Elke Thoms is a writer and comedian based in Los Angeles. Her love of quippy comebacks and written wit began early–as a child she kept a list of restaurants with her opinions on their macaroni and cheese. ABOUTPOETRYPLAYSSTAND-UP
Elke currently performs stand-up comedy in the Los Angeles area at venues including The Comedy Store and HaHa Comedy Club.
Her poetry is featured in City of Notions: An Anthology of Contemporary Boston Poems and The Charles River Journal. Her poem “Bedroom View” was displayed in Boston City Hall for one year as part of the Mayor’s Poetry Program. Elke’s poetry can be found on Instagram (@elkepoems).
Her one-act plays, EVERY SYNONYM OF BEAUTIFUL and SHUTTER SPEED, are winners of The School of Performing Arts in the Richmond Community’s statewide playwriting competition, New Voices for the Theater. Elke’s plays were performed as staged readings at the Firehouse Theatre Project and Virginia Commonwealth University’s Shafer Street Playhouse. SHUTTER SPEED, as well as her ten-minute plays BUYING THE COW and SHORT DISTANCE, received productions by Northeastern University’s Theatre Group, Silver Masque.
Elke graduated cum laude from Northeastern University and holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in psychology. At Northeastern, she was the host, producer, and DJ of her own radio show, Save the Country, on WRBB 104.9 FM. She was Editor-in-Chief of the Literary Arts Magazine, Spectrum. She is a member of the 2018 Huntington 100.