Employee of the Month

Employee of the Month

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Employee of the Month is a talk show hosted by Ca…
The Moth’s Catherine Burns on Grief and Burning Man, and Jo Firestone on Writing Jokes on Stage
Jan 19 • 56 min
The Moth’s artistic director, Catherine Burns, talks to Catie Lazarus about grief at work and what makes the perfect story. Then Lazarus chats with comedian Jo Firestone about writing for other comedians like Jimmy Fallon, Joe Pera, and Chris Gethard, and…
Ezra Klein on Tribalism, Fan Fiction, and the Data on Dry Humping, and Sasheer Zamata Talks About Writing Animation and Tokyo Disney
Jan 12 • 44 min
Ezra Klein, co-founder of Vox and host of the podcast “The Ezra Klein Show,” talks to Catie Lazarus about tribalism, fan fiction to the data on dry humping. Plus, after leaving Saturday Night Live, Sasheer Zamata’s stand up career continues to flourish,…
Peter Sagal on His Journey From Theater to Public Radio
Jan 5 • 43 min
Kicking off 2019 with NPR’s “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!” host, Peter Sagal. Sagal got his start with screenwriting, penning Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights. Writing the sequel to Dirty Dancing was a natural transition to hosting a public radio show. Sagal…
Patton Oswalt and Tig Notaro on being fired to finding love
Dec 29, 2018 • 52 min
As 2018 comes to a close, Catie Lazarus shares a super duper special episode of Employee of the Month, which was recorded live at Largo in Los Angeles with comedians and Employee of the Month winners Patton Oswalt and Tig Notaro. You can catch Patton…
Wyatt Cenac on Casual Acting and Negin Farsad on Blackout Boning
Dec 22, 2018 • 58 min
On this episode of Employee of the Month, Catie Lazarus interviews and honors comedians Wyatt Cenac and Negin Farsad. It is possible to be funny and make a difference as they both reveal. Cenac currently hosts HBO’s Problem Areas, which is the only…
Jeffrey Wright and Brian Lehrer on Brett Kavanaugh, Jack Daniel’s and Manspreading
Dec 15, 2018 • 64 min
As suicide rate rises amongst the military, Republicans are slashing government funding for mental health care. So, when military struggling with PTSD wanted to stage a performance to help cope with PTSD, Westworld’s Jeffrey Wright volunteered to direct…
Hannibal Buress & Marina Franklin Talk Consensual Sex, Chicago, and Stand Up
Dec 8, 2018 • 61 min
Catie Lazarus, Hannibal Buress and Marina Franklin, talk about sex, stand up, consensual sex, podcasting, code-switching and Chicago and New York’s comedy scenes. Buress reveals his secret to acting and Marina reveals how Amy Schumer inspired her to come…
Emily Mortimer and Dolly Wells on Wanking Off, Merkins, and Therapy
Nov 24, 2018 • 40 min
Emily Mortimer, star of Mary Poppins Returns and Lovely & Amazing, talks to Catie Lazarus about merkins, The Sex Pistols, work wife Dolly Wells and babysitter/husband Alessandro Nivola. Dolly Wells, best known for Bridget Jones Diary and HBO’s Doll and…
Chris Jackson’s Daytime Emmy is Still an Emmy, Dammit
Nov 10, 2018 • 47 min
Catie Lazarus talks with Emmy Award winner Chris Jackson, best known for originating the role of George Washington in Hamilton. He was also a lead in In The Heights and composed music for Sesame Street penning the music for a Will.I.Am hit “What I Am,”…
Fred Armisen Says Dreams Are a Waste of Time and Anthony Atamanuik on Empathy for Trump
Oct 27, 2018 • 30 min
Catie Lazarus talks with comedian Fred Armisen who did prank videos before Youtube, which launched his career, beginning with Saturday Night Live and later on IFC’s Portlandia and Documentary Now!. His latest series is Amazon Prime’s Forever, in which he…
Martha Plimpton and Masha Gessen on Putin, Abortion, and Modeling
Oct 13, 2018 • 40 min
Once a muse for Calvin Klein, actor Martha Plimpton had ample training before becoming a role model to destigmatizes abortion. Today, Plimpton, who continues to be a prolific actor on and off Broadway, as well as in hit TV shows like The Black List,…
Alex Lacamoire on Hamilton, Hollywood and his hearing impairment, plus the Resistance Revival Chorus
Sep 26, 2018 • 48 min
Between ensuring Hamilton and Dear Evan Hansen’s global tours are as magnetic off-Broadway as they are on it, to scoring feature films, musical maestro Alex Lacamoire’s schedule is relentless. The 43-year-old Cuban-American hasn’t stopped making music…
Employee of The Month is Back!
Sep 25, 2018 • 3 min
New episodes coming fall 2018, now from Slate Magazine.
REBECCA TRAISTER on Sexism, Class & Jared Kushner Destroying The Observer
Nov 21, 2017 • 49 min
REBECCA TRAISTER reveals the price of elitism within journalism and publishing, and how it decides who and what gets published. Today, most journalists, writer and reporters earn less than minimum wage which determines who can afford to do this critical…
Playwright ANNA ZIEGLER on Nicole Kidman, Roger Federer & Broadway
Nov 16, 2017 • 45 min
Sexual assault, sexism and harassment in the work place is getting its due in the news, but in ACTUALLY, currently on Broadway at the Manhattan Theater Club, playwright Anna Ziegler examines whether colleges are any more objective than our criminal…
Nicole Holofcener on celebrity, money, & being a “female” director in Hollywood
Oct 16, 2017 • 47 min
After getting her start as a PA for Woody Allen, director and writer Nicole Holofcener gave stars like Jennifer Aniston in FRIENDS WITH MONEY, Julia Louis Dreyfus in ENOUGH SAID, Jake Gyllenhaal and Catherine Keener in LOVELY & AMAZING their meatiest,…
STEPHEN WRIGHT the one and only Oscar award winning comedian
Sep 20, 2017 • 32 min
EMPLOYEE of the MONTH is a talk (and awards) show about what it truly means to have a dreamy job. CATIE LAZARUS, who created and hosts Employee of the Month, only selects good eggs for the prestigious EMPLOYEE of the MONTH award, so no wonder she picked…
CYNTHIA NIXON talks about casting when you’re non-white, hetero male and political activism
Sep 13, 2017 • 42 min
There are actors who anoint themselves activists, without considering that most activists don’t suddenly claim they are actors, simply because they bought movie tickets. That said, there are consummate professionals, like Emmy, Tony and Grammy Award…
TITUSS BURGESS talks Tina Fey, Patti LuPone & reveals new Pinot Noirs
Sep 6, 2017 • 24 min
Peeno Noir is Expanding! Actor Tituss Burgess’s real wine company Pinot Noir, inspired by his Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s character viral music video, will unveil a new wine for Pride Week and a rosé. Whether your celebrating the LGBTQ or can’t get enough…
Zadie Smith on pot, Prince, plotlessness, and plagiarism
Aug 30, 2017 • 29 min
I selfishly don’t want Zadie Smith to quit her day job, but the famed novelist could easily moonlight as a singer. The author of the critically acclaimed, best-selling novels White Teeth, The Autograph Man, On Beauty, NW, and, most recently, Swing Time…
Mad Magazine’s AL JAFFEE
Aug 23, 2017 • 33 min
This October marks Al Jaffee reign as Mad Magazine’s longest running contributor, clocking in 59 years and over 479 issues. Since 1952, the comic book turned magazine infused a childish silliness with biting political depth and orignal artwork. By…
DAVEED DIGGS, talks about why he hates Pier 1 and how he snagged a starring role in Hamilton
Aug 16, 2017 • 13 min
DAVEED DIGGS, a rapper, actor, and now Broadway star in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton, stopped by Employee of the Month at Joe’s Pub to reveal why Diggs hated working at Pier 1. You’ll get to hear him freestyle rapwith Jelly D. and Shockwave, who are both…
LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA on writing Robo calls, g-chatting with Stephen Sondheim & his own bodyguard
Aug 9, 2017 • 19 min
An Emmy, Grammy, Tony, Pulitzer and Employee of the Month winning composer, actor, writer, and hip-hop super star performer, Lin-Manuel Miranda can currently be seen performing in Marry Poppins. He spoke with Catie Lazarus about creating political…
Comedian Wayne Federman on Gary Shandling Judd Apatow, Jimmy Fallon and composing music
Aug 2, 2017 • 31 min
If you looked up the phrase “comic’s comic,” Wayne Federman’s name should appear. For decades after the late great Gary Shandling cast Wayne as his brother in Larry Sanders Show, Shandling remained close friends with Wayne. While Federman is presently…
KIDS in the HALL’s Kevin McDonald on Jerry Seinfeld, Beatles, and love, loneliness, and finances now that he’s adult(ish)
Jul 28, 2017 • 31 min
“Bobcat Goldthwait came to the show with the same fear I did,” On this episode of Employee of the Month, comedian Kevin McDonald shares what it is like to be judged both about how you write about your life and lived it. We spoke about his one man show as…
Michael Patrick King on being king to princess Sarah Jessica Parker, Bridget Everett, and Lisa Kudrow
Jul 24, 2017 • 38 min
Best known for HBO’s iconic Sex-And-The-City, CBS’s Two Broke Girls and HBO’s The Comeback with Lisa Kudrow Michael Patrick King talks about being Catholic to how Hollywood’s corporate maze is more like feudal system, and his new show with cabaret star…
SETH HERZOG on Jimmy Fallon, Vh1’s Best Week Ever, Wonder Woman, and Mark Rothko
Jul 12, 2017 • 37 min
Seth Herzog became nationally known for his wry one liners on Vh1’s Best Week Ever. He spoke to Catie Lazarus about what he discovered at camp Stagedoor Manor to Zog’s Place to acting in New York City with Ethan Hawke, Live Schrieber, Michael Ian Black,…
Shonali Bhowmik on growing up Indian in Nashville, leaving Sony and touring with David Cross.
Jul 1, 2017 • 47 min
The word multi-tasked doesn’t begin to describe Shonali Bhowmik, who somehow juggles, law, music, and comedy. It would’ve been harder to grow up tone deaf in Nashville than Indian-American, and Shonali describes how progressive her immigrant parents were…
Bradley Whitford on why he hates David Mamet & loves Bill Clinton & Barack Obama
Jun 21, 2017 • 43 min
If you didn’t have a crush on Josh Lyman, you will after hearing the Emmy Award-winning star of West Wing sing. In our Employee of the Month interview, Bradley Whitford discusses starting out in theater to whether he gets the irony of his fabulous…
Edie Falco on acting classes, Law & Order, and a surprise Nurse Jackie reunion
Jun 14, 2017 • 33 min
A beloved actor, Emmy, SAG and Golden Globe winner Edie Falco, will star in Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders. I spoke with her on Employee of the Month, about her marriage and off-screen relationship with James Gandolfini on The Sopranos,…
Keegan-Michael Key schools President Barack Obama, sings, and preps for Hamlet
Jun 9, 2017 • 33 min
William Shakespeare shed light on humans’ hypocrisy, absurdity, and complexity with unparalleled acuity. It’s obvious why Keegan-Michael Key, who with his gifted partner-in-crime Jordan Peele, chartered new waters with their hilariously subversive sketch…
Big Thief’s Adrianne Lenker sings and talks songwriting
Jun 2, 2017 • 14 min
This week on Employee of the Month, I spoke between songs with indie darling Adrianne Lenker. In our interview, which was recorded live at Joe’s Pub, the singer, guitarist and front woman of Big Thief performed the heralded Masterpiece and a new surprise…
Astrophysicist Priya Natarajan on black holes to Carl Sagan
May 24, 2017 • 20 min
Priya Natarajan, a world-renowned theoretical astrophysicist, is making dark matter maps of clusters of galaxies, the largest known repositories of dark matter in the universe. Her accessible, fascinating book Mapping the Heavens: The Radical Scientific…
John Roberts on Bob’s Burgers, Blondie, and a Trump Tribute
May 17, 2017 • 22 min
John Roberts is a musician and comedian, who got his start when his hilarious Youtube videos inspired by his own mother went viral. He perfectly captured the spirit of his Italian, suburban, Catholic, New Jersey mom. His career as a comedian took off and…
RACHEL FEINSTEIN on living and working with Amy Schumer & myths about comedians
May 10, 2017 • 47 min
RACHEL FEINSTEIN is best known for her stand up, and we spoke about how she started acting, be it in her roommate’s INSIDE AMY SCHUMER on Comedy Central, RED OAKS on AMAZON or Judd Apatow and Pete Homes new HBO series, CRASHING. We spoke about how she…
Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards on economics of sexism
May 2, 2017 • 33 min
“Don’t ask for instructions ” Cecile Richards, who serves as President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund, explains what it takes to be a labor. She has been involved in helping women fight for basic healthcare…
Oskar Eustis reveals The Public Theater’s plans to hit Trump country
Apr 19, 2017 • 38 min
In a city overpopulated with ambitious, brilliant misfits, Oskar Eustis holds his own. The Artistic Director of the legendary Public Theater is somehow directing Julius Caesar with a star-studded cast including Oscar Isaac and Keegan-Michael Key for…
Grammy winner Lady Rizo on embezzling money, sex, and her new album.
