EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH
with catie lazarus
EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH with Catie Lazarus is the only late night talk all about work, jobs, and labor. The brain child of writer, host and downtown comedy darling Catie Lazarus, from the get go, Employee of the Month developed a cult following and critical-acclaim. Why? Lazarus's insatiable curiosity, dry wit, intellect, and palpable warmth infuses her candid conversations with her remarkable guests about what it takes to (mainly) love what they do. She delivers a lens into the beauty, banalities, and absurdities of where we spend most of our waking hours and what it entails to sustain a career, switch paths and endure the certainty of uncertainty. With an impeccable eye for talent and insight into the zeitgeist, Lazarus features scintillating live performers as well as her EMPLOYEE of the MONTH house band, which features Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hip-hop group Freestyle Love Supreme and musicians from Antibalas, The Dap-Kings, Common Rotation to Broadway shows like Hamilton, Lion King, and Dear Evan Hansen. It is easy to see why New York Magazine says, "If you like WTF with Marc Maron, you'll like Employee of the Month." So if you want to enjoy a night out, tune into a great podcast or wonder if you should quit your day job and/or stick to self-medicating, it is a fun, fascinating ride.
Employee of the Month with Catie Lazarus is a talk show recorded for podcast. Lazarus honors and interviews people she admires who (mainly) love what they do. Their candid conversations reveal the fun, frustrations, beauty, banality and absurdity involved in creating and sustaining a career, be it as an actor, athlete, activist, astrophysicist, FBI agent, taxidermist, singer, journalist, politician, or Muppet. With a background in psychology and comedy, Lazarus is as deft riffing as she is at asking incisive questions. Her impeccable eye for discovering cutting edge talent and insatiable curiosity about people ensures each show offers something for everyone. Ultimately what sets the show apart is her silly, smart and thoughtful sensibility which enables guests to have as much fun as the audience. From the get go, Employee of the Month garnered a cult following, which is why The New York Times describes it as “beloved” and The Guardian hails it as “a downtown institution.”
Why go to a live taping when I can listen to the podcast? Do it all or both. Bonus episodes on the podcast are recorded 1-on-1 and the tapings are a ridiculously fun ride. Along with candid conversations, you’ll see music, comedy, and EOTM’s house band led by MC Andrew “Jelly D.” Bancroft, beatboxer Shockwave, both of FreeStyle Love Supreme, and Eric Biondo (Antibalas). The band frequently welcomes guest musicians such as Lin-Manuel Miranda, James Monroe-Iglehart, Rob Jost (Antibalas, Dear Evan Hansen), Justin Carroll (Moondrunk), Jordan Katz (De La Soul), Arthur Lewis (FreeStyle Love Supreme), Daveed Diggs (Hamilton, Clipping), Jared Dixon (In the Heights), Adam Busch (Common Rotation), Grey McMurray (Knights on Earth), Eric Kufs (Common Rotation, Indigo Girls), Camille Harris, Yair Evnine (Waitress), Ashley Perez Flanagan (Moondrunk, Great Comet) and Smoota (TV on the Radio). There are also live illustrations from Michael Arthur to Ella Trujillo and more. Each live show culminates with an Award Ceremony, where guests receive the coveted Employee of the Month Award, which falls somewhere between a Nobel Peace Prize and a free cup of coffee. At the heart of the show are the conversations and community thanks to our beloved Employee of the Month fans!