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See Me on The View Tomorrow 3/25

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Posted: March 24, 2014
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I appear on The View Tuesday, March 25th. The show airs from 11am to noon Eastern time on ABC.
 
Tomorrow, The View hosts an all-star comedy hour that I am a part of. Barbara, Whoopi, Sherri, Jenny and guest host Judy Gold invite their favorite comedians to each perform a short set on the long-running ABC talkshow. I was treated like royalty, and had a blast with the other comedians and studio audience.
 
Tune in tomorrow or set your DVR!
 
Ted Greenberg on The View
 
And in other news, Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer is truly embracing late night. Our showtime will be 11pm in April and May. Book your tickets here!



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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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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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5th Anniversary Show Announced | October 19th

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Posted: September 18, 2013
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5 Smash Seasons!
Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer
5th Anniversary Party – October 19th

 
Time flies when you’re a dynamic lookalike duo. Thank you for helping Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer reach a significant milestone – the show’s 5th Anniversary!
 
On Saturday, October 19th, join us for another great show plus a champagne toast and cookies from our favorite local bakery — Milk and Cookies. Get your tickets now to celebrate with me and the Mascot NOW!
 
Five is a big anniversary. Half a decade. So big Mascot and I made this Vine about it.
 
It’s been 5 years of hilarity, mind-blowing magic tricks, free cab rides home and great reviews. Check out some recent ones.
 
“My mom laughed so hard she cried! Ted Greenberg has created a show that is a blend of comedy, magic with heaping spoonfuls of silliness and hilarity.” – PD on TripAdvisor
 
“Excellent show! My boyfriend and I laughed all night. A large portion of the show is improv and Ted did an excellent job interacting with the crowd and getting the audience involved. I’m a local and would definitely go again. Thanks for a great night, Ted!” – K.C. on Yelp.com
 
Thank you for the support over the past 5 years!
 
And if you cannot make it on the 19th, we’re at the Soho Playhouse in downtown Manhattan every Saturday at 10 pm. Tickets are on sale through the end of the year.
 
-Ted



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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.”
 
The Drawer Boy
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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Saturday Night Live Gets It Right | Honoring the Lives Lost at Sandy Hook Elementary School

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Posted: December 17, 2012
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Comedy can help us get through the worst of times and heal. Friday afternoon’s school shooting in Newtown, CT has left our whole country and the world reeling with the news of such innocent lives lost and the heroism of many teachers. It’s hard to know exactly how to respond to such a tragic event, but kudos to Saturday Night Live for its sensitive and moving tribute to the 27 victims. The New York City Children’s Chorus opened the show with a tender, somber rendition of “Silent Night” (you may see it below) and then returned later in the show to perform with musical guest Paul McCartney. What a perfect way to honor the lost lives and offer a chance for healing.
 

 
Thinking of everyone in Connecticut and wishing for peace.



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Interview: David Yazbek

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Posted: November 23, 2012
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I continue my interviews with one of my dearest friends, David Yazbek. As I mentioned, he’s starting a monthly residency at the 92YTribeca. Hurricane Sandy pushed back his inaugural show to December 3rd. Here, I ask him questions about poker and his dad’s favorite song of his.
 
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TED GREENBERG: What are your five favorite poker scenes in film or TV?
 
DAVID YAZBEK:
1. John Hamburg’s bromance I Love You, Man has a poker scene where Paul Rudd breaks all the rules of rational poker-play and annoys everyone by winning and then projectile-vomits into Jon Favreau’s face.
 
2. The British film Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels has a great poker scene near the beginning of the film. It takes place in a boxing ring and ends with our protagonist losing maybe 200k that he doesn’t have. The moment he loses something like 4 of a kind to a straight flush (the other guy cheats) is exquisitely nauseating.
 
3. Rounders final poker scene. Even with its stupid Oreo-cookie-tell conceit, it’s fun and plausible to see [John] Malkovich’s character admit defeat to better play. I also like when Matt Damon correctly reads everyone’s hand at the law professor’s poker game.
 
4. Cincinnati Kid final poker scene. Pretty stupid but Steve McQueen’s face is priceless throughout.
 
5. California Split is an obscure film about two gamblers played by Elliot Gould and George Segal. For years you couldn’t get it and now you can. There’s great, sad stuff in it.
 
TED GREENBERG: Of all your songs, what’s your dad’s favorite?

 
DAVID YAZBEK:
My Dad recently told me The Full Monty is his favorite musical but I think his favorite song of mine is “See How the Moon Behaves” which is what he consistently incorrectly calls “Nothing Is Too Wonderful to be True” from Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.
 
And, don’t forget to check out David Yazbek & His Warmest Regards at 92YTribeca (200 Hudson Street, NYC) on Monday, December 3rd. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. For advance tickets, visit the 92YTribeca web site.



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Here’s to Ted Greenberg from the Show’s Staff

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Posted: October 4, 2012
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Ted is gearing up for the fourth anniversary show of Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer, this Saturday night, October 6th, at SoHo Playhouse. So the show’s staff has taken over today’s blog post. The show has one of the most eclectic group of people behind the scenes, but they have the best things to say about Ted and the show. In honor of this fourth anniversary, we each wrote about our favorite moments in the past 200 weeks.
 
