"Slate Live presents Employee of the Month is a  live talk show recorded for podcast and hosted by downtown comedy darling Catie Lazarus.  With a nod to comedy variety shows, Lazarus honors and interviews people she admires who (mainly) love what they do. Their candid conversations reveal the fun, frustrations, good, bad and absurd involved in creating and sustaining a fulfilling career, be it as an actor, athlete, activist, astrophysicist, FBI agent, taxidermist, singer,  journalist, politician, or orgasm expert. With a background in psychology and comedy, Lazarus is as deft riffing as she is at asking incisive questions. Her impeccable eye for discovering cutting edge talent  and insatiable curiosity about people ensures each show offers something for everyone. Ultimately what sets the show apart is her silly, smart and thoughtful sensibility which enables guests to have as much fun as the audience. From the get go, Employee of the Month garnered a cult following, which is why The New York Times describes it as “beloved” and The Guardian hails it as “a downtown institution.”

These thaumatropes were made of the guests for April's Employee of the Month Show. 

"A thaumatrope is an optical toy that was popular in the 19th century. A disk with a picture on each side is attached to two pieces of string. When the strings are twirled quickly between the fingers the two pictures appear to blend into one due to the persistence of vision."
Anthony Atamanuik as Donald Trump, from The President Show
Masha Gessen. Writer, Journalist & Activist
Martha Plimpton. Actress & Activist
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