Catie Lazarus

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Catie Lazarus
Born Washington, D.C., United States
Alma mater Wesleyan University
Occupation Writer, talk show host

Catie Lazarus is a writer, storyteller and talk show host. Lazarus was awarded "Best Comedy Writer" at the ECNY Awards and named one of New York's "Top 100 New Yorkers."[1] Theater Mania called her a "comedy darling"[2] and Lewis Black has described her as, "more brilliant than she'll ever know."[3] Lazarus is best known as creator and host of the Employee of the Month show (EOTM), a monthly comedy show and podcast filmed live at Joe's Pub in New York City where she interviews famous people about their jobs. EOTM has been called "beloved" by The New York Times,[4] and "hilarious" and "ambitious" by BlackBook.[5]

Early life[edit]

Born in Washington D.C., she attended Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.[6]


Lazarus dropped out of her doctoral studies to write comedy after an impromptu improv lesson from Tina Fey at an Empower Program conference in Washington, D.C.[7] Three months later, Lazarus performed for the first time at Stand Up New York, where she won a contest.[8] She then won another stand up contest at the Laugh Factory.[9] She has performed storytelling at The Moth, The Rejection Show at The Bell House, RISK!, Story Collider, and Upright Citizens Brigade Theater's Asscat.

Her first article was a spoof of The New York Times wedding section.[10] Vitamin W described her animated pilot MYC as offering "more than a few good laughs."[11] Her most autobiographical work, according to Tubefilter, is a puppet show. "We get a peek into the devilishly candid and inventive mind of the young performer with her first original series, The on Time Show with Petunia Van De Twirp."[12]

She is also a talk show host. Lazarus has interviewed, hosted shows and moderated panels for Women in Film,[13] Brooklyn Jewish Film Festival, 92nd Y,[14] Writers Guild of America (WGA-East), and the Tribeca Film Festival. In 2004, she created and hosted "Stand for Peace," a now annual comedy benefit for Seeds of Peace.[15] She then produced and hosted the ECNY nominated comedy variety show "The Chosen One"[16] at Upright Citizens Brigade Theater for Heeb Magazine, when she edited the magazine's Kvetch section. In 2006, Comix opened in New York and the booker plucked Lazarus to host the first alternative comedy showcase to feature younger talent and alternative comedy. Fresh Meat[17] ran at Comix weekly for three years and then at Ars Nova.[18] In 2007 she began hosting on the Couch for Tango Mag.[19]

In 2010, Lazarus started the talk show Employee of the Month, praised by The New Yorker for its "extremely notable" guests and Lazarus' "decidedly unorthodox" interview style.[20] It became a podcast in 2012.[21] Lazarus hosts live taping at Upright Citizens Brigade in New York and Los Angeles, 92 Y,[22] The Bell House, and Joe's Pub. Lazarus has interviewed numerous comedians, musicians, journalists, filmmakers, entrepreneurs, and social activists. Notable guests include Gloria Steinem, Rosie Perez, Wallace Shawn, Martha Plimpton, Dick Cavett and Lewis Black.

After Jon Stewart announced his departure from The Daily Show, the first public comments he made about it were on Lazarus' Employee of the Month show on February 19, 2015.[23] He follows many of his Daily Show collaborators, including Aasif Mandvi, Dave Attell, Wyatt Cenac, Buck Henry, Mo Rocca, David Wain, and Lewis Black, as guests on the show; Lazarus herself appeared in the Daily Show in a sketch about a prequel to Hot Tub Time Machine.[24] Stewart discussed some of his future plans, assuring fans that he was not retiring. Though he plans to spend more time with his family, he suggested that he would continue writing – he joked, "I'm going to be a featured blogger on The Huffington Post'" – and even that he could return to stand-up comedy.


