the Tennis Channel. It’s a great opportunity to also salivate over summer weather as Melbourne is bathed in sunshine.
 
(4) Book that trip to the Caribbean so that for the next snowstorm you’ll be on the beach relaxing with a margarita. Or go to Costa Rica. Just some place where there’s no snow.
 
(3) Actually cook a meal in your apartment. We’re New Yorkers. Take out is plentiful. Delivery is easy. And with our busy schedules, it’s hard–other than Thanksgiving and Christmas–to find time in front of the stove. Now’s your chance. Where else are you going?
 
(2) Sleep. There’s nothing better than a nap on a cold, wintry day. Right? When do you ever get to do this?
 
(1) Catch up on all those TV shows you have DVRed or Tivoed, but haven’t had one second to watch. Broad City, here I come.



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