E L K E T H O M S
Elke grew up in Northern Virginia and, as a child, kept a list of restaurants with her opinions on their mac and cheese. When it became clear no one was interested in such a niche food critic, she changed career paths. She is now a comedian and writer based in Los Angeles.
She performs stand-up at venues including The Comedy Store, Flappers, and Laugh Boston. Elke was named a Best of the Fest Comedian in the 2019 Burbank Comedy Festival. She first found her comedic voice in Boston, performing while she was a student at Northeastern University. In 2018, she said, "Thanks, but no thanks" to freezing winters and moved to LA, where she's known to drive an extra 20 minutes to find a Dunkin' Donuts.
Her comedic one-act play ALL MY EXES WALK INTO A BAR will be performed as a staged reading in The Chameleon Theatre Circle's 2020 New Play Festival. Her one-acts EVERY SYNONYM OF BEAUTIFUL and SHUTTER SPEED have received staged readings at SPARC's New Voices for the Theater Festival. EVERY SYNONYM OF BEAUTIFUL, as well as her 10-minute plays BUYING THE COW and SHORT DISTANCE, received productions by Northeastern's Theatre Group, Silver Masque.
Elke's poetry is featured in City of Notions: An Anthology of Contemporary Boston Poems, the Charles River Journal, and Dostoyevsky Wannabe's Cities Series: Boston Edition. Her poem "Bedroom View" was displayed in Boston City Hall for one year as part of the Mayor's Poetry Program. She's written poems that aren't inspired by her time in Boston, but those don't receive nearly as much attention.
Elke graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English. At Northeastern, she was Editor-in-Chief of the Literary Arts Magazine, Spectrum, as well as the host, producer, and DJ of her own FM radio show. She still felt she didn't have enough opportunities to talk, so she gave campus tours. These doubled as some of her first stand-up rehearsals.