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EMPLOYEE of the MONTH is a talk show about dreamy jobs. Host Catie Lazarus interviews phenomenal folks who do what they love. They also receive the coveted Employee of the Month Award, which falls somewhere between a Nobel Peace Prize and free cup of coffee. So tune in if you've ever wondered what it's like to be a gonzo journalist or Gonzo or a cartoonist for The New Yorker. You'll hear candid conversations with folks like Bob Mankoff, Cartoon Editor of The New Yorker, Kevin Clash who plays Elmo, and Rachel Maddow. The podcast is released weekly and you can attend live tapings in New York and Los Angeles. To get involved, get on the mailing list, donate or just for kicks, visit www.employeeofthemonthshow.com.

EMPLOYEE of the MONTH is a talk show about dreamy jobs. Host Catie Lazarus interviews phenomenal folks who do what they love. They also receive the coveted Employee of the Month Award, which falls somewhere between a Nobel Peace Prize and free cup of coffee. So tune in if you've ever wondered what it's like to be a gonzo journalist or Gonzo or a cartoonist for The New Yorker. You'll hear candid conversations with folks like Bob Mankoff, Cartoon Editor of The New Yorker, Kevin Clash who plays Elmo, and Rachel Maddow. The podcast is released weekly and you can attend live tapings in New York and Los Angeles. To get involved, get on the mailing list, donate or just for kicks, visit www.employeeofthemonthshow.com.
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EMPLOYEE of the MONTH is a talk show about dreamy jobs. Host Catie Lazarus interviews phenomenal folks who do what they love. They also receive the coveted Employee of the Month Award, which falls somewhere between a Nobel Peace Prize and free cup of coffee. So tune in if you've ever wondered what it's like to be a gonzo journalist or Gonzo or a cartoonist for The New Yorker. You'll hear candid conversations with folks like Bob Mankoff, Cartoon Editor of The New Yorker, Kevin Clash who plays Elmo, and Rachel Maddow. The podcast is released weekly and you can attend live tapings in New York and Los Angeles. To get involved, get on the mailing list, donate or just for kicks, visit www.employeeofthemonthshow.com.

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Episodes

SARAH KAY on being robbed, 300 days on the road, and singing live

1/3/2017
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Duration:00:24:58

LEE FIELDS, soul singer, performs and speaks about his 45 year career, Jame

7/9/2015
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Duration:00:22:09

DANIEL FRIEDMAN, suit designer for LGBTQ, will sleep in his suit to get you

5/7/2015
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Duration:00:31:13

Employee Of The Month - Rosie O'Donnell

4/27/2015
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Duration:00:36:49

CYNTHIA NIXON talks about casting when you're non-white, hetero male and po

4/9/2015
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Duration:00:42:05

LIZ TUCCILLO discusses Sex in the City, Denny's & Modern Dance

3/27/2015
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Duration:00:20:47

Syd Butler, bassist for Les Savy Fav & Late Night with Seth Meyers, talks a

3/24/2015
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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 helped launch the careers of phenomenal musicians. It was a pleasure to sit down at Joe's Pub and talk to Syd about life on the road, his roots in the ska scene and work crush on Ian McKay, of Fugazi, in Washington, DC. Syd is also joined...

Duration:00:22:31

JON STEWART's uncircumcised interview with Catie Lazarus

2/21/2015
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Duration:00:45:49

KEVIN AVERY, writer for HBO's Last Week Tonight, talks about balancing it a

2/15/2015
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Duration:00:38:32

KRISTER JOHNSON talks about writing for The Onion and Wet Hot American Summ

2/4/2015
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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 he's gone onto writer for The Onion and, most recently, the television series, Wet Hot American Summer. In our interview, we spoke about what it really takes to be a TV writer.

Duration:00:36:53

MEL OTTENBERG, fashion stylist for Rihanna, explains how fashion shapes cul

2/2/2015
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Duration:00:18:15

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1/23/2015
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Duration:00:54:38

JUSTIN SAYRE on writing for 2 Broke Girls and putting Sodomites on the map.

1/15/2015
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Duration:00:31:00

KATIE INNAMORATO, rogue taxidermist, as if there were any other kind.

1/7/2015
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Duration:00:17:51

FRANK BRUNI, New York Times columnist on SAT's, Bush vs. Obama, & Ikea's Me

12/30/2014
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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, The Detroit Free Press, where he was nominated for a Pulitzer, and New York Post. Once at The New York Times, he quickly gained a reputation for meeting, if not beating, deadlines and witty, accessible prose. His speedy turn around enabled...

Duration:00:24:24

TAYLOR SCHILLING & PIPER KERMAN, aka the Two Pied Pipers of Orange is the N

12/23/2014
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Duration:00:34:22

JOSHUA WOLF SHENK, Author of Powers of Two, explains what collaborating is

12/12/2014
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Duration:00:33:25

STEPHIN MERRITT, of the Magnetic Fields, on film school, touring, and Scrab

12/4/2014
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Duration:00:20:31

AL JAFFEE, iconic cartoonist, discusses Stan Lee, Hugh Hefner, Mad Magazine

11/28/2014
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Duration:00:34:47

ANTHONY BREGMAN, Producer of Foxcatcher, on raising equity and investing in

11/19/2014
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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 is at securing investors and delivering hits. He is also one of the last few producers left in New York who transformed what it meant to make independent films with (and without) studios. Before founding Likely Story, Bregman was a partner...

Duration:00:20:30