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Articles about and interviews with Elayne.

That Time I Bombed

Vancouver Straight – November 1, 2017 – That Time I Bombed is where the Straight asks comedians about their life-changing shows, favourite specials, and, a subject that any peformer will face at some point in their career, a time that they bombed on stage.

Top three comedy specials/albums

Elayne Boosler — Party of One  read more

 

NY Times Wordplay

October 29, 2017

Deb Amlen’s super popular NY Times online “Wordplay” column gives a lovely shout out to our Tails of Joy today, as we go along solving the Sunday puzzle together.

“Tricky Clues 13A: “Canine supporters” could be all the wonderful rescue organizations that abound (Like Elayne Boosler’s Tails of Joy), but today we’re talking teeth, so the answer is GUMS.”

David Letterman’s Friends Weigh In on Mark Twain Prize

Washington Post October 20, 2017 David Letterman will be receiving the Mark Twain Prize for Humor, and his friends weigh in.

Elayne Boosler, also part of the Comedy Store scene, appreciated that when Letterman launched “Late Night” in 1982, he chose the best comics to appear — regardless of gender. That wasn’t the case on “The Tonight Show,” she says, which, with the exception of Joan Rivers, rarely featured female comedians. Read more…

NY Times’ “Crosswords With the Stars”

July 12, 2017

What fun! To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the New York Times Crossword puzzle, they’ve tipped their hat to “Dancing With the Stars” by teaming celebrities up with regular crossword contributors to make “Crosswords With the Stars”. Ok, they don’t call it that, but I’ve got on too much makeup, hair extensions, and huge high heels anyway. These puzzles will appear once a month throughout the year. They’ve had Bill Clinton, Jesse Eisenberg, Lisa Loeb, and today, it’s Patrick Merrell and me! Our puzzle is “Modern-Day Remake”. And we got to be the guest bloggers today on the NY Times Wordplay site, talking about how we did “Crosswords With the Stars”. If you’d like more laughter, read the last NY Times Wordplay blog I did on solving that Sunday’s puzzle. Have fun solving! (I love Patrick Merrell’s sketch above of our mousy time together.)

Just in: Yes, they do indeed review crossword puzzles. Read our raves:

Here         and          Here.

From my friend Iliza Shlesinger (and her cute little thumb):

Iliza Shlesinger‏ 

@iliza

Went and grabbed a @nytimes crossword because @ElayneBoosler – one of my favorite women in comedy, is featured in it. This is so fucking cool

 

@iliza #SpoilerAlert thanks @ElayneBoosler for a fun @nytimes crossword!

Two Women Walk Into a Club: Melissa Leo and Ari Graynor

 

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GRAYNOR I was aware of the importance of Elayne Boosler, and she seemed to be a singular woman on this scene and within this community. How much she was everyone’s friend, lover, mother, cousin, teacher. There’s a parallel, in that I’m the lone female comic, but who I play and who she is are two totally different human beings.

Read the entire article here at the NY Times.

Showtime’s ‘I’m Dying Up Here’ finds the drama in comedy

Robert Loyd, Television Critic | Los Angeles Times | June 2, 2017

“I’m Dying Up Here,” Showtime’s amiably dark new drama about comedy, takes its name and material, though not exactly its characters, from William Knoedelseder’s book of the same name. That volume’s focus was Mitzi Shore, her Comedy Store and the comics who played there in the 1970s, including Richard Lewis, David Letterman, Robin Williams, Elayne Boosler, Jay Leno, Tim Reid and Tom Dreesen, along with many lost to time; his narrative arc put them on a collision course, culminating in a 1979 strike against the club that sundered some relationships forever more.

Read the full article on the Los Angeles Times.

A Look Back at the ’70s L.A. Club Scene That Gave Rise to Comedy Legends

Vulture | May 20, 2017

Brooklynite Elayne Boosler got her start in New York club circuit and became a regular headliner at the Improv. In the spring of 1976, she moved to L.A. to chase the rising scene and found herself among many of the comic pals she’d made in New York. She was, however, one of the few women in comedy at the time, and her confidence in the face of the challenges that presented was notable.

Read the full article on Vulture.