Apr 12, 2017 • 26 min
After winning a Grammy with Yo-Yo Ma (Songs of Joy and Peace), the inaugural Edinburgh Fringe Cabaret Award and the London Cabaret Award for best vocal act, Lady Rizo is touring with a whole new album Indigo. In 2004, her cabaret act was born. We spoke…
John Benjamin Hickey on winning a Tony and reuniting with Allison Janney
Apr 5, 2017 • 45 min
John Benjamin Hickey, who won a Tony for his role in “The Normal Heart,” isn’t a stranger to the grueling schedule of theater. He started hosting his own radio show on Sirius. But the Julliard-trained thespian was itching to be on Broadway, and is…
Judy Gold talks Holocaust jokes, Louie C.K., and sexism
Mar 29, 2017 • 30 min
While Steve Martin and Ricky Gervais dove into stand-up after they’d made a name for themselves and enough money for their great-great grandchildren’s grandchildren to never need to work, Judy Gold got her start in stand-up. It wasn’t easy to miss the…
Zadie Smith on pot, Prince, plotlessness, and plagiarism
Mar 23, 2017 • 34 min
I selfishly don’t want Zadie Smith to quit her day job, but the famed novelist could easily moonlight as a singer. The author of the critically acclaimed, best-selling novels White Teeth, The Autograph Man, On Beauty, NW, and, most recently, Swing Time…
The Yes Men on Trump, Barbie, and Bird Dogging
Mar 15, 2017 • 23 min
Do The Yes Men know how to beat Trump at his own game? The media savvy duo Jacques Servin and Igor Vamos gained fame in 1990’s for their lefty political pranks, which led to multiple documentaries, cult following of like-minded activists, and, most…
Emel Mathlouthi sings on hope in face of struggle
Mar 8, 2017 • 14 min
To celebrate International Women’s Day, check out Emel Mathlouthi, who has been called the “Voice of the Arab Spring.” After her song went viral during the Arab Spring in Egypt, she performed at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in 2015. While the Tunisian…
SARAH JONES on so-called actor Meryl Streep, quitting college, and our Revolution
Mar 1, 2017 • 26 min
A gifted character actor, Sarah Jones could be on SNL. Instead, chose to take her brilliantly funny embodiments of humans you know, maybe even you, to tackle poverty, prostitution, and now, “pussy grabbing.” She reveals what it was like to work with Meryl…
ALAN ALDA on dogs, death, and doctor poses.
Feb 23, 2017 • 41 min
Alan Alda insists, “Empathy can be taught,” It is comforting to hear, although hard to imagine how a certain orange hued politician might learn how to empathize with, or, at least, respect immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, or anyone who isn’t him. Wait,…
LESLIE GOSHKO on leaving and finding Jesus on and off Broadway
Feb 8, 2017 • 47 min
One of the finest, funniest storytellers Leslie Goshko shared tales you have never heard before but will leave you laughing from crying or crying from laughing so hard. While New York claims her as a go to favorite scene stealer, be it as an actor,…
SUAD AMIRY, Syrian-Palestinian, on diaspora, dyslexia, dogs, and mother-in-laws
Feb 6, 2017 • 30 min
SUAD AMIRY is an architect and e founder of RIWAQ: Center of Architectural Conservation in Ramallah, Palestine. While spending 42 days under siege with her mother-in-law in Ramallah in 2002, Amiry started writing e-mails to a friend, who recommend she…
J. Period on Jesse Williams, Norman Lear, DJ Jazzy Jeff, and America Divided
Jan 26, 2017 • 59 min
In this follow up interview, Hamilton Mixtape’s Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and Roots to Tribe Called Quest’s go-to DJ and mixtape producer J. Period explains what exactly a DJ does, what sets him apart, and why Dj Jazzy Jeff really is a prince. He also…
HAMILTON MIXTAPE’S to Lauryn Hill’s secret weapon is J. Period
Jan 19, 2017 • 23 min
Hailed as a “music guru” by Rolling Stone and Questlove to Tribe Called Quest’s go to DJ and producer, J.PERIOD pioneered a way to tell stories through music and distill, celebrate and contextualize legendary musicians. The result is that the very…
PHOEBE ROBINSON talks Broad City, Dicks & WNYC
Jan 10, 2017 • 17 min
If you went to a career counselor, they might claim comedy is a dreamy career. It is. It is also a hard one. But on paper, comedy sounds fun! But it is notoriously competitive, and great comics from Louis CK to Seinfeld will say it takes years to truly…
SARAH KAY performs, sings and talks being robbed & life on the road
Jan 3, 2017 • 26 min
2017 marks a critical juncture where I am paying attention to what I consume and create. For starters, I strive to shed new light as a writer. I also want to share conversations with exceptional people who devote their careers to not only distilling…
The Met’s Morris Robinson will make you laugh, cry, and even love Opera
Dec 28, 2016 • 21 min
As a 6’2, 300-pound offensive guard for the Citadel, Morris Robinson scored first team All-Southern Conference, first team Kodak All-American, and second team Sports Network All-American. He wanted to play pro. Sports Illustrated profiled Robinson because…
JOHN TURTURRO on sex with Bobby Cannavale, Audrey Tautou and more
Dec 21, 2016 • 46 min
Turturro, who is best known, as one of the most pliable, memorable actors of our time, spoke about needing to laugh post the election of Donald Trump. We certainly did a lot, as the Brooklyn native shared hilarious stories about working with Robert DeNiro…
JON GLASER talks about Second City and whether SNL grabbed his joke
Dec 14, 2016 • 40 min
JON GLASER talks about Second City and whether SNL grabbed his joke by Catie Lazarus
MARTHA WAINWRIGHT sings and talks Leonard Cohen, Glen Hansard, and her new album
Dec 7, 2016 • 21 min
MARTHA WAINWRIGHT is touring in Australia, the UK, Ireland, and Canada, just released her fourth solo studio album, GOODNIGHT CITIZEN. The bilingual, dual citizen has lived betwixt and between worlds, and when you hear her sing, you’ll feel how her music…
THE AFFAIR’s SARAH TREEM on firing and hiring, sex and seduction, egos and loneliness
Nov 22, 2016 • 44 min
“Get comfortable with people hating you,” Sarah Treem, who created THE AFFAIR, which is in the midst of its third season on SHOWTIME, says about what it takes to be a boss. Her keen awareness about the messiness of real life is palpable in this epic…
MITSKI on her new album Puberty 2, Stephen Colbert, Twitter, and money
Nov 15, 2016 • 17 min
The extraordinarily talented musician Mitski Miyawaki composed two albums before she had graduated from college. Her latest album Puberty 2 led her to her first live TV performance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Most importantly, it gave her…
NICK DENTON on Peter Thiel, Gawker, & bankruptcy
Nov 8, 2016 • 34 min
Donald Trump’s legacy is already underway. Instead of calling for higher standards and ethics when it comes to how journalism treats privacy issues, a Florida judge awarded Hulk Hogan millions of dollars for recording his affair with his best friend’s…
NATE SILVER on polling errors, media refusing to call sexual assault, and e-mail hacks
Nov 1, 2016 • 35 min
Nate Silver the leading political pollster in history, and is as deft with sports and social issues. Silver explores all three arenas as the Founder and Editor-in-Chief at 538, which he sold to ESPN, after a stint at The New York Times. In our interview,…
The New York Times journalist Jessica Bennett on Feminist Fight Club
Oct 25, 2016 • 37 min
Jessica Bennett is a columnist at the New York Times Style section and wrote about Monica Lewinsky and online shaming to Hillary Clinton’s closest confidantes to sororities and feminism. Her work has also appeared in Newsweek, Time, and was the cofounder…
ISAAC OLIVER on writing his debut book, porn, and Lilith Fair
Oct 18, 2016 • 18 min
Isaac Oliver is the author of INTIMACY IDIOT, which was named one of NPR’s Best Books of 2015. Even if you read it in 2016, you’ll see why his writing has been featured on BuzzFeed, Gawker, and Out Magazine. A gifted storyteller, Isaac Oliver regularly…
LAURA BENANTI sings and talks vibrators, Melania Trump, and pregnancy
Oct 11, 2016 • 40 min
Tony Award-winner LAURA BENANTI is playing all over the country so catch her singing live. You may recognize her from her impression of Melania Trump which went viral. She was also a smash hit in the 2016 Tony nominated role of Amalia Balash in the hit…
MAYA RUDOLPH talks Prince, Oprah, and performs
Oct 4, 2016 • 48 min
Maya Rudolph is pure joy. After wrapping the first season of NBC’s Maya and Marty, her comedy variety show with Martin Short, Maya toured with her college friend Gretchen Lieberum to sold out crowds. Their band Princess pays tribute to the late genius…
PATTI LUPONE sings with Tituss Burgess & talks sex, showbiz & crabs
Jun 15, 2016 • 37 min
Patti LuPone may be best know for her irresistible voice, but the two-time Grammy and Tony, and Olivier Award winner’s secret weapon is feeling everything. Lord knows, especially on stage, there are actors who overact and mug, in doing so, leave no room…
JON HAMM on Mercedes Benz, dick jokes, and dating games
Jun 8, 2016 • 37 min
JON HAMM is best known for revolutionizing how society envisions masculinity, in all of its raw sensuality, insatiable competitive hunger, arrogance, and corrosive loneliness, in his deft portrayal of Don Draper, but he is equally deft at comedy. Happy to…
TITUSS BURGESS talks Tina Fey, Patti LuPone & reveals new Pinot Noirs!
