EMPLOYEE of the MONTH
About This Show
EMPLOYEE of the MONTH is a talk show about dreamy careers. Catie Lazarus interviews phenomenal folks about their careers, be it Rachel Maddow, Jon Stewart, or the Guinness Book of World Record Holder for Most Guinness Book of World Records. 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, get on the mailing list, donate or visit www.employeeofthemonthshow.com.
Most Recent Episode
ADRIAN MARTINEZ talks about being Ben Stiller and Will Smith's sidekick (and secret weapon).
Having worked in showbiz for over 20 years and in over 100 films, Adrian Martinez has carved out a niche as a character actor. Hollywood loves to pigeonhole actors, be it as a "nosy neighbor," "leading man" or "villain." For anyone with a modicum of dynamism, it can be stifling, if not suffocating. But being dubbed a "character actor" can offer longevity career wise and some wiggle room to show some personality. The job requires you to make the most of your screen time, despite never knowing what may end up on the cutting room floor, and you must play well with others. Enter Martinez. Naturally a ham, the New York born and raised Martinez developed legitimate acting chops as an actor and member of LAByrinth theater. In our interview, we spoke about the late Philip Seymour Hoffman's influence and the perks of playing a sidekick to box office stars, like Will Smith (Focus), Ben Stiller (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty), Will Ferrell (Casa de Mi Padre), and Zach Galifianakis (It’s Kind of a Funny Story). When he's not acting, Martinez isn't sitting by the phone, waiting for Marty Scorsese to call. He's working on film and TV projects with his collaborator, filmmaker, Hugo Perez, as part of his production company Paloma Pictures, caring for his daughter, and, hopefully, learning how to drive a car. Our interview took place at the WGA (Writers Guild- East).