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Finding the Funny in the World Cup

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Posted: June 23, 2014
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Yesterday the US Men’s National Team was seconds away from a historic victory in the World Cup when Portugal tied the match with mere seconds remaining. What a blow to the American team and its legion of fans, looking forward to celebrate the team’s advancement to the next round. When the US takes on Germany on Thursday, there will be enormous pressure on the Red, White and Blue.
 
To blow off steam yesterday, I browsed the Web for comedy posts related to all things fubol. Here’s what I found.
 
(1) Here’s a Mentalfloss article detailing the wild demands made by teams involved in the World Cup. Which team asked for baskets of bananas to be delivered daily to its team members? You can find out here.
 
(2) Comedy Central made a video in support of the U.S. efforts in the World Cup. Check out Stephen Colbert, Key and Peele, Jon Stewart and more in celebrating the US.
 

 
(3) Or check out this hilarious spoof of England’s Wayne Rooney. His corner kick goes awry and ends up in a very interesting place. Watch it here.



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Celebrating the Life of a Legend

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Posted: June 19, 2014
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I do not know a single San Diego Padres fan. Not one. Likewise, I do not know anyone who wasn’t a fan of the the most famous Padre–Tony Gwynn. He did his–being a baseball player–with dignity, humility and integrity. And, he committed to a team that never gave him a true chance to win the World Series. Despite lucrative offers to leave the team, he double downed and played his whole career for the Padres. The community supported him and loved him for his commitment both on and off the field.
 
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I understand that commitment. As much as Mr. Gwynn cherished San Diego, I love New York. The Big Apple courses through my veins in a profound way. I’ve been enamored with the fast pace, the people, the wildness of my hometown.
 
Like any fan of baseball and decent human beings, I was sad to learn that Mr. Gwynn lost his battle with salivary gland cancer this week. At the age of 54. The world is truly a lesser place with his passing, but a greater one because of his life. Thank you Tony Gwynn for being a role model and not succumbing to big bucks. I’m just grateful he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame before he died.
 
Thank you for a job well done. That’s all we can hope to do. RIP.



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It’s World Cup Time!

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Posted: June 16, 2014
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The biggest show on earth started a few days ago in Brazil. That’s right the FIFA World Cup is underway. Thirty-two teams are vying to be crowned world champion of soccer (or football or futbol in other countries). In fact, the United States plays Ghana later today in its first round match-up. While the US has made the championship over the last two decades, experts aren’t giving the Red, White and Blue much of a chance to advance.
 
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New York–with over 800 languages spoken and hundreds of nationalities–is celebrating World Cup fever. And, there are plenty of bars and restaurants where you can watch the action. Eater breaks down a top 11 restaurants. Even the Hummus Place in my Greenwich Village neighborhood installed a TV so diners may catch every moment of action. The Huffington Post lays out the best places to watch matches depending on which country you are cheering for. And, Time Out New York weighed in on the best bars to get a peek of the action.
 
Wherever you watch, enjoy!



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New York Changes All of the Time

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Posted: June 12, 2014
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New York is one of the most dynamic cities in the world. New shows open nearly everyday. Cab designs evolve every few years. And neighborhoods change dramatically over just a few years. Of course, we also love our mainstays — Katz’s Deli, which has served up meat sandwiches for decades; long-running shows like Chicago and Wicked on Broadway (hey, I’ve been performing Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer for nearly six years!) and .
 
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Five years ago, the Big Apple welcomed a number of new places. Here’s Time Out New York’s tribute to the Highline, which is a gorgeous park transformed from an elevated train track. It’s hard to believe the park has been up-and-running that long. But, if you’re in New York, check it out.
 
Around that same time, New York christened two new baseball stadiums — the new Yankees Stadium in the Bronx and Citi Field in Queens–both are adjacent to where their predecessors sat. Citi Field is a dream compared to the former Shea Stadium while the legendary former Yankees Stadium is missed whenever I go to a game.
 
In 2019, there will be another crop of new places celebrating their fifth anniversary, and I hope Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer will near its 11th.
 
Have a great weekend.



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Tony Awards Offer the Razzle Dazzle

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Posted: June 9, 2014
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Last night was the biggest night on the theater calendar. The Tony Awards. Hosted by the uber-talented Hugh Jackman, the event featured stars of stage and screen — from Idina Menzel to Bradley Cooper to Kate Mara as well as a performance by Jennifer Hudson.
 
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The ceremony crowned a new queen; Audra McDonald won her sixth Tony Award, becoming the most decorated actress in the award’s history. TV stars Bryan Cranston and Neil Patrick Harris collected trophies for Best Actor in a Play and Best Actor in a Musical, respectively. And Carole King and Jessie Mueller’s duet (Jessie won the Best Actress in a Musical award for her portrayal of King) brought the house down.
 
The night’s big winners — A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder and All the Way — are must sees. The former stars Jefferson Mays in a fabulous performance. Get your tickets here. The latter, featuring Cranston as President Lyndon B. Johnson, closes soon on the Great White Way.
 
Thank you Tony Awards ceremony for reminding us how powerful, fun and entertaining theater is.



