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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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Savore

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Posted: January 22, 2015
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2015 is the year of anniversaries. A restaurant a few blocks from Soho Playhouse, where I perform my mostly one-man comedy show Saturdays, is celebrating 20 years in the neighborhood. I recently returned to Savore, located on the corner of Spring and Sullivan. I was reminded how good the Artichoke Pizza is (Really good), and the pasta is very fresh too.
 

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Also, the staff is really friendly as are the other diners. If you grab a seat at the bar, you’re likely to make a new friend or two. Or if you want a private conversation, grab a table in the back. Groups and parties enjoy hanging out in the nook up at the front of the restaurant. So you really cannot go wrong.

 

Savore is a perfect spot for post-show dinner. I’ll be back again soon. New York constantly changes, yet it’s good to see some classics remain the same.



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In Comedy News

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Posted: January 19, 2015
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Last week, Transparent, Jill Soloway’s groundbreaking show, took home comedy gold at the Golden Globes. Transparent received two statuettes for Best Comedy and Best Actor in a Comedy TV show. Not bad for an Amazon.com show. Clearly the tide is turning with content from many outlets garnering awards.
 
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In the last 24 hours, Louis C.K.and FX has been big news. FX will present a comedy special by the comedian. Also, the network will produce a new show, Better Things, created by Louie’s Pamela Adlon and Louis C.K.

 
Netflix is about to launch a new comedy special by Iliza Schlesinger. It got a terrific review from The Boston Herald. CHeck it out this Friday.



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Let Oscar Season Begin

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Posted: January 15, 2015
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It’s as if we need something to look forward to after all of the December holidays. And now, two weeks into the year, we have it: Oscar Season. From now until February 22, there will be lots of prognosticating. Who will win Best Picture? Can anyone overtake J.K. Simmons in the Supporting Actor category? Who will be this year’s Bjork with some crazy outfit?
 
The 85th Academy Awards® will air live on Oscar® Sunday, February 24, 2013.
 
Until then, a hearty congratulations to all of the nominees. Enjoy the fanfare between now and then–the other awards shows, the press, and the luncheons. Maybe even pick up a new movie or two.
 
The nominee I’m happiest about is Mark Ruffalo. His performance in Foxcatcher blew me away. He is on top of his game as an actor in that film. While the money odds aren’t with him to win, check out this performance. Prepare to be dazzled.
 
February 22nd can’t come soon enough.



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Favorite Story

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Posted: January 12, 2015
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I will get to the Golden Globes later this week. There’s still time to weigh in on the fashion, the winners, the best moments. The story that fascinates me right now is in the Daily News! You’ve got to love a 92-year-old Rockette, who is still hoofing it. Take that Betty White!
 
Eleanor Leight performed during World War II. Yes, that long ago, and now she’s teaching seniors, dancers over 55. I’m inspired, and I bet you will be if you read this fabulous article about her.
 
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I hope to be still on stage at 92, performing comedy. Thanks for the inspiration Eleanor.



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