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Tennis Takes Over New York

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Posted: August 25, 2014
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Today, the US Open makes Queens the place to be. The best tennis players in the world will vie for top prize at the final Grand Slam of the year, and this sport will have New York under its spell for two glorious weeks.
 
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Arthur Ashe Stadium is huge, and unless you have corporate tickets, the worst place to watch two pros hit a tennis ball. But the rest of the courts offer a chance to sit mere feet from the top pros. While Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Maria Sharapova haven’t set foot on those courts in years, you may catch the new Genie Bouchard, the Canadian player who has sets hearts afire with her play and beauty. Or see Nick Krygios, an up-and-coming American player.
 
Either way, there are millions of reasons to head out to the tournament during the fortnight. Besides the great players on court, there are plenty of celebrities who will be there taking in the action. There’s live music and activities for kids too.
 
Maybe I’ll see you out there. Bring your sunscreen



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Comedy Specials on Netflix

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Posted: August 18, 2014
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Netflix has become a gamechanger in the entertainment world. The company, once solely known for shipping DVDs of films and TV shows, is now a top content provider with shows like House of Cards and Orange is the New Black — two of the most talked about and beloved on any platform today.
 
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Last week Netflix threw its hat in the comedy special arena — something you think about HBO and other cable channels. According to this Denver Post article, Netflix will present five comedy specials from Bill Cosby, Chelsea Handler, Chelsea Peretti, Jim Jefferies and Bill Burr. From August 29th through December 5th, the company will roll out the five comedy specials — all taped this year.
 
I’m a fan of Ms. Peretti’s, and look forward to her special the most. But, I love how Netflix gives us another reason to subscribe.



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August Is My Favorite Time of Year

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Posted: August 14, 2014
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Six years ago, I had the great fortune to be part of the New York International Fringe Festival. Those performances launched my long-running comedy show Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer. After a sold out run in the festival, the show moved to Soho Playhouse, and we will celebrate our 6th Anniversary this fall with 6 weeks of 6pm shows.
 
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Every August, I peruse the FringeNYC guide to find shows that I want to see — solo shows, comedies, an odd musical or two, and even some dramas. If you’re like me, you need some help choosing which of the 200 shows to go to. I also read what the New York Times and other outlets are previewing. Here’s the Times roundup. TheaterMania.com also had a list of 7 shows to see. And Time Out New York breaks down the myriad styles of shows.
 
I’d be remiss if I didn’t give a shout out to the lovely Christine Renee Miller, who is directing the solo show Mother at this year’s FringeNYC.
 
I look forward to seeing you downtown at the shows over the next two weeks.



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ICYMI: 6pm Shows, 6 Saturdays this Fall

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Posted: August 11, 2014
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In case you missed my latest announcement!
 
YOUR WISH HAS FINALLY COME TRUE!
 
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For those of you who like to be in bed by 10pm, I’m running 6pm Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer shows starting October 25th. You’ll be out of the theater by 7pm and – if you win the free cab ride – home by 7:15pm, in time to settle in with a giant kale smoothie and apply a mud mask before 10pm – giving you a full night’s sleep ahead of your 6am spinning class. This health nut offer runs only 6 Saturdays and coincides with our 6th anniversary.
 
6pm show time, 6th anniversary special, 6 weeks, and on October 25th a drink voucher for any 6 dollar drink!!!!!
 
For nearly 6 years many of you have clamored for an earlier showtime. “I can’t stay out that late!” “I’m NOT a vampire!” “I am a vampire, but I see theater before sundown!” My mascot and I have heard you loud and clear. Take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and book your $20 tickets now.
 
What won’t change is the high wire comedy you’ve grown to love and a free post-show cab ride to anywhere in New York City for one lucky audience group per show, driven by me.
 
See you soon!
 
— Ted
 
P.S. For those nite owls, our show normally runs at 10pm. You can get tickets to those shows here.



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72 Million Smackeroos

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Posted: August 7, 2014
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The biggest news in comedy this week is that the internationally popular show The Big Bang Theory will return for three more seasons, and signed its three leads — Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco and Johnny Galecki — to the tune of $1 million per episode. That means $24 million per season times three which equals $72 million smackeroos. Plus, according to some reports, they get some back end money, pushing the contract to close to $100 million. Not bad for a show about geeks and nerds and the beautiful and nerdy women who love them.
 
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Since Revenge of the Nerds thirty years ago, geeks and geek culture has exploded. Comic books have been elevated to high art, and the biggest films are about superheroes. And, now the biggest comedy on the planet revolves around two physicists. In other words, brains are sexy. And funny. And rich.



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The Latest in Comedy News

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Posted: August 4, 2014
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With all the troubling news in the world, we need some levity. A chance to laugh. Blow off steam. Forget about the world’s troubles and our own. Even if it’s just for a couple of minutes.
 
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Here are the articles I’m reading about comedy. Al Lubel has a comedy show opening in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and he recounts how nervous he was the first time he appeared on the David Letterman show in this piece for the Guardian. It makes perfect sense to be worried about your big national TV debut. And, he turned that fear into a comedy bit. The best solution — cannibalize your life for your comedy.
 
