Elise Czajkowski


Brooklyn, New York

Elise Czajkowski


John Oliver Wants Last Week Tonight to Be The Muppet Show

Since its debut in 2014, HBO’s Last Week Tonight With John Oliver has routinely pushed the boundaries of what a topical comedy show can be. Its deep-dive segments, which now often nudge the show beyond its designated half-hour slot, are famous for tackling the obscure, convoluted, and underreported.
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How 45 Live Comedy Shows Got Their Names

Comedy shows come in all shapes and sizes, from the simplest of stand-up showcases to the most elaborate of interactive spectacles. Independent shows are often started by comics looking to increase their stage time and become more connected to their local scene. But a successful show takes a lot of production, a bit of luck, and, often, a catchy name.
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How John Oliver and Last Week Tonight Choose What Stories to Cover

Most people who know Scott Rogowsky lovingly refer to him as the Quiz Daddy, the breakout star of the app HQ Trivia, which became a sensation soon after its launch in 2017. But as comedy fans know, Rogowsky has been doing his late-night talk show Running Late With Scott Rogowsky for years, bouncing around various New York City comedy venues since its inception in 2011.
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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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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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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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Elise Czajkowski

I'm currently a 2019 Tow Knight Fellow in Entrepreneurial Journalism at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism. I also cover comedy in New York City; I previously compiled the comedy listings for The New York Times, and wrote 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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