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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.




PHOEBE ROBINSON talks Broad City, Dicks & WNYC

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 find one's voice. So how do you earn enough to survive to even figure out whether a career is possible? How do you break into a world that is overwhelmingly white, hetero and male? The comedy world has rapidly been evolving over the past...

Duration: 00:16:47

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

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 life’s greater truths AND help others hone their own voices. I also have found that as vital as it is to engage in society, some days the news makes me worry that my head might explode. It’s why I am particularly thankful to kick off 2017...

Duration: 00:24:58

JON GLASER talks about Second City and whether SNL grabbed his joke

JON GLASER talks about Second City and whether SNL grabbed his joke by Catie Lazarus

Duration: 00:38:55

MARTHA WAINWRIGHT sings and talks Leonard Cohen, Glen Hansard, and her new album

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 deftly embodies the cacophony of emotions simultaneously. Now a mother, who grew up with parents, Kate McGarrigle and Loudon Wainwright, Martha talks about raising a child as an artist and touring. We also spoke about how hard it is for...

Duration: 00:20:22

THE AFFAIR's SARAH TREEM on firing and hiring, sex and seduction, egos and loneliness

"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 series. Of course, it helps having actors like Dominic West , Maura Tierney, Joshua Jackson, and Ruth Wilson depict what the cost of prison, murder, infidelity, children, death, mental illness play on even the strongest relationships. This...

Duration: 00:43:07

NATE SILVER on polling errors, media refusing to call sexual assault, and e-mail hacks

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, which was recorded live at Joe's Pub at The Public Theater, Nate and I spoke about how this 2016 election is unprecedented, who gets polled and why, and what set Silver, a wunderkind, apart as a kid. Nate also spoke about managing his...

Duration: 00:40:33

The New York Times journalist Jessica Bennett on Feminist Fight Club

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 and curator of the Lean In Collection – a partnership betwen LeanIn.Org and Getty Images, to change the way women are depicted in stock photography. We spoke about her first book, Fight Club: An Office Survival Manual (for a Sexist...

Duration: 00:46:38

ISAAC OLIVER on writing his debut book, porn, and Lilith Fair

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 performs his stories. It was delightful to interview him live at Joe's Pub at The Public Theater. If you enjoyed this episode of Employee of the Month, you can attend our live tapings at Joe's Pub or check out the podcast or follow...

Duration: 00:18:53

LAURA BENANTI sings and talks vibrators, Melania Trump, and pregnancy

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 Broadway Musical, She Loves Me. Benanti became a broadway baby when she was a little older than a baby, at the tender age of 18. She also received a Drama Desk award, Outer Critics Circle Award and a Tony Award Nomination for her starring...

Duration: 00:43:03

MAYA RUDOLPH talks Prince, Oprah, and performs

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 Prince, Princess and in our interview, we spoke about how Prince enjoyed their Valentine to his legacy. Maya and Gretchen even gave us glimpse into why their show is so fun. The secret is in the sauce. On Maya and Marty, Rudolph sings and...

Duration: 00:52:21

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

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 prolific career as well as the resurgence of soul, which Lee, as well as Charles Bradley and Sharon Jones, have spearheaded. Lee also graciously sings from his latest album FAITHFUL MAN, and you can hear how his sublime voice can seamlessly...

Duration: 00:22:09

BETTY HALBRIECH, Bergdorf's iconic personal shopper, gets the last laugh.

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 "Sex And the City" or off, as with Candice Bergen, Joan Rivers, and Jane Curtain. Even though Bergdorf created a job for her as their first ever (and longest running) personal stylist, Betty describes her job more as a "clothes therapist."...

Duration: 00:17:28

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

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 Brooklyn born and raised Friedman started Bindle and Keep, a bespoke suit boutique. His design instincts, hunger to break even, and savvy understanding of social media paid off. What set Friedman ultimately apart was that he adapted his...

Duration: 00:31:13

Employee Of The Month - Rosie O'Donnell

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 against a brick walls with only a mic to defend themselves emerged in the 1980’s. Stand up clubs, such as Catch a Rising Star and the Improv, served up 2 drink minimums and rapid fire hokes from the likes of Eddie Murphy, Whoopi Goldberg, Paul...

Duration: 00:36:49

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

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 winner CYNTHIA NIXON, who will consciously support causes. Nixon has her plate full with upcoming films, like LIFE ITSELF, JAMES WHITE, and STOKHOLM, PENNSYLVNIA; directing a one woman show, and prepping to play Emily Dickinson, among other...

Duration: 00:42:05

CYNTHIA NIXON on being a bankable actress & the age of consent in New York

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. Andrews, and getting roles post Sex-in-the-City. This is part one of a two part interview. This was taped live at Joe's Pub (at The Public Theater.) If you would like to attend a live taping, please go to www.employeeofthemonthshow.com and...

Duration: 00:39:48

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

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 a novel How to Be Single and indie film Take Care, carving out a niche in writing accessible romantic comedies. She is currently developing a pilot with Annabelle Gurwitch for FX called, I See You Made An Effort, which is adapted from...

Duration: 00:20:47

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

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

Pick-pocketing as a day job, OT Sherman reveals the magic of slippery hands

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. Today, he is a reformed pick pocketer and a graduate of the MothSHOP Community Education Program. He has told several stories at The Moth and toured with the phenomenal story telling program. Our interview was taped live at Joe's Pub at...

Duration: 00:23:34

MARTHA WAINWRIGHT sings live and describes the reality of working in a fami

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 Martha explains in our conversation, Leonard Cohen, Pete Townsend, Garth Hudson, and Donald Fagin, and Snow Patrol wanted to work with her. We spoke about her starting to write in high school, and she created her first album, technically a...

Duration: 00:29:17

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