Elise Czajkowski


Brooklyn, New York

Elise Czajkowski


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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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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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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How old-school sitcoms made their triumphant return

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How standup specials became a torrent for streaming services

On Thursday, HBO announced a new crop of standup specials to air next year, including hours from Jerrod Carmichael, Pete Holmes and TJ Miller. It comes only a few days after Netflix announced the imminent release of eight new specials, bringing the site’s total to over two dozen for 2016. Comics include current Saturday Night Live star Michael Che and former SNL star Dana Carvey. This fall will also see a new special from Martin Lawrence on Showtime, his first in 14 years, and a Doug Stanhope hour on NBC’s newish streaming service, Seeso.
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'Four years of Donald Trump jokes will drive me insane'

She’s stormed America’s late-night talkshows and worked on Chris Rock’s Oscars speech. Now Michelle Wolf is taking her political standup to Edinburgh.
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Is the 2016 presidential campaign beyond satire?

At its finest, satire can forever define the perception of a politician or a news story – the word “strategery” will forever be (incorrectly) attributed to George W Bush thanks to Saturday Night Live, while the Daily Show’s prescient Indecision 2000 was a shining light during that chaotic election.
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Improv Troupe’s Appeal: ‘Friends’ Cast Doing ‘Game of Thrones’

On a recent Friday, members of the improv show “The Cast” were swept from a rehearsal space in Midtown Manhattan to the medieval fantasy world of HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” After being assigned a name befitting a George R. R. Martin character, the performers improvised monologues. “I am Chessalind Algolith, and I own this brothel,” began one.
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A Bit Britney, a Bit Burlesque: John Early Takes Theater Into Stand-Up

No one, it seems, knows quite what to expect from “Showgasm XXL,” Ars Nova’s supersize fund-raiser on Thursday at the Chelsea nightclub Marquee. Not even the show’s host, the comedian John Early, who says only that the night will be a “wild experiment.”. A few things are certain: Mr. Over a recent dinner in Brooklyn, Mr.
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A Roomful of Funny Women, Bonding Over the New York Comedy Life

The idea was simple but novel: Take one picture of as many women in New York City’s varied comedy scenes as possible. And so on Saturday afternoon, despite the cold and rain, more than 200 female comedians gathered to have their photo taken together at a performance space in Brooklyn. Amid a festive, buzzing energy, some of the comedians were in formal wear and extravagant makeup, while a few were in full costume (an elderly woman with a walker, a Vine star with painted-on eyeglasses and crab claw hands).
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Elise Czajkowski

I'm currently a 2019 Tow Knight Fellow in Entrepreneurial Journalism at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism. I also cover comedy 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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