Jun 3, 2016 • 26 min
Peeno Noir is Expanding! Actor Tituss Burgess’s real wine company Pinot Noir, inspired by his Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s character viral music video, will unveil a new wine for Pride Week and a rosé. Whether your celebrating the LGBTQ or can’t get enough…
JEN MARLOWE, social activist talks about activism from Palestine to Black Lives Matter
May 27, 2016 • 43 min
Jen Marlowe has committed every ounce of her being to activism, be it Black Lives Matter, Palestinian rights, prisoner’s rights, and many more. In our conversation, we spoke about the methods she finds most useful, namely documentary filmmaking,…
SUZAN-LORI PARKS on academics, writing for Amazon, and James Baldwin
May 23, 2016 • 25 min
I’ve never understood why MacArthur Foundation gives grants to geniuses, shouldn’t they give them to the rest of us shlubs who are lucky if we can write a legible grocery list, never mind, pen rapturous plays? Luckily for the rare geniuses, MacArthur…
JULIA CAMERON, talks Martin Scorsese, The Artists’s Way and more
May 11, 2016 • 22 min
The Artist’s Way is celebrating its 25th Anniversary, so it was a privilege to speak with a woman who democratized creativity. In our interview, Cameron talked about working with her daughter Domenica, an actor who made her directorial debut with the…
ISAAC MIZRAHI on being hairless, Mark Morris, & Jonathan Ames
May 4, 2016 • 31 min
Between Isaac Mizrahi’s pithy humor, remarkable insight, and insatiable desire to create and perform, he is a captivating presence. In our candid conversation, we spoke about, amongst other things, Isaac choosing not to come out to father to his tender…
JOSH GONDELMAN on stand up & writing for John Oliver to The New Yorker
Apr 27, 2016 • 24 min
Josh Gondelman is a writer for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver on HBO and has contributed to Billy Eichner’s show Billy on the Street, The New Yorker, and McSweeney’s. His second stand up special Physical Whisper is currently out and he made his stand…
ARTHUR LEWIS on teaching Lin-Manuel Miranda & music collectives
Apr 15, 2016 • 49 min
How do we nurture our art when we’ve got bills to pay and neurosis to slay? I spoke with singer, songwriter and composer Arthur Lewis about potential, success, baggage, inherited dreams, talent, and his career in music. Arthur Lewis is one of New York’s…
JUSTIN VIVIAN BOND on Renee Fleming, Kiki & Herb, & church camp
Apr 13, 2016 • 28 min
Justin Vivian Bond is a Tony nominated, Obie, GLAAD and Essie winning cabaret star and trans-genre artist. Vocal about being transgender, Justin uses V as a preferred prefix. The first time Bond took the stage was as a wee babe in a Christmas show at V.’s…
DAVID SIMON on Edward Snowden, porn, & more.
Apr 6, 2016 • 38 min
David Simon revolutionized television when he created THE WIRE. A veteran crime reporter for The Baltimore Sun, Simon offered audiences a rare and searing portrait of the underground drug market, while simultaneously transforming how television series are…
Actor TONY ROBERTS on being Woody Allen’s sidekick to Brett Gelman’s dad
Mar 23, 2016 • 19 min
Growing up, I binge watched ANNIE HALL, and ate up the fraternal, Statler and Waldorf like chiding between Alvy Singer, played by Woody Allen, and Rob, played by Tony Roberts. So when Tony Robert’s publicist asked if I’d interview the two time Tony…
EMEL MATHLOUTHI sings live and reveals if Paris or NYC is better for artists
Mar 15, 2016 • 12 min
Emel Mathlouthi is a brilliant singer and songwriter with an intoxicating, ethereal voice, who became an international sensation as her music inspired fellow Tunisians fighting for their freedom during the Arab Spring. Tunisian govern banned her music…
GRETA GERWIG on Lena Dunham, Yale (NSFW) and Scott Rudin
Mar 9, 2016 • 21 min
Despite getting rejected from Yale grad school, Golden Globe nominee Greta Gerwig has never wanted for work. As an actor and writer, Gerwig frequently collaborates with her boyfriend and filmmaker Noah Baumbach, and become known doing films with Joe…
MICHAEL McKEAN sings live and talks Better Call Saul, Spinal Tap & Laverne & Shirley
Mar 2, 2016 • 36 min
MICHAEL McKEAN may be best known as Lenny, Squiggy’s best friend, played by David Lander, on the beloved sitcom LAVERNE & SHIRLEY, but he has acted in over 225 roles and, once you hear our interview, you’ll know why everyone from Christopher Guest to…
SAMANTHA POWER on the GOP, Hillary Clinton, and diplomatic immunity
Feb 28, 2016 • 25 min
Ambition is a trait most politicians share, regardless of what they aspire to do with it. Luckily, Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power, a consummate politician, also possesses a moral compass. While at Harvard Law, the Irish born, American raised scholar…
SHARON VAN ETTEN sings live and talks about Kyp Malone, McDonalds, and Wine.
Feb 16, 2016 • 25 min
Before fans and critics knew Sharon Van Etten’s wry, whip-smart lyrics and enchanting harmonies, the singer/songwriter worked the fryer at McDonalds. Despite constant promotions, she moved on. She baked donuts at a donut shop, worked at wine stores, built…
SARAH SILVERMAN on Bernie Sanders to Seinfeld’s Kramer
Feb 9, 2016 • 33 min
Sarah Silverman is one of the funniest humans I know. Lauded, if not, encouraged by her dad to curse as a baby, Silverman honed her mischievous antics the minute she started speaking. She was born to two natural performers, although they lived in New…
Hear Amy Winehouse & Sharon Jones best kept secret is Guitarist Binky Jones….
Jan 27, 2016 • 10 min
There are musicians who say they can play any genre, melody, tune, with or without reading sheet music, and then there are a handful of the real deal. Enter Binky Griptite, one of the most versatile, graceful, and finest guitarists out there. He can play…
LARRY KRAMER, AIDS activist and Tony winning playwright on sodomy, sex, climaxing, and activism
Jan 26, 2016 • 27 min
After writing dialogue for a teen comedy as a teletype operator at Columbia Pictures, Kramer, who was barely into his twenties, lapped up the chance to adapt D.H. Lawrence’s revered novel Women in Love. Leave it to Larry to not only score an Oscar…
ADA CALHOUN is redefining journalism, one story at a time.
Jan 18, 2016 • 48 min
With a wry smile, shrewd reporting, and exquisite detail, Ada Calhoun distills America’s signature triumphs in music, theater, commerce, activism, politics, and its transgressions— including drug abuse, prostitution and, yes, slavery, in her latest book…
JASON BIGGS talks about Woody Allen, Eugene Levy & getting fired
Jan 13, 2016 • 27 min
Jason Biggs got his first headshot at age five. Twenty years later, he went onto became world famous for his role in the hilarious comedy American Pie. He went onto star on Broadway, get a recurring role in the hit dramedy Orange is the New Black, and…
MoMA’s Senior Design & Architecture Curator talks guns, rejection, punk rock, sexism, and smoking
Jan 5, 2016 • 23 min
It shouldn’t be entirely surprising that Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator at MoMA for Architecture and Design, was into punk rock in her twenties. She says the scene wasn’t hard core in Italy. She dipped her toes, without becoming subsumed by the genre,…
BOBBY CANNAVALE discusses flow, Al Pacino, and sings Neil Diamond live
Dec 30, 2015 • 29 min
After completing shooting his first starring role for HBO’s upcoming 10-episode series VINYL, BOBBY CANNAVALE sat down with Catie Lazarus at a live taping of Employee of the Month at Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater. We spoke about the “ease” one feels…
Meditation Teacher Tara Brach talks about how to be mindfully angry and more.
Dec 22, 2015 • 49 min
As 2015 draws to a close, as soon as I started to feel stressed about getting the right gifts, never mind affording them, hoping to see friends and family, dealing with fraught relationships, and my unmet hopes and dreams. To accept what is and the…
Billy Crudup address controversy over film Spotlight in The Boston Globe
Dec 13, 2015 • 32 min
Tony Award winning actor Billy Crudup spoke to Catie Lazarus about portraying a polarizing character, lawyer Eric MacLeish in the phenomenal film Spotlight, which chronicles The Boston Globe’s Spotlight Investigative Team as they reveal the Catholic…
DAVID CROSS on Tats, Hitler, Heroine, and the late Beastie Boy’s Adam Yauch
Dec 5, 2015 • 40 min
DAVID CROSS on Tats, Hitler, Heroine, and the late Beastie Boy’s Adam Yauch by Catie Lazarus
MakeLoveNotPorn.com’s Founder Cindy Gallop on the business of sex
Nov 16, 2015 • 22 min
After running iconic campaigns as an Ad Exec, Cindy Gallop decided to create a campaign for a subject dear to her heart. In 2009, she gave a now legendary Ted Talk and launched MakeLoveNotPorn.com. Since then she has gained a cult fan base for speaking…
JOSH RADNOR discusses art, film, TV, happiness, and knocking heads with the Dalai Lama.
Nov 16, 2015 • 27 min
JOSH RADNOR is currently appearing as a brilliant, but afflicted and drug addicted, doctor in PBS’s civil war drama MERCY STREET. In our interview, we discussed his range as an actor and found out why the Dalai Lama picked Josh to speak at the beloved…
INYANG BASSEY, a back up singer for MOBY, strikes out on her own.
Nov 16, 2015 • 13 min
While at Columbia, Nigerian born and New York raised Inyang Bassey was giving her first concert. Well, she was singing in her shower and her roommate suggested, they get a bigger shower. Actually, her roommate advised her to audition for one their…
NATE SILVER on his own confirmation bias, Trump vs. Rubio, VOX vs. 538, and New York Times vs. ESPN
Nov 5, 2015 • 32 min
NATE SILVER may be best known as political pollster, but he describes himself as “well rounded” and talks about the perils of having, what I call, a halo effect. In our interview for Employee of the Month, which was taped live at Joe’s Pub in New York, we…
KATINA CORRAO on stand up, writing, and being the nosiest neighbor in NYC
Nov 4, 2015 • 35 min
After appearing in TV shows like Broad City to VH1’s Best Night Ever, writing for TV shows, like The Newly Wed Game, stand up comedian Katina Corrao just released her first stand up comedy album HOT DATE. You can go to www.katinacorrao.com to get it and…
NOTORIOUS R.B.G. author IRIN CARMON on Ginsburg’s legacy, Jezebe commenters, and The Daily Show
Nov 3, 2015 • 50 min
A recent Law & Human Behavior study found that female lawyers are penalized for displaying anger. It may explain why Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg chose to picked her battles from the get go. Considering she’s successfully advocated for gender equality,…
BARACK OBAMA’s music pick WILL SHEFF talks about being on the President’s playlist and Lou Reed.
Oct 27, 2015 • 21 min
It’s not just Barack Obama who is drawn to Will Sheff’s music, Lou Reed was a massive fan as well. Like his mentor Lou Reed, Sheff is a bit of a polymath, but best known for being the lead singer for the indie darling rock band Okkervil River straight out…
WNBA’s CANDICE WIGGINS, basketball star and AIDS activist talks about the NBA VS. WNBA and planking
Oct 20, 2015 • 25 min
Candice Wiggins was a toddler when her father, Alan Wiggins, a professional baseball player died due to complications from AIDs. He passed away ten months before Magic Johnson boldly came forward about his own status. Once Johnson did, Candice’s mother…
TARA BRACH talks about making a living and being deified as a meditation teacher.
Oct 16, 2015 • 26 min
When I wanted to switch to a meditation practice that felt accessible, a former boss and now genuine friend recommended her therapist, Tara Brach. By that time, Brach had segued to focusing on being a meditation teacher. I became a fan of Brach’s dharma…
New York Times Best Selling Author on sex with professors and writing about people you know.
Sep 21, 2015 • 37 min
Journalism is tough to break into for anyone, particularly if you can’t afford to work for less than minimum wage. Freelancing requires constantly pitching, not taking rejection personally, and ingratiating yourself to editors, who already have a stable…
ALEX BLUMBERG talks about why he is excited to work with Adam McKay and his bro Adam Davidson
Sep 11, 2015 • 56 min
When NPR launched it became a vital American resource offering reliable news coverage and nuanced analysis. Its first generation groomed and passed the baton to a remarkable crew, including Blumberg, who worked his way up the ladder at the public radio…
LISA KRON on writing Fun Home, performing Well, and how winning a Tony Award pays off.
Sep 1, 2015 • 55 min
It’s easy to mistake Lisa Kron for a comedian due to her wry wit, self effacing nature, and comic timing, but Kron is a rarity in the theater word as she doesn’t take herself too seriously. An actor and Tony winning playwright, Kron prefers to write and…
LAILA ROBINS, star of Showtimes’s Homeland & TNT’s Murder in the First, on her theater habit
Aug 19, 2015 • 22 min
TNT’s MURDER in the FIRST garnered an Emmy nod, but The New York Times critic Mike Hale wanted to know how Hollywood forgot to nominate LAILA ROBINS for Best Supporting Actress. He is not alone. Laila Robins has steadily worked in film and television for…
JOSH KATZ talks about why he joined the military and the CIA, and terrorism apps.
