Andrew Rannells, Danny Burstein and More Set for Catie Lazarus' EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH at Joe's Pub, Begin. Tonight
Following a triumphant run at NYC's UCB Theater and an ongoing, successful podcast, Catie Lazarus brings her acerbic, wildly funny and insightful talk show Employee of the Month to Joe's Pub for an ongoing monthly residency beginning tonight, March 5.
March's Employees of the Month include Grammy winner ANDREW RANNELLS (of Broadway's The Book of Mormon and HBO's acclaimed comedy Girls), Broadway actor DANNY BURSTEIN (currently performing in Cabaret), author and entrepreneur SETH GODIN (writer of the books Tribes and Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?), and sex therapist and author of The NY Times bestseller Mating in Captivity ESTHER PEREL. Future shows include interviews with Taylor Mac and Rosie Perez on April 10 and HBO's Sheila Nevins on May 6 with more guests TBA shortly.
A writer/performer, i.e. perpetual starving artist, Catie Lazarus wondered how trailblazers carved out their remarkable careers, so she created an addictive, fascinating, and fun talk show where she speaks to folks like Rachel Maddow, Gloria Steinem, and Lin-Manuel Miranda, about the good, bad, and ugly of their work. In a throwback to Dick Cavett, Lazarus engages in thoughtful conversations with illustrious guests, but she can also roll with the punches when interviewing Lewis Black, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, or Grover (the Muppet NOT the former U.S. President.) The New York Times describes Employee of the Month as "beloved" and Blackbook calls comedian Catie Lazarus "hilarious". The New Yorker deftly acknowledged Lazarus's secret weapon when they wrote, "her line of inquiry is decidedly unorthodox."
Stephen Dubner, co-creator of Freakonomics, explains what sets her apart as a unique interviewer and host. "Catie Lazarus has the rare ability to be both hilarious and empathic at the same time. So when she interviews people, the audience really gets sucked into their lives (in a good way) but they also split their seams laughing." Lazarus is exceptional, as she does her homework, yet can easily improvise. The result is a night of candid conversation that should inspire you to finish that novel, quit your day job, or quite possibly self-medicate smarter.
Lazarus dropped out of her doctoral studies in clinical psychology to do comedy. Since then she's hosted multiple web series and contributed as a writer and editor to The Forward, Slate, Daily Beast, The Billfold, Splitsider, TribecaFilmFestival.com, Cosmo, ModernLoss.com, BUST Magazine, and Heeb Magazine, where she edited the 'Kvetch' section. Her imagination, intellect, candor, and wit have drawn a cult following and transformed her into a downtown darling.
Tickets now on sale at joespub.com.
Photo by Jennifer Broski.