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Take Tomorrow Off — OITNB Season 2 Is Released

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Posted: June 5, 2014
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We’ve waited almost a year for a new batch of eps. Finally tomorrow – June 6th – we can return to Litchfield and catch up with the ladies of Orange is the New Black. It’s been an excruciating wait for anyone who is a fan of the wild dramedy from Jenji Kohan.
 
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If you are like me, you’ve devoured articles about the show. Last year, E! ranked the characters from best to worst — is there really a bad (by bad I mean, not compelling) character on the show? Or perhaps you’ve seen this hilarious Arrested Development-style promo for Season 2? Here Poussey, Taystee and Bennett talk about their weird fan encounters since the show began.
 
Tomorrow’s supposed to be gorgeous in New York City. I don’t care. I’m ready to catch up with Piper and Co. When we left Ms. Chapman she had beaten Pennsatucky into a bloody pulp. What will happen in this next installment of 13 episodes? I’m ready to find out.



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Obvious Child Opens on Friday

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Posted: June 2, 2014
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This Friday, June 6th, Obvious ChildGillian Robespierre‘s indie comedy–opens at the movie theater. If you’re not spending the weekend binge-watching Orange is the New Black or if you blow through the 13 eps of the Netflix series in no time, perhaps Obvious Child is the film to see.
 
Jenny Slate stars as Donna Stern, a 20-something who has the worst Valentine’s Day ever. She loses her job, gets dumped and finds out she’s pregnant. The trifecta of unexpected news causes her to re-evaluate her life. Slate, whom I adored in Bored to Death, is joined by Gaby Hoffman, whose career is having a renaissance this year and my friend Richard Kind, who wished me well on my show’s anniversary a few years ago.
 
Here’s the films trailer plus a couple of review snippets.
 

 
“It really is a classic summer movie…Jenny Slate gives a singularly hilarious yet incredibly vulnerable performance” — Vulture
 
“Obvious Child is funnier, and more honest, than any female-centric cinema produced in Hollywood today.” –Indiewire



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Comedy Changes Are Afoot

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Posted: May 29, 2014
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It’s not surprising that there is a real shake-up happening in the world of entertainment, particularly comedy these days. From hot button issues to new methods of distribution to changing of the guard, comedy is in the news.
 
Over the weekend, The Washington Post film critic Ann Hornaday wrote a column examining the context of the very tragic Santa Barbara killing (my thoughts with all of the families and friends of those lost). She called out the narrow world view of comedies by Judd Apatow and other filmmakers; comedies that show slovenly men landing hot women over and over again as wish fulfillment. Judd Apatow and his regular star Seth Rogen took to Twitter to respond with vehemence and anger. Then, Hornaday released a video to clarify her position. No matter where you stand on the debate, you could not miss it as it became one of the hottest stories this year.
 
In other news, David Letterman’s departure from The Late Show has shaken up the comedy TV world in interesting ways. Stephen Colbert will take over his gig next year; sadly, that means the end to the brilliant Colbert Report. Perhaps as a result of not getting the job, Craig Ferguson will leave The Late Late Show when his contract is up. And, Chelsea Handler, who reportedly was on the short list for the Letterman gig, will leave her popular E! show Chelsea Lately in August after seven years. Of course, I expect her to land somewhere else. It’s been rumored perhaps Netflix or some content provider like it. Which leads to…
 
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We use Vimeo on our show to share videos among crew members. Today, the video streaming service announced that it’s getting into the original content game a la Hulu and Netflix. The company ordered six new episodes of High Maintenance, a short comedy series that presented a 13-episode season on Vimeo last year. House of Cards and Orange is the New Black have set a high bar critically and in terms of audience for new content providers.
 
It’s a wild, wild world out there.



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Happy Memorial Day!

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Posted: May 26, 2014
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I hope you’ve had a great holiday weekend and unofficially kicked off summer. Sure the solstice is three weeks away, but in NYC we know Memorial Day means three things (1) you can now wear white until Labor Day (is this still a thing?), (2) it’s time to get that share in the Hamptons, Fire Island or enjoy staying in the city on weekends when everyone else is out of town and (3) watch when you cross the street with the volume of people on Citi Bikes (especially tourists going the wrong way down streets).
 
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I look forward to summer in New York–the warm weather, the al fresco dining, the US Open (tennis), music festivals and performing my weekly late night, Saturday show — Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer — for New Yorkers and visitors alike. Hope to see you at the show soon.
 
Happy Memorial Day!



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Writing About Comedy To Check Out

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Posted: May 22, 2014
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As an Emmy Award-winning comedy writer, I am intrigued by Mike Sacks’ book Poking a Dead Frog: Conversations with Today’s Top Comedy Writers, which features interviews with the best in the biz. He spoke with Glen Charles (Cheers, Taxi) and Adam McKay (Talladega Nights, Step Brothers). Sounds like a great insider baseball read.
 
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Sacks has also contributed to Esquire magazine. This month’s issue is about fatherhood, and features a great interview with Jerry Seinfeld about the ‘burden’ of celebrity (or lack thereof) and Patton Oswald in a cheeky article called Fatherhood for Men. Both are worth checking out.
 
Have a great Memorial Day weekend.



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