NY1 profiled HA! The Musical yesterday. The great American artform — the musical — now tackles the ins and outs of stand up comedy and even features real stand up comedians. I’m interested to see how this turns out.
 
And in Bollywood comedy news Kapil Sharma is looking to make more films and turn his Comedy Nights with Kapil, his extremely popular TV show, into a weekly series. This is big news for millions of his fans.
 
Happy Reading!



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Saying Goodbye to a Legend, My Father

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Posted: July 31, 2014
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At last Saturday night’s show, my dad was on my mind more than usual. He had passed away the day before at the age of 86. How could I not think about him since much of my show is deeply influenced by his larger-than-life presence and love of magic? As a little boy, my dad, Alan “Ace” Greenberg, taught my sister and me card tricks. I won’t give away the secrets, but it was a formative time, learning his love of the sleight-of-hand. And, this appreciation has made its way into my comedy show; finding humor in magic tricks. In fact, in the 4th Anniversary video of my show, he performs a magic trick :45 seconds in (video below).
 

 
On Tuesday, at his funeral at Temple Emanu-El, members of the Society of American Magicians (an organization to which my dad belonged) snapped his wand in two, a tradition that happens whenever a magician dies. The wand’s magic passes with its owner. Sure, it’s got shades of Harry Potter, but it is a lovely ceremonial touch.
 
Rabbi Sobel,in his moving eulogy, compared my dad to Ernest Hemingway. The New York Times reported the opening of his speech.
 

“What Ernest Hemingway was to the world of 20th century literature, Alan Greenberg was to the world of 20th century finance,” Ronald B. Sobel, the senior rabbi emeritus, told the assembly. “Both were intrigued by bulls — Hemingway by the bulls of Spain and Alan by the bulls of Wall Street.”

 
My dad would have enjoyed that comparison to a literary titan. Ernest Hemingway! As I mentioned in my remembrances I didn’t have an idea of what my father did for a living or the enormous heights he had climbed. I just knew that he always had time for me, whether watching me run a meaningless track meet in the Bronx or perform a late night comedy set as a teenager or even watching Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer.
 
I will miss you Ace.



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TripAdvisor Seal of Approval

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Posted: July 28, 2014
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Recently when I went on vacation with my girlfriend, we used TripAdvisor to plan nearly all of our trip. The reviews on the site led us down an adventurous and rewarding path to bed and breakfasts we loved, restaurants we were thankful to eat at, and places to steer clear of. We wondered how we traveled without the peer review website before?
 
You can sort through vitriolic and homer reviews pretty easily, and see if people comment on the same thing. What has been a common denominator in their experience at a hotel, restaurant or event? Discerning this is half the fun of being part of TripAdvisor and site like it, such as Yelp.
 
So, I’m grateful for Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer’s stellar reviews on TripAdvisor. Recently the company sent me a badge to put on my site to show how its members have enjoyed my show. The badge is below.
 



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Weird Al Yankovic Has No. 1 Album

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Posted: July 24, 2014
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Something happened this week that has never happened before. Weird Al Yankovic, the comedian who parodies popular music, charted at No. 1 on the Billboard Music Charts. His album – Mandatory Fun – debuted in the top slot on the strength of his send ups of Pharrell, Iggy Azalea and other artists who currently rule the airwaves. You can read about his succes at BuzzFeed, or Forbes, or the Los Angeles Times.
 
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The man who gave us Eat It — his take on Michael Jackson’s very popular Beat It — was a huge hit three decades ago, but even it couldn’t get Yankovic’s album to the top of the charts. His plan — releasing eight videos over the course of eight days (July 14 – 21) — clearly paid off. And he accomplished it by getting partners, such as Funny or Die, to foot the bill for the videos. Brilliant move. It’s not just his insightful lyrics that show how smart he is.
 
For at least this week, a comedy album is tops in America. That’s a great thing.



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Whither the Romantic Comedy?

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Posted: July 21, 2014
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Entertainment seems to be in a significant shift in terms of content and distribution. Who knew five years ago that some of the best “TV” series wouldn’t be on TV? Fans went apoplectic when a hoax announcing that Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black had been canceled.
 
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And now, with the disappointing box office of Sex Tape, a supposedly racy romantic comedy starring Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel, the plight of the romantic comedy film is being seriously debated. In fact, the film opened up the discussion at the TCA Panel. In fact Mindy Kaling, creator and star of The Mindy Project, and Elizabeth Meriwether of The New Girl posit that TV is where the romantic comedy is thriving. The predictable formula can be enhanced by characters who have 22 episodes a season to work out their issues, frustrations and love life. More diversions are possible because the story doesn’t need to be wrapped up in 100 minutes.
 
I also think that we’re ready to see Ms. Kaling and Zooey Deschanel, star of The New Girl, in love. After years of watching Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Sandra Bullock and Katherine Heigl fall in love over and over again, we’re ready to mix it up. Heck, audience is absolutely gaga over Game of Thrones so yes we’re ready to mix it up a bit. And, let’s face it Ms. Kaling is a very compelling, complex character — one who is easy to root for and be exasperated by at the same time!
 
And, here’s a great Deadline.com article about the panel.



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