Catie Lazarus is a writer and talk show host. Gothamist named her “one of the finest live talk show hosts.” Lazarus has interviewed hundreds of distinguished folks, including Bette Midler, Congressmen Al Franken and Barney Frank, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Gloria Steinem, and Miss Piggy. Lazarus was the first person to interview Jon Stewart, after he announced his retirement from The Daily Show. Their interview went viral, as did her interview with former New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson. A witty, whip-smart, and warm talk show host, comedian Lewis Black calls her, “more brilliant than she’ll ever know” and Freakonomics author Stephen Dubner says, “Catie Lazarus has the rare ability to be empathetic and hilarious at the same time.”
As a writer, Lazarus has contributed to The New York Times Magazine, Marie-Claire, The Daily Beast, Slate, Cosmo, Out Magazine, Forward, Sundance Channel, IFC, Sesame Workshop, weTV, Funny or Die, and numerous anthologies. She is currently working on a forthcoming column EXIT INTERVIEW for The Atlantic Magazine.
After dropping out of her doctorate in clinical psychology, Lazarus started performing stand up and became involved with Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. Today, when not writing or interviewing, she does storytelling shows like The Moth, Risk, LIAR show, Ask Me, Slideshow Goshko, The Tomorrow Show, Yum's the Word, UCB’s Night of Our Lives and Asscat. She has also moderated numerous panels, conducted interviews and hosted red carpet events and benefits for Tribeca Film Festival, IFP’s Gotham Awards, AdWeek, Women in Film, 92nd St Y, WGA-East (Writers Guild), Just Vision, New Israel Fund, HIAS, Seeds of Peace, Women in Film, Jewish Book Festival (JCC Houston), Brooklyn Film Festival, and performed at Gotham Comedy Club, Joe's Pub, Caroline’s on Broadway, Laugh Factory (NY & LA), Ice House in Pasadena, Ars Nova, Comix, Rififi, Fez, Bell House, Union Hall, KGB, Cutting Room, PIT (People's Improv Theater), Magnet Theater, UCB (LA and NY), Improv (DC, Hollywood, NY), Symphony Space, Slipper Room, JCC in Manhattan, 92 Y Tribeca, City Winery, Knitting Factory, Bowery Poetry Club, Littlefields, Kennedy Center, and Brooklyn Academy of Music.
She lives with her dog Lady Lazarus in Brooklyn, New York.