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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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A Stand-Up Talks About Depression. He Hopes You’ll Laugh.

The title of Chris Gethard’s new solo show, “Career Suicide,” and its accompanying poster — he’s seen with a cartoon noose around his neck — might seem like an odd choice for a comedy. But, as Mr. Gethard’s fans have come to learn, it’s an apt title for a comedian whose work often addresses his struggles with depression and anxiety and whose career has had its share of twists and turns.
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Improv Troupe’s Appeal: ‘Friends’ Cast Doing ‘Game of Thrones’

On a recent Friday, members of the improv show “The Cast” were swept from a rehearsal space in Midtown Manhattan to the medieval fantasy world of HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” After being assigned a name befitting a George R. R. Martin character, the performers improvised monologues. “I am Chessalind Algolith, and I own this brothel,” began one.
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Comedy in NYC This Week

DEL CLOSE MARATHON (June 23-25). Now in its 19th year, this weekend of improv comedy brings together some of the best comedic performers from around the world for a hectic, overheated, giddy marathon of shows. Named for the famed Second City instructor Del Close, the marathon begins with a news conference with the founding members of the Upright Citizens Brigade: Matt Besser, Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts and Matt Walsh.
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Comedy in NYC This Week

MARIO CANTONE at Café Carlyle (June 20-23, 8:45 p.m.). Probably most famous for his turn as Anthony on “Sex and the City” and his time as a host of “The View,” Mr. Cantone is also a three-decade veteran of stand-up. His rapid-fire comedy touches on both his personal life and pop culture (impressions of classic celebrities like Liza Minnelli, Joan Rivers and Julia Child are staples of his sets).
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‘THE MACAULAY CULKIN SHOW SUMMER COMEDY FESTIVAL 2017’ at Shea Stadium BK (June 11, 8 p.m.). Sally Burtnick and Brett Davis have hosted this eclectic comedy show, which is in no way associated with the titular actor, since 2013. Every year, they host an overflowing show, inviting dozens of comics to do five-minute sets.
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AUNTY DONNA at Theater 80 (June 2-3, 9 p.m.). The absurdist Australian sketch group Aunty Donna brings its new show, “Big Boys,” to the United States for the troupe’s first North American theater tour. The show is performed and written by Mark Samual Bonanno, Broden Kelly and Zachary Ruane, who work with the writer and director Sam Lingham, the film director and editor Max Miller, and the sound designer and composer Tom Armstrong to present fast-paced, multimedia sketches.
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AUNTY DONNA at the Bell House (May 31 and June 1, 8 p.m.). The absurdist Australian sketch group Aunty Donna brings its new show, “Big Boys,” to the United States for the troupe’s first North American theater tour. The show is performed and written by Mark Samual Bonanno, Broden Kelly and Zachary Ruane, who work with the writer and director Sam Lingham, the film director and editor Max Miller, and the sound designer and composer Tom Armstrong to present this fast-paced, multimedia sketch show.
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BOAST RATTLE at Union Hall (May 20, 8 p.m.). Kyle Ayers hosts this clever, positive spin on roast battles, which usually feature two comedians slinging insults at each other until one is deemed the champion. Here, however, the comedians will face off to see who can deliver the better compliment.
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16TH ANNUAL STAND UP FOR MADELINE AND OCRFA at Carolines on Broadway (May 15, 6 p.m.). This annual stand-up show benefits the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance and pays tribute to the comedian and actress Madeline Kahn, who died of that disease in 1999. COMEDY CENTRAL CORPORATE RETREAT at Upright Citizens Brigade Theater East Village (May 16, 8 p.m.).
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CAKE COMEDY TOUR at Kickstarter (May 11, 8 p.m.). Carrie Gravenson, Abbi Crutchfield, Kaytlin Bailey and Erin Judge are up-and-coming stand-ups who have toured together as part of the Pink Collar Comedy Tour. Through a creative use of Kickstarter, they were able to finance a new 10-city tour by preselling tickets on that fund-raising platform.
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RORY ALBANESE at Music Hall of Williamsburg (May 3, 7 and 9:30 p.m.). Albanese was a writer and executive producer at “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” and an executive producer and correspondent on “The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore.”. His stand-up is a mix of clever political observations and engaging personal stories.
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MICHAEL CHE at Carolines on Broadway (April 27, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.; through April 29). One of the hosts of “Weekend Update” on “Saturday Night Live,” Mr. Che quickly rose to prominence in the New York stand-up scene in recent years with cleverly reasoned comedy that focused on politics and social issues.
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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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