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COMEDIAN JONATHAN KATZ RELEASES FIRST EVER
JANUARY 12, 2007, NEW YORK, N.Y.—Jonathan Katz, the co-creator and star of
Comedy Central's wildly popular Dr.Katz: Professional Therapist returns to his
stand-up comedy roots with the long overdue release of Jonathan Katz: Caffeinated, his
first ever CD, on Stand-Up Records.
Fans of Dr. Katz will recognize the clever and quiet yet subversive voice of the world's
most famous animated shrink as he tailors comedy for the live stage. Jonathan Katz:
Caffeinated also includes outrageous phone-in segments Katz popularized on NPR's The
Next Big Thing along with original music never heard away from the concert stage. Katz
fans have had to sample his comedy in small doses. Finally, Jonathan Katz: Caffeinated
delivers the many facets of this man's remarkable comedy in an easy to swallow once a
An author, producer, actor, comedian and musician, Jonathan Katz is one of the
entertainment industry’s most original and versatile creative personalities.
Katz co-created and starred in the hit animated series “Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist”,
which, during the six seasons it aired on Comedy Central, was credited with branding that
network as the home for sophisticated, smartly stupid humor. He received Comedy
Central’s first ever Emmy Award (for Outstanding Primetime Voiceover Performance),
the prestigious Peabody Award for Excellence in Broadcasting, and two Cable Ace
Awards for his work on the series.
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As an actor, Katz won praise for roles in the films “Daddy Day Care” with Eddie Murphy
(“excruciatingly funny”), the David Mamet films “State and Main,” “Things Change”
and “The Spanish Prisoner,” and opposite Janeane Garofalo in the 2002 release “The
Independent”. He also co-wrote the story for Mamet’s critically acclaimed “House of
For the past several years, Katz has focused on creating innovative programming across
different media platforms. He created and produced “Raising Dad” for the WB, and the
animated television pilot, “Say Uncle” in which he co-starred with Lisa Kudrow for
Disney and Fox. Jonathan is a regular contributor to public radio’s “The Next Big
Additional television credits include an HBO special, a recurring role on the CBS series
“Ink,” and an appearance as himself in the last season of HBO’s “The Larry Sanders
Show”. Katz has made numerous guest appearances on “The Late Show with David
Letterman,” “The Tonight Show,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” and “Politically
Incorrect with Bill Maher,” for which he also served as a creative consultant.
Katz’s first book “To Do Lists of the Dead” was published in 2000 by Andrews McMeel,
and is currently working on a new book, tentatively titled “Humility: What Is It and
Where Can I Get Some?”
Originally a musician and songwriter, Katz fronted a rhythm and blues group called
“Katz and Jammers” before serving as the musical director for Robin Williams’ 1979
stand-up tour. In 1981 he started working solo, doing a cabaret act that was mostly
musical, and in between songs he began to lay the groundwork for his stand-up act.
A native New Yorker, Jonathan moved to Boston twenty years ago and currently resides
in Newton, Massachusetts with his wife and two daughters.
In 1997 Jonathan was diagnosed with MS. Weeks later he found out what those two
letters represent (multiple sclerosis). For the last few years he has talked publicly about
how this illness has impacted his life, and finds sharing his situation with others very
enriching. “Life goes on with the disease. I use comedy to cope. In fact I teach a course
called ‘Coping with Comedians who use Comedy to Cope.’”
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