Ted Greenberg's The Complete Performer

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Bard Up; Improv for Theater Fans

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Posted: January 9, 2014
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Like your improv with a dose of the Bard? You are in lucky. Improvised Shakespeare returns to New York for a four-night engagement at Theater 80 in the East Village. The esteemed company has wowed audiences around the world–from Seattle to Italy–with its signature comedy. And, most Friday nights, you can catch them doing their schtick iO Theater in Chicago.
 
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In fact, the company has garnered numerous awards, including the New York Nightlife Award for Best Comedic Performance by a Group and the Chicago Improv Foundation’s Ensemble of the Year. The Chicago Reader and the Chicago Examiner named the company Chicago’s best improv group.
 
How it works: an audience member suggests a title, and the actors, on the spot, creates a play in Elizabethan style. Star-crossed lovers. Cross dressing. Mad rulers. Adultery. Murder. These are all tropes that the company borrows from when performing its new play on stage. It’s a fast and furious experience, and one, that if you know even the littlest about Shakespeare, is enjoyable.
 
The Improvised Shakespeare Company is at Theatre 80 January 9 – 12.



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All in a Comedy Day’s Work

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Posted: November 21, 2013
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Today, Mascot Greenberg and I are holding a photo shoot for our holiday E-mail. We’re excited to create something celebratory and funny for our fans. I threw out a few ideas, and we settled on one that we cannot wait to show you. Expect to see it post-Thanksgiving, which is only a week away.
 
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When I started performing Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer over five years ago, I wanted to create a dynamic comedy show that could stand the test of time. I’m proud that we’re still going strong and celebrating our 6th Smash Season. At the time, though, I didn’t imagine that so much of the job is what you do off stage too. The 60 minutes I’m on the Huron Club stage every Saturday are pure bliss. But as a yoga instructor once told me, “yoga is what you do between classes.” Preparation is key.
 
A performer must look after his voice and body. I gotta train. The Mascot too. Body that is. Not voice. I stay in touch with my fans through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and sometimes just E-mail. I plan photo shoots and E-mail blasts. I see other shows for inspiration. It’s all in a day’s work. Or a week’s work. And I’m proud of all of this. It’s joyful.
 
Now, when I see someone else’s show, I realize that what I see on stage is much greater than a performer speaking lines. It’s a full team creating a show, marketing the show, keeping it real with fans and so much, much more.
 
I cannot wait for you to see what Mascot and I have in store for you.



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Shout at the Screen on Halloween

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Posted: October 31, 2013
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You know I’m a fan of interactive comedy that gets the crowd involved in the action. What’s more New York than letting your feelings be known in a crowd of people?
 
For those of you looking for a comedy alternative on Halloween, I’ve got a recommendation for you. A way to avoid putting on a costume or dealing with candy obsessed kids (and let’s face it adults too). Head to Brooklyn for Shouting at the Screen.
 
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In a grand tradition, you’ll have the opportunity to scream at a movie — a blaxploitation movie — to your heart’s desire. Wyatt Cenac (“The Daily Show”) and Donwill host this yuk-fest. And the event is only $10 and includes an after party with a DJ. Not a bad way to spend a Thursday night.
 
For more information and tickets visit IndieScreen.



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Just Some of the Memories | Top 5 Moments

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Posted: October 14, 2013
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My weekly comedy show Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer will celebrate its 5th Anniversary on Saturday, October 19th. For 250 Saturdays, I’ve stepped on stage at the Huron Club and ended the night driving one lucky audience group home in a yellow taxi cab. In between, there’s been a little improv, some magic and many unforgettable moments.
 
As I wax nostalgic about the amazing last five years, I’m thankful for the people who have made this show possible — the audience. Here are five of my favorite moments from the show — at least the ones we caught on tape!
 
(5) Celebrating your birthday at my show promises to be a memorable experience.

 
(4) The night that Mascot decided to party it up post-show. Now that was fun!

 
(3) Winning the cab ride home is a big deal. One MVP tried to game the system and choose herself! Sneaky sneaky.

 
(2) I’m often asked if I actually drive to all five boroughs. Here’s proof that the cab ride goes outside of Manhattan.

 
(1) Just more proof that we have a blast at the show.

 
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Put on Your To Do List

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Posted: July 29, 2013
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Thirty years ago, raunchy male comedies were all the rage in movies. It’s a time when Porky’s ruled the nation, and the country fell in love with a bunch of Nerds. Amy Heckerling’s brilliant Fast Times at Ridgemont High was the lone exception because it showed both the teenage male’s and female’s perspective on budding relationships and the hell of high school.
 
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This past weekend, The To Do List opened in theaters. The movie stars the adorable Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation) as a straight-A high school senior who decides there’s more to life than making good grades. She attacks hooking up with guys as if it were a science project and she wants to win top prize. Finally a female high school teen comedy that’s not solely about the rivalry among girls (think Mean Girls or Heathers).
 
The film is at the top of my to do list, especially since many of the blockbusters have flamed out (The Lone Ranger, RIPD). I’m concentrating on small indie films and charming comedies, such as The To Do List, about which the New York Times raved “the sensibility that makes the movie work so well doesn’t seem so much feminine as intelligent.”
 
I know what’s on the top of my To Do List.



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Bicycle Built for Two | Double the Fun This Summer

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Posted: June 20, 2013
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Start your summer off right with two-for-one tickets to my weekly comedy show, Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer, through Labor Day!
 
Mascot and I recently biked around the West Village on a bicycle built for two. What a fun way to experience the warm summer weather and keep in shape for the show, which is now in its 5th smash season at Soho Playhouse. Here’s a video of our really fun adventure.
 