Aug 19, 2015 • 30 min
Former CIA agent Joshua Katz first signed up to the army when most of his peers were contemplating whether to they’d go to law or business school. His nice Jewish parents were baffled, but it didn’t stop Katz. He went onto serve as a Squad Leader in the…
DAVID CRABB, on being a really bad kid and winning The Moth over and over.
Aug 7, 2015 • 17 min
After winning The Moth, a mecca for those who love storytelling from the last bastion of true freaks and geeks, actor David Crabb spoke to me about transforming his coming-of-age stories as a gay, goth kid in Texas in the 1980’s and 1990’s into a live one…
HARI KONDABOLU on making white audiences uncomfortable and working for Hilary Clinton
Aug 5, 2015 • 21 min
I got my start in life in stand-up, I mean not counting that time when I swam, some say was yanked, out of my mom’s womb. Anyway, I miss being in stand up because I don’t get to spend enough time with performers, like Hari Kondabolu. (Obviously, your…
CORN MO talks about why he didn’t become a preacher and joined the circus.
Jul 31, 2015 • 18 min
To know Corn Mo is to love Corn Mo. The singer, composer, and musician Jon Cunningham, who goes by Corn Mo, spoke to me about why he decided not to be a preacher and, instead, joined a sideshow circus. A musician’s musician, Corn Mo has performed solo…
ASTROLOGERS Starsky & Cox on readings the planets to the crap couples who don’t procreate get.
Jul 23, 2015 • 18 min
This summer I’ve walked by numerous psychics fanning themselves as they sit in various dilapidated New York storefronts, leading me to wonder why they don’t use their psychic powers to manifest air conditioning. Sure I’ll read my horoscope if I’m on an…
ELISA ZURITSKY & JULIE ROTTENBERG started on Sex-and-the-City and now tackling ODD MOM OUT
Jul 23, 2015 • 32 min
Comedy writers ELISA ZURISTKY and JULIE ROTTENBERG got a big break when they landed a job on the already successful HBO series SEX-And-The-CITY. In our interview, which was recorded at the WGA (Writers Guild), the duo discuss what made working for their…
DAVEED DIGGS is back for Part 2 of our interview
Jul 20, 2015 • 47 min
DAVEED DIGGS is back! We spoke at the WGA-East (Writers Guild) during his brief vacation between starring in Hamilton at The Public Theater and, now, on Broadway. We talked about everything from east coast vs. west coast rap vs. regional rap, napping to…
DAVEED DIGGS, talks about why he hates Pier 1 and how he snagged a starring role in Hamilton.
Jul 19, 2015 • 19 min
DAVEED DIGGS, a rapper, actor, and now Broadway star in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton, stopped by Employee of the Month at Joe’s Pub to reveal why Diggs hated working at Pier 1. You’ll get to hear him freestyle rapwith Jelly D. and Shockwave, who are both…
ANNA CHLUMSKY, an Emmy nominee, rates Zagat and getting a big break on Veep
Jul 12, 2015 • 24 min
ANNA CHLUMSKY made a name for herself with a starring role in the cult classic film MY GIRL. She didn’t need a psychic to know that challenging, complex roles were far less likely to land on a female actor’s doorstep and Chlumsky left the biz. After…
LEE FIELDS, soul singer, performs and speaks about his 45 year career, James Brown, and Kanye West.
Jul 9, 2015 • 23 min
In the sixties, Southern soul singer Lee Fields hit the R&B scene, and due to an uncanny resemblance to James Brown, he had to figure out how to carve out his own niche. In our interview, which was taped live at Joe’s Pub, Lee Fields speaks about his…
NICHOLAS KRISTOF on tech brands like Apple and Google, and their lack of social responsibility.
Jul 1, 2015 • 27 min
Nicholas Kristof was first featured in print at 14 months old, although he didn’t get his first byline till years later. At age fifteen, he made the local news for his political activism and was named “Neighbor of the Week.” Since then, Kristof integrated…
JUSTIN SAYRE, a writer for 2 Broke Girls & The Comeback, sings about girls who want to have fun.
Jun 17, 2015 • 20 min
There are those who add multi-hyphenates to their resume, hoping to throw their hands into any rings that might take them, and then there are polymaths, like Justin Sayre. Equally dexterous at writing for television, theater, and now print, he’s also a…
BETTY HALBRIECH, Bergdorf’s iconic personal shopper, gets the last laugh.
Jun 9, 2015 • 18 min
In our interview, the wry and effervescent Betty Halbreich dispels any myths that fame or success is ever handed to you. At age 86, Betty is finally getting the public recognition for having helped style actresses, be it in front of the camera, like on…
OLYMPIA DUKAKIS talks about getting her Oscar stolen before fencing me in a duel.
Jun 4, 2015 • 27 min
In 1987, Olympia Dukakis became world famous when she won an Oscar for her role in Moonstruck, and became the first (and hopefully only) winner to have her award stolen. Dukakis speaks about the robber and which Look Who’s Talking made the most money. A…
CINDY CHUPACK talks about writing for Modern Family vs. Sex-And-The City, Lean In, and directing.
May 31, 2015 • 21 min
My favorite Employees of the Month are those who work hard, find duly deserved success, artistically and (ideally) financially, and never lose their humility. Enter Cindy Chupack. In our interview, the writer turned director spoke candidly about the…
ADRIAN MARTINEZ talks about being Ben Stiller and Will Smith’s sidekick (and secret weapon).
May 11, 2015 • 31 min
Having worked in showbiz for over 20 years and in over 100 films, Adrian Martinez has carved out a niche as a character actor. Hollywood loves to pigeonhole actors, be it as a “nosy neighbor,” “leading man” or “villain.” For anyone with a modicum of…
DANIEL FRIEDMAN, suit designer for LGBTQ, will sleep in his suit to get you yours.
May 7, 2015 • 32 min
Due to a lithe frame, shorty Daniel Friedman always needed his suits to be tailored. So when the aspiring architect was forced to rethink his career, Friedman bet he could deliver custom suits better than what he could find. Industrious and ambitious, the…
ROSIE O’DONNELL on life after The View and her new HBO stand up special
Apr 27, 2015 • 37 min
Today, we’re in the midst of a new comedy boon for improv comedians, like Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Stephen Carrell, Broad City, and Amy Poehler. But the biggest boon in stand up, where comics in blazers and belted, sometimes acid wash, jeans, stood…
CYNTHIA NIXON talks about casting when you’re non-white, hetero male and political activism.
Apr 9, 2015 • 43 min
There are actors who anoint themselves activists, without considering that most activists don’t suddenly claim they are actors, simply because they bought movie tickets. That said, there are consummate professionals, like Emmy, Tony and Grammy Award…
CYNTHIA NIXON on being a bankable actress & the age of consent in New York
Apr 2, 2015 • 40 min
Cynthia Nixon is an Emmy, Grammy, Tony and, now, Employee of the Month Award winning actor. She speaks candidly about what it was like to have her mother direct her, growing up (and now raising children) in New York, recording audio books for V.C.…
LIZ TUCCILLO discusses Sex in the City, Denny’s & Modern Dance
Mar 27, 2015 • 21 min
At age 38, Liz Tuccillo’s career took off. She joined the writing staff of Sex-in-the-City. She and comedian Greg Behrendt turned one of the episodes into a best selling comedic self-help dating book, “He’s Just Not The Into You.” She followed it up with…
Syd Butler, bassist for Les Savy Fav & Late Night with Seth Meyers, talks about touring.
Mar 24, 2015 • 23 min
Syd Butler, the bassist of Les Savy Fav and Late Night with Seth Meyers, talks about life on the road. Syd also reinvented the music industry when he founded French Kiss Records. While it doesn’t technically record the best, worst, and longest kisses, he…
JELLY D. quit advertising to play music, act, and, of course, intern
Mar 11, 2015 • 16 min
JELLY D. is a freestyle rapper, actor, songwriter and, most importantly, my intern. He sets his own hours, after saving up from time spent working in advertising. He’s currently performing in a trio Moondrunk and shooting a couple television pilots. To…
Pick-pocketing as a day job, OT Sherman reveals the magic of slippery hands
Mar 3, 2015 • 24 min
Ever been pick-pocketed? It feels awful to be on the receiving end, but those who do it, treat it more like an art form than a crime. Sherman “O.T.” Powell spent forty years as a pickpocket, and, in our interview, he shares his stories from the dark side.…
MARTHA WAINWRIGHT sings live and describes the reality of working in a family biz.
Feb 26, 2015 • 30 min
With her stirring voice, shrewd insight, and mischievous wit, Martha Wainwright’s songs captivated the sold out crowd at Joe’s Pub’s live taping of Employee of the Month. Martha’s super power is her range, both vocally and intellectually. It’s why, as…
JON STEWART’s uncircumcised interview with Catie Lazarus
Feb 21, 2015 • 46 min
After announcing he was leaving The Daily Show, the first interview Jon Stewart gave was on Employee of the Month. He spoke with Catie Lazarus about creating an iconic political talk show to directing the film Rosewater to being fired from Woolworth by…
EMILY SPIVACK, author of Worn Stories, talks about digital storytelling.
Feb 16, 2015 • 32 min
Emily Spivack has created multiple platforms for storytelling. Her latest greatest website WornStories.com is so popular that Emily ended up editing a companion book, Worn Stories, which is currently a New York Times Best Seller. If you’re interested in…
KEVIN AVERY, writer for HBO’s Last Week Tonight, talks about balancing it all.
Feb 15, 2015 • 39 min
Kevin Avery just received his first WGA (Writer’s Guild) Award for writing on HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. Avery, who previously served as head writer for Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell and a writer on VH1’s Best Week Ever, is also a…
KRISTER JOHNSON talks about writing for The Onion and Wet Hot American Summer.
Feb 4, 2015 • 37 min
Krister Johnson is a comedy writer who made a note for himself (awful pun intended) as part of the Christian rock duo God’s Pottery. After a stint on Last Comic Standing and a book deal, Krister decided to return to his dream of writing comedy. Since then…
MEL OTTENBERG, fashion stylist for Rihanna, explains how fashion shapes culture.
Feb 2, 2015 • 19 min
MEL OTTENBERG is a fashion stylist. He frequently works with photographer Terry Richardson and is currently Rihanna’s fashion stylist. Mel’s work has appeared in and on the covers of Harper’s Bazaar, V, Details, I-D, Purple, Dazed & Confused, The New York…
ADAM GOLDBERG & JEFF GARLIN, creator of and star of ABC’s The Goldbergs, take me behind the scenes.
Jan 23, 2015 • 55 min
There are few writers, regardless of the medium, who are as prolific as Adam Goldberg. His favorite topic is his family. While he says his actual childhood was far darker than what comes across in his comedy show THE GOLDBERGS on ABC, his affection for…
JUSTIN SAYRE on writing for 2 Broke Girls and putting Sodomites on the map.
Jan 15, 2015 • 32 min
When Michael Patrick King saw a video of Justin Sayre, King, who produced of Sex in the City, 2 Broke Girls, and The Comeback, knew he’d found a like minded misfit. I imagine that’s what happened. Granted, I can’t imagine anyone not feeling that way when…
KATIE INNAMORATO, rogue taxidermist, as if there were any other kind.
Jan 7, 2015 • 18 min
Ever wondered what a taxidermist does exactly? I interviewed Katie Innamorato, a Taxidermist-in-Residence at The Morbid Anatomy Museum in Brooklyn, New York, to find out. Innamorato’s passion for animals inspires her art, granted a messy form that…
FRANK BRUNI, New York Times columnist on SAT’s, Bush vs. Obama, & Ikea’s Meatballs.
