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 35 years, she has appeared on every talk show
ever on TV, has done five of her own one hour Showtime comedy specials, two movies she wrote and directed for
Cinemax, appeared on Comic Relief for years, and on Politically Incorrect over thirty times. She has traveled the
world doing standup from Las Vegas to colleges to the London Palladium to the White House Press
Correspondent’s Dinner for President Clinton, to clubs to theaters everywhere. She has performed for the Queen of
England as well as the president and congress at Ford’s Theater. She has written for TV, print and film, and you can
find a current large body of her work at the Huffington Post.
The Tonight Show was all there was in the 1970s for a comedian.There was simply no other gate into actual show business, fame, making a living, being recognized. It was especially hard for me since it was well known that Johnny Carson did not like “the new breed of female standup comic” (his quote from a mid-1970s Rolling Stone profile). He thought we were “aggressive,” probably meaning we could do math or something. Whereas men like Bill Cosby, Richard Lewis, [and] Rick Newman (founder of the legendary Catch a Rising Star) helped us every step of the way in our careers, it took much longer to get on The Tonight Show. The only way I got on the first time was with Helen Reddy guest hosting, and it was Totie Fields, whom I’d never even met, recommending me to Helen. The night before my first Tonight Show, I was in a restaurant, not able to have a piece of carrot cake after my salad or I wouldn’t have the money for a tip. The night after my first Tonight Show, I was hired to tour with Helen Reddy at five thousand dollars a week. I cannot think of a better host than Jimmy Fallon to present new talent to America, and to keep us entertained with his genius.
Elayne has been involved in hands on animal rescue and advocacy since 1996, and in 2001 founded and now runs her own nationwide animal rescue and advocacy non-profit organization, Tails of Joy. Her fashion philosophy: “If you’re not covered in dog hair, your life is empty”.