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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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New York Legend Dorothy Parker Is Brought to Life

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Posted: October 13, 2014
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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.
 
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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

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Posted: October 9, 2014
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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.
 
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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!



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Latest Comedy News

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Posted: October 6, 2014
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Here are some of the latest and most interesting stories in comedy right now.
 
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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.
 
Enjoy!



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