Employee of the Month
Catie Lazarus, Amy Sherman-Palladino, Stephen Moyer, Chris Gethard, Diane Birch, Mel Ottenberg, The New Guys
149 7th Street
Brooklyn, New York, 11215
Doors 7:30 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Employee of the Month
Ever wonder what it’s like to have a dreamy job? We did too. Come see why The New York Times calls Employee of the Month Show "beloved" and Blackbook calls "comedy darling" Catie Lazarus's "hilarious podcast talk show" a must see. Join Catie as she interviews (and honors) November's phenomenal Employees of the Month: the bad ass television writer Amy Sherman Palladino (Creator Gilmore Girls & Bunheads), Hollywood's hit screenwriter Danny Strong (Recount, Game Change, Hunger Games, Lee Daniel's The Butler), star stylist Mel Ottenberg, and singing sensation Diane Birch. Plus, enjoy comedy sketches and music from house band The New Guys (Shockwave, Grey McMurrary & Eric Biondo). www.employeeofthemonthshow.com
CATIE LAZARUS is a writer and comedian. ECNY (Excellence in Comedy in New York) awarded her “Best Comedy Writer” and Lewis Black says, "she's more brilliant than she'll ever know." Lazarus hosts the critically acclaimed podcast EMPLOYEE of the MONTH and has contributed drivel to Slate, The Daily Beast, TheBillfold, Splitsider, Bust Magazine, Cosmo, and edited the "Kvetch" section of Heeb Magazine. Lazarus has interviewed over a 100 artists, writers, comedians, and celebrities including Miss Piggy, Grover, Elmo, and Triumph The Insult Comic Dog. @catielazarus
A bad ass TV writer and director, Amy Sherman-Palladino is best known for creating the hour long drama Gilmore Girls, which ran for seven years on the CW, as well as the critically acclaimed, albeit shorter lived, Bunheads on ABC. Her subversively smart shows feature funny, three-dimensional female characters and pop-references, which helped revolutionize how young women are seen on television. Sherman-Palladino got her start as a staff writer on Roseanne, writing the Emmy-nominated episode about birth control. She is currently penning a script, Paul Feig (Freaks and Geeks, Bridesmaids) will direct.
Stephen Moyer is an actor and director, best known for playing the vampire Bill Compton in the HBO series True Blood and has appeared in numerous TV shows and films, from Phineas & Ferb to Prince of Thieves. He is currently in production of a live version of The Sound of Music.
Comedian/Actor/Writer/Producer Chris Gethard is the creator and host of the cult variety talk show, The Chris Gethard Show. After starting as a live show at New York City’s Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, The Chris Gethard Show moved to a New York City public access station where it garnered the attention of the folks at Funny or Die Productions, as well as Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Zach Galafianakis. Hailed by The New York Times as a “riveting experiment in seat-of-your pants broadcasting,” The Chris Gethard Show now takes its next step, debuting on the cable network FUSION, on Thursday, May 28th at 8:00pm. The show offers underdogs and oddballs a fan-immersed experience with celebrity guests while showing his audience just how bizarre and fun the ordinary can be.
Along with The Chris Gethard Show, Gethard can also be seen opposite Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson as Todd on the Comedy Central series Broad City and recently appeared on season 3 of Inside Amy Schumer in the critically praised "12 Angry Men Inside Amy Schumer" episode. Other TV credits include The Office, Parks and Recreation, Louie and Bored To Death. On the feature film side, Gethard was featured in the 2013 blockbuster comedy The Heat starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy and the 2010 smash hit The Other Guys, featuring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg.
Gethard is also a prolific standup comedian and was named one of Variety’s Ten Comics to Watch in 2010. He has appeared on Comedy Central’s The Half Hour performing his standup special and has performed at such notable festivals as Bonnaroo, South by Southwest, Lollapalooza, Just for Laughs in Chicago and Montreal, San Francisco’s Sketchfest, and more. In April 2014, Gethard released his first comedy album entitled My Comedy Album, which debuted on the Heatseekers Billboard chart.
In 2012, Gethard penned A Bad Idea I'm About to Do, a collection of personal essays which was released by Da Capo Press and had its title story featured on the hit podcast, This American Life.
Gethard was born in West Orange, New Jersey and currently resides in Brooklyn with his wife.
Singer-songwriter Diane Birch made her remarkable debut, Bible Belt, and is now back with Speak A Little Louder. In 2009, Bible Belt opened in the Billboard Top 100 and received glowing reviews from The New York Times, NPR, Rolling Stone, and Vanity Fair. Birch began sharing the stage with Stevie Wonder to Betty Wright and appearing on Letterman, Leno, Conan, Kimmel, and Ellen. Birch recorded Bible Belt with guitarist Lenny Kaye of The Patti Smith Group, bassists Adam Blackstone from The Roots, George Porter of The Meters, acclaimed drummers Stanton Moore of Galactic and Cindy Blackman of Lenny Kravitz fame, saxophonist-about-town Lenny Pickett, trombonist Tom "Bones" Malone, and Eugene Pitt, lead vocalist of the Jive Five. After a four year hiatus, Birch partnered with Daptones drummer Homer Steinweiss, who produced her second record, co-wrote several tracks, and, according to Birch, pushed her creatively to a whole new place. For Speak a Little Louder, Birch and Steinwess collaborated with Betty Wright, Duran Duran bassist John Taylor and Aqualung's Matt Hales, as well Adele producer Eg White, Roots drummer Questlove, who co-produced the track 'Speak a Little Louder' along with Steve Greenberg.
MEL OTTENBERG is the "it boy" fashion stylist and designer. A graduate of RISD, Ottenberg has left an indelible mark on fashion and pop culture and frequently collaborates with famed fashion photographer Terry Richardson. His editorial work has graced the magazine covers and appeared in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, V, Details, The New York Times Style Magazine, and GQ. He has done ads for Nike and Dior and served as the costume designer for multiple films, runway shows, and concert tours. Ottenberg is best known for styling celebrities, including Britney Spears, Pamela Anderson, James Franco, and Rihanna.
The New Guys
The New Guys are all phenomenal musicians in their own rights. Our band master is Shockwave, a beatboxer actor, and co-producer of Employee of the Month. Shockwave is a rockstar amongst kids, due to his starring role on Electric Company. He is a rockstar to adults, as a member of the critically acclaimed freestyle rap group Freestyle Love Supreme. Eric Biondo is a trumpeter, composer, and singer, who has performed with, amongst others, Antibalas Afrobeat, Massick Attack and TV on the Radio. Grey McMurrary is a guitarist, singer, and composer who performs with (k)Nights on Earth, Beyondo, and Naked Earth. The New Guys are often joined by Arthur Lewis as well as Common Rotation (Eric Kufs, Jordan Katz, and Adam Busch).
$10 adv / $15 door