Jonathan Katz is scheduled for this rare in-store appearance at Quimby’s on Tuesday, September 25th at 7:00pm, and he will be autographing copies of his new CD Caffeinated! We know it’s short notice but we just couldn’t say no to such an awesome event!
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 his first ever CD. 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. 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, Caffeinated delivers the many facets of this man’s remarkable comedy in an easy to swallow once-a-day treatment.
Author, producer, actor, comedian and musician, Jonathan Katz is one of the entertainment industry’s most original and versatile creative personalities. He co-created and starred in the hit animated series, “Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist,” which, during its six seasons on Comedy Central, was credited with branding that network as the home for sophisticated, smartly stupid humor. As an actor, Katz has 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 with Janeane Garofalo in The Independent. He co-wrote Mamet’s critically acclaimed House of Games. In the last several years, Katz has created and produced innovative programming across different media platforms, including “Raising Dad” for the WB, and the animated television pilot, “Say Uncle” in which he co-starred with Lisa Kudrow for Disney and Fox. 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.”