Catie Lazarus is a writer and talk show host. As a scribe, Lazarus has written essays, features, reviews, columns, profiles and drivel for The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times, The Atlantic, Marie-Claire, The Daily Beast, Slate, Cosmo, Out Magazine, The Forward, Bust Magazine, Travel & Leisure, The New York Post, and The New York Times, as well as scripts for Sundance Channel, IFC, weTV, AOL, and Funny or Die, and contributed essays to multiple anthologies.
She is best known as a talk show host because well, according to Broadway.com, "If Stephen Colbert and Oprah had a baby, it would be Catie Lazarus." Between her insatiable curiosity and innate compassion, a she may have been born, or, at least, bread to host a talk show and to interview folks. Her utterly unique background in psychology, journalism and comedy is why The New Yorker found that, “Lazarus gets people to open up in ways that others cannot.” Stephen Dubner, co-creator of Freakonomics, says that, “Lazarus manages to be empathic and hilarious at the same time.” Gothamist named her “one of the finest live talk show hosts,” New York Magazine named "Employee of the Month" one of their top 10 comedy shows, and Lewis Black called Catie Lazarus, “more brilliant than she’ll ever know.” Lazarus is perhaps best known for being 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 Jill Abramson, when she served as Executive Editor of The New York Times, and revealed her four tattoos, including a New York Times "T." Lazarus has interviewed countless celebrities, be it Bette Midler, Robert Redford and Hamm, to politicos like Cecile Richards, Congressmen Barney Frank, Samantha Power, Cynthia Nixon, and Al Franken. She is equally deft at interviewing humans who are not famous and, of course, misfits and renegades,be it an FBI agent, taxidermist, former pick-pocket, sex therapist, toll operator, wig maker, astrophysicist, "Lice Lady," and, of course, Guinness Book of World Record Holder for Most Guinness Book of World Records.
On stage, Lazarus has told stories at The Moth's mainstage, RISK, Story Collider, Night of Our Lives and UCB's Asscat as well as performed comedy at The John F. Kennedy Center for The Performing Arts, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Knitting Factory, Improv (DC, LA and NY), Ice House in Pasadena, Joe's Pub at The Public Theater, Caroline's on Broadway, Arlington Drafthouse, The Cutting Room, City Winery, Gotham Comedy Club, Stand-Up New York, Comic Strip, Magnet Theater, People's Improv Theater, The Bell House, Union Hall, Comix, The Fez, Rififi, The Steve Allen Theater, Largo at The Coronet, and Upright Citizens Brigade Theater (New York and Los Angeles.) She frequently moderates panels and Q & A's; hosts benefits, film screening talk-backs, corporate retreats and red carpets, and conducts interviews for organizations like IFP, Gotham Awards, Tribeca Film Festival, Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft, MSN, Brand Week, AdWeek, WGA-East (Writers Guild of America), JCC (Manhattan and Houston), The Li.St, 92nd St Y, Brooklyn Film Festival, Russ & Daughter's, and Women in Film. She also has performed at and hosted numerous comedy benefits and created Stand for Peace for Seeds of Peace, as well as for Sloan Kettering, Just Vision, New Israel Fund, HIAS, Planned Parenthood, and more.
Before becoming a starlet and scribe, Lazarus received her Masters of Arts and Bachelor of Arts from Wesleyan University. She worked in education, social service and conducted research in public health to understand, "How do we care for one another?" But when Tina Fey, who was researching a non-profit Catie Lazarus worked at for her book Mean Girls, came to speak and taught an improv mini-workshop to a handful of folks, including Catie Lazarus . Afterwards, Tina Fey recommend Lazarus check out UCB in New York. So, Lazarus said, "Yes and..." She dropped out of her doctorate, moved to New York and hopped on a stage for the first time at Stand-Up New York. There she won a contest she hadn't even entered, landed on the cover of a tiny local paper, and sent it home to her parents to explain her new career. She went onto write and is a member of The Writers Guild (WGA-East). She lives with her dog Lady Lazarus.