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Elise Czajkowski

Comedy Journalist

New York, New York

Elise Czajkowski

I write about comedy and other things that tickle my fancy.

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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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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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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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How a new crop of hosts is reinventing an old format

It’s been just over six months since Trevor Noah took over as host of The Daily Show on Comedy Central, and a year since James Corden debuted as the host of CBS’s The Late Late Show – two largely unknown foreigners moving into prominent US television real estate. In another time, either would have been a game changer, but 2015 was a year of unprecedented turnover in the ever-expanding world of late-night comedy talkshows.
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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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How Weird Stand-up Became a Women’s Game

“Would you say you're the boldest person in here?”. Jo Firestone asks a guy seated in the front row of a Williamsburg bar show. She’s introduced her short set as a “sampler” of her (presumably nonexistent) 100-minute one-woman show about moving to New York with her then “love partner," which she explains is full of pain and anger.
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The Inside Story of Whiplash, New York’s Best Standup Show

"Whiplash is like a magical kingdom where laughs run free and jelly beans are the main form of currency," says comedian Aparna Nancherla, of UCB's late night standup show. It's the reason that Splitsider turned to Whiplash for our first concert film, where host Leo Allen welcomed Jared Logan, Sheng Weng, Eugene Mirman, Carmen Lynch, Janeane Garofalo, Sarah Silverman, Michael Che, and Sean Patton.
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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 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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About

Elise Czajkowski

I take comedy very seriously and read The Economist for fun. I write the comedy listings for The New York Times, and I've written 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

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