About The Spit Take
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No viral videos. No interviews. No recycled breaking news. No TV recaps. No ass-kissing. No bias. No mercy. Just honest, unfiltered, long-form reviews written by professional, knowledgeable comedy critics.
With an overriding mission to elevate the public perception of comedy to that of a legitimate art form, The Spit Take was launched on February 6, 2012.
Unlike most comedy blogs, the site’s goal is to serve as an honest, unbiased, taste-making entity that helps comedy criticism be taken as seriously as that of theater, film, music, food, even video games. Contributors are professional journalists only; no blogger/performer/producer/barista types and absolutely no comics writing about other comics.
Way back in 2003, Julie Seabaugh (@julieseabaugh) founded and edited the criminally-ahead-of-its-time print and online magazine Two Drink Minimum. She has served as A&E staff writer at Las Vegas Weekly and contributed to Entertainment Weekly, The Village Voice, Blender, Spin, Revolver, Alternative Press, Time Outs New York and Chicago, LA Weekly, Seattle Weekly, Nashville Scene, Kansas City Pitch, Phoenix New Times, Dallas Observer, Denver’s Westword, Houston Press, Miami New Times, The Las Vegas Sun and more. She has also produced shows and moderated panels at SXSW, among other festivals, and once inspired Pat Cooper to declare, “I love you dearly and I respect you, and I think you understand.”
A Las Vegas resident since 1995, Josh Bell is the film editor of Las Vegas Weekly and the TV comedies guide for About.com. He has reviewed movies for FilmCritic.com and Not Coming to a Theater Near You, novels for Kirkus Reviews, audiobooks for Audible and TV shows for Media Life, and has written about entertainment for numerous other publications and websites. At one time his movie reviews were heard weekly on a nationally syndicated Canadian radio show; these days his radio and TV appearances are contained to the Las Vegas area. He blogs about movies, TV and comic books at signalbleed.blogspot.com.
Daniel Berkowitz is a comedy critic and editorial assistant for The Spit Take. His work has been featured in Slant Magazine, BeliefNet and PsychCentral, among others. He’s a graduate student at the Columbia University journalism school, and his undergraduate thesis discussed the value of standup comedy in democracy. He loves baseball, having played in college before a couple knee surgeries told him otherwise, and he often thinks about a world where Bill Hicks were still alive. Follow him on Twitter at @danjberkowitz.
Elise Czajkowski is attempting to make it as a freelance comedy journalist in New York City, covering the growing comedy scene in the US and around the world. She contributes regularly to Splitsider, and her work has been seen in Time Out New York and Mirth Magazine. Her background includes freelancing with BBC News, writing questions for a television game show, and reading the news on New Zealand radio. Her work can be found at elisecz.com, and she’s love you to follow her on Twitter at @elisecz.
Steve Heisler is a pop-culture writer for The Onion‘s A.V. Club, New York Magazine/Vulture and Variety, and has penned the occasional piece for Men’s Health and GQ. Additionally, he worked as the Comedy Editor and TV Editor at Time Out Chicago. He’s a producer with the prestigious Just For Laughs comedy festival, has performed humor pieces at Mortified, The Moth and The Paper Machete (distributed by NPR Chicago), and co-hosts/produces Brooklyn’s best—only—comedy/karaoke show The Jukebox. Check out writing of all stripes at steveheisler.com, where the lists just keep on listin’.
Atlanta’s Austin L. Ray has debated the merits of Twitter with Robert Plant at a swanky Tampa hotel, sat alone in a pitch-black Bonnaroo tent with Zach Galifianakis and wandered Savannah’s streets searching for the secret of their city’s heavy-metal prowess. During the past 12 years, he’s contributed to Rolling Stone, CNN.com, The A.V. Club, Paste, Oxford American and countless others. When not writing, he’s probably fielding facial hair questions from strangers, drinking IPAs or Tweeting (@austinlouisray) photos of his pit bull, Thurston.
Michael Tedder has written for The Village Voice, Spin, The A.V. Club, Paste, MTVHive, NBC, The Orlando Sentinel and a few other places, and was managing editor of CMJ for a spell. The first album he ever bought was Weird Al‘s Off The Deep End. He lives in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
John Wenzel writes about comedy, music, video games, books, and other pop culture as a reporter and critic for The Denver Post. He is the author of the Speck/Fulcrum nonfiction book Mock Stars and has contributed to Rolling Stone, Vice, Chunklet, Ghettoblaster and various books in addition to co-founding Sponic magazine. He lives in Denver’s Park Hill neighborhood and is trying to figure out a way to work in a Guided by Voices reference here. Follow him at @johntwenzel and @beardsandgum.
Nick A. Zaino III is a freelance journalist and musician working in Boston. He contributes regularly to The Boston Globe, for which he wrote a weekly column on comedy for more than seven years, profiling and interviewing comedians such as George Carlin, Lily Tomlin, Patrice O’Neal, Mort Sahl, Ron White, Janeane Garofalo, The Kids in the Hall, Joan Rivers and Jon Stewart. He has also written for The Boston Phoenix, Kirkus Reviews, American Songwriter, Blurt Magazine, Mental Floss, AOL’s TV Squad, and Playboy. He is currently working on a compilation of his comedy-related interviews from more than a decade of covering the subject.
Designer and developer Todd Jackson has a long history of working with comedy on the web. He is the founder and editor of the comedy site Dead-Frog.com, the home of the Stand-Up Comedy Database, which archives the works, biographies, videos, jokes and tour dates of over 200 comedians. Prior to that, Jackson was the Editorial Director for Comedy Central Digital, Managing Editor at Cracked Magazine and the co-author of the humor book Chelsea Clinton’s Freshman Notebook (Hyperion). His web design and development portfolio can be found at toddjacksonworks.com.