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See An Honest Liar at Tribeca Film Festival

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Posted: April 17, 2014
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There are a couple things I love: downtown Manhattan and magicians. Tomorrow night at the Tribeca Film Festival, a documentary about James “The Amazing” Randi will open at the Bow Tie Cinemas in Chelsea. I’m excited about a lot of films in the 13th edition of the festival. An Honest Liar, though, is my top must-see film.
 
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James “The Amazing” Randi is known for going head-to-head with people who make paranormal and pseduoscientific claims. The Amazing Randi is a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship recipient and has his own foundation. He uses his training with sleight-of-hand, con artistry, and other magic arts to debunk mystics and others.
 
The film looks at his amazing career as well as his personal life. I’m sure you’ll be under his spell in no time.

 



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Richard Pryor On Screen in Brooklyn

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Posted: February 11, 2013
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Richard Pryor elicits jealousy and a comic crush from everyone in the business. I’ve mentioned the comic genius a number of times on this blog. He’s featured in the best bromances and in the Comedians I Love. And, today’s post won’t be my last. While my style is 180 degrees from the late Mr. Pryor’s, I’m a huge fan of his work.
 
Richard Pryor Live at the Sunset Strip
 
Through February 20th, you can geek out on his work at BAM Cinematek. See his films in a double feature. On Tuesday, two of his best comedic performances — Stir Crazy and Silver Streak — are on a double bill. That’s a double feature worth trekking to Brooklyn for. Or, if you want to catch some of his more dramatic work, see Lady Sings the Blues tonight. Whatever you do, don’t miss this homage to one of the kings of comedy.
 
And, I’m not the only one crowing about it. The New York Times hailed it “a savvy film retrospective” while The New Yorker praised him, “Pryor wrenched his humor from a deep vein of emotion that he was also able to mine as an actor.”



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What’s in a Name: Ted

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Posted: June 28, 2012
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Tomorrow, a new movie opens across the country. A comedy film that bears my name: Ted. The film is the brainchild of Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane and stars Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis (who voices the daughter on Family Guy) and the voice of MacFarlane as a trouble-making teddy bear who goes by the name of Ted.
 
With the release of Ted, I rank my favorite things and people who share my given name. Here are the top five Teds:
 
5) TED: ideas worth spreading. TED — which stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design — launched in 1984 as a platform to engage and enlighten people about the latest thoughts and discussions in the aforementioned fields. These days, thanks to technology, you don’t have to travel to the conferences to enjoy the speeches and talks. Just visit its web site. How fantastic to have my name associated with something so smart.

 
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4) TED KENNEDY.
May he rest in peace. The youngest of the Kennedy brothers to serve in office, Teddy’s career was often challenged by scandal, but he was a terrific statesman. Unlike many politicians today, he made friends across the aisle and brokered deals that would be unheard of in today’s bipartisan circus. Plus, he gave great speeches.
 
Ted Kennedy
 
3) TED DANSON. He has entertained America for three decades. From the winning sitcom Cheers where he played a washed up Red Sox pitcher to the bromance I raved about on Bored to Death, Danson has made us laugh hard. He’s also done drama. He was fantastic on Damages, and can currently be seen opposite Elisabeth Shue on CSI. One of my favorite Danson movies is Cousins, a remake of a French film (like his Three Men in a Baby was). In that film which also starred William Petersen, who preceded Danson on CSI, Danson plays a romantically challenged, financially strapped dance instructor named Larry. His very wealthy uncle, though, pays him the ultimate compliment, “Larry is a failure at everything except life.” In my book Danson succeeds wildly.
 
Ted Danson
 
2) CAMIKNICKERS AKA TEDDY. Yes, before it was called a Teddy, lingerie had the horrible sounding moniker Camiknickers (a combo of camisole and knickers). Thank goodness my name came to the rescue. Teddy has a way sexier ring to it, don’t you think?
 
1) TED BAXTER. TED KNIGHT. Two Teds equal perfection. Ted Knight played Ted Baxter on The Mary Tyler Moore Show in the 1970s. Was there anyone better at portraying an egotistical blowhard and still making you love him despite hating him? Knight spun Baxter into comedy gold, literally, winning two Emmy Awards for his portrayal of the vain newsman. If you have not seen the show, do yourself a favor and watch an episode or two. In the meantime, here’s a clip from the show.
 

 
And, if you’re in the mood for some comedy this Saturday night or any other, you can catch me, Ted Greenberg, on stage at Soho Playhouse in downtown Manhattan every Saturday night at 10:00 pm in Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer. Hope to see you soon.



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Five Reasons to See Wanderlust

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Posted: March 1, 2012
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Last weekend Wanderlust opened in movie theaters across the country. Here’s why you should see it now.
 
5) It’s a great American comedy offering sublime silliness and a generous spirit.
 
4) Paul Rudd & Jennifer Aniston. They have a great chemistry with each other and with me! Aniston’s a key reference point in my Off Broadway comedy show, and Rudd’s a frequent blog subject.
 
Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd
 
3) Justin Theroux’s goofball turn rivals those of goofball kings Mike Myers and Will Ferrell.
 
Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux
 
2) Lovingly dead-on casting down to the extras. Lauren Ambrose (Six Feed Under) gives birth. Linda Lavin sells real estate, and Alan Alda almost loses his.
 
1) Full frontal male nudity is the pinnacle of comedy punchlines!
 
Linsanity continues!



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