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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 Weird Stand-up Became a Women’s Game

“Would you say you're the boldest person in here?”. Jo Firestone asks a guy seated in the front row of a Williamsburg bar show. She’s introduced her short set as a “sampler” of her (presumably nonexistent) 100-minute one-woman show about moving to New York with her then “love partner," which she explains is full of pain and anger.
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Why The Carmichael Show Changed a Line About Obama Being Shot

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Don Rickles Was at His Best on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show

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16 Comedians on the Role of Comedy During a Trump Adminstration

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Trevor Noah Spent a Week in Jail, and 6 Other Things We Learned from His Memoir, Born a Crime

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All the Ways 20 Comedians Make Money in NYC and L.A.

This week Vulture is running a series of stories about the comedy produced in, and inspired by, New York and Los Angeles. Here we take a look at the many income streams available to modern comedians. During the comedy boom of the 1980s, there was a simplicity to comedians' income: Comedy clubs around the country paid handsomely for a weekend of shows; networks were paid even more handsomely for sitcom pilots.
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The 100 Jokes That Shaped Modern Comedy

The oldest joke on record, a Sumerian proverb, was first told all the way back in 1900 B.C. Yes, it was a fart joke: “Something which has never occurred since time immemorial; a young woman did not fart in her husband's lap.”. Don’t feel bad if you don’t get it — something was definitely lost in time and translation (you have to imagine it was the Mesopotamian equivalent of “Women be shopping”), but not before the joke helped pave the way for almost 4,000 years of toilet humor.
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The Evolution of Aziz Ansari

When the world first met Aziz Ansari in the late 2000s, he was the ultimate fun-loving stand-up, telling ridiculous stories about his little cousin Harris and chilling with Kanye West, all filled with topical pop-cultural references. But in recent years a transformation occurred: Aziz transitioned into one of the most thoughtful comedians on the scene, exploring the immigrant experience and everyday sexism by creating a dialogue with his audiences.
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The 50 Comedians You Should Know in 2015

Two years ago, Vulture assembled a list of "The 50 Comedians You Should and Will Know." It included names like Broad City, Hannibal Buress, Amy Schumer, John Mulaney, Chelsea Peretti, Michael Che, Tig Notaro, and Katie Dippold — all of whom are now dominating the comedy world. Could there possibly already be another generation of exciting young comics coming up behind them?
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Bo Burnham on His New MTV Show, Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous, and His YouTube Years

Bo Burnham first made his name on YouTube at the tender age of 16, but in only a few years, he moved on from “Internet sensation” to become one of the most inventive and imaginative comedians working today. Now 22, he’s back with his own MTV show, Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous, which follows an 18-year-old who hires a film crew to make a reality show about his life. The show, which premieres Thursday at 10:30, documents Stone’s various attempts at fame — including, of course, a sex tape. Vulture spoke to Burnham about reality shows, getting confused for his character, and what the Internet thinks of Zach Stone.
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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