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New Years in New York | Beyond Times Square

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Posted: December 30, 2013
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People flock to Times Square every New Year’s Eve to celebrate. The event is televised, and watched by millions more. But, there are other places to ring in 2014 than Times Square.
 
Brooklyn has a number of unique ways to greet the new year. And while these events are well attended, they won’t have you packed in like sardines a la Times Square.
 
You can check out the fireworks in Prospect Park. There will be bands playing and warm refreshments. And this year, there’s a special ceremony where outgoing Borough President Marty Markowitz will hand the reins over to Borough President elect Eric Adams. The fun starts at 11pm, and for best viewing, head to Grand Army Plaza.
 
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Or head over to Ft. Greene/Clinton Hill, one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in the borough. Prestigious Pratt Institute will let you blow off some steam. Literally. The annual Steam Whistle welcome to the new year is a delight to the senses–particularly site and sound. Check out Gothamist’s coverage of last year’s event.
 
Wherever you celebrate, I wish you a happy and healthy 2014!



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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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The US Open Brings the Funny

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Posted: August 26, 2013
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The US Open starts its 132nd edition today, but it’s not the only game in town. In fact, the year’s final Grand Slam faced some stiff competition last night with MTV’s Video Music Awards touching down at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. What I’m most struck by both fetes is the length that celebrities will go to promote their brand, their art and even their candy.
 
Last night Katy Perry flashed her pearly whites and revealed a grill. That’s right a grill. It read “Roar”–which also happens to the be name of her new single. A simple photo op turned into a marketing bananza as the song will drop very soon (though it has recently been leaked). And look at that playful pose and leopard print dress–all coordinated to send a message. Roar.
 
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A little over a week ago, it was announced that Maria Sharapova planned to legally change her name to Maria Sugarpova, the name of her year-old candy brand. Now, it does seem weird that a gorgeous, high level athlete promotes a candy brand–even a high end one. But, changing your name to emulate your brand’s title smacks of a publicity stunt, and not a particularly good one. I love Maria– her competitive fire and toughness — but even this was too much. Hey, as a result, not only did she not change her name, but she had to pull out of the Open with a shoulder injury. That’s the true shame.
 
Now, Katy’s and Maria’s foibles got me thinking. What would I do in order to promote my weekly comedy show– Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer? A grill? A name change? Perhaps a tattoo? Then I remembered. I already have a Mascot. Do I need more than that? I don’t think so.



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Eric André Comes to Town

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Posted: August 1, 2013
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Last summer, I interviewed the uber-talented Eric André for my one-man comedy blog. So listen up New York City. The very funny man returns to New York this August. Catch his show, I’ve Been Doing Stand-Up Comedy for Ten Years… and I Still Fucking Suck at It, at Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory. Tickets are only $5 in advance/$7 day of show. Skip seeing Pacific Rim, and you can afford to go and have a drink.
 
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For that insanely low price, you can also see Hannibal Burress and Sam Simmons. There’s no better deal in New York right now.
 
Get your tickets before they are all gone. Visit the Knitting Factory web site.



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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.
 
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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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5 CREATIVE WAYS TO USE A TAXI

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Posted: January 19, 2012
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As a sometime cab driver and all-the-time Off-Broadway phenom, I kind of know everything about urban transportation. Now that livery cabs can make pickups in Manhattan, yellow taxis will need to be more flexible about services they offer.
 

 
Here are 5 ways to use a yellow cab that may not have occurred to you:
 
#1) MOVING TRUCK. My meter ran for 5 continuous hours moving a family from Harlem to Brooklyn. We did 3 trips in 4 hours. Try to stick to foldable items like rugs, sheets, towels, window treatments,and small children.
 
#2) TOUR BUS. I’ve often been commandeered for the day to point out sites. Best tour ever? A sampling of New York City’s best hot dogs. The winner? Gray’s Papaya.
 
#3) GETAWAY CAR. I’m not saying rob banks, but yellows will park and poise for fast retreats from in-laws or clingy house guests.
 
#4) MOBILE LOVE SHACK. Many summers ago I circled Central Park 5 times to provide my backseat couple a romantic tryst. I got a huge tip. But the better tip came a year later when they hailed me again – this time with the infant they conceived in my cab.
 
#5 PIMPMOBILE. Or like the Mascot, use a cab to woo the opposite sex – whatever that is!
 



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