Elise Czajkowski


New York, New York

Elise Czajkowski


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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Not the White House Correspondents' Dinner: full frontal on Trump and media

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16 Comedians on the Role of Comedy During a Trump Adminstration

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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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'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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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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Can Trevor Noah fill Jon Stewart's big shoes for 'Indecision 2016'?

This morning, Comedy Central officially announced 31-year-old South African comedian Trevor Noah as the third host of its flagship late-night show, The Daily Show. Noah has been slowly working his way up the ladder of US comedy over the last few years, with his own Showtime special and appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Late Show with David Letterman.
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A Sneak Peek of 'The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore'

There are plenty of auspicious signs for the new show. It’s housed in the Hell’s Kitchen studio that was once home to The Daily Show and later The Colbert Report, and it’s sandwiched comfortably on the schedule between Stewart’s flagship political show and youth-oriented breakout hit @midnight. The show’s set, assembled in the month since Colbert’s was dismantled, has a clean and modern, almost MSNBC-esque feel, including six backward clocks keeping time in locations including “Pompeii” and “East St.
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Presidential Speechwriter Ben Rhodes, GSAS '02

“It becomes a source of amusement to the right wing that I have a background in fiction writing,” says Ben Rhodes—proud displayer of an MFA in creative writing diploma—with a laugh. “But the fact of the matter is, writing is writing.” He’s frequently pictured at Barack Obama’s side, starting in 2007 as a speechwriter on the campaign trail, and postvictory as deputy national security advisor for strategic communications and speechwriting to the president. His main beats are media relations on foreign policy issues and the administration’s public diplomacy overseas. In this capacity, the Manhattan native rises daily to the challenge of answering two questions, which he phrases as: “How are we communicating our policies, and then also, how are we factoring in the perceptions of our policies at home and abroad?” Rhodes took us behind the scenes of his wonderfully chaotic, anything-but-nine-to-five job.
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Plumbing Politics and the Crazy State of the World for Comedy with Andy Zaltzman

Andy Zaltzman is best known in the States as half of the excellent satirical podcast The Bugle, which he co-hosts with long-time collaborator John Oliver. A lover of all things satire, he's hosted his "Political Animal" show for years, and his new show, "Satirist for Hire", adds a twist to the format.
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A Night of Comedy (and Political Jabs) for a Cause

Feminism and comedy may seem like uneasy bedfellows: Does an activist, progressive cause thrive in an industry that prides itself on political incorrectness? But at “One Billion Laughing,” the comedy fund-raiser held on Tuesday night at the Creek and the Cave in Long Island City, Queens, it felt like a natural fit.
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Inside the Absurdist Political Campaign of Comedian Jón Gnarr

It's no secret that sometimes comedy is taken a bit too seriously. Comedy obsessives love not just the jokes, but the mechanics and emotions of the comedy world. There are a raft of comedy documentaries exploring comedy and comedians, but do they really have anything significant to add to the discussion?
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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 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 launching 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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