Who is this magical unicorn? According to Broadway.com, "If Stephen Colbert and Oprah had a baby, it would be Catie Lazarus." A writer, talk show host and downtown comedy darling, her background in psychology, comedy and journalism may be why The New Yorker found, “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” and Lewis Black called Catie Lazarus, “more brilliant than she’ll ever know.”
Lazarus is 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 or Robert Redford to politicos, such as Congressmen Barney Frank, Samantha Power, and Al Franken. That said, she enjoys "man-on-the-street" style interviews the most, perhaps that's why she is unabashedly down-to-earth whether speaking with Pulitzer, Oscar, Tony, Emmy and Nobel Prize winners to a former pick-pocket, sex therapist, FBI agent, or Guinness Book of World Record Holder for Most Guinness Book of World Records.
As a writer, Lazarus has written essays, features, reviews, columns, and profiles 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, as well as scripts for Sundance Channel, IFC, weTV, AOL, and Funny or Die. On stage, Lazarus has done storytelling at The Moth's mainstage, RISK, Story Collider, Night of Our Lives and UCB's Asscat as well as comedy at The John F. Kennedy Center for The Performing Arts, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Knitting Factory, The Improv (DC, LA and NY), The Ice House in Pasadena, Joe's Pub at The Public Theater, Caroline's on Broadway, The Cutting Room, Largo in Los Angeles, City Winery, Gotham Comedy Club, Stand-Up New York, Comic Strip, Magnet Theater, People's Improv Theater, The Bell House, Union Hall, The Fez, Rififi, Steve Allen Theater, 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), Seeds of Peace, Just Vision, HIAS, NIF, JCC (Manhattan and Houston), The Li.St, 92nd St Y, Brooklyn Film Festival, Russ & Daughter's, and Women in Film.
She received her Masters of Arts and Bachelor of Arts from Wesleyan University and is a member of The WGA-East.