Dec 30, 2014 • 25 min
While becoming a staff reporter for The New York Times is a highly coveted post, Frank Bruni’s career at the paper, is especially enviable. Bruni joined The New York Times in 1990 after working at a range of magazines and newspapers, including Newsweek,…
TAYLOR SCHILLING & PIPER KERMAN, aka the Two Pied Pipers of Orange is the New Black
Dec 23, 2014 • 35 min
Taylor Schilling is up for her second Emmy Award nod for her portrayal of Piper Chapman on Netflix’s most popular series Orange is the New Black. Based on Piper Kerman’s memoir about her experience in prision, it’s the first television show to shine the…
JOSHUA WOLF SHENK, Author of Powers of Two, explains what collaborating is and isn’t.
Dec 12, 2014 • 34 min
How and why do we believe in the lone wolf who created everything when in fact most of us work with at least one partner? Others wish they could find that perfect partner-in-crime. Josh Wolf Shenk explains why these dyads are so potent in his book, POWERS…
STEPHIN MERRITT, of the Magnetic Fields, on film school, touring, and Scrabble.
Dec 4, 2014 • 21 min
Stephin Merritt, singer, songwriter, and musical polymath, is best known for his band The Magnetic Fields. Today, he performs with The Magnetic Fields, as well as Future Bible Heroes, The 6ths, The Gothic Archies. He also has written for the theater and…
AL JAFFEE, iconic cartoonist, discusses Stan Lee, Hugh Hefner, Mad Magazine, & PB & J sandwiches.
Nov 28, 2014 • 35 min
As you enjoy your Thanksgiving vacation or are traveling back from it, you will be grateful to hear from fascinating, fun, and formidably talented illustrator and writer Al Jaffee. We met at his studio, where his MAD mind is as creative as ever, even if…
ANTHONY BREGMAN, Producer of Foxcatcher, on raising equity and investing in indie films
Nov 19, 2014 • 21 min
In our interview Anthony Bregman breaks down what exactly a good producer does, since everyone and their mother seems to call themselves a producer these days. Bregman is one of the rare film producers who is as dexterous at developing smart scripts as he…
WESLEY MORRIS, Pulitzer winning film critic, on breaking in and who really runs media
Nov 13, 2014 • 22 min
Wesley Morris writes about film, pop culture, sports, fashion, and politics. Currently at ESPN’s Grantland, Morris previously wrote for The Boston Globe, where he received a Pulitzer for his film reviews. Wesley’s love for film is palpable in his writing,…
BROAD CITY’s ILANA GLAZER & ABBI JACOBSON talk about Craigslist, interning, and home videos.
Nov 12, 2014 • 27 min
When they were in their early twenties, Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson met in improv class, loathed how hard it was to get on an improv team at UCB (Upright Citizens Brigade), and started their own. In November 2009, they began writing the web series…
ALEX BORSTEIN from HBO’s Getting On and Lois on Family Guy relives her first big break…
Nov 5, 2014 • 24 min
Interviewing Alex Borstein means hearing her sing live and surprising her with never released footage of her first big break on stage. (Special thanks to the Los Angeles Unified School District). Actor and writer Alex Borstein is in the prime of her…
SIMON RICH is best known for SNL and The New Yorker, but he also published his own newspaper
Oct 22, 2014 • 15 min
Considering Simon Rich published his first two books before graduating from college, where he also served as President of The Harvard Lampoon, it’s not surprising that he became the youngest writer hired by Saturday Night Live. Veteran SNL writer Paula…
Top Chef’s TOM COLICCHIO on Employee of the Month
Oct 14, 2014 • 36 min
Tom Colicchio keeps adding to his impressive, albeit daunting, schedule as a father, husband, chef, restauranteur, entrepreneur, TV personality, pitchman, guitar afficianado, film producer and policy wonk. He takes all of his multi-hyphenates seriously,…
Mad Magazine’s AL JAFFEE on Employee of the Month
Oct 7, 2014 • 34 min
This October marks Al Jaffee reign as Mad Magazine’s longest running contributor, clocking in 59 years and over 479 issues. Since 1952, the comic book turned magazine infused a childish silliness with biting political depth and orignal artwork. By…
Tony winner JAMES MONROE IGLEHART on Employee of the Month
Aug 25, 2014 • 20 min
James Monroe Iglehart won his first Tony and Drama Desk Awards for his role of the Genie is Disney’s Aladdin. Considering Iglehart had only appeared on Broadway in Memphis and The 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee, Aladdin is now permanently etched in…
Singer David Berkeley on Employee of the Month
Aug 24, 2014 • 20 min
While it’s easier for musicians to self produce these days, it’s also easier to get lost in the shuffle of the faceless internet. Still singers, like David Berkeley, have figured out how to live the dream. Berkeley, who lives with his family in Santa Fe,…
JOSH CHARLES on Employee of the Month
Aug 13, 2014 • 24 min
Josh Charles’s longest day job was that of Will Gardner on The Good Wife, and he’s been nominated for an Emmy for Best Supporting Actor for his role. Even though his character was brutally murdered this past season, Josh hasn’t been sitting shiva long.…
New York Magazine’s Matt Zoller Seitz on Employee of the Month
Jul 29, 2014 • 16 min
I interviewed Matt Zoller Seitz live at Joe’s Pub. You can hear our interview by clicking HERE. Seitz is a journalist and film and television critic. He writes well, sometimes better than the actual shows and films he covers. His encyclopedic knowledge of…
MARTHA PLIMPTON on Employee of the Month
Jul 28, 2014 • 23 min
Martha Plimpton is genuinely curious about others, a rare trait in actors, despite the importance of being so for their jobs. Wait an actor who isn’t narcissistic? It happens! That said, acting means many different things. Some folks are lucky enough to…
HBO’s SHEILA NEVINS on documentary filmmaking and leaning back in the biz
Jul 10, 2014 • 25 min
As President of HBO’s Documentary Films, Sheila Nevins has received more Emmy awards than anyone ever, across genres in entertainment. Her talent, insatiable appetite for work, and chutzpah proved instrumental in making HBO a mecca for innovative,…
RUSS & DAUGHTERS Co-Owner Josh Tupper reveals the best lox in New York
Jul 4, 2014 • 23 min
On the eve of Russ & Daughters expanding their appetizing empire to include a sit down restaurant, co-owner Josh Russ Tupper talked about his beautiful, utterly original, undeniably physically taxing, and fun career path on Employee of the Month. Despite…
PAULA PELL on Employee of the Month
Jun 18, 2014 • 29 min
If Nora Ephron and Martin Short had a blond, blue eyed Southern love child, she’d be Paula Pell. A writer and performer, Paula Pell’s been making you laugh for decades, and she’s finally getting duly deserved public recognition. Since 1995, Paula Pell has…
TAYLOR MAC on Employee of the Month
Jun 7, 2014 • 29 min
The Tony’s rarely celebrate solo performance art, cabaret, or truly experimental, independent theater, but it’s never stopped audiences from loving the artists who reinvent the wheel. Take Taylor Mac, who often goes by Judy, and has long been heralded for…
DAVE ATTELL on Employee of the Month
Jun 6, 2014 • 39 min
Today, you can’t walk into a coffee shop without meeting some who is a comedian, and, yes, I am including the barista who messed up your order. But there are fewer folks who earn their living as stand up comedians for decades on end. I am not insinuating…
ROSIE PEREZ on Employee of the Month
May 24, 2014 • 28 min
Rosie Perez has had nine lives. As a choreographer, she redefined television’s variety shows by seamlessly weaving the fabulous Fly Girls into In Living Color’s vibrant fabric. Perez’s fun, bold numbers brought an elegance to a hilarious, subversive…
CONGRESSMAN BARNEY FRANK may be retired, but he remains honorable
May 20, 2014 • 32 min
What do Bono and Nancy Pelosi have in common? They both gave Barney Frank memorable wedding gifts. Considering Frank was the first gay Congressman to marry his partner while in office, Bono and Pelosi were probably thrilled to make the cut for the guest…
WALLACE SHAWN on Employee of the Month
May 8, 2014 • 38 min
It’s conceivable that Wally Shawn’s fans enjoy his serious plays, such as Grasses of a Thousand Colors and The Fever, as much as his comedic turns in films like Pixar’s Toy and The Princess Bride. Of course, there may be some folks who are only be…
ADIRA AMRAM on Employee of the Month
May 8, 2014 • 32 min
Mother’s Day is coming up and I can’t help thinking of how perfectly Adira Amram’s MOM SONG music video captures an ideal mother-daughter relationship while simultaneously tweaking our culture’s expectation that mothers and daughters also be besties.…
JILL ABRAMSON’s last interview before leaving The New York Times
Apr 14, 2014 • 30 min
If you work at The New York Times, your boss is a bad ass. Whether she’s more of a bad ass than you are depends on whether you…. 1) Decorated your body with 5 or more tats. 2) Took 14 Senators to task. 3) Sustained injuries in both urban and natural…
Modern Loss’s REBECCA SOFFER on Employee of the Month
Apr 7, 2014 • 45 min
Rebecca Soffer’s passion is palpable, be it for Latin culture, community building, Olympic level table tennis, or pop culture. In a world which often rewards narrowly focused expertise, Soffer found the best way to quench her diverse interests was…
Animator/Who Wants to Be A Millionaire Contestant SCOTT BATEMAN
Mar 26, 2014 • 28 min
For years, animator Scott Bateman was best known for his left leaning political cartoons and animations featured on Salon and The Daily Kos. Frustrated by the state of politics, not to mention journalism, Bateman invented Disalmanac, that now spans a…
SETH GODIN on Employee of the Month
Mar 25, 2014 • 20 min
In 1943, psychologist Abraham Maslow revolutionized developmental psychology when he came up with the notion, Hierarchy of Needs. It was a simple theory, but not simplistic. Maslow broke down how humans must first fulfill basic physiological needs, like…
DANNY BURSTEIN on Employee of the Month
Mar 16, 2014 • 19 min
When Martin Scorsese wanted to audition Danny Burstein for the roll of Lolly Steinman in Boardwalk Empire, rumor has it Scorsese sent Danny a Vine. Well, Danny was joking, and his humor, accessibility and range as an actor is palpable. He’s a…
ANDREW RANNELS on Employee of the Month
Mar 14, 2014 • 23 min
These days UCB (Upright Citizens Brigade Theater) receives duly deserved praise for nurturing so many truly funny writers and performers, but the utterly hilarious Andrew Rannells honed his comedy chops in musical theater. His early turns in Hedwig,…
CINDY CHUPACK on EMPLOYEE of the MONTH
Mar 12, 2014 • 42 min
If you want to know what it’s really like to write for groundbreaking TV shows like Sex and the City and Modern Family, pen a memoir (or two), or just marry a hot stud, this interview is for you. Few writers are as dexterous across mediums or as prolific…
ESTHER PEREL on Employee of the Month
Mar 12, 2014 • 16 min
As soon as you hear therapist Esther Perel, you’ll wish she was your shrink. My diagnosis? 1) Listen to our interview, as her humor, insight, is empathy is palpable. 2) Read her book Mating in Captivity which analyzes love, monogamy, and sex. 3) Live…
SETH GODIN on Employee of the Month
Mar 12, 2014 • 20 min
In 1943, psychologist Abraham Maslow revolutionized developmental psychology when he came up with the notion, Hierarchy of Needs. It was a simple theory, but not simplistic. Maslow broke down how humans must first fulfill basic physiological needs, like…
