Press

Articles about and interviews with Elayne.

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.

The All-Time Best Standup Comics On Cannabis, #50-41

From Civilized.life | By James McClure  |  Feb 23, 2017

Comedians have always pushed boundaries and questioned social taboos, so it’s no surprise that so many of them have become part of cannabis culture — whether intentional or not. So to celebrate their contributions, we’ve put together a five-part series on the best marijuana moments from the all-time best standup comics, based on the list of the top 50 Best Stand-Up Comics of All Time published earlier this month by Rolling Stone.

Here’s part one, featuring comedians ranked from #50-41. [Read article on Civilized…]

 

50 Best Stand-Up Comics of All Time — Rolling Stone

By Matthew Love | Rolling Stone | February 14, 2017

Imagine the prototypical female comic of the 1980s: Big hair, suit jacket with shoulder pads and the sleeves rolled up, the ubiquitous brick wall behind her. You’re imagining Elayne Boosler – but before that image became a cliché, it was just part of the stand-up act she had been honing for years.

Read the full article on Rolling Stone.

Can Comedy Defeat ISIS?

ISIS had better watch out because a new weapon might soon be deployed that it will really hate. No, not a new fighter jet or bomb. I’m talking “Borat.” And maybe even Chris Rock and Amy Schumer.

At least that’s what U2 frontman Bono told a Senate subcommittee last week, citing Sacha Baron Cohen, Rock and Schumer by name as he told the senators, “I think comedy should be deployed” in the fight versus ISIS.

— CNN opinion contributor Dean Obeidallah.

Read the full article on CNN.


Photo: When Elayne Boosler arrived on the stage in the ’80s, it seemed she’d been sworn in to tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth. With a crystal-clear voice and a rapid-fire delivery, Boosler was an eviscerating cultural and political commentator who knew how to land a joke. Condoms, crime, Republicans — you could get all of that and more in one sitting. In 1985, she pulled her own funds together to craft “Party of One,” making her the first woman to get her own hour-long TV comedy special.