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Behind the Laughs

Actress and writer Annie Korzen contributes to our May issue.

Editing the Last Laugh column is one of my favorite jobs at the magazine. Since Sky re-launched in 2009, we have run essays by some of the funniest people around: Robert Klein, P.J. O’Rourke, Lewis Black, Joan Rivers, Brian Regan, Margaret Cho and Larry the Cable Guy.

Some of my favorite columns have come from people who aren’t necessarily household names. My cousin mentioned reading a funny blog by a children’s book author, Libba Bray, which ended up making a fabulous column. Dave Hanson, one of our favorite and most frequent contributors, started out by sending us an unsolicited manuscript.

This month’s Last Laugh contributor, Annie Korzen, emailed me last fall and asked if I was interested in a humor column by a “former Seinfeld actress.” A correspondence ensued. I wasn’t interested in the piece that Annie had offered, but I was curious about what it had been like to appear somewhat regularly on the iconic TV series. Had she ever considered writing about the experience, I asked? “I never even thought of doing that,” she responded. Luckily for us, she agreed to take a crack at it. Her hilarious tale is a highlight of our May issue.

Korzen’s Seinfeld connection goes on. She can be seen until May 15 in the Los Angeles production of the Neil Simon play, The Prisoner of Second Avenue, at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood. Its star? Jason “George Costanza” Alexander.

Korzen writes: “So far we've been seen by Ray Romano, Brad Garrett, Morgan Freeman, Jeff Goldblum and Kirk Douglas—to name a few!”

Not only is Korzen talented, she’s also very frugal. Check out her book Bargain Junkie: Living the Good Life on the Cheap.

If you think you have a humor column we’d like, we’d love to hear from you at edit@deltaskymag.com.


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About Sarah Elbert

Sarah Elbert

As executive editor of Delta Sky, Sarah Elbert lassos the best writers she can find to cover the world—as well as contributing some prose of her own. Before coming to Sky, Sarah was editorial director of magazines including Northwest WorldTraveler and Carlson Wagonlit Travel's Postcards. She has been a newspaper editor, a freelance writer and an Associated Press reporter, riding with the White House travel pool (back in the Clinton days) and covering everything from natural disasters to a cat kidney transplant. Sarah has written for The New York Times, the New York Post, the New York Sun—but not the NY Daily News. She now lives in Minneapolis, which she finds lovely and underrated, but does occasionally miss Manhattan and the Staten Island Ferry. Sarah would like to think she could again go backpacking across Europe, and she still loves to travel, but she knows that train has left the station. It's just so much quicker to fly.

About Deborah Caulfield Rybak

Deborah Caulfield Rybak

Senior editor Deborah Caulfield Rybak interviewed the Who’s Who of Hollywood during her years as an entertainment industry reporter at the Los Angeles Times. She still prefers writing about the arts to almost any other journalistic activity, so it’s a good thing we’ve got her on that beat at Sky. She’s pocketed numerous journalism awards and co-written three books.

But that’s just her journalistic cred: she’s also worked as an FM deejay in Aspen, a speechwriter in Washington and an environmental film festival director in Colorado. She considers herself happiest when she’s out of town—and out of cellphone range. She’s hitchhiked across Kenya, spent the night atop a pyramid in Central America, hovered face-to-mandible with giant manta rays during a night dive in Hawaii and hiked the High Atlas mountains in Morocco. Still left on her to do list: Bhutan and marlin fishing.

About Liz Doyle

Liz Doyle

After a few years navigating the trenches of New York's fashion scene as a stylist assistant at Harpers Bazaar, fashion editor Liz Doyle is excited to be back in her childhood hometown of Minneapolis. When she isn't scouting the latest trends in fashion and travel, she moonlights at a local Parisian brasserie where she says "welcome" and "enjoy" a lot and occasionally tries to improve her French. Though her foray to the editorial side of the magazine industry is a new one, she welcomes the challenge and can't wait to see what this new adventure holds.

About Amanda Welshons

Amanda Hoffstrom

Associate online editor Amanda Welshons maintains the web and social media presence of Delta Sky. She enjoys using new media and exploring how different platforms enhance the reader experience. Based in Minneapolis, Amanda has several destinations on her bucket list including London, Paris and Sydney. She just spent a blissful week in St. Lucia for her honeymoon, and can't wait for upcoming trips to Chicago, Seattle, Vancouver and New York. When she’s not in the office, she's a pop culture junkie, soaking up as many movies, television shows and magazines as possible.