Nellie McKay on Employee of the Month
Feb 22, 2014 • 19 min
One of Nellie McKay’s many gifts is that her subtle, smart writing is on par with her supple range as a singer and a musician. The result is that she can go high and low, be it in what she sings and how she does so. Just out of school, McKay quickly…
DARYL ROTH, Tony award winning producer shares how Kinky Boots made money and why it’s important to give
Feb 22, 2014 • 14 min
After a stint in interior decorating, Daryl Roth decided to change her career and, in doing so, changed theater. Roth became a theater producer when she was 40 years young and quickly became known as a tour-de-force in the theater world. What sets Roth…
JAD ABUMRAD breaks down how Radiolab is edited and what a Macarthur Genius Grant is worth
Feb 19, 2014 • 18 min
A music composer, Jad Abumrad began freelancing in radio when film scoring wasn’t scoring high on either the personal fulfillment or financial fronts. NY’s flagship public radio station WNYC saw Jad’s potential and enabled him to spend a couple years…
LEWIS BLACK describes life on the road, groupies, and The Daily Show’s humble beginnings
Feb 10, 2014 • 32 min
Only a playwright would think stand up is a stable career choice. In Lewis Black’s case stand up is what pays the bills. Most folks recognize Lewis from The Daily Show’s Back in Black segments. When The Daily Show began in 1996, they hired Lewis and he’s…
HOMER STEINWEISS, drummer for Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, shares the unglamorous sides of touring and the importance of hobbies
Feb 7, 2014 • 32 min
The most famous drummers are known, at least to lay people, for their personas and off stage antics as much as their instrumentation, take Keith Moon, John Bonham or Animal (The Muppet). Whereas drummer Homer Steinweiss is best known for his technical…
PIPER KERMAN, author of Orange is the New Black, offers tips for life in and out of jail
Jan 30, 2014 • 12 min
Piper Kerman’s memoir Orange is the New Black inspired the Netflix series of the same name. Her best selling book chronicles her time doing time, and sheds light how the prison system fails to provide rehabilitation to inmates who can and want to do…
JON RONSON on EMPLOYEE of the MONTH
Jan 29, 2014 • 11 min
In this episode, JON RONSON, author of The Psychopath Test, Frankie, and Men Who Stare at Goats, talks about the corrosive effects of diagnosing strangers. We spoke about how reality TV shows, filmmakers and journalists can often oversimplify their…
PUNK SINGER KATHLEEN HANNA on EMPLOYEE of the MONTH
Jan 29, 2014 • 14 min
KATHLEEN HANNA is a bad ass. As one of the very first women in the punk scene, Hanna led the way and inspired musicians, from Carrie Brownstein to Kurt Cobain. Proudly a feminist, Hanna quickly won a loyal fan base starting when she was the lead singer of…
The Daily Show’s JR Havlan on Employee of the Month
Jan 22, 2014 • 48 min
Emmy winning writer for The Daily Show and host of the podcast The Writer’s Bloc, JR HAVLAN reveals what it really takes to make a career as a comedy writer. You’ll hear the real story of how The Daily Show switched hands from Kilborn to Stewart; what a…
Kathleen Hanna, Piper Kerman, Jon Ronson & Maria Dizzia
Jan 18, 2014 • 54 min
MEMO RE: Employee of the Month To Whom It May Concern: Employee of the Month is a talk show, where I ask people about their work. It’s where we spend the majority of our time, so why not hear from folks who love what they do? I’m not saying they love…
BRAIN PICKINGS’ MARIA POPOVA on Employee of the Month
Jan 7, 2014 • 46 min
If you ever want a liberal arts education or wish you could go back to school, BrainPickings provides everything you need, without student loans. I sat down with Maria Popova, who is the creator (and Editor-in-Chief) of BrainPickings.org, and has also…
The Daily Show Head Writer Elliott Kalan on EOTM
Jan 7, 2014 • 69 min
ELLIOTT KALAN is the Head Writer of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on Comedy Central and recipient of multiple Emmy Awards. We spoke right before he started as Head Writer and, moreover, became a dad for the first time. He also co-hosts the podcast The…
MEMO to FANS & FRIENDS
Dec 13, 2013 • 3 min
TWO GREAT LIVE TAPINGS OVER THE HOLIDAYS! Start 2014 off right or correct! Employee of the Month is making its DEBUT at the phenomenal Joe’s Pub! 7 pm, Wednesday, January 8th, 2014 @ Joe’s Pub 425 Lafayette Street, NY, NY 10003 www.joespub.com Catie…
ANTHONY DE ROSA on Employee of the Month
Dec 9, 2013 • 42 min
Anthony De Rosa, aka Tumblr’s King, aka Twitter’s Stallion, helped transform how we consume news. He broke in by writing his own stories and deftly covering news stories on his Tumblr Blog, SoupSoup, and Twitter, @antderosa. His rapid coverage helped set…
DIANE BIRCH on EMPLOYEE of the MONTH
Dec 3, 2013 • 26 min
As the music industry struggles to find its footing, singer/songwriter Diane Birch gracefully manages to music she can feel proud of and earn a living. Her debut album BIBLE BELT led to appearances on every major late night comedy show, from Jimmy Kimmel…
AMY SHERMAN-PALLADINO on Employee of the Month
Nov 26, 2013 • 19 min
TV Creator AMY SHERMAN-PALLADINO transformed television’s images of girls by creating “imperfectly perfect” female characters in her beloved TV series GILMORE GIRLS. In depicting independent, flawed, funny women, who weren’t self-hating, Sherman-Palladino…
CHRIS GETHARD on EMPLOYEE of the MONTH
Nov 22, 2013 • 19 min
CHRIS GETHARD is such a delight that it’s hard to simply describe him by his job title, comedian. Gethard does improv, stand up, acts, teaches at UCB, authored a memoir A BAD IDEA I’m ABOUT TO DO, which IFC optioned, and hosts the critically acclaimed,…
STEPHEN MOYER on EMPLOYEE of the MONTH
Nov 20, 2013 • 18 min
With the exception of Stephen Moyer, Alan Ball never let another actor direct an episode of TRUE BLOOD, his critically acclaimed series nearing its seventh (and last) season on HBO. Once you hear Stephen Moyer in our interview, you’ll know why the…
ANNA HOLMES on EMPLOYEE of the MONTH
Nov 8, 2013 • 43 min
If you only check Jezebel once a day, you are disciplined. Writer ANNA HOLMES created the addictive website, which covers the cultural zeitgeist and considers females multi-dimensional human beings. Jezebel stood out from its get go because it never…
THE MOTH GRANDSLAM WINNER MARGOT LEITMAN on EMPLOYEE of the MONTH
Nov 2, 2013 • 34 min
Comedian MARGOT LEITMAN’s critically acclaimed memoir “Gawky, Tales of an Extra Long Awkward Phase” reveals why she was born to tell stories and perform. We talked about why storytelling rocks, stand up blows, how to quit a temp job, and win money (and a…
COMMERCIAL ACTORS MOE & MARY on Employee of the Month
Oct 31, 2013 • 37 min
You don’t need to be high to listen to this episode about what it takes to be successful commercial actors; although it make it easier to relate to Mary Crosbie, Moe Rosen and me. None of us were under the influence at the time, but we were/are clearly…
LYNN CHEN on EMPLOYEE of the MONTH
Oct 31, 2013 • 23 min
LYNN CHEN is an actor, musician, and blogger. She is best known for doing indie films, and has appeared in White on Rice, Lakeview Terrace, NCIS, and Numbers. Chen created the blogs Thick Dumpling Skin and The Actor’s Diet, both of which have helped…
JESS WOOD on EMPLOYEE of the MONTH
Oct 29, 2013 • 55 min
JESS WOOD is a stand up comic, actress, and author and our interview is a MUST listen. Probably the only California blond haired, blue eyed Jewess to make her television debut on Def Comedy Jam, Jess Wood’s candor and sly wit about her thrilling, painful,…
TED TRAVELSTEAD on EMPLOYEE of the MONTH
Oct 21, 2013 • 43 min
TED TRAVELSTEAD is a hoot! He is also a writer, actor & comedian. He is the author of The Petraeus Files and co-authored Sex: Our Bodies, Our Junk. Travelstead got his big break playing the role Mordecai in “Children of the Corn II and has since gone onto…
LADY RIZO on EMPLOYEE of the MONTH
Oct 20, 2013 • 40 min
LADY RIZO is a Grammy Award winner and singular cabaret sensation. We spoke about how she is reinventing the wheel. In this episode, you will also enjoy her live performance at Employee of the Month’s first live taping at the Bell House. Special thanks to…
Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mo Rocca, Lady Rizo Live
Oct 18, 2013 • 100 min
There is no other opportunity to see, hear and smell Lin-Manuel Miranda, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, Robert Smigel, Lady Rizo, and Mo Rocca. Hope you enjoy this live taping which is a Valentine to New York, live theater, and podcasts. Employee of the…
MO ROCCA on EMPLOYEE of the MONTH
Oct 11, 2013 • 21 min
MO ROCCA stands out for being as funny as he is smart. He is as adroit at playing a serious journalist on CBS Sunday Morning or spoofing a self-serious correspondent for The Daily Show. Ultimately, his timing, wit, imagination, and intellect enable him to…
LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA on writing Robo calls, g-chatting with Stephen Sondheim & his own bodyguard
Oct 10, 2013 • 21 min
An Emmy, Grammy, Tony, Pulitzer and Employee of the Month winning composer, actor, writer, and hip-hop super star performer, Lin-Manuel Miranda can currently be seen performing in Marry Poppins. He spoke with Catie Lazarus about creating political…
ROBERT SMIGEL on EMPLOYEE of the MONTH SHOW
Oct 7, 2013 • 31 min
ROBERT SMIGEL is a legendary Emmy, Grammy, and now Employee of the Month award winning comedy writer, comedian and actor. Just to give you some background, as the comic genis has too many credits to list, Smigel and his cohorts, including Louis CK, Conan…
TRIUMPH the INSULT COMIC DOG on Employee of the Month
Oct 2, 2013 • 11 min
In this episode of Employee of the Month, Triumph poops on Brooklyn hipsters, podcasts, and reveals that Red Hook is named after his shvance. Thanks to Conan O’Brien, who just celebrated his twentieth anniversary on TV, as one of his greatest triumphs is…
THE MUSE’S KATHRYN MINSHEW on EMPLOYEE of the MONTH
Sep 30, 2013 • 32 min
What it’s like to run a tech-start up? How did you raise millions of dollars in venture capital funds? What if it flops? How do you rebuild? Luckily for us, the indefatigable visionary Kathryn Minshew answers these questions and more in her fascinating…
THE ACTRESS’S ANN CARR on EMPLOYEE of the MONTH
Sep 11, 2013 • 54 min
Ann Carr is an utterly unique character actor who has appeared on the Emmy Award winning show Louie, appears regularly at Upright Citizens Brigade Theater on a Maude Team, and is the star of the hauntingly hilarious web series The Actress. She has…
PITCHFORK’S RYAN SCHREIBER on Employee of the Month
Sep 8, 2013 • 50 min
In 1995, music fan Ryan Schreiber created Pitchfork, a webzine by and for indie music lovers. He tapped into a starving market and filled a void as the internet launched and changed how we listen to, learn about, and distribute music. Pitchfork flourished…
DANNY STRONG on Employee of the Month
Sep 3, 2013 • 58 min
Lee Daniels’ The Danny Strong is out in theaters. I mean Lee Daniels’ The Butler is out in theater and Emmy-winning screenwriter and actor Danny Strong penned the script. In our interview, Strong says he can now choose his acting jobs, because he earns…
JOY BEHAR on EMPLOYEE of the MONTH SHOW
Aug 28, 2013 • 16 min
JOY BEHAR is best known for being a founding co-host of The View, as well as hosting her own talk shows on Current TV and MLN. She, along with Whoopi Goldberg and Elisabeth Hasselbeck, were genuine about their political views, a first on syrupy and light…
