Thursday, December 4, 2008

"HEY WE'RE BACK" Episode 17

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In this episode, I explore my shortcomings as a soul singer, my success with weddings and bar mitzvahs, and some of the more subtle differences between me and James Taylor.

Soon, in Episode 17, I will answer the question: "What ever happened to Dr. Katz?" The truth is, he is scaling down his private practice and opening up HAPPY ACRES -- America's first THERAPY THEME PARK. I know that therapy is not supposed to be fun, but that does not mean you and your shrink can't spend a fun day at HAPPY ACRES.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

"HEY WE'RE BACK" Episode 16

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This episode is about scams: I get scammed by a young woman on the phone, just by dropping my guard for one second.

Then I try and scam a guy who works for The Geek Squad. They gave me some very bad advice, and have not yet assumed responsibility.

Then I do some very solid comedy on the block, and when I am done, the audience is surprised that I want to get paid.

Then I am paid a visit, on the phone, by Lou Dobbs. I took some liberties with his recorded voice.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

"HEY WE'RE BACK" Episode 15

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Once in a while I show up at a stand-up gig but when I get there I am clearly not who they had in mind.

About a year ago I visited an old college friend in a South American jungle. He was there to study the mating habits of an endangered insect. I was determined to surprise him and in the process I crushed the very thing he had been studying for several years. I still cannot give up on the friendship so I finally coaxed him into meeting me for a drink on NYC’s Upper West Side.

My cartoon son Ben, voiced by H. Jon Benjamin, dropped in on me after work one day. He wanted to talk to me about a business venture.

By the way, happy anniversary. One year of HEY WE’RE BACK and going strong.

Thanks for listening.

Special thanks to Dana Friedman, Lou Viola, and Chad Matheny

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

"HEY WE'RE BACK" Episode 14

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The first piece is about moody microchips. I am not sure if it's me or them.

Then we go to San Francisco where we staged Dr. Katz live with H. Jon Benjamin, Laura Silverman, Tom Snyder (as my therapist), with special guests Robin Williams, B.J. Novak, Andy Kindler, Maria Bamford, Bob Odenkirk, Brian Possein, and Eugene Mirman.

The show ends with another episode of Better Safe Than Sorry, starring Maggie Surovell as the distressed woman.

I know I have been gone for a while. I wanted to give my listeners a chance to get to know each other. But now that I am back, that won't be necessary. Thanks for your loyalty and your patience.

Jonathan Katz

Friday, May 16, 2008

"HEY WE'RE BACK" Episode 13

We begin the episode with a visit to the office of Nick Delicato, the overcautious detective from the old radio show Better Safe than Sorry. From there, to the inside of a rental car where I accidentally come across something profound while listening to a country song. Then we go to San Francisco and a live production of Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist with my friend and the co-creator of the show, Tom Snyder.

Sarah Silverman is funny. She is a friend and someone I occasionally approach with a serious question. This week I asked her what she would do if she got a collect call from the Pope. Her answer will surprise you.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

"HEY WE'RE BACK" Episode 12

In Episode Twelve, I try and help out a friend trying to promote her yoga business, I lend my support to the telephone sex industry, and I also get to spend some time on Death Row for a crime I did not commit. Even though I am on Death Row my lawyer is trying to get me an endorsement deal with Weight Watchers.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

"HEY WE'RE BACK" Episode 11

In this episode, I take an online test that tries to answer the question: "How Smart Are Computers?" I am lucky enough to spend some time on the phone with superstar Hannah Montana. After that, another run-in with directory assistance; and finally, I catch up with one of the guys whose family benefited in the sixties, when the U.S. government paid farmers not to grow wheat. Unlike his peers, he was able to turn that into a business model, and continues to get paid for not doing things.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

"HEY WE'RE BACK" Episode 10

In Episode Ten we meet two guys who have opened a venison-only restaurant in midtown Mahattan; a real life hero of mine, two-time United States table tennis champion Marty Reisman, who tells us about his life then and now. I also spend more time holding for tech support. And finally, I raise the question that all comedians are asked: “Were you a funny kid?” The question and the answer can also be heard on my first CD ever -– Jonathan Katz: Caffeinated -– available on iTunes and

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