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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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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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Colin Quinn Is the Best Person to Tell ‘The New York Story’

If there are two topics that Colin Quinn loves to discuss, they’re race and New York City, so his new one-man show might be the best use of his talents to date. The New York Story, which opened Friday at the Cherry Lane Theater, is an ode to Quinn’s hometown, told through the various immigrant groups who have taken root in the city since the Dutch first displaced the Native Americans back in the 1600s.
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In ‘Funny on Purpose’, Joe Randazzo Guides You Into Your Comedy Career

You know what it’s like when sometimes Tina Fey will call you up and ask you to help write something? Or when she wants to see a script you’ve been working on? Well, Kay Cannon does. So for the rest of us there’s this week’s episode ofCannon sits down with host Ben Blacker to talk about what it was like writing on making the transition from performer to writer, how she approaches pitch meetings, and writing the movies, among other things.
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Simon Amstell on Finding Fault with the World in His New Standup Show 'To Be Free'

We talked a few years ago when you had just started your residency of Numb in New York. How was the rest of your time in the States? It was good. It was two months of being at the same place, doing the show every night. The audience built every night and by the end, they were all squeezed in and sitting on the stairs, and it was all very exciting.
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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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The 9 Best Standup Specials and Albums of 2014

It’s obvious that Chelsea Peretti is one of the most exciting comedic talents around. Even with a long opening scene and format-bending twists (such as fake cutaways to the audience), Peretti’s special is engaging mostly because of her likeable stage presence and her flawless hour of standup. Nick Vatterott’s debut album serves as a bold introduction.
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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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How to Succeed at Edinburgh Fringe with Alex Edelman

Alex Edelman has had an excellent August. The American comic headed to the Edinburgh Fringe with his debut show, Millennial, and on Saturday, he walked away with the coveted Best Newcomer Award at the Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Awards. Past winners include stars like The Mighty Boosh, Tim Minchin, and Sarah Millican, and it means the eye of the British comedy industry has turned to the 25-year-old New Yorker.
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Daniel Sloss and the Art of Telling Critics to Piss Off

At only 23, Daniel Sloss has become one of the biggest draws at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The Scottish comic played to packed houses during his fun in a 400-seat lecture hall in Edinburgh, and he's about to take his show "Really?!" on tour throughout the UK. He's also got his eye on the US, having appeared three times on Conan in the last year.
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Janeane Garofalo on Her Influence, Bombing, and Having No Web Presence

In comedy, Janeane Garofalo is a living legend. But she's remained devoted stand-up and New York's alt scene, which is why she was perfect inclusion for A Night at Whiplash. I got the chance to talk to her about UCB, working out material on stage, and why she's doubtful about making any more specials.
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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