Comedian Elayne Boosler will bring her routine to Pinellas with one show Thursday, March 9, 7 p.m., in Murray Theatre at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater.
Boosler – a comedian, writer and animal activist – was named one of Comedy Central’s Greatest 100 Standup Comedians of All Time. She is best known for her thoughtful and feisty socially conscious humor and her love of baseball and animals, all sharing a big part of her act.
Tickets start at $30. Call 727-791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com.
For more than 40 years, Boosler has appeared on seemingly every talk show ever on TV. She has written and starred in five of her own one-hour Showtime standup comedy specials, written and directed two movies for Cinemax and has appeared regularly on HBO’s Comic Relief. She also has been seen on “Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher” more than 30 times and has hosted specials, series and events both live and on TV.
For years, Boosler has done TV and radio baseball color commentary, sports shows and panels and sung the National Anthem and/or thrown out a first pitch many times for many teams. She has done untold numbers of baseball benefits and Legends games for worthy causes, and played often at Dodger Stadium for part of Hollywood Stars Day. She hosts numerous fundraisers across the country for worthy animal organizations every year.
This year, she will be featured in CNN’s eight-part documentary series “The History of Standup Comedy.” She has toured Africa and the Middle East for our troops and in December 2016 she performed throughout Israel as part of Comedy for Koby, a fundraising tour for war orphans throughout the region.
In 1985, Boosler financed her own comedy special “Party of One” when the cable networks would not let a female standup have a special. The success of that show is widely credited for blowing open the gates of TV for female comedians. She recently spent several years as the permanent guest host on Stephanie Miller’s syndicated radio show and hosted the game show “Balderdash” for NBC from 2005 to 2006. In 2016 she hosted the TV show “Gotham Comedy Live” on AXS TV.
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 and theaters everywhere. She has performed for the Queen of England as well as the president and Congress at Ford’s Theater. She moderated the Democratic Presidential Candidates Debate on C-Span for NOW and is very active in animal protection issues.
In 2013, she was commissioned by the Glendale Symphony Orchestra to write a performance piece for spoken word and orchestra. She wrote “Rescue – A True Story” for piano, cello, clarinet and comedian. She has since performed this beautiful story of the life of a rescued dog with several symphony orchestras.
Boosler has been involved in hands-on animal rescue and advocacy since 1996, and in 2001 she founded and now runs her own nationwide and beyond, all-species animal rescue and advocacy nonprofit organization, Elayne Boosler’s Tails of Joy. For information, visit www.tailsofjoy.net. Tails of Joy has saved thousands of animals, made life better for thousands more, and advocates for better treatment of all animals throughout the world.
Boosler appears on any show where comedy, politics and/or animal issues come together and was a regular on Current TV’s “Viewpoint with John Fugelsang” throughout 2013. She now regularly guests on his radio show “Tell Me Everything.”
She is currently working on several writing projects, including a book entitled “Big Fun.” Boosler is also writing a second book called “Elayne Boosler’s Tails of Joy.” She will be releasing a box set of four of her award-winning specials, plus a bonus CD of new material, in winter 2017.