Pioneering comedian Elayne Boosler, who’s also founder of non-profit animal organization, Tails of Joy

Elayne Boosler–who’s been a touring comedian since the 1970s, and was slated to perform locally two days later–discusses the circumstances that led to founding her own non-profit animal organization, Tails of Joy, in 2001. She also describes how Tails of Joy functions, and the enormous, international scope of rescues and other animal organizations that it supports.


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She confirms that at her stand-up performances, any merchandise she sells or other revenues generated from signing items, etc., all proceeds generated go to a rescue or other organization in that area. (A current exception: half the proceeds are sent for assistance of animals in Japan, half still go to a local organization.) She also explains that she’s spent the last two-plus years fostering dogs (often pit bulls), and enthuses about Facebook, which she’s embraced as a boon personally, professionally and for the fund-raising and support work of Tails of Net. (,

ALSO: We spoke briefly with Dr. Jeanne Hart, of Tampa Mobile Veterinarian Service, about her background, her practice, the Healthy Weight Check-Ups she’ll be conducting at the Talking Animals Festival, and more. (

COMEDY CORNER: Jim Gaffigan’s “Eat Vegetarian” (snippet) (

MUSIC:Split Lip Rayfield’s “Blue Tick Hound,” Sons of Hippies’ “Animal Battle,” instrumentals

NAME THAT ANIMAL TUNE: Rolling Stones’ “Beast of Burden”

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Duncan Strauss is the producer-host of “Talking Animals,” which he launched at KUCI in California in 2003, combining his passions for animals, radio, journalism, music and comedy. The show has aired since late 2005 on Tampa’s WMNF. Strauss lives in Jupiter Farms, FL with his family, including four cats, two horses and one dog. He spends each day talking to those animals, and maintains they talk right back to him, an as yet unverified claim.

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