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Elayne Boosler – Saving Animals Through Comedy. Maine Edge/Buzz. September 12, 2018 - 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 … Continue reading Elayne Boosler – Saving Animals Through Comedy. Maine Edge/Buzz. September 12, 2018
Forbes Magazine. August 29, 2018 - Elayne Boosler Talks The ‘Timeless’ Appeal Of Comedy… Andrew HusbandContributor Hollywood & EntertainmentI am a freelance entertainment journalist and comedy critic.
Comics Split on Louis CK Comeback. NY Post Page Six. August 28, 2018. - Comedians divided on Louis C.K. making standup comeback By Jessica Sager August 28, 2018 | 3:15pm Louis C.K.WireImage Louis C.K. takes stage for first time since #MeToo allegations..  
“The Comic’s Comic” Podcast. Aug 27, 2018. - EPISODE #222: ELAYNE BOOSLER by Sean L. McCarthy 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 … Continue reading “The Comic’s Comic” Podcast. Aug 27, 2018.
Unmasked Show with Ron Bennington. August 14, 2018. - Ron Bennington interviews Elayne Boosler for “Unmasked”. Listen Here. 
Puzzle Nation. July 10, 2018 - 5 Questions with Comedian, Animal Activist, and Puzzler Elayne Boosler! Welcome to 5 Questions, our recurring interview series where we reach out to puzzle constructors, game designers, writers, filmmakers, musicians, artists, and puzzle enthusiasts from all walks of life!
New Documentary, Robin Williams. Vogue. July 16, 2018 - In a New Documentary, a Lens Into Robin Williams’s Beautiful Mind. Williams offstage was as withdrawn as onstage he was vivacious.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.
Robin Williams Documentary. RadarOnline. July 16, 2018 - Radar Online: Robin Williams Documentary. “Robin started pursuing me, I had never been so pursued in my life,” Boosler says in an interview. “All the comics were so caring for me and they said ‘you know we think he has a girlfriend in San Francisco’…I said, ‘do you have a girlfriend in San Francisco?”….
TV: Robin Williams Documentary. NY Times. July 16, 2018 - TV: Robin Williams Documentary on HBO. In “Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind,” airing Monday, July 16, on HBO, the director Marina Zenovich captures that quicksilver genius through archival clips and interviews of Mr. Williams and reminiscences by Billy Crystal, Steve Martin, Bobcat Goldthwait, Pam Dawber and Elayne Boosler, as well as his older son, … Continue reading TV: Robin Williams Documentary. NY Times. July 16, 2018
Elayne Boosler in 2018, Majorly Influential Comedian. Bustle. July 16, 2018 - Bustle: Where Is Elayne Boosler In 2018? Robin Williams’ Friend Is A Majorly Influential Comedian.  
Review: Robin Williams HBO Documentary. LA Times July 16, 2018 - Review: ‘Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind’ is a poignant portrait of a comic giant and his vulnerability. The testifiers include early-days girlfriend and fellow comic Elayne Boosler (“I’ve never been so pursued in my life”)…
‘Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind’. Newsday June 15, 2018 - ‘Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind’ review: He remains a mystery. “Very quiet in real life,” says fellow comedian Elayne Boosler. “You wouldn’t know from the daytime what he would become at night…”
Lawyer Turns Comic. Cindy Adams, NY Post. July 16, 2018 - Lawyer Turns Comic. “A New Haven club where Elayne Boosler headlined in freezing February didn’t do heating. I could see my own breath…”
Wonkette. June 14, 2018 - Wonkette takes a look at how The Third Lady’s fashion is covered. Thanks for the shout out.
HBO Doc Remembers Comic Actor With Tough Love. The Wrap. January, 2018 - Sundance Review of HBO Robin Williams Documentary. And then there’s the film’s impressive array of interviews: David Letterman recalls thinking that he’d picked perhaps the worst time to move to L.A. to become a comedian after seeing Williams onstage. Elayne Boosler talks about being Williams’ girlfriend while acknowledging his need to have other women, including … Continue reading HBO Doc Remembers Comic Actor With Tough Love. The Wrap. January, 2018
Rush Hour Headaches. NY Times. June 9, 2018 - WORDPLAY Rush Hour Headaches Ruth Bloomfield Margolin puts us in a delicious jam. Continuing the clues.. 100D: Depending on the generation you belong to ELAYNE Boosler might be a familiar name; she is a groundbreaking comedian and the first woman to have a stand-alone comedy show on TV. She still works in comedy and founded a … Continue reading Rush Hour Headaches. NY Times. June 9, 2018
My White House Correspondents’ Dinner Performance - Exactly 25 years ago today, May 1, 1993, I performed at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Most of my political jokes could have been written today. That’s not a good thing, we need change..
I Was a Correspondents’ Dinner Comedian. Michelle Wolf Was No Bully. May 1, 2018 - I was happy to write about Saturday night’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner when Time magazine asked me to. Read it here.
White House Correspondents’ Dinner: Meet the 4 Women Who Hosted Before Michelle Wolf — The Hollywood Reporter — April 26, 2018  - The Hollywood Reporter — April 26, 2018 — White House Correspondents’ Dinner: Meet the 4 Women Who Hosted Before Michelle Wolf. With ‘The Daily Show’ star taking on the annual D.C. event, take a look back at the four females who came before her. Continue reading…
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, … Continue reading NY Times Wordplay
GoComics – Elayne Boosler’s Favorites: 10 Comics Every Animal Lover Can Relate To - GoComics  Oct 24, 2017 by Elayne Boosler – I’ve loved and read comics since I was little. Studies say people who read the comics before they read the news live longer. Then, you read the news and you don’t want to live longer. That’s why read more..
