While working as a doorman at The Improvisation comedy club in New York City, Brooklyn-born comedian Elayne Boosler met comic Andy Kaufman, who convinced her she should do stand-up comedy. She went on to become one of the most successful female comics, with a string of cable-TV specials, non-stop TV talk show appearances and touring. Elayne, who is also very active in animal activism, is my guest on today’s “Breaking It Down” at 2pm EST on LI News Radio 103.9FM, or online at the link below. The show can also be heard on the Florida stations 900-AM (The Talk of the Palm Beaches) and 104.9-FM (The Talk of Gainesville).
A fun and hilarious interview with Jim Norton and Sam Roberts this morning. Listen here.
The Maine Edge/Buzz
September 12, 2018
The Maine Edge: Let me see if I understand this correctly. Your new box set sells on Amazon for $19. When people email you a copy of their receipt, you donate $25 to the animal rescue organization of the purchaser’s choice. You’re basically giving it away. Has your accountant told you that this might not be a great business plan?
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August 28, 2018 | 3:15pm
Elayne Boosler’s comedy career began by working the door as the hostess at the original Improvisation club in New York City in the 1970s. For over forty years, she has appeared on seemingly every talk show ever on TV, has written and starred in five of her own one-hour Showtime stand-up comedy specials, written and directed two movies for Cinemax. She self-financed that first special, 1985’s Party of One, because TV networks would not let a female stand-up have a special. In 1993, Boosler was only the second woman to perform at the White House Correspondents Dinner, and the first comedian to be televised live on C-SPAN. She’s now putting out a boxed set Timeless, which includes four of her iconic specials plus a brand-new CD of stand-up. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Tails of Joy – the animal rescue non-profit she founded in 2001.
Ron Bennington interviews Elayne Boosler for “Unmasked”.
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Williams offstage was as withdrawn as onstage he was vivacious. “If you met him during the day you’d never know what he became at night,” the comedian Elayne Boosler recalls.