You don’t have to wear a costume or anything really, just come!

9:30 pm, Wednesday, October 29th
Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette Street, NY, NY 10003
Get tickets: here OR call 212.967.7555

Catie Lazarus honors and interviews October’s Employees of the Month:

EMMY winning actor/writer ALEX BORSTEIN 
(Lois on Family Guy, HBO’s Getting On, Showtime’s Shameless, Mad TV)

BAFTA winning producer ANTHONY BREGMAN
(Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Foxcatcher, Enough Said, )

PULITZER Winning Film Critic WESLEY MORRIS
(ESPN’s Grantland, The Boston Globe, Kim’s Video)

Nobel worthy comedians ILANA GLAZER & ABBI JACOBSON
(Comedy Central’s Broadcity)

Plus comedy, music from Shockwave (Freestyle Love Supreme), Eric Biondo(Antibalas), short film from Trevor Williams (UCB, IFC) and more surprises. www.employeeofthemonthshow.com

Drinks afterwards upstairs at The Library Bar.

You don’t have to wear a costume or anything really, just come!

9:30 pm, Wednesday, October 29th
Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette Street, NY, NY 10003
Get tickets: here OR call 212.967.7555

Catie Lazarus honors and interviews October’s Employees of the Month:

EMMY winning actor/writer ALEX BORSTEIN
(Lois on Family Guy, HBO’s Getting On, Showtime’s Shameless, Mad TV)

BAFTA winning producer ANTHONY BREGMAN
(Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Foxcatcher, Enough Said, )

PULITZER Winning Film Critic WESLEY MORRIS
(ESPN’s Grantland, The Boston Globe, Kim’s Video)

Nobel worthy comedians ILANA GLAZER & ABBI JACOBSON
(Comedy Central’s Broadcity)

Plus comedy, music from Shockwave (Freestyle Love Supreme), Eric Biondo(Antibalas), short film from Trevor Williams (UCB, IFC) and more surprises. www.employeeofthemonthshow.com

Drinks afterwards upstairs at The Library Bar.

Melt or CraftBar? Colicchio Weighs In

To hear my Employee of the Month interview with Tom Colicchio, click HERE.

Tom Colicchio keeps adding to his impressive, albeit daunting, schedule as a father, husband, chef, restauranteur, entrepreneur, TV personality, pitchman, guitar afficianado, film producer and policy wonk. He takes all of his multi-hyphenates seriously, especially food activism.

Tomorrow, Thursday, October 16th, Colicchio will spend World Hunger Day, as co-founder of Food Policy Action, reminding (read: lobbying) Congress to help the 14.3 percent of American homes which are “food insecure.” The glaring statistics about hunger in our country leave out people who are homeless and otherwise un-dcoumented and cant afford to buy food, never mind eat healthy. In our interview, you’ll hear why he isn’t running for political office, and I ask him what effect high priced restaurants have on driving up the price of food. Whip-smart and good natured, Colicchio offers genuine insight into everything from tipping to why kale is so hot.

In our incredibly fun conversation, Colicchio’s honesty, humor and, yes, heart were in full display, even while blind-folded for a highly scientific, blind folded, grilled cheese taste test. Did Top Chef’s top judge choose his own CraftBar grilled cheese or did he prefer a competitor Melt or the diner down the street?

Colicchio has been on quite a winning streak, even if he admits that it’s harder to feel creative now that he has so many responsibilities. After conquering the New York restaurant scene as a beloved chef at restaurants like Mondrian and Gramercy Tavern, he went onto open series of his own restuarants, most notably Craft. A savvy entrepreneur, Tom became a judge (and producer) on Bravo’s Top Chef, which he helped transform into a popular TV franchise. Colicchio will host and produce its upcoming latest baby, Best New Restaurant.

Pretty sure you know how turn on a television to tune in, but if you’re interested in learning about how you can help with hunger, check out the website for his documentary A PLACE AT THE TABLE, which Tom produced with his wife, the critically acclaimed filmmaker Lori Silverbush. Or if you are in Washington, DC on Thursday, October 16th, head to the FPA event at Graffiato Restaurant on 707 Sixth Street N.W. If you are in New York City, LA, Vegas, or the Hamptons, dine at any one of his swanky restaurants, although maybe, tuck your shirt in. Luckily, you can listen to my interview with Sir Tom Colicchio for free anywhere in the world! Wait, he was also knighted? (Listen to our interview to find out.) Oh, and he sings too…..