The Complete Performer Team
 

“The biggest thrill for me as the producer is continuously seeing progress being made. We’re one big family, always growing, & I’m one of the ones lucky enough to have been with the show since the very beginning. It’s gone through some wild changes, & it’s just been fun seeing Ted, Mike Motz, & the crew roll with every new bit that’s thrown in. I remember getting a call from Ted at 2am in the morning back when the show was in it’s infancy and he asked, “Can you find me a place that makes Mascot heads?” I got calls like that all the time, & that’s how I remember many of the pieces of the show coming together. We’re also blessed with the best audiences in New York City! My favorite moments are seeing audience members that have seen the show twice, sometimes even four times in the past! It continues to be ‘that show’ you have to see when visiting New York! I’m resting well at night knowing that it’s going to surpass ‘Cats’ one day… here’s to another 4 years!”
 
Matt, Producer

 

“My favorite moments are small, and tend to stream from something going wrong. Because life and theater are not about things going right, but how you handle them when they do go wrong. And the real magic of this show is Ted is so good on his feet, that when things do go wrong they turn out so much better than if it had gone right.
 
Not that we should shoot for things to go awry, but I’ll sleep well knowing when they do, we can handle it, and make it better.”
 
Kate, stage manager

 

“Getting lost in queens on a cab ride home and circling around what seemed to be the same industrial park over and over again.
 
“We’re lost…oh well, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack cigarettes, it’s dark out and the Mascot is wearing sunscreen.”‘
 
Mike, Mascot Greenberg

 

“My favorite moment was my first night at the show, where I saw just how funny the show was and how it made the audience feel.

Since day one for me, which happened to be four years ago, I knew that the show was going to make people’s lives happier and make their time at the show, a night that they wouldn’t forget.

I’ve had a lot of friends and family see the show and I always mention a line or reflect a moment they had while at the show.

I’ve had nothing but good times working at The Complete Performer and I look forward to another 4 years of exciting and laughter filled times.”
 
Bestar, Technical Director

 

“One can’t find enough words. ALL the memories to sum them all up in a few words. What I can say is that in being a founding member / supporter / team player and ‘a part of the excitement’ – is just that one moment to share was, one evening watching Ted Greenberg and his Mascot on the street in a before pre-show crowd interaction with the beat on the street before show time was, “Ted: Hey you guys come and see my show I’m hilarious and the funniest man you’ll ever see in your life! . . . ( reaction – People: Really? Do you know, where Canal street is!? Ted & Mascot pointed and off they went …Ted: Great guys, have the best time!” The Mascot, danced and gave Ted a high five. Great comedy and the show, well – that feeling of what NYC still is. Thanks for the surprises and laughs, Ted!!”
 
Michael McQ, Assistant Mascot Trainer

 

“I’ve only worked on the show a short time, but already I’ve driven a taxi, dressed a mascot, beaten that same mascot in chess, and enjoyed the antics of an audience member names “Tiddlywinks.” You never know what will happen each night at this show, making it both fun to see and easy to work on. They should call it “Any Given Saturday” and then not get sued by Oliver Stone.”
 
Lou, Technical Assistant

 

“There are so many wonderful memories from this show. It is quintessential New York. Outlandish. Brilliant. Hilarious. I love saying good night to the audience every Saturday night and seeing the smiles on their faces. For 60 minutes each week, magic — both literal and figurative — happens on the stage at SoHo Playhouse. Happy Anniversary to the show, to Ted, whose spirit is always inspiring. Thank you to the fans for keeping it vital and fresh.”
 
Lanie, Publicist

 
And we promise the show is so much funnier than that snoozefest of a debate last night. Get your tickets now here.



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Join Me on Pinterest

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Posted: June 25, 2012
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For months, I’d heard that everyone, including President Barack Obama, was joining Pinterest. I also saw the photos from people’s Pinterest accounts pop up on Facebook. I enjoy connecting with Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer‘s audience members and fans on Facebook and Twitter. Why not join Pinterest and share photos from performances, behind-the-scenes fun and other random occurrences?
 
Earlier this month, I joined Pinterest. Right now, my Pinterest boards highlight taxi cab ride winners, those lucky audience members who win a free cab ride home from my show with me at the wheel; the Mascot’s shenanigans (did you know he can play chess?) and audience photos. I will create new boards over the summer.
 
I would love suggestions. What should I include? Pins of my favorite comedians, places in New York, photos of me (gotta work on those)? I would love your suggestions. If you follow me on Pinterest, I will follow you. Looking forward to seeing you there.
 
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And if you have a moment, check out George Takei’s Pinterest boards. The man also known as Sulu on Star Trek has been wildly popular for his funny photo posts on Facebook. Now you can see them in all their glory on Pinterest. Not to be missed, if you like to laugh.



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New York Celebrates Pride

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Posted: June 21, 2012
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This weekend in New York City is one of the most entertaining, particularly for residents of downtown. That’s right it’s Pride Weekend when all of the rainbow flags fly from local establishments, the NYC Pride March struts down Fifth Avenue before ending just blocks from my apartment, and partying goes from a 10 to an 11.
 
Gay Pride Parade in NYC
 
The weekend is one wild celebration of LGBTQ rights, and a reason to stay in New York City at least one weekend during the summer. If you can, find a perch to watch the Parade on Sunday. As it winds down Fifth Avenue across Waverly through the West Village, it is a remarkable display of colorful floats, dance music, sculpted physiques and pure joy. A truly fun, raucous time in the middle of the day, which separates the Pride March in another way from the other West Village gathering — the Halloween Parade. The exuberance is contagious, and by the end of the Parade, you will be in love with at least one dance song you’d never heard before.
 
If you are among the thousands of people cheering on the sidelines this Sunday, look for me and the Mascot. He’s got great plans to bring back his Liberace jacket for ole times sake. I kinda miss that look from my weekly show Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer. He’s more dapper now, but definitely less flamboyant.
 
Ted Greenberg and his Mascot
 
You can learn more about its history at NYC Pride’s web site. See you Sunday.



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