Elise Czajkowski

Comedy Journalist

New York, New York

Elise Czajkowski

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


Saturday Night Live: Rock's solid guarantee of strong finale

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

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Saturday Night Live: Louis CK in top form with redeeming monologue

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Louis CK: 2017 review – buttons are pushed but the set doesn't achieve lift-off

When I saw Louis CK perform his newest hour last September at Madison Square Garden, it felt like a return to form. He was smart and creative, personal and introspective, and he seemed to be settling in as an elder statesman of standup. So it’s confounding that his new Netflix special, which premieres today, feels somewhat inert.
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Dave Chappelle stand-up specials review: 'More interested in re-litigating the past'

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Saturday Night Live: Scarlett Johansson gives political jokes some bite

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Saturday Night Live: Jeff Sessions as Forrest Gump and those Russia connections

In so many ways Saturday Night Live is a tradition-based show – it very rarely breaks format, mixes live and pre-taped elements, or toys with “meta” comedy. But this week, the show played with expectations – and people who only watch sketches on YouTube – by inserting Kate McKinnon as Kellyanne Conway into the mid-commercial live-shots, where viewers get a peek at the actors setting up for their next scene.
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Melissa McCarthy steals the show as Sean Spicer on Saturday Night Live

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Saturday Night Live: Putin dictates to his 'puppet' Trump in a bumper SNL

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Saturday Night Live: a steady stream of Trump jokes but more misses than hits

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Saturday Night Live: Trump played as a pawn while Clinton goes all Love, Actually

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Saturday Night Live review: Emma Stone shines as real Donald Trump weighs in

It’s easy to tell from the very start when a celebrity has the goods to be a great Saturday Night Live host – are they smart, goofy, and willing to make fun of themselves and their friends? When someone fits the bill, the show will bring that person back often, and Emma Stone seems poised to becoming a regular.
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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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