ADAM BUSCH on Employee of the Month Show
Aug 25, 2013 • 25 min
ADAM BUSCH currently stars on TBS’s series Men at Work and is the lead singer of the indie folk band Common Rotation. He got his start as a teenager, landing his first film role in Léon: The Professional (1994). He then had a recurring role on the…
STACY LONDON
Aug 25, 2013 • 14 min
STACY LONDON is a fashion expert, garnering attention for her reality TV show WHAT NOT TO WEAR, which she co-hosted with Clinton Kelly. Her best selling book The Truth About Style is coming out in paperback on September 3rd. CATIE LAZARUS is a writer and…
JANEANE GAROFALO on EMPLOYEE of the MONTH
Aug 20, 2013 • 16 min
JANEANE GAROFALO does stand-up comedy, acts, and writes, and is a lovely human. She says she’d like to work in a bead store and referee Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl one day. CATIE LAZARUS is a writer and host of the EMPLOYEE of the MONTH SHOW, a talk show…
EMILY NUSSBAUM on EMPLOYEE of the MONTH
Aug 20, 2013 • 17 min
Emily Nussbaum is the television critic at The New Yorker. She previously served as an Editor-at-Large and Culture Editor at New York Magazine and Editor-in-Chief of Nerve. She is also Tweetworthy @emilynussbaum. Employee of the Month is a talk show about…
JOY BEHAR, STACY LONDON, JANEANE GARAFOLO, EMILY NUSSBAUM & CATIE LAZARUS
Aug 6, 2013 • 71 min
A special live recording of EMPLOYEE of the MONTH SHOW at Upright Citizens Brigade in NYC. Catie Lazarus honors and interviews Joy Behar, Stacy London, Janeane Garofalo and Emily Nussbaum. Special thanks to house band The New Guys, featuring Shockwave,…
GAIL COLLINS on Employee of the Month Show
Aug 3, 2013 • 36 min
GAIL COLLINS is a revered columnist at The New York Times, best known for her accessibility, wit, and passion for politics and cultural affairs. She previously served as the Editor of The New York Times Editorial Board, and was the first female to do so.…
HENRY ROLLINS on Employee of the Month
Jul 23, 2013 • 57 min
Henry Rollins acts, writes, performs, and gives back. He tours internationally, writes a column for LA Weekly, hosts a show on KCRW, and appears in films and on TV shows such as Hawaii 5-0, Sons of Anarchy, and JackAss. He got his first big break as the…
SARA BENINCASA on EMPLOYEE of the MONTH
Jul 23, 2013 • 35 min
Known for being candid about sex in her comedy, SARA BENINCASA wrote about her own struggles with agoraphobia in her memoir Agorafabulous (William Morrow). She has had several dreamy gigs, but Benincasa credits her portrayal of Sarah Palin in some web…
CATHY LADMAN on EMPLOYEE of the MONTH SHOW
Jul 10, 2013 • 53 min
CATHY LADMAN is a stand up comedian and actress who appeared on The Tonight Show nine times, Mad Men, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and will be on Late Night with Craig Ferguson TONIGHT! www.cathyladman.com CATIE LAZARUS is the host of Employee of the Month and…
BOB HARRIS on EMPLOYEE of the MONTH
Jun 26, 2013 • 56 min
A 13 time Jeopardy contestant turned CSI writer turned Forbes travel writer turned philanthropist talks about pursuing his dreams and helping others pursue theirs on Employee of the Month. Bob Harris is a winner. Oh, and ladies, he is single.…
JIMMY DORE on Employee of the Month
Jun 23, 2013 • 36 min
Did you know Jay Leno was once considered funny? JIMMY DORE and I discuss Leno, Reagan, and more. Smart, thoughtful and original, Dore is a stand up who waxes on about politics and culture on The Jimmy Dore Show, which airs on The Young Turks Network. He…
OK Go’s DAMIAN KULASH, BILL PLYMPTON, BRIDGET EVERETT, JULIE KLAUSNER, SHOCKWAVE & CATIE LAZARUS
Jun 12, 2013 • 68 min
Hi! Hope you enjoy the full live recording of Employee of the Month, what The New York Times calls Catie Lazarus’s “beloved” talk show. In this episode, Lazarus is joined by renegade animator Bill Plympton, OK Go’s Damian Kulash, cabaret starlet Bridget…
JAMES BRALY on Employee of the Month
Jun 7, 2013 • 61 min
James Braly is the first two-time winner of The Moth GrandSlam, a contributor to This American Life, and toured the country with his off-Broadway show Life In a Marital Institution (20 Years of Monogamy in One Terrifying Hour). The show was green-lit for…
BUCK HENRY, ALLISON SILVERMAN, COMMON ROTATION on EMPLOYEE of the MONTH!
May 27, 2013 • 50 min
BUCK HENRY, the actor (SNL, 30 Rock) and legendary screenwriter (The Graduate, To Die For, Protocol, Get Smart) joined TV writer ALLISON SILVERMAN (The Office, Portlandia, The Colbert Report, The Daily Show, Conan) and houseband COMMON ROTATION on this…
EMILY BAZELON on Employee of the Month
May 20, 2013 • 49 min
Emily Bazelon is a Slate senior editor and the book, Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Empathy and Character. www.emilybazelon.com Catie Lazarus hosts EMPLOYEE of the MONTH and writes a column for…
ALLISON SILVERMAN on EMPLOYEE of the MONTH
May 17, 2013 • 22 min
Hope you enjoy my conversation with super star Allison Silverman from Employee of the Month’s live show in Los Angeles at UCB. Allison Silverman has written for The Office, Portlandia, The Colbert Report, where she was also the head writer, as well as The…
VANITY FAIR’S MIKE SACKS on EMPLOYEE of the MONTH
May 15, 2013 • 75 min
MIKE SACKS and I discuss everything from career suicide, imaginary friends, submitting to The New Yorker, growing up in DC, figuring out when you’re funny, and the secrets of success. In addition to being an editor at Vanity Fair, MIKE SACKS has written…
LESLEY STAHL on EMPLOYEE of the MONTH
May 6, 2013 • 40 min
LESLEY STAHL got her street cred covering the Watergate scandal and went onto become the second anchorwoman in history at CBS News. Since then, she’s been breaking news and investigating cultural phenomenons at 60 Minutes. We spoke candidly about…
BOBBY CANNAVALE on EMPLOYEE of the MONTH
Apr 22, 2013 • 65 min
BOBBY CANNAVALE is a Tony and Emmy Award winning actor, stallion, and mensch. He currently stars in “Boardwalk Empire” and as Charlie Castle in Clifford Odets’s “Big Knife.” He is also in Woody Allen’s new movie “Blue Jasmine.” He has way too many other…
DICK CAVETT on Employee of the Month
Apr 22, 2013 • 62 min
DICK CAVETT is one of the greatest talk show hosts in history and my personal favorite. He’s won a numerous Emmy Awards for his talk show(s), that were on the air for five decades (and, technically two centuries, since you can buy the DVDs for The Dick…
BEASTS of the SOUTHERN WILD’s MICHAEL GOTTWALD RETURNS!
Apr 15, 2013 • 30 min
After being a hit at indie film festivals like Sundance, SXSW and Tribeca Film Festival, MICHAEL GOTTWALD’s truly independent film found its fans. They told their friends, family and even exes and, soon enough, Gottwald and (his team) COURT 13’s little…
Common Rotation’s Employee of the Month Theme Song
Apr 2, 2013 • 4 min
Common Rotation, the fantabulous folk band, kindly created our fantastic theme song. Jordan Katz, Eric Kufs and Adam Busch (who has also received the Employee of the Month award) are the main players and I am so proud and grateful to have them as Employee…
OPHIRA EISENBERG on Employee of the Month
Apr 2, 2013 • 51 min
OPHIRA EISENBERG is a comedian and writer. She hosts NPR’s Ask Me Another and has been featured on Craig Ferguson and Comedy Central and her debut memoir, Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamy is out in Spring 2013, as in now!…
ALEX KARPOVSKY on Employee of the Month
Apr 2, 2013 • 19 min
ALEX KARPOVSKY is an actor, writer and director. Alex play Ray Ploshansky in the HBO comedy series GIRLS and Marty Green in the upcoming Coen Brothers film, INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS. His films include WOODPECKER (SXSW 2008), TRUST US, THIS IS ALL MADE UP (SXSW…
PRODUCER MICHAEL GOTTWALD on EMPLOYEE of the MONTH
Apr 2, 2013 • 23 min
Michael Gottwald, an Oscar nominated producer on such films as BEASTS of the SOUTHERN WILD and the upcoming PING PONG SUMMER, joined for a live taping of Employee of the Month. Funny, passionate, and unpretentious, Michael distills the myths of what it…
NEAL MEDLYN on EMPLOYEE of the MONTH
Apr 2, 2013 • 14 min
NEAL MEDLYN is a performance artist which means he sings, dances, tells jokes, does improv, sketch, storytelling and stand up. Sometimes he even wears clothes. He is mischievously funny, smart, and embodies his characters in a way which makes it difficult…
MIKE WHITE on EMPLOYEE of the MONTH SHOW
Apr 1, 2013 • 51 min
MIKE WHITE is an ingenious writer who also acts and directs. His films include Chuck and Book, Year of the Dog, and School of Rock with Jack Black. He also created Enlightened, the critically acclaimed series which just wrapped on HBO. While White is…
ANDREA SYRTASH on EMPLOYEE of the MONTH
Mar 21, 2013 • 56 min
ANDREA SYRTASH is an expert on dating, romance and love. I can safely say I am not. I am also skeptical about people who describe themselves as expert. We spoke about the ethics of being an expert, therapist, brand ambassadors, and product placement.…
GINA GERSHON on EMPLOYEE of the MONTH
Mar 17, 2013 • 41 min
GINA GERSHON is an actress, singer and writer. We spoke about her acting career, the pain of writing and expertise at procrastinating, as well as her delightful memoir In Search of Cleo: How I Found My Pussy and Lost My Mind. To find out more about Gina,…
NEAL MEDLYN is BACK! Part 2
Mar 11, 2013 • 42 min
NEAL MEDLYN is downtown theater darling. His performance work is often built around music, some of it good, most of it pop. If you didn’t see him in THE NEAL MEDLYN EXPERIENCE LIVE! a re-enactment of Beyonce’s 2007 concert DVD OR Neal Medlyn, the Paris…
SAMANTHA HAHN on EMPLOYEE of the MONTH
Mar 10, 2013 • 61 min
SAMANTHA HAHN is an illustrator who designs everything from wallpaper to stationary to portraits to paintings to pillows. You may recognize her light, airy, feminine designs of J.Crew models in New York Magazine or the pamphlet describing make up…
W. KAMAU BELL on EMPLOYEE of the MONTH
Feb 11, 2013 • 13 min
W. Kamau Bell is quietly revolutionizing TV and I hope his show TOTALLY BIASED on FX continues to thrive. Bell’s understanding of social stratification isn’t (more) nuanced than your typical policy wonk or doctoral student. EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH (EOTM) is…
DAVID CARR on Employee of the MONTH
Feb 11, 2013 • 26 min
DAVID CARR who may be best known for his reporting on media for The New York Times should be recognized for reinventing D.C.’s Washington City Paper. His signature mischievous wit, accessible voice, and sound reporting has made him a star reporter.…
ADAM RAPP on EMPLOYEE of the MONTH
Feb 11, 2013 • 28 min
Adam Rapp is critically acclaimed playwright, novelist, and, now, actor. He will make his Broadway debut in Cliff Odets The Big Knife at The Roundabout Theater in the spring of 2013. Rapp’s plays include Through the Yellow Hour, Hallway Trilogy, The Metal…
PAUL DINELLO on EMPLOYEE of the MONTH
Jan 21, 2013 • 19 min
PAUL DINELLO and AMY SEDARIS stopped by Employee of the Month’s live show at UCB. I hope to have them back on because this interview is brief and nutty, but wanted to share it nonetheless for die hard fans. PAUL DINELLO is an actor, writer, director and…
DAVID WAIN on Employee of the Month
Jan 17, 2013 • 19 min
We promise to share with you a clip from David Wain’s film ONCE it is ready but, for now, you can get to know David Wain a little bet better. He is the director and co-writer of Wet Hot American Summer, The Ten, Role Models, Wanderlust and coming this…
