Writer/comedian/animal activist Elayne Boosler is known for her thoughtful and feisty political humor. In addition to her busy touring schedule, she recently moderated NOW’s Democratic presidential candidates debate in Washington, D.C. (NYTimes.com). Other recent hosting/headlining duties include benefits for the Women Lawyers Association of L.A. reception honoring Senator Barbara Boxer, The Israel Humanitarian Foundation, Interval House Crisis Shelters (three years running), Atlanta’s Fox Theater for Gilda’s Club, George Washington University anti-war concert for Code Pink, People For the American Way annual gala, numerous past fundraisers for Comic Relief, Voter’s For Choice, Planned Parenthood, the United Negro College Fund, the Lighthouse, Inc., MDA, and animal charities too numerous to mention.
Elayne’s political television appearances include thirty- two visits to Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher, CNN’s Crossfire, regularly appearing on both Larry King’s election roundtable and CNN’s post debate show during the last election. She toured colleges on behalf of the Gore campaign, and hosted the five-hour election night gala in Tennessee at the invitation of Mr. Gore. She recently rallied the troops for Senator Hillary Clinton at a get- out- the- vote rally, and was honored in October by the Women’s Reproductive Rights Assistance Project (WRRAP) for her work on behalf of reproductive choice. She hosted the Voter’s For Choice Constitution Hall Gala for Bill Clinton’s first inauguration, was the comedian chosen to perform at his first White House Press Correspondent’s Dinner, and performed at Ford’s Theater in Washington again for the President and congress. She last campaigned in New Hampshire for Governor Jeanne Shaheen, and was invited to Washington by Senator Jack Reed (R.I.) in recognition of her gun control work with the Violence Policy Center.
Elayne has written for Barron’s on finance, USA Today on sports, The New York Times, Esquire, and was a regular columnist for George Magazine. In December, Elayne wrote the “Counterpunch” column in the L.A. Times. She has since been named to the L.A. Times Comic’s Features Panel. She will also be a featured “correspondent” in upcoming cartoon panels of the popular syndicated Non-Sequitur strip by Wiley Miller. Their first cartoon panel collaboration ran in February. In April 2004, Elayne was the keynote speaker at this year’s Association of Editorial Cartoonists convention. She was recently featured on VH-1’s “When Stand-up Comics Ruled the World”, and was named as one of “Comedy Central’s 100 Greatest Comics of All Time”.
Elayne’s non-profit animal rescue and advocacy organization, “Elayne Boosler’s Tails of Joy” (www.tailsofjoy.net) is active across the country in cruelty cases, humane education and awareness. To date, TOJ has raised and distributed funds to over sixty rescues in twenty states.