Jon Stewart, Employee of the Month

February 24, 2015 7:39 PM

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For several years, the comedian Catie Lazarus has hosted a live talk show, “Employee of the Month,” with an accompanying weekly podcast, in which she interviews notable people—Jill Abramson, Rachel Maddow, Barney Frank, and Wallace Shawn among them—about their jobs. Her tone with guests is both playful and serious: Lazarus is a veteran of U.C.B., standup, and comedy writing, and she was once in a doctoral program in clinical psychology. “On my show, people say things that they don’t normally say,” she told me recently. Lewis Black teared up; the playwright Adam Rapp referred to the Times critic Charles Isherwood as an “asshole”; Gloria Steinem talked about the “f” word and did an elegant little dance.

On Thursday night, at Joe’s Pub, Lazarus interviewed her first three guests of the show’s new season: the musician Martha Wainwright, who played two beautiful songs and talked about Rufus, Loudon, and the gang; the former pickpocket Sherman (O.T.) Powell; and Jon Stewart, a week after he announced t...

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