A free-lance satirist based in Tarrytown, N.Y., Joe is the author of 10 books, including If You're Talking to Me, Your Career Must Be in Trouble and Red Lobster, White Trash and the Blue Lagoon. His 2009 memoir Closing Time was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. A frequent contributor to BBC Radio, his work there includes Look Back in Armour, A Brief History of Irony and Hitler's Favourite Cowboy. He also made three short films for Britain's Channel 4: Mickey Rourke for a Day, My Fair Hugh, and So You Wanna Be a Gangster. He wrote, directed and starred in the financially ruinous 1994 low-budget film Twelve Steps to Death, an unsparing assault on 12-step programs of all descriptions He writes the Moving Targets column for the Wall Street Journal and has been a regular contributor to the New York Times, Barron's, GQ, The Guardian and innumerable other periodicals over the years. In May of 2019, his first play with TJ Elliott , Alms, enjoyed a sold out Off Broadway Equity Showcase production
T.J. returned to theater in 2019 with Alms co-written with Joe Queenan and staged at TheaterWorks in NYC as an SRO Equity Showcase production; a comeback that ended a 35 year hiatus from stage work. In those lost years, he produced, directed, and performed among casts of thousands in a mélange of corporate telenovelas and organizational performance art. Earlier stage-works included Lazy Eye at Warren Robertson’s Studio Theatre, as well as writing, directing, and producing two unexpected break-even Off-Off Broadway runs of the Captive Audiences revues. He also appeared regionally as an actor in The Devil’s Disciple (Reverend Anthony Anderson), Sexual Perversity in Chicago (Bernie), and The Dumbwaiter (Ben). In the early 1980s, T.J. studied with Terry Schreiber and Jill Andre. He resides at a very pleasant social distance in Princeton with his wife Marjorie Phillips Elliott.
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Beliefs collide in darkly comic but ultimately meaningful ways in this late-night meeting of a zealous young Catholic convert, an involuntarily retired sportswriter, and the nun who taught him fifty years earlier as they assemble packages for the homeless — alms for the poor. John Clay directed a compelling cast of Kathleen Huber, Jack Farrell, and Aaron Long in a production that ran May 10 - May 13 2019 as a sold-out OOB Equity Showcase production at TheaterLab in New York City. Negotiations for a longer production for this work continue
In Grudges, two brothers whose friendship has been sundered by the 2016 election get together for a ‘bury-the-hatchet’ dinner. They solemnly agree to never let the words “Trump” or “Obama” pass through their lips during the course of the evening. But promises are made to be broken. And hatchets rarely stay buried for long. Grudges is a problem comedy for our times
Genealogies are admirable things, provided they do not encourage the curious delusion that some families are older than others.
Secrets in their family trees surprise two couples appearing on a ‘reality’ ancestry show in this problem comedy. Audaciously, they manage to conjure a few shocks for each other and their host while also confronting some culpabilities in our country’s heritage.
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