If you enjoy our interview, come to the next live taping of Employee of the Month is Wednesday, October 29th at 9:30 pm at Joe’s Pub and subscribe to the podcast for all new episodes every week. www.employeeofthemonthshow.com

Ready for a non-Halloween event? Employee of the Month’s October Edition will offer drinks, food, and, yes, candy, but come celebrate the people who make paying for Netflix, Hulu, sharing your HBOGo PW, or leaving the house to see a movie worthwhile. Costume optional.

Get TICKETS HERE

9:30 pm, Wednesday, October 29th at Joe’s Pub
Catie Lazarus honors and interviews October’s Employees of the Month:

Emmy Winning Actor ALEX BORSTEIN (Family Guy, HBO’s Getting On, Shameless)
Bafta Winning Producer ANTHONY BREGMAN (Eternal Sunshine, Foxcatcher, Enough Said)
Pulitzer Winning Film Critic WESLEY MORRIS (Grantland, Boston Globe)
Nobel Worthy comedians ILANA GLAZER & ABBI JACOBSON (Broad City)

Plus comedy & music from Shockwave (Freestyle Love Supreme), Eric Biondo (Antibalas).

Drinks afterwards upstairs at The Library Bar.

PS:
1) Hear podcasts every Wednesday for free on Employee of the Month’s podcast on iTunes.
2) Watch videos of guests on Employee of the Month’s new Youtube channel.
3) Come October 29th and to the next live taping is 9:30 pm, December 5th at Joe’s Pub.
4) Looking forward to seeing you in my dreams, in the interim.

Wanted to share the link to my interview with cartoonist Al Jaffee, who as of October, has contributed to Mad Magazine for 479 issues, since 1955. You can listen our interview for free on iTunes:by clicking HERE

I also wanted to share the beautiful illustration, the wildly talented Michael Arthur drew during the live taping of my talk show Employee of the Month at Joe’s Pub. His Tumblr blog is http://inklines.tumblr.com

Wanted to share the link to my interview with cartoonist Al Jaffee, who as of October, has contributed to Mad Magazine for 479 issues, since 1955. You can listen our interview for free on iTunes:by clicking HERE

I also wanted to share the beautiful illustration, the wildly talented Michael Arthur drew during the live taping of my talk show Employee of the Month at Joe’s Pub. His Tumblr blog is http://inklines.tumblr.com

CATIE LAZARUS interviews MAD MAGAZINE’S legendary cartoonist AL JAFFEE on EMPLOYEE of the MONTH! Subscribe for free on iTunes to hear our interview, which was taped live at Joe’s Pub.

This October marks Al Jaffee reign as Mad Magazine’s longest running contributor, clocking in 59 years and over 479 issues. Since 1952, the comic book turned magazine infused a childish silliness with biting political depth and orignal artwork. By engaging readers to add their own “Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions,” and even mangling the magazine to solve the “Fold-In” picture riddle, Mad was one of the first enterprises to treat consumers as co-conspirators. The result was an entirely new forum for humor in an era when few questioned whether father really knows best. It’s allure for children and teenagers simultaneously fueled outrage from the FBI to Congress the collective imaginations of future comedy writers and cartoonists. Writers behind The Simpsons, The Daily Show, The Onion, and The Colbert Report credit Mad Magazine for inspiring them, and Jaffee says he is inspired by The Colbert Report and The Daily Show, proving just how integral, dynamic, and fluid the relationship is between artists and their audience.

Jaffee didn’t set out to be a comedy writer or even cartoonist, despite his palpable talent. Like many immigrants of the depression era, Jaffee had to scramble to care for his extended family, and later for his own. No matter how witty, most Jewish illustrators and writers in the 1940’s and 1950’s couldn’t get past the receptionist at the established (read: Wasp-run) advertising agencies, so they turned to a relatively new business of cartooning instead. Jaffee, along with so many of his peers, such as Jack Kirby, Stan Lee, and Charles Schulz, didn’t realize they were not only carving out their own careers but redesiging what it meant to draw for a living, marking a “Golden Age” in cartoons.

