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Elise Czajkowski

Writer/Editor

New York, New York

Elise Czajkowski

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John Oliver Wants Last Week Tonight to Be The Muppet Show

Since its debut in 2014, HBO’s Last Week Tonight With John Oliver has routinely pushed the boundaries of what a topical comedy show can be. Its deep-dive segments, which now often nudge the show beyond its designated half-hour slot, are famous for tackling the obscure, convoluted, and underreported.
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A Stand-Up Talks About Depression. He Hopes You’ll Laugh.

The title of Chris Gethard’s new solo show, “Career Suicide,” and its accompanying poster — he’s seen with a cartoon noose around his neck — might seem like an odd choice for a comedy. But, as Mr. Gethard’s fans have come to learn, it’s an apt title for a comedian whose work often addresses his struggles with depression and anxiety and whose career has had its share of twists and turns.
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The Saudi funnyman challenging his conservative country

Stand-up comedy may have been born in the United States of Vaudevillian heritage, but the format’s simplicity and endless flexibility have attracted fans and followers across the globe. In Saudi Arabia, its popularity can be attributed to one man. Fahad Albutairi is often credited as the first Saudi to perform stand-up comedy professionally, following a performance in 2008. Now the 30-year-old comic lords over a massive YouTube empire that has racked up nearly a billion hits. His next challenge is to change the way Saudis view entertainment forever.
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On the Hour: The State of the Stand-Up Comedy Special

A stand-up special has long been a sign of arrival in the comedy scene, informally marking someone as a “comic of note.”. Whether an audio-only album or a taped performance for TV or cinemas, the “hour” has been the foundation of many successful stand-up careers. With the rise of alternative forms of production and distribution online, a comedian can now just as easily use a series of six-second Vines or a 180-minute podcast as a calling card.
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The Cluelessness of Claiming Silverman Shouldn’t Be Dirty

According to Brian Lowry at Variety, “being as dirty as the guys” is the worst thing that Sarah Silverman can do for her career. This Sarah Silverman?
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A Fighter's Comedy Show: the Oral History of 'Tough Crowd'

2013 has brought an unprecedented wave of new late night shows. Most stick to the tried and true late night format of scripted segments and celebrity guests, or.
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How 45 Live Comedy Shows Got Their Names

Comedy shows come in all shapes and sizes, from the simplest of stand-up showcases to the most elaborate of interactive spectacles. Independent shows are often started by comics looking to increase their stage time and become more connected to their local scene. But a successful show takes a lot of production, a bit of luck, and, often, a catchy name.
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How John Oliver and Last Week Tonight Choose What Stories to Cover

Most people who know Scott Rogowsky lovingly refer to him as the Quiz Daddy, the breakout star of the app HQ Trivia, which became a sensation soon after its launch in 2017. But as comedy fans know, Rogowsky has been doing his late-night talk show Running Late With Scott Rogowsky for years, bouncing around various New York City comedy venues since its inception in 2011.
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A Look at the Art Projects Inspired by Trump's tweets

The first exhibit in the Donald J. Trump Presidential Twitter Library, which opened and closed here last weekend, was a series of a classically styled caricatures of prominent politicians. But instead of a witty caption, each picture bore the derogatory nickname that he or she had been assigned by President Trump on Twitter, including classics like “Crooked” Hillary Clinton, “Lyin’ ” Ted Cruz, and “Low Energy” Jeb Bush.
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Saturday Night Live: the 10 best clips of the biggest season ever

Saturday Night Live has been enjoying quite the resurgence this year. Presidential campaigns are always good business for the long-running sketch series, but it’s been the election and presidency of Donald Trump that has launched the show into mega-drive. Ratings are the highest they’ve been in 23 years, and stars including Alec Baldwin, Melissa McCarthy and Scarlett Johansson seem happy to stop by to reprise their roles in the current political melodrama whenever necessary.
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Saturday Night Live: Rock's solid guarantee of strong finale

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Why The Carmichael Show Changed a Line About Obama Being Shot

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About

Elise Czajkowski

Currently, I write the "Need to Know" newsletter for the American Press Institute, which explores trends in journalism at home and abroad. I also write content for the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY about subjects like journalism entrepreneurship, newsroom leadership, audience engagement, and diversity, equity and inclusion.

In the spring of 2019, I was a Tow Knight Fellow in Entrepreneurial Journalism at the Newmark School of Journalism, where I launched a non-profit called Sidewalk News, which uses outdoor advertising to distribute local news.

I also cover comedy and media in New York City; I previously compiled the comedy listings for The New York Times, and wrote for The New York Times, The Guardian, Rolling Stone, Splitsider, Flavorpill, Time Out New York, Paste Magazine, Vulture, The Awl, and GOOD Magazine.

I have a degree from New York University in Broadcast Journalism and International Politics. As well as holding real jobs, I have written questions for BBC 4 quiz show "Only Connect", read the news on New Zealand radio, and audio described plays for blind audiences.

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Skills

  • Drupal
  • Flourish
  • Tableau
  • CSS
  • HTML5
  • Wordpress
  • Tableau
  • Google Analytics
  • Final Cut Pro
  • ENPS
  • Burli
  • Avid Media Composer
  • Avid iNEWS
  • Audacity
  • Adobe Photoshop