Quick Questions: Jonathan Katz


Jonathan Katz is a hero. A phenomenal writer with a deadpan delivery, Katz found mass appeal with his beloved Comedy Central show Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist which will forever have a place in the comedy geek canon. He was kind enough to answer three quick questions.

What’s one thing that nobody knows about the early days of Dr. Katz?

I took my role too seriously. I didn’t know I too could make jokes.

You’re one of the great joke writers of all time. What makes a good joke?

Efficiency. Giving the audience just enough information to make the joke work.

Who inspired you when you were first starting out?

Dom Irrera, Ronnie Shakes, Johnny Carson and Sandy Koufax and many others. Rita Rudner, Bill Maher, Fred Stoller, Bill Braudis, Lenny Bruce Burns and Schreiber but mostly, David Mamet.

Tickets for Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist Live are onsale now. Guest patients include Dom Irrera, Maria Bamford, Andy KIndler, Dana Gould, Emo Philips, and more!

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mm John Merriman

John Merriman has worked with the Moontower festival since it's inception in 2012. He is the co-host of the festival's long-running interview series "Inside Joke" where he has interviewed luminaries including Steven Wright, Maria Bamford and Patton Oswalt. Before Moontower, he spent five years at the Austin Film Fesival as a film programmer where he helped launch the Comedy Vanguard program and the Funniest Filmmaker in Austin series. He has called Austin his home since 1996.

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