Before Jaffe joined Mad in 1955, he held a string of freelance gigs, including his single panel Tall Tales cartoons for The Herald Tribune, penning for Stan Lee, and working for fellow School of Music and Arts alum Harvey Kurtzman at short lived magazines, like Humbug and Trump. Initially, Jaffee worked for Mad as a writer. According to Arnie Kogen, the iconic TV writer also who penned the Mad film and TV parodies, Jaffee’s first Mad story was “Baseball - Science or Skill” in 1955, during Eisenhower’s administration. Jaffee would go onto satirize eleven Presidents. That said, Jaffee never claims to hold a moral upper hand. Mad referred to Jaffee and the rest of its corps crew as the “Usual Band if Idiots.” Weary of either preaching to the converted or recycling old jokes, in our conversation for Employee of the Month, Jaffee didn’t say which President was easiest to parody, only that comedy is a “serious business.”

Jaffee is seriously funny, as evidenced in how he created a new means of satire with his now legendary “Fold-In,” a play off of Playboy Magazine’s Fold Out. He could have made a mint off of his parody inventions, many of which inspired less self-effacing entrepreneurs to try and make a quick buck, like the “Poopsie Doll,” a baby doll that comes with her own plastic diapers and poop. He also came up with a “Three Blade razor,” breathalizer test, snowboarding, which he called “Snow Surfing,” and an “Idiot Proof Typewriter,” now commonly known as a word processor. Mad Magazine was mentioned in several patents, although Jaffee said in our interview that he isn’t concerned about whether he “deserves” credit. He’s confident and humble enough to know he can always come up with more ideas, and, furthermore, that life isn’t fair or easy.

The sheer joy Jaffee’s work provides fans offers to fans is inverse proportion to what he and his three brothers experienced growing up. In his biography Al Jaffee’s Mad Life, co-authored by Mary-Lou Weissman, Jaffee details how his father, who enjoyed drawing, turned his four sons, especially his eldest two, Al (nee Abraham) and Harry, onto the funny pages. When Al’s mother uprooted the boys from their stable homelife in Savannah, Georgia to spend six impoverished, hungry years in Zarsai, Lithuania, Al lived for packages his father sent of newspaper clippings of the “funny pages.” While his father managed to get his then abused and neglected boys back to the States, Al’s mother moved them again to a Jewish ghetto in Lithuania. Their father father managed to get the boys out narrowly avoiding the Nazi takeover, although their mother didn’t make it to the train station on time to say goodbye. It was the last time, Jaffee saw his mother, who perished in the Holocaust. An artist through and through, Al drew the beautiful, original illustrations in his biography, showing how consuming art, drawing, and creating inventions proved to be not only a refuge, but his calling.

Al was so gifted that when he landed in the Bonx, his teacher recommended him to attend the first class of High School and Music & Art, which the then Mayor LaGuardia had just created. There Jaffee met his future partners-in-crime Will Eder, Harvey Kurtzman, John Severin, and Al Feldstein and gained classical drawing skills. Cartooning wasn’t part of the curriculum or even respected, although it didn’t stop Jaffee from doodling. Luckily, between the admiration he garnered from classmates, teachers, and an advertisement for Flit cigarettes drawn by Theodore Geisel, Jaffee decided to make a go of cartooning. His perseverance, prolific work, and sheer talented led him to became one of America’s most beloved cartoonists. His original works reveal that imagination isn’t just for kid’s play.

In our conversation, which was recorded live at Joe’s Pub, Jaffee reveals what inspired his Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions, why he loves fans, and what it means to embody the American dream with his signature humility and humor. As you will hear in our interview, Jaffee is first and foremost a mensch. I can’t think of anyone more worthy of the Employee of the Month Award. Since cartoonists don’t always get their due, I gave Jaffee a beret, as he made cartooning and comedy into an art form.

If you enjoy this interview, subscribe to Employee of the Month’s podcast on iTunes or Soundcloud, and come to a live taping at Joe’s Pub. the next taping is at 9:30 pm, Wednesday, October 29th and Catie Lazarus will honor Broad City’s Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, indie film producer Anthony Bregman (Eternal Sunshine, Foxcatcher, Enough Said), Pulitzer-Award winning film critic Wesley Morris, and Lady Alex Borstein, the starlet behind Lois on Family Guy and HBO’s Getting On.

Get your tickets now by clicking HERE as the last several live tapings have sold out! www.employeeofthemonthshow.com and you can get updates by following @catielazarus on the internets.