Catie Lazarus Biography — Wiki
Catherine Lazarus was an American writer, magazine contributor and comedian who developed and hosted an live, onstage New York celebrity talk show that grew from appearances at the Upright Citizens Brigade to a regular spot at Public Theater’s popular Joe’s Pub venue in Manhattan.
Lazarus is best known as creator and host of the Employee of the Month show, a monthly comedy show at Joe’s Pub in New York City
She died Sunday of cancer at her home in Brooklyn.
Catie Lazarus Age
Catherine Lazarus was 44 years old at the time of death.
Catie Lazarus Family, Parents, Siblings
Catherine Lazarus — a great-granddaughter of pioneering department store mogul Simon Lazarus, founder of the Columbus, Ohio-based Lazarus & Co., and later Federated Department Stores, which became Macy’s Inc. — is survived by her parents, two brothers and extended family.
Her father, Simon Lazarus III, was a policy adviser to President Jimmy Carter, and her uncle is a movie producer and director Jon Avnet.
Catie Lazarus Death and Cause of Death
Lazarus was awarded “Best Comedy Writer” at the ECNY Awards and named one of New York’s “Top 100 New Yorkers.
Family members announced her death on social media.
“Devastated to learn of the death of my friend @catielazarus, a brilliant interviewer and host of Employee of the Month show, who bore terminal cancer with incredible grace for the past six years,” Miriam Gottfried of the Wall Street Journal tweeted. “May her memory be a blessing.”
“Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda remembered Lazarus as “the funniest, kindest and sweetest.”
Catie was the funniest, kindest and sweetest. Grateful for every #EmployeeOfTheMonth show I got to see, she was never less than brilliant. Heartbroken for her friends and family and @offbookbeatbox & @arthurlewis, who played in her band and adored her. #RIP https://t.co/EEk4xubpQO
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) December 15, 2020
People mourned her passing and celebrated her life on Twitter:
— Judy Gold (@JewdyGold) December 15, 2020
I got to work with the luminous, funny and endlessly kind @catielazarus doing something Heeb Magazine-related, then at her beautiful benefits & great podcast. She fought her illness with grace & this is just heartbreaking.But, Catie, look how many people loved you. Well done. -RS https://t.co/Td6bqDq3VJ pic.twitter.com/R11sbCvI3y
— Triumph® ᴛʜᴇ ɪɴsᴜʟᴛ ᴄᴏᴍɪᴄ ᴅᴏɢ™ Headquarters💩 (@TriumphICDHQ) December 15, 2020
The cause was terminal cancer, which she fought for several years, according to friends who knew her.
Born in Washington D.C., Lazarus attended Wesleyan University.
Lazarus credited an encounter with Tina Fey for her entry into show business. The Wesleyan grad was studying to be a psychologist when Fey appeared at an anti-bullying event Lazarus attended. The “Mean Girls” creator conducted a quick improv class and recommended that Lazarus check out the comedy scene in New York City. Lazarus quit school and moved there.