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Comedy News for April 2015

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Posted: April 6, 2015
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Lots going on in the comedy world these days. Here are some of my favorite recent reads.

Vulture has a couple must-read articles. First up, there’s a giant statue dedicated to comedy queen Lucille Ball. Not sure exactly what to make of it, but still. And, here’s a look back at Rififi, the once home of conceptual comedy. Twenty-one comics remember the space.
 
Here’s the obit for Tom Koch, who left his indelible print on Mad Magazine and a variety of comedy shows. It’s a lovely piece.
 
You know him. You love him. Esquire takes a look at Robert Downey, Jr’s comedy career as he celebrates half a century of life.
 
A new animated comedy is coming to FX, courtesy of Diddy. Speaking of, Louie returns.



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David Yazbek’s Latest Show at the Atlantic Theater Company

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Posted: March 30, 2015
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I interviewed my friend David Yazbek two and a half years ago for this blog. Last week, it was announced that his latest show will be part of the Atlantic Theater Company‘s 30th Anniversary Season.
 
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Atlantic’s 2015/2016 Season will also include work by playwright/director Adam Rapp, Billie Joe Armstrong of American Idiot, and Dominique Morisseau along with a revival of Caryl Churchill’s Cloud Nine. The Band’s Visit from Yazbek (music and lyrics) and Itamar Moses (book) will premiere about a year from now. For full details, read the announcement on Playbill.com.
 
Kudos David.



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Barbara Walters Returns to The View

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Posted: March 27, 2015
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A year ago, before Barbara Walters retired, I was on The View, the iconic show she created. Yes, Barbara selected me as her favorite comedian, an honor I wear proudly. You can see a brief video of my appearance here.
 
I had a grand time at The View, both behind the scenes, and in front of the show’s wonderful audience. I bet you can tell by the video how hyped I am. Plus, I’ve been a fan of Ms. Walters my whole life.
 
Barbara returned to The View on Thursday to celebrate the program’s 4,000 show. Quite a feat. I’ve performed The Complete Performer week in and week out for nearly seven years. I know how much effort goes into keeping a long-running show going. And, I salute Barbara for her landmark career and The View’s 4,000 episodes. I’m thrilled that I was part of one of them.



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Spring is Just Around the Corner

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Posted: March 19, 2015
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imagesTomorrow is the first day of spring. I’m not sure if we will realize that in New York City where three to five inches of snow is forecast. Not exactly the best way to welcome the new season.
 
I’m just grateful that the temperatures will soar to 50 degrees on Saturday before my show. Thank goodness. Look, we all talk about the weather. It’s the thing we all have in common, but this winter in particular, it’s been THE topic of conversation.
 
Friends and colleagues have sworn they are moving from the Big Apple due to the onslaught of winter and how long it lasts. I’m a New Yorker for life, but I understand the sentiment. I just look at the cup as half full. At least we don’t live in Massachusetts or Maine. Gorgeous places, but their winters have been far more brutal than ours.
 
I hope this snow storm is the last gasp of winter, and we can start talking about comedy. Or something else.



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Latest Comedy News | March 2015

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Posted: March 16, 2015
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Every few weeks, I take a look at the comedy landscape, the latest news to hit. Comedy and people’s appetite for it isn’t created in a vacuum. Staying informed and understanding the way everything moves is important. And sometimes entertaining.
 
Sadly, Justin Bieber is the biggest name in comedy today thanks to the Comedy Central Roast of the young singer. If you want more details on that event, look no further than US Weekly.
 
This Ad Age article is a bit inside baseball, but it still hits a homerun. It looks at the syndication pipeline for comedy shows. Very interesting.
 
Here’s Forbes writer Jonathan Leaf covering the upcoming film Danny Collins.
 
Enjoy these interesting reads.



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Where to Eat Before the Show

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Posted: March 9, 2015
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It’s time to update our list of pre-show restaurants. We’ve moved to 6pm Saturdays, and not every restaurant in the neighborhood is open before our show. If you’re looking to grab a bit or a coffee before Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer on Saturdays, check out these spots.
 
Mezzogiorno | 195 Spring Street – Delicious Italian food. A SoHo staple within a few blocks from the theater. We cannot say enough about the artichoke pizza.
 
Cafe Borgia | 161 Prince Street – New York was filled with cafes like this one during the 1980s and 1990s. Relaxed. A great spot for coffee, tea, a snack or a meal.
 
The Barrel Room at City Winery | 155 Varick Street – A great wine selection, delicious Meditarrean fare and only steps away from Soho Playhouse.
 
The Brooklyneer | 220 West Houston Street – Wonderful cocktails and to die for nachos. Plus other bar food. It’s a five-minute walk to Soho Playhouse.
 
Happy eating! We cannot wait to see you at the show.



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Have Some Fun Before the Clocks Change

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Posted: March 5, 2015
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My show–Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer–has been at 6:00pm for the past couple of months. We’re enjoying the new time, and so are audiences. Now, when I whisk the lucky audience group home after the show, they actually go to dinner or to a bar to continue their Saturday night.
 
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This weekend is everyone’s least favorite of the year. We spring forward, losing an hour of sleep. I’ve never encountered a person who enjoyed this weekend. We look forward to it in the fall when we get an extra hour of shut eye. But, dread the weekend in front of us. Supposedly, there are more heart attacks on the Monday following. This is serious news.
 
So, come see my show, laugh, enjoy a drink or two. And then maybe, just maybe spring forward will be bearable.



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Latest in Comedy News

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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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