RACHEL MADDOW on EMPLOYEE of the MONTH
Jan 16, 2013 • 40 min
RACHEL MADDOW the host of the Emmy award winning political talk show THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW on MSNBC. She is also author of the Grammy nominated, critically acclaimed book DRIFT about the US’s national security. She is also, as policy wonk’s go, a…
HARI KUNZRU on EMPLOYEE of the MONTH
Jan 15, 2013 • 33 min
HARI KUNZRU is a critically acclaimed prolific novelist and journalist. GODS WITHOUT MEN is his most recent novel, but you can also check out his other books, including TRANSMISSION, MY REVOLUTIONS and THE IMPRESSIONIST. To learn more about Hari, visit…
GLORIA STEINEM on feminism, green card marriages, fundraising at Esquire, & tap dancing
Jan 15, 2013 • 36 min
Gloria Steinem is a writer and activist. She has written 8 books and speaks all over the globe on human rights, including sex and race caste systems, child abuse, non-violent conflict resolution, sexism, feminism, and community organization. She lives in…
LAUREN IUNGERICH
Jan 7, 2013 • 65 min
LAUREN IUNGERICH is the creator of MTV’s critically acclaimed and Teen Choice Award winning series AWKWARD and HOT MESS as well as the web series MY TWO FANS. She has written for television shows, like TEN THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU, and developed and…
CHRIS HENCHY on EMPLOYEE of the MONTH
Jan 6, 2013 • 35 min
CHRIS HENCHY is a co-founder of Gary Sanchez Productions and the interweb sensation Funny or Die. He is also the co-executive producer of HBO’s critically acclaimed series Entourage, Funny or Die Presents, and Eastbound & Down. In addition to producing,…
GREG GARCIA on EMPLOYEE of the MONTH SHOW
Jan 6, 2013 • 56 min
Gregory García created the critically acclaimed Fox series RAISING HOPE, the Emmy Award-winning NBC series MY NAME IS EARL, and CBS’s long-running YES DEAR. Before becoming a major show runner, he also worked on Family Matters and Family Guy. If you ever…
AJ JACOBS on EMPLOYEE of the MONTH
Dec 7, 2012 • 52 min
EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH (EOTM) is a talk show about work, jobs and labor. I wanted to hear from folks with some of the best jobs in the world. It’s why I interview (and award) these special snowflakes. That said, even if you love your job, you may not be…
CARMEN RUBIN on Employee of the Month
Nov 29, 2012 • 62 min
EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH (EOTM) is a talk show about work, jobs and labor. I wanted to hear from folks with some of the best jobs in the world. It’s why I interview (and award) these special snowflakes. That said, even if you love your job, you may not be…
MYQ KAPLAN on Employee of the Month
Nov 1, 2012 • 51 min
Myq Kaplan is a stand up comedian, writer, lover and all around hunk. It was lovely to interview him as his career takes off and he has just released his latest comedy album and podcast HANG OUT WITH ME! So let’s hang out…. And THANK YOU to DAVE STEFFEY…
KURT ANDERSEN on being fired from New York Magazine, writing novels and WNYC Pledge Drives
Oct 18, 2012 • 22 min
Kurt Andersen is a writer, whose most recent novel is TRUE BELIEVERS. He is also the host of the Peabody-winning public radio program Studio 360, a co-production between Public Radio International and WNYC, and KINGS COUNTY, a comedy show.…
J.ROBIN BAITZ on EMPLOYEE of the MONTH
Oct 17, 2012 • 31 min
At our live taping at UCB, I sat down with Robby Baitz, the prolific, Pulitzer Prize and Drama Desk nominated, Tony award winning playwright. He has also written for TV and Film, including Alias and The West Wing and he also co-created the TV show…
REGGIE WATTS on EMPLOYEE of the MONTH
Sep 30, 2012 • 70 min
EMPLOYEE of the MONTH is hosted by Catie Lazarus. Subscribe to the podcast for more interviews with phenomenal folks as they discuss their work, jobs, and labor. We spend most of our lives at work, might as well enjoy (much of) it.…
DAN CURRY on EMPLOYEE of the MONTH
Sep 26, 2012 • 36 min
Dan Curry is a writer and just released his first novel KUNG-FU LESBIAN. He also writes on Adult Swim’s new hit show The Eric Andre Show. We caught up as the comic writer’s career is taking off, so we’ll have to check in when his career is taking on. Wait…
ALEX BORSTEIN on EMPLOYEE of the MONTH
Aug 13, 2012 • 68 min
ALEX BORSTEIN is a writer and actor. She is best known for playing Lois Griffin on FAMILY GUY and as a series regular on MADTV. She has also written for Family Guy, Casper, Pinky and the Brain, Shameless, and now starring in her own show on HBO. She has…
JODI KANTOR on EMPLOYEE of the MONTH
Aug 9, 2012 • 50 min
JODI KANTOR is the author of THE OBAMAS (Little Brown), which coincidentally is the same name of the First Family of the Unites States of America. In addition to writing a best-selling, critically acclaimed book which delves into the family life of the…
DAVE HILL on EMPLOYEE of the MONTH
Jul 5, 2012 • 45 min
Ever wanted to know what it means to have one of the best jobs in the world? Me too! (We have so much in common.) It’s why I – aka CATIE LAZARUS - host EMPLOYEE of the MONTH, a talk show about dreamy jobs. It was dreamy to have on (and honor) Dave Hill.…
ANYA KAMENETZ on EMPLOYEE of the MONTH
Jun 6, 2012 • 26 min
Journalists who actually value journalism aren’t a dime a dozen these days (although cliches, like the one I just wrote, are for better or worse.) Sorry, I will cut it out, but please don’t hold my terrible jokes against the journalist, author, and, most…
KAMBRI CREWS on EMPLOYEE of the MONTH
Jun 6, 2012 • 24 min
Kambri Crews has taught me that nobody comes from nothing. Please run don’t walk to your nearest keyboard (oh! wait, you’re probably already there!) Now buy BURN DOWN THE GROUND on AMAZON! I bought 3 copies and if you listen to our interview you will know…
FREAKONOMICS STEPHEN DUBNER on EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH
Jun 6, 2012 • 25 min
There are people who I consider mentors because of the career paths they’ve charted for themselves. Then there are folks who I consider mentors because of how they comport themselves. I want to be like them, not just when I’m …. (famous, successful,…
BARATUNDE THURSTON on EMPLOYEE of the MONTH
Jun 6, 2012 • 25 min
It was such a privilege to have comedian, author and digital guru BARATUNDE THURSTON on the show. Baratunde’s New York Times Best Seller HOW TO BE BLACK is a delightful and worthwhile read. You can find out what it was like for him to grow up as a…
AASIF MANDVI returns! PART II of our interview
May 9, 2012 • 66 min
Ever wanted to know what it means to have one of the best jobs in the world? Me too! (We have so much in common.) It’s why I (aka CATIE LAZARUS) host EMPLOYEE of the MONTH, a talk show about dreamy jobs. It’s also why I interviewed AASIF MANDVI- a…
AASIF MANDVI on EMPLOYEE of the MONTH
May 9, 2012 • 21 min
In this episode of Employee of the Month Show, Catie Lazarus discovers how Aasif Mandvi (The Senior Muslim Correspondent on The Daily Show) feels about being typecast as a Native-American Lesbian nosy neighbor type in Hollywood. Luckily for you, there is…
SLOANE CROSLEY on EMPLOYEE of the MONTH
Apr 26, 2012 • 21 min
EMPLOYEE of the MONTH is talk show about dreamy jobs. Every month CATIE LAZARUS hosts this podcast, which is recorded live at Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. Come see why NPR’s Marketplace, Time Out New York, New York Magazine, The New York Post, New…
PAUL MARCARELLI, best known as The Verizon Guy, finds a second calling as a director
Apr 26, 2012 • 25 min
Employee of the Month is a podcast and it’s recorded live monthly at Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. Come see why NPR’s Marketplace, Time Out New York, New York Magazine, The New York Post, New York Observer and, of course, a Brazilian newspaper O Globo…
THE YES MEN reveal the difference between performance art and activism
Mar 6, 2012 • 23 min
This episode of EMPLOYEE of the MONTH is sponsored by AUDIBLE, the leading provider of audible books and other audible downloads. I was a subscriber before they become a sponsor, and if you go to http://www.Audiblepodcast.com/employee you can get a free…
BRIAN LEHRER on EMPLOYEE of the MONTH
Feb 21, 2012 • 30 min
This episode is sponsored by AUDIBLE! Please go to Audiblepodcast.com/employee to get a free 30 day trial OR download a free audio book. You will be helping to support Employee of the Month so thank you! Wait, what is Employee of the Month? So glad you…
ASHRITA FURMAN, Guinness Book of World Record Holder for Most Guinness Book of World Records
Feb 7, 2012 • 20 min
CATIE LAZARUS hosts EMPLOYEE of the MONTH and records most of the podcasts live at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York City. Employee of the Month is a talk (and awards) show about what it truly means to have a dreamy job. Who better to be…
BOB MANKOFF, Cartoon Editor for The New Yorker, on rejection, redemption, and the Cartoon Caption Contest
Feb 7, 2012 • 21 min
Hi! I host EMPLOYEE of the MONTH a talk (and awards) show about what it truly means to have a dreamy job. I wanted to know what it means to be the cartoon editor of The New Yorker magazine. For over twenty years, Bob Mankoff has been The New Yorker’s…
Aurelia Thierree on EMPLOYEE of the MONTH
Dec 14, 2011 • 11 min
AURELIA THIERREE visited the live Employee of the Month show at 92nd St Y Tribeca www.92ytribeca.org. You can still see AURELIA’S ORATORIO and she also has a new show called MURMURS. It’s hard to describe all of the things Aurelia does exactly, as you’ll…
KEVIN CLASH (& ELMO!) share their tricks of the trade on and off Sesame Street
Dec 14, 2011 • 24 min
Kevin Clash and Elmo stopped by EMPLOYEE of the MONTH. They shared their experience and picked up their Employee of the Month awards at a live show at the 92Y Tribeca www.92ytribeca.org. Clash is the subject of the critically acclaimed documentary BEING…
JOSE RIVERA, the playwright and director dishes about his family, Hollywood, and writing what matters
Dec 14, 2011 • 66 min
Hi! I host EMPLOYEE of the MONTH a talk (and awards) show about what it truly means to have a dreamy job. I get to interview some remarkable folks. Enter JOSE RIVERA. He is a prolific playwright/novelist/screenwriter, and now director. Jose received an…
STEPHEN WRIGHT the one and only Oscar award winning comedian
Dec 6, 2011 • 33 min
EMPLOYEE of the MONTH is a talk (and awards) show about what it truly means to have a dreamy job. CATIE LAZARUS, who created and hosts Employee of the Month, only selects good eggs for the prestigious EMPLOYEE of the MONTH award, so no wonder she picked…
JOEY MAZZARINO, head writer of Sesame Street, breaks down writing for kiddos
Dec 1, 2011 • 22 min
CATIE LAZARUS hosts EMPLOYEE of the MONTH. It’s a talk (and awards) show about what it truly means to have a dreamy job. Who better to be selected as an EMPLOYEE of the MONTH than a Mupeeter/actor/writer/director at … (drum roll) Sesame Street.
RACHEL DRATCH on EMPLOYEE of the MONTH
Dec 1, 2011 • 14 min
EMPLOYEE of the MONTH a talk (and awards) show about what it truly means to have a dreamy job. CATIE LAZARUS hosts the live show at UCB where she interviewed Rachel Dratch, an actor, writer, comedian, and good egg.
JULIA BACHA on EMPLOYEE of the MONTH
Oct 31, 2011 • 21 min
There aren’t enough people who make it their life’s work to try and save the world, and even fewer who make a tangible difference. That’s what I found from our conversation at the 92Y Tribeca in NYC, see what you think. www.Justvision.org