Elayne Boosler (born August 18, 1952, in Brooklyn, NY) is an American comedian and advocate for animal rescue. Boosler was born and raised in Brooklyn. She was the youngest child and only daughter of her father, a Russian acrobat, and her mother, a Rumanian ballerina. She attended public schools in Brooklyn, including Shellbank Junior High School and Sheepshead Bay High School. Boosler is married to Bill Siddons, music industry executive and former manager of The Doors. After a job as a singer/dancer in touring companies and many unsuccessful waitressing jobs, Boosler worked as doorman at The Improvisation comedy club in New York for two and a half years. While working there, she met comedian Andy Kaufman, a regular at the club, who convinced her she should do standup comedy.
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