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 … Continue reading David Letterman’s Friends Weigh In on Mark Twain Prize
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 … Continue reading NY Times’ “Crosswords With the Stars”
Two Women Walk Into a Club: Melissa Leo and Ari Graynor -   New York Times – May 24, 2017 – By DAVE ITZKOFF 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 … Continue reading Two Women Walk Into a Club: Melissa Leo and Ari Graynor
Showtime’s ‘I’m Dying Up Here’ finds the drama in comedy - [The book'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...
A Look Back at the ’70s L.A. Club Scene That Gave Rise to Comedy Legends - 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.
Staying Power: Elayne Boosler — Tampa Bay Times - A lot of comedians make a name for themselves by going loud, branding themselves almost literally into our brains. Elayne Boosler has always preferred topical, provocative and clever, and it's worked for 40 years.
Comedian Elayne Boosler brings show to Murray Theatre - Monday, Feb. 27, 2017 | TBNWeekly.com Comedian Elayne Boosler will bring her routine to Pinellas County with one show Thursday, March 9 in the Murray Theatre at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater.
The All-Time Best Standup Comics On Cannabis, #50-41 - 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.
50 Best Stand-Up Comics of All Time — Rolling Stone - 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...
Maureen Langan Show — December 20, 2016 - Nice interview with Maureen Langan on KGO radio in San Francisco. December 20, 2016.
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 … Continue reading Can Comedy Defeat ISIS?
The David Feldman Show — March 18, 2016 - Had the most fun doing David Feldman’s podcast in New York. Lots of never before heard stories. A great listen. Comedian/writer/animal activist Elayne Boosler is best known for her thoughtful and feisty political humor, and her love of baseball and animals, all sharing a big part of her act. For forty years, she seemingly has appeared … Continue reading The David Feldman Show — March 18, 2016
Q&A: Elayne Boosler — TheaterJones (Dallas), March 2016 - TheaterJones North Texas Performing Arts News by Amy Martin Tuesday, March 15, 2016 Dallas — If you were into comedy in the ‘80s, you were into Elayne Boosler. She was everywhere. Touring, television, talk shows — omnipresent on the Late Show with David Letterman. She churned out a special every couple of years and did … Continue reading Q&A: Elayne Boosler — TheaterJones (Dallas), March 2016
How Comedy Finally Caught Up to Female Comedians — Vulture, February 2016 - By Yael Kohen Among club comics of the mid-1970s, Elayne Boosler was the queen bee. A funny lady from Brooklyn, Boosler started at the New York Improv as a waitress and singer, and it wasn’t long before she was onstage telling jokes like the guys of her generation. But as a woman, Boosler had to … Continue reading How Comedy Finally Caught Up to Female Comedians — Vulture, February 2016
The 100 Jokes That Shaped Modern Comedy, Vulture, January 2016 - Fun read if you love comedy. I’m there too. By Jesse David Fox llustration by Giacomo Gambineri From the Marx Brothers to ​The Simpsons, Richard Pryor to Amy Schumer: 100 bits, sketches, and one-liners that changed humor forever… The oldest joke on record, a Sumerian proverb, was first told all the way back in 1900 B.C. … Continue reading The 100 Jokes That Shaped Modern Comedy, Vulture, January 2016
Pet Press Cover Story — November, 2015 - Elayne Boosler Tails Wag With Joy For Her Comedy For A Cause By Lori Golden For forty years, Elayne Boosler has appeared on seemingly every talk show ever on TV, has written and starred in five one-hour Showtime standup comedy specials, written and directed two movies for Cinemax, appeared on Comic Relief for years, on … Continue reading Pet Press Cover Story — November, 2015
Truth and Iliza Podcast — July 7, 2015 - Iliza Shlesinger sits down with comedic icon ELAYNE BOOSLER to discuss life as a comic, annoying things comics deal with, annoying things female comics deal with, and the overall stupidity of morning radio hosts. They also trade songs they sing to their animals and it is THE MOST AMAZING PIECE OF MUSIC EVER PRODUCED! Listen … Continue reading Truth and Iliza Podcast — July 7, 2015
When Legends Drop In – Hemispheres Magazine, May 2015 - The next time you’re at a comedy club in New York or Los Angeles, don’t be surprised if Jerry Seinfeld or Chris Rock stops by for a surprise set by Larry Getlin (originally appeared in Hemispheres Magazine, May 2015) On a typical night in the mid-1970s at The Improv, a comedy club in the then-sketchy … Continue reading When Legends Drop In – Hemispheres Magazine, May 2015
An Oral History of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner by the (Few) Women Who’ve Owned it–April 27, 2015 — Elle Magazine -  An Oral History of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner by the (Few) Women Who’ve Owned it — April 27, 2015 — Elle Magazine Cecily Strong has been initiated into an elite sorority. As of Saturday night, the SNL star is the most recent woman—LYLAS!—to host the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, and the fourth member of an exclusive … Continue reading An Oral History of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner by the (Few) Women Who’ve Owned it–April 27, 2015 — Elle Magazine
The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson As The Tonight Show Begins a New Era, Regulars Reflect on Johnny Carson - Parade Magazine February 18, 2014 by Jeryl Brunner Comedy legends Richard Lewis, David Brenner, The Amazing Kreskin, Robert Klein, Garry Shandling, and Elayne Boosler on the subject of The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Read the full article… Elayne’s appearance on the The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson (1999)

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