 
In honor of summer and the fact that life is more fun when you have a partner in crime so to speak, I’m offering two-for-one tickets — only $20 for two people — to any performance between now and Labor Day. Join us Saturday nights at 10 pm. To take advantage of this offer, go to this web site and enter code summer13.
 
Ted and Mascot in Bicycle Built for 2
 
I look forward to seeing you at the show very soon.



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Tourig Around New York City

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Posted: May 27, 2013
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As someone who drives a cab at the end o his comedy show – Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer – I’m fascinated by travel around the Big Apple. How we get around our fair city is often an entertaining journey. You’ll hear straphangers complain about the weekend changes the MTA makes to subway travel; in fact, this holiday weekend, the popular L line is not running from Manhattan to Brooklyn. There are shuttle buses and alternative routes for a densely populated area.
 
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This weekend New York City added another means of travel to the cabs, pedicabs, subway, livery cabs and walking. The Citi Bike program, modeled on programs across the world, provides very heavy bikes — approximately 45 pounds each — at various stations throughout Manhattan. You have multiple options to use the program. For $95 (plus tax), you can get an annual membership to Citi Bike, and therefore ride for an uninterrupted 45 minutes at any time in the city. You can also purchase a day pass ($9.95) or a week pass ($20), and ride for 30 minutes uninterrupted throughout the city. While it doesn’t allow for leisurely rides through Central Pake, the Citi Bike program can help you get from point A to point B. And burn some calories while doing it.
 
Some New York residents are up in arms over the program, simply because they think the bike stations are eye sores and could hinder rescue workers getting to businesses on the other side of the stations. All I can say is that something about the program is confusing. I witnessed more people trying to figure out how to get a bike and failing miserably without seeing one person riding one throughout the city this weekend. Clearly the learning curve is high on this new project.
 



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Soho Playhouse Does It Again

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Posted: May 2, 2013
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I’ve written about the shows that have called Soho Playhouse home over the last few years. From Baby Wants Candy to This Too Shall Suck to Baba Brinkman’s work, the playhouse has presented a slew of award-winning, critically acclaimed productions. Add another one to its cap. The Drawer Boy from Oberon Theatre Company is on the main stage through June 16th, and it is a very moving, quiet drama. Completely opposite of my show, but a really good play nonetheless.
 
The two lead performances are quite something. Stunning, fully lived and worth the price of admission. The play by Michael Healey, directed by Alex Dinelaris, sneaks up on you, and by intermission has you on the edge of your seat.Here’s what the press notes say about the play: “This award winning play looks in on the lives of two farmers in 1972 rural Ontario. World War II veterans and lifelong friends, the farmers share a quiet and uneventful life based on stories and routine. Their lives are disrupted when a young, energetic actor from the big city shows up on their doorstep wanting to live and work with them as research for a play about farming. As the actor immerses himself, the farmers’ darkest secrets become part of the actor’s play and the lines between theatre and life, and memory and reality, become blurred. Heartbreak and levity mix in this extraordinary play about storytelling and how it transforms our lives.”
 
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Neil Genzlinger of The New York Times raved about The Drawer Boy, hailing it “a beautifully written piece, humorous and heart wrenching”. You may get your tickets now.



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Right on Time

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Posted: April 29, 2013
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In the springtime and summer, doors for my weekly comedy show — Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer — open at 9:45 pm. And once whisked inside, you’ll be given first class treatment, the opportunity to get your drink on and the chance to enjoy my hour-long show. And possibly win a free cab ride home or to your next location.
 
If you’re looking for something to do before 9:45, you can visit King Pong like Mascot and I did last Saturday night (picture enclosed). Be prepared most of the customers look like they are out of central casting for a Wes Anderson flick, but that’s part of the charm. The lighting is bright and the players have their eye on the ball. The competition is fierce. Even if you don’t pick up a paddle or two, it’s a fun place to watch others battle it out for ping pong supremacy.
 
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Or you can grab a drink down the block at the Barrel Room at City Winery. The intimate restaurant and bar serves wine on tap as well as harder alcohol. And it’s a cozy, romantic spot for a little pre-show enjoyment. Or try our favorite Westville, which I recently profiled, for dinner. It’s a neighborhood gem and only two blocks from Soho Playhouse.
 
And we look forward to seeing you at 9:45 pm.



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R.I.P. Jonathan Winters

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Posted: April 15, 2013
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The comedy world lost a legend last week: Jonathan Winters. As this terrific NPR story points out, Winters was hailed a “genius” by Robin Williams (who called Winters his “Comic Buddha”), Steve Martin and many others who were influenced by his amazing work.
 
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Winters illustrious career spanned comedy albums (11 were nominated for Grammys) to his Emmy Award-winning performance in Davis Rules to voicing Papa Smurf in the cartoon hit TV show and film. What Winters will be most remembered for his uncanny mimicry, quick wit and beyond-this-world improvisation skills. For decades, he entertained millions and inspired future comics with his facile impersonations of both famous and regular folks and appearances on late night talk shows. Here’s a lovely example of one of those — his 1986 appearance on Late Night with David Letterman. Watch how much Winters cracks Letterman up.
 

 
I am also wowed by this clip from The Dean Martin Show. I love the commentary about how Winters and Don Rickles were the only two performers on that show that were never given scripted material. They brought the magic — the spontaneity, the hilarity — on their own. Watching this clip you can see why Winters didn’t need anyone to write for him. From his words to his gesture, eye movements, he delivers comic gold, and he’s a great foil for Dean Martin.
 

 
Thank you Mr. Winters for your brilliance and your ability to make us all laugh. You will be missed, but we are forever grateful that we were able to enjoy your work.



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