Lazarus wrote about her late godfather Lenny Ross' interview with Mike Wallace for The Daily Beast.[25] She is a descendant of the Lazarus family, who built the first major department store chain and persuaded President Franklin D. Roosevelt to change the date of Thanksgiving.[26] Her paternal great-grandfather Simon Lazarus was President of F. & R. Lazarus, which featured the first escalator,[27] employee commissions, and price tag.[28] Her maternal grandfather Lester Avnet was the CEO of Avnet Inc., and her uncle Jon Avnet is a movie producer. Her father Simon Lazarus III, served as a policy adviser to President Jimmy Carter[29] and brother Ned Lazarus co-founded the Co-Existence Center for Seeds of Peace.[30]


  • Lazarus, Catie (May 11, 2014). "A Nanny's Love". The New York Times Magazine. Retrieved August 12, 2014. 


  1. ^ "Top 100 New Yorkers of the Year" (PDF). New York Resident. 
  2. ^ "Catie Lazarus: Fresh Meat". Theater Mania. 
  3. ^ "Catie Lazarus, Creator of "Employee of the Month" and Student of Oppression". Writers Guild of America East. 
  4. ^ "Comedy Listings for April 26-May 2". The New York Times. Retrieved July 7, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Rachel Maddow, Gloria Steinem, and Hari Kunzru Dish on Employee of the Month". BlackBook. Retrieved July 9, 2013. 
  6. ^ "SEE THE WORLD IN THE HEART OF CONNECTICUT! WESLEYAN'S CFA SPRINGS FORWARD WITH ADDITIONS TO ITS 04—05 SEASON". Wesleyan University Center for the Arts. Retrieved July 5, 2013. 
  7. ^ Rosalind Wiseman#cite note-washpost-1
  8. ^ "Labor on Broadway". The Working Theater. Retrieved July 6, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Forward Freelancer Tapped as Funniest". Forward. Retrieved July 6, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Bathsheba Bloomingdales Shmutz, Baron Ezekiel Gideon Rothschild". Forward. Retrieved July 6, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Mice Take Over City in Funny New Web Series". Vitamin W. Retrieved July 6, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Catie Lazarus Made a Puppet Show (And We Love It)". Tubefilter. Retrieved July 6, 2013. 
  13. ^ "HYSTERICAL FESTIVAL: A CELEBRATION OF WOMEN IN COMICS". This Week in New York. Retrieved July 6, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Postcards from Yo Momma". This Week in New York. Retrieved July 6, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Stand Up for Peace". Seeds of Peace. Retrieved July 6, 2013. 
  16. ^ "THE CHOSEN ONE: A benefit for HEEB Magazine". Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. Retrieved July 6, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Finding the Funny and It's Bloody Rare". Out of Focus. Retrieved July 6, 2013. 
  18. ^ "Catie Lazarus: Fresh Meat". Theater Mania. Retrieved July 6, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Dating Older Men". YouTube. Retrieved July 6, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Above and Beyond". The New Yorker. Retrieved July 9, 2013. 
  21. ^ "Employee of the Month". Retrieved July 6, 2013. 
  22. ^ "Employee of the Month Catie Lazarus". 92 Y Online. Retrieved July 6, 2013. 
  23. ^ "Catie Lazarus, Host of 'Employee of the Month,' at Joe's Pub, Holds Court". The New York Times. 
  24. ^ Larson, Sarah. "Jon Stewart, Employee of the Month". The New Yorker. 
  25. ^ "Was Mike Wallace's Toughest Interview a 12-Year-Old Kid?". The Daily Beast. Retrieved July 8, 2013. 
  26. ^ "Lazarus to thank for Thanksgiving date". Retrieved July 8, 2013. 
  27. ^ "October 29: Federated Department Stores". Jewish Currents. Retrieved July 8, 2013. 
  28. ^ "Lazarus to thank for Thanksgiving date". Retrieved July 8, 2013. 
  29. ^ "Simon Lazarus". Constitutional Accountability Center. Retrieved July 8, 2013. 
  30. ^ "Ned Lazarus". Slate. Retrieved July 8, 2013. 

External links[edit]

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