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By Elayne Boosler on April 8, firstname.lastname@example.org/elayneboosler
The Comedian Who Changed My Life is a series where comics talk about, you guessed it, the comedian who changed their life.
This is Elayne Boosler and the comedian who changed my life was a great comic named Totie Fields even though I never met her. It was in the seventies and I was selling out all across the country and yet I could not get on the Tonight Show because Johnny hated women comics. And as good as I was they wouldn’t put me on and without it you couldn’t really get a raise in pay or get into Las Vegas or work the good jobs because it really was the only door open in show business in those days and it was closed to me and women. So, they did have guest hosts in those days and Helen Reddy was about to guest host. The LA times did a piece on new comedians and I was in it saying that ‘gee I can’t get on the tonight show.’ Totie Fields read it. She happened to be good friends with Helen Reddy. Helen read it and called Totie Fields and said ‘do you think I should put her on?’ Totie had never even seen me and said ‘I hear she’s great, put her on.” And she did put me on and it opened the door to every single thing in show business for me. So even though I had never even met Totie Fields, it was the most wonderful thing anyone could have done for a young comic.
Comedian, writer and activist Elayne Boosler is a comedy veteran who hasappeared on virtually every talk show ever on TV, has produced and written five one-hour Showtime comedy specials, and appeared on Politically Incorrect over thirty times. Her performances in the 80′s were groundbreaking for female comics and paved the way for many who have followed her and she continues to perform on stage and television. Boosler has upcoming appearances in Palm Beach, New York City, Pennsylvania and Maryland. You can get more dates and other information at ElayneBoosler.com and follow her on twitter @ElayneBoosler.
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“Johnny Weir & Ex to Split Custody of Dog.”
The ex will have him on weekdays, and Johnny will wear him on weekends.
“The names are, for the most part, ‘marketing gibberish’, being unhelpful, confusing and in some cases misleading.” Well I think our “Official Super Duper How Ya Doin? Alternating Breast and Testicle Squeeze On Even/Odd Years Plan” with a “ten thousand dollar deductible and all the street drugs you can find” is just perfect. Of course, substituting Selfies for X-Rays just doesn’t seem professional.
A new sweets shop is opening on Amsterdam Avenue (101st street). It covers all of the new buttons: “Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Soy Free, Refined Sugar Free, Low Fat, Mostly Organic, Made Fresh to Order, Vegan Available.” I handed them a twenty, they handed me three sesame seeds and blew some quinoa in my face..
NY Times: “N.S.A. Breached Chinese Servers Seen as Security Threat.” So that’s why my wonton soup never got to the table.
The first selfie taken from behind.
They probably thought I had one because of this:
I still laugh when I think of this: Several years ago I hosted Mardi Gras for “The Travel Channel”. It was the most fun you could have. At the parades on live tv, I was asking people where they were from, getting the answers you’d expect; “Los Angeles, Ohio, Mississippi, Ocala, etc. etc.” And then I asked what looked to be a very sweet, earnest, eighty year old woman, where she was from. She leaned into the microphone and carefully said, “1621 Argyle Avenue, New Or…” I immediately cut her off. I still hold out the hope her house wasn’t robbed that day.
Slate Magazine. Very funny. The “Adele Dazeem” Name Generator. My travoltafied name is Yelaumey Beeker, a scrammedup carmelian from Borgen, New Yak. What’s yours?
I am my own hero. Maybe not this year, but in ten years I will be, wait.. no I won’t be, because then it will be ten years later and I’ll have to look east or west, or up or down, or over the rainbow, hey, who was that singing anyway? In conclusion, Charlie Laughton (Charlie??), and Charlie DeGaulle, and Charlie McCarthy (who never should have held those awful hearings) told me I should stop, and look around.. here comes your 19th nervous breakdown. I never look back, because Satchie Paige told me not to. I want to thank God for voting for me, and I think I’m ready for a sandwich now.