37 comedians remember their first time onstage after 9/11 and how the attacks changed comedy forever.
Funny Jean Smart very smart for playing wisecracking lady comic in “Hacks.” Now Emmy nominated she cites a few other female funny gals she’s fond of.
Jean Smart: “I’ve always loved watching comedians, Roseanne Barr was hilarious, loved Phyllis Diller as a kid, I remember Ellen DeGeneres’ first appearance on the Johnny Carson show and of course Joan Rivers, especially the early stuff. But of any woman I think my character is closer to Elayne Boosler in terms of rhythms and things like that. I like playing a comedian without the real risks of being a stand-up.”
Your intrepid tale teller and humble hilarity hounder found Boosler, a ‘Tonight Show’ regular over the last 30 years vacationing in Italy. It was late there. She was still funny.
Elayne Boosler: “I am thinking of suing Jean Smart. I cannot believe she is using my name to further her career.” Bawdy Boosler guffawed and then got serious. Elayne Boosler: “I can’t believe she even KNOWS my name! I am beyond fatutsed–that’s flattered in Brooklyn–that she knows my work and beyond that, that it has even one teensy molecule of contributing to the outstanding character she plays on one of the best, funniest and most enjoyable shows ever.”
Also Emmy bound, Smart’s also smart costar Hannah Einbinder. She was already a comic. On the show she’s brought in to punch up Smart’s punchless punchlines. Elayne Boosler: “I think the dynamic between Hannah Einbinder’s character as an ‘alternative’ comedian, and Ms. Smart’s character as a comedian, is brilliant. I look forward to having my name mentioned at least eight to eleven more times. Not many people know this, but Ms. Smart also based her character in ‘Mare of Easttown’ on me. I am thinking of living in Italy. I would only come back to hand Ms. Smart her Emmy for Hacks.”
By the way, schlepping to Italy, was Boosler visiting ruins? In a small local cafe sipping espresso? No. Her very ciao Bella behavior. Elayne Boosler: “I just finished watching Friday’s Mets game.”
Come back Elayne, the Mets play on TV here too.
With my cousin Dorothea, August, 2018
Follow the ongoing saga of my cousin Dorothea. Had her own long held family burial plot in a Jewish cemetery. Victim of Covid-19 in a Brooklyn nursing home, where they did not answer the phones for three weeks, and never informed the family she died. Then they buried her without telling us. In a catholic cemetery…
July 9, 2020 Update in LostMessiah
Let the end of the year lists begin! This is very cool for comedy fans, a pretty full history of comedy though yes, lists are always subjective. I’m in there around the ’70s.. the 1870s.. Thank you Vulture, New York Magazine, The Guardian. [Read article…]
The Week included a classic quote of Elayne’s in its Wit & Wisdom column on November 29, 2019, which had been earlier quoted in Forbes Magazine.
“Polarizing people is a good way to win an election and a good way to wreck a country.”
Columnist Molly Ivins, quoted in The Virginian-Pilot
“An American will build a house in which to pass his old age and sell it before the roof is on.”
Alexis de Tocqueville, quoted in Lapham’s Quarterly
“Let others praise ancient times; I am glad I was born in these.”
Roman poet Ovid, quoted in AmericaMagazine.org
“Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.”
George Orwell, quoted in TheBulwark.com
“My ancestors wandered in the wilderness for 40 years because even in biblical times, men would not stop to ask directions.”
Comedian Elayne Boosler, quoted in Forbes.com
“When politicians decide to do nothing, they decide to do a great deal in a world that is not standing still.”
Conservationist Norman Myers, quoted in The New York Times
“I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.”
Author Douglas Adams, quoted in BBC.com
Stand-up comic, Twitter eminence and SiriusXM radio host John Fugelsang anchors this platform for left-leaning political comedy, with a different lineup of guests at each performance. Among the many artists scheduled to appear are Elayne Boosler, Judah Friedlander, Janeane Garafolo, Judy Gold, Marina Franklin, Hari Kondabolu and Dean Obeidallah.
Laughing Liberally, in association with Eric Krebs, will present LAUGHING LIBERALLY OFF-BROADWAY – “MAKE AMERICA LAUGH AGAIN,” featuring a diverse roster of political performers taking back the discourse and bringing joy and intelligent topical humor to the NY stage for 15 performances only (September 3-21) at The Theater at St. Clement’s (423 West 46th Street- between 9th & 10th Avenues). The run promises a different lineup of artists at each performance – and the return to the NYC stage of the great Elayne Boosler.
The three-week comedy festival at Theatre at St. Clement’s is hosted by Laughing Liberally.
Elayne Boosler will make her return to the New York stage at the comedy festival Make America Laugh Again, running September 3–21 at Theatre at St. Clement’s.
The famed comedian became the first women to get her own one-hour cable comedy special—Party of One on Showtime. She’s guest hosted several talk shows, including The Late Show, and was named the First Lady of Stand-Up Comedy by Rolling Stone magazine.
Produced by Laughing Liberally with Eric Krebs, Make America Laugh Again will feature a different line-up each evening alongside SiriusXM radio host John Fugelsang, who calls the event a Woodstock for N.Y.C. comedians. “I’m proud to be part of a lineup that includes gay comics, Muslim comics, and at least one gay Muslim comic” says Fugelsang. “To have Elayne Boosler— the first woman comic to get a primetime TV special and a former host of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner headlining four dates of a run like this is amazing.”
SiriusXM radio host John Fugelsang will headline the show, performing alongside a constantly rotating cast of comedians and satirists. The rotating cast of comedians includes Elayne Boosler, Judah Friedlander, Janeane Garofalo, Judy Gold, Marina Franklin, Hari Kondabolu, and SiriusXM host Dean Obeidallah, who was recently awarded $4.1 million in his lawsuit against white supremacists.