EMPLOYEE of the MONTH
About This Show
Employee of the Month is a talk show hosted by Catie Lazarus. She interviews phenomenal folks about their careers, be it comedian Jon Stewart or activist Gloria Steinem or Congressman Barney Frank or the Guinness Book of World Record Holder for Most Guinness Book of World Records. These candid conversations may inspire you to finish your novel or start one or simply self medicate. Either way, she hopes you have as much fun listening as she and her guests do talking. Her guests also receive the coveted Employee of the Month Award, which falls somewhere between a Nobel Peace Prize and free cup of coffee. The podcast is released weekly and you can attend live tapings monthly in New York at Joe's Pub. To get involved, go to www.employeeofthemonthshow.com or @catielazarus on Twitter.
Most Recent Episode
PATTI LUPONE sings with Tituss Burgess & talks sex, showbiz & crabs
Patti LuPone may be best know for her irresistible voice, but the two-time Grammy and Tony, and Olivier Award winner’s secret weapon is feeling everything. Lord knows, especially on stage, there are actors who overact and mug, in doing so, leave no room for audiences to respond. Then there are ones who are so muted, that if you stuck a needle in their limp arm, they wouldn’t flinch. LuPone thrives when she can be unflinchingly honest in a performance, which requires discipline to turn into art. She did in Evita, Gypsy, and Anything Goes, as well and now in the Showtime series Penny Dreadful. LuPone is equally at home doing comedy and has had stints on comedian Brett Gelman’s terrifyingly funny short on Adult Swim and Lena Dunham’s GIRLS on HBO.
LuPone is funny, candid, and whip-smart off stage, which isn’t surprising, but no less mesmerizing. Our conversation was recorded live at Joe’s Pub. In it, LuPone revealed that you can get crabs as easily from sex as you can from the theater. We also spoke about love, both her relationships with Kevin Kline and her fabulous husband, Matt Johnston, and why it takes otherwise, confident smart women way too long to realize they don’t need to settle.
Of course, her irresistible voice and range made her a musical theater legend, in such hits as Evita, Gypsy, and Anthying Goes, and starting June 28th, 2016 LuPone will star alongside Christine Ebersole in War Paint at the Goodman Theater in Chicago. The fierce femme fatales portray rival cosmetics industry titans, Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden, in a new musical, inspired by the same team behind “Grey Gardens” a smash hit on Broadway. In our interview, Patti LuPone was joined by Tituss Burgess, the Emmy nominated actor for his role in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, as they sang one of Patti’s signature songs Meadowlark. Tituss called the experience of singing live with Patti LuPone, unrehearsed, “one of the best nights of his life.” Once you hear our interview, you’ll know why. To learn more about Catie Lazarus, go to @CatieLazarus or www.employeeofthemonthshow.com