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.
Most Recent Episode
MARTHA WAINWRIGHT sings live and describes the reality of working in a family biz.
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With her stirring voice, shrewd insight, and mischievous wit, Martha Wainwright's songs captivated the sold out crowd at Joe's Pub's live taping of Employee of the Month.
Martha's super power is her range, both vocally and intellectually. It's why, as Martha explains in our conversation, Leonard Cohen, Pete Townsend, Garth Hudson, and Donald Fagin, and Snow Patrol wanted to work with her. We spoke about her starting to write in high school, and she created her first album, technically a cassette tape, Ground Floor, in 1997. Since then she went onto collaborate with her late mother and aunt, Kate and Anna McGarrigle, father Looudon Wainwright, older brother Rufus Wainwright, Teddy Thompson, and Garth Hudson. Shortly after this recording, Martha began singing backup vocals for her brother. She’s also released her own albums- Martha Wainwright,. I Know You're Married But I've Got Feelings Too, and a tribute album to Edith Piaf, amongst others. We also spoke about her foray into acting. Director Lisa Cholodenko was a fan of Wainwright’s music and cast Martha in Olive Kitteridge, which you can currently see on HBO.
In our interview, you’ll hear about the challenges of being part of a family, where everyone says how they feel publically. Martha explains how even the most personally intimate songs songs can be cathartic for audiences. She’s not merely confessing her own issues, but creating original, melodic art out of life’s bittersweet realities. Luckily for her fans, she is working on another album. Once you hear her sing in our interview, I imagine, you’ll count yourself among them.
Our interview took place at a monthly live taping of Joe’s Pub. If you enjoyed the show, please come to our next live taping Thursday, March 19th at 9:30 pm.