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
Employee Of The Month - Rosie O'Donnell
Today, we’re in the midst of a new comedy boon for improv comedians, like Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Stephen Carrell, Broad City, and Amy Poehler. But the biggest boon in stand up, where comics in blazers and belted, sometimes acid wash, jeans, stood against a brick walls with only a mic to defend themselves emerged in the 1980’s. Stand up clubs, such as Catch a Rising Star and the Improv, served up 2 drink minimums and rapid fire hokes from the likes of Eddie Murphy, Whoopi Goldberg, Paul Reiser, Jerry Seinfeld, Steven Wright, Roseanne, Sam Kinison, and Rosie O’Donnell.
In our interview, Rosie described how she didn’t realize she was supposed to write her own jokes. She quickly learned and started to appear on Star Search. Just a teenager, Rosie O’Donnell went onto establish herself as a stand up. She host her own day time talk show, The Rosie O’Donnell Show, which garnered multiple Emmys and proved that day time talk shows could be funny. At the height of her show’s success, Rosie walked away. She decided to build a family life and focus on charity work. Today, there are generations, including her own five children, who may primarily associate Rosie as a talking head on The View. They may not know about her memorable performances in films like League of Their Own and Sleepless Seattle. Luckily, she’s released a new stand up special on HBO, so younger generations can get a taste of Rosie’s true calling.
In our interview, Rosie O’Donnell talks about breaking into stand up, the reality of “having it all,” and what’s next after The View, given that she can choose her own adventure.