EMPLOYEE of the MONTH
About This Show
EMPLOYEE of the MONTH is a talk show about dreamy jobs.Comedian and writer Catie Lazarus interviews phenomenal folks about their careers, be it Rachel Maddow or Miss Piggy. 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 in New York at Joe's Pub. To get involved, get on the mailing list, donate or just for kicks, visit www.employeeofthemonthshow.com.
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SIMON RICH on Employee of the Month
Considering Simon Rich published his first two books before graduating from college, where he also served as President of The Harvard Lampoon, it's not surprising that he became the youngest writer hired by Saturday Night Live. Veteran SNL writer Paula Pell, who has also been on Employee of the Month, joked that she'd nestle Rich in her objectively sizable bosom, gently teasing him for being so young.
Even now at the ripe old age of 30, Rich maintains a "Doogie Howser" youthful appearance, which belies his discipline, drive, and gilded resume. He's written for Pixar, Mad Magazine, and The New Yorker regularly features his short stories. He's published six books, one of which, The Last Girlfriend on Earth, Rich developed into a TV series now called Man Shooting Woman for FXX. Rich's first boss, Lorne Michaels, serves as his producing partner.
I interviewed Simon Rich a couple days before he left for Toronto to begin shooting and right before his latest book Spoiled Brats hit stores. Legendary comedian Patton Oswalt recently reviewed it in The New York Times, and gushed about Rich as a comedy writer, comparing Rich to Mel Brooks and wrote, that Rich is in the “Blazing Saddles phase of his writing career." Much like Oswalt who deftly writes for a range of mediums in a genuinely distinct voice, we, meaning us commoners, will be thankfully hearing from, seeing, and reading Rich's pithy work often. (Please note if you are not a commoner, you may also enjoy Simon Rich.)
Our interview was taped live at Joe's Pub. The next two live tapings (and last for 2014) are Wednesday, October 29th and Friday, December 5th, both at 9:30 pm. For tickets, go to www.employeeofthemonthshow.com or www.joespub.com.
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