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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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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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Saturday Night Live: the 10 best clips of the biggest season ever

Saturday Night Live has been enjoying quite the resurgence this year. Presidential campaigns are always good business for the long-running sketch series, but it’s been the election and presidency of Donald Trump that has launched the show into mega-drive. Ratings are the highest they’ve been in 23 years, and stars including Alec Baldwin, Melissa McCarthy and Scarlett Johansson seem happy to stop by to reprise their roles in the current political melodrama whenever necessary.
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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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From Bob Newhart to Chris Rock: 10 standup comedy milestones

2017 is set to be a big year in standup specials for Netflix – Amy Schumer’s The Leather Special arrives on Tuesday, Dave Chappelle’s new hour will premiere on 21 March, and future specials have been announced from Louis CK, Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock. Only a few years ago, it would have seemed crazy that arguably the five biggest standups on the planet would all release specials on the same streaming platform.
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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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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