EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH
THE ONLY LATE NIGHT TALK SHOW ALL ABOUT WORK
Employee of the Month is a live talk show recorded for podcast and hosted by downtown comedy darling Catie Lazarus. It’s the only late night talk show all about work. Slate produces it and Lazarus honors and interviews people she admires who (mainly) love what they do. Their candid conversations reveal the fun, frustrations, good, bad and absurd involved in creating and sustaining a fulfilling career, be it as an actor, athlete, activist, astrophysicist or orgasm expert. 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 for a range of industries 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 interviews 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 Rob Jost (Antibalas, SNL), 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) and Yair Evnine (Waitress) and sometimes Live illustrator Michael Arthur. 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.