Elise Czajkowski


Brooklyn, New York

Elise Czajkowski


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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How comedians struggled to parody Donald Trump

This election season has inspired acres of commentary about the effectiveness of political satire against an unprecedented candidate like Donald Trump. But after 18 excruciating months, the big day is finally upon us, and the state of political comedy seems as uncertain as the state of the country at large.
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Will John Oliver, Louis CK and SNL's attacks on Trump make a difference?

It was less than a month ago that the comedy establishment was still figuring out how to take on Donald Trump. The New York Times called him “almost comedy-proof” and noted that he seems happy with comedic impressions of himself. But after a string of primary wins and a high-profile endorsement from Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, Trump has found himself firmly in the bullseye of comedy’s heavy hitters.
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The best (and worst) US culture 2015: comedy

Ever since Inside Amy Schumer debuted on Comedy Central in 2013, the show has received rave reviews for its filthy feminist approach to sketch comedy. Alongside her brilliant head writer Jessi Klein, Amy Schumer dives deep into the honest experiences of modern day women by embracing the indelicacies and indignities of everyday life.
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Why, As A Journalist, I Won’t Be Trying Stand-Up

“With stand-up comedy, I think it’s just something you have to do,” Bobby Slayton says confidently in 2012 comedy documentary Alone Up There. “I don’t think people can have any idea what it is like if...
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Why NBC Will Regret Not Picking Up 'Mulaney'

Late Friday afternoon, NBC announced that it has declined to pick up John Mulaney's sitcom, Mulaney. It was a surprising move, given that the highly anticipated and already buzzy show had Lorne Michaels as a producer and an incredible cast. Having seen a version of the script, and based on Brad's on-the-scene reporting, I can say that it was a good pilot and that the series had enormous potential. It's a shame that it won't be on NBC's schedule this fall. But in the long run, what NBC will really regret is not just picking up the show Mulaney, but adding John Mulaney to its primetime ranks.
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Every few months, a minor media scandal erupts around an off-color joke or offensive comedy riff. Each new incident brings a slew of articles about tastelessness in comedy that inevitably turn into comments-section-and-social-media screaming matches, point-winning debates that do little but irritate loyal comedy fans stuck in the middle. And then, just as suddenly, things go back to normal, as if it was a one-off, as if comedy is an occasional thing that happens at award shows gaffes a thing that only occasionally occur onstage, instead of every single night in every single city in the country.
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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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