Catie Lazarus @catielazarus:
As legend (or Wikipedia) has it, Lazarus quit her doctoral studies to pursue comedy after an on-the-fly improv lesson with Tina Fey at a conference in D.C. We’re awfully glad she did. Since then, Lazarus has cultivated a devoted following for her live-talk-show-turned-podcast Employee of the Month, a warm-hearted and hilarious foray into the work lives of journalists, filmmakers, writers, entrepreneurs and other people of interest, with sold-out tapings at UCB, The Bell House and 92Y. “You’re like Charlie Rose, but funny,” Gloria Steinem once told her. Lazarus is good at writing all sorts of things too, drumming up pieces for Gawker, BUST Magazine, The Daily Beast, Slate and more. She can hang her hat on the title of “Best Comedy Writer,” granted at the 2005 ECNY Awards, too.