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Aug 2nd 2017 by nickgoepper • 24 Questions • 1631 Points

EDIT: Gotta go, but thanks everyone for all the questions!

I’m Jonathan Katz and I know what the music means.

I am a comedian, actor, producer and writer. I was raised by a podcaster and a blogger in New York City.

I met my wife on Christmas day 1979. She didn’t know it was Christmas. I didn’t know it was 1979. Later that year I formed a seminal band named Katz and Jammers whose work has been compared to other things.

I am the co-creator, along with Tom Snyder, of Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist, an animated show which ran for 6 seasons on Comedy Central.

I am a compulsive comedian, name dropper, a snappy dresser, and a lover of Audio,

Dr. Katz: The Audio Files on Audible.com/drkatz is the latest iteration of my best known work.

I was the New York State Table Tennis Champion in 1964 and blah blah blah.

Listen to my new audio series version of Dr. Katz on the Audible app Guests include Ray Romano, Ted Danson, Sarah Silverman and more.

Ask Me Anything!

Proof: https://twitter.com/jonathan_katz/status/890045947358662656

Q:

Is the animated series of Dr Katz ever coming back for a new season?

A:

That's up to YOU!


Q:

Hello Mr. Katz. Huge fan. Is Home Movies the most underrated animated comedy of all time? Thanks!!

A:

Coach McGuirk was one of the greatest animated characters of all time, counting Betty Boop.


Q:

Have you ever had a therapist tell you they were inspired to become a therapist by Dr. Katz?

A:

Yes, several.


Q:

Did you and Jon Benjamin know each other before working on Dr. Katz? I've always thought that Dr. Katz and Ben had the most natural and believable father-son dynamic on TV.

A:

We didn't, but Jon Benjamin was living with Laura Silverman when we started making the show.


Q:

I love you so much Jonathan Katz! My girlfriend and I are getting married soon and I like to think you had a part in our romance. We bonded over our mutual love for Dr. Katz. Our favorite thing to do is stay in bed all day and binge watch. For the holidays, I bought us tickets to see you in LA this past January. AMAZING.

If you ever wanted to officiate a lesbian wedding in Portland, you would make us the happiest ladies in the world.

Question: in your podcast, Hey, We're Back! Did you ever actually make any of those prank calls in real life? O like otterton? P like potterton?

Thank you for everything!

A:

Yes I will officiate your wedding. When are you getting married?

The Potterton call was for real! And that woman is still working.


Q:

Awesome! That makes me so happy. I hope you and the 411 operator still keep in touch.

We haven't nailed down a date just yet. Thinkin' next May. We will work around your schedule. We will even put you up in a fabulous 3 star hotel AND per diem. Seriously, I would die if this could happen. Then you could officiate my funeral too.

A:

If we could do both of those the same day, that would be great.

I love Portland!


Q:

I was curious, how much would you say you ARE like Dr Katz? Would you say one in the same or is he more reserved than you?

Also I DK:PT so much, on top of being something I find really funny, I also find it genuinely relaxing. I have it on the background while I sleep, it's amazing! (I enjoy watching it while awake too of course)

A:

I think it's hard to tell us apart. My wife has never been able to stay up for an entire episode, and that has to do with the soothing nature of my voice. And her addiction to Ambien.


Q:

The extended Dr. Katz version is the style of joke known as a "shaggy dog story". Here's the thing about that style of joke, you have to practice it. It's a performance art, not a joke. You have to be so entertaining and engaging that you suck people in to the story you're creating. The listeners have to believe that the payoff at the end is going to be amazing, and you have to create that belief. That's all on you. Then you destroy those hopes in one sentence at the very end.

Remember, shaggy dog stories are not for the audience to enjoy. They are for you and other people who already know the "punchline" to enjoy, when you see the expressions of utter disgust and revulsion on the faces of people who've just realized that you made them waste ten fucking minutes of their lives.

A:

I think that joke is timeless. I think polar bears as a species have bigger problems.


Q:

What is the strangest story you can tell me?

A:

It was a dark and stormy night... and the moon was shining bright... and the captain said "Horatio! Tell me a story!" And Horatio said "It was a dark and stormy night... and the moon was shining bright..."


Q:

Good morning from the West Coast! I used to host a folk/roots music radio show, had no idea of your musical background. What are you listening to these days?

A:

Keb Mo. Taj Mahal. Bonnie Raitt.


Q:

Hey, Dr Katz! It's awesome that you're doing this. 2 questions. What's your favorite episode of Dr. Katz Professional Therapist? And, do you squiggle in real life?

A:

My two favorite episodes are "Mask" and "Bully." Bully is the name of a stuffed animal I actually had as a kid that was sewn together by my mom.

No I don't, but I'd like to.


Q:

Huge fan of Dr. Katz. Loved it when it was on air, still watch it with my friends to this day. Can you tell me a good story about Dom? He was the best guest by far and you guys had great chemistry.

PS- what was with all the -kins jokes? Was that a popular thing in New England at the time? Blue chip kins, cookie kins, etc.

A:

Dom has been talking dirty to my wife for 35 years. And they both love it.

I think just to make it childlike.


Q:

I set my alarm clock to make sure I'd get the chance to ask this question. Big fan of basically every animated project you had a major hand in, is there any chance of an Explosion Bus revival one day? I was only a high school freshman when it got cancelled and Katie was kind enough to both share details about the planned ending for the series (unfortunately I lost that email to time) and a link to Destiny's Dream years later (again, lost to time). I'd pay big money to see that one get a proper ending, even if it's text or audio only.

A:

I hope so! It was a wonderful project, written and produced by Tom Snyder, and recorded in the basement of my home. And it does need resolution.

Thank you so much for that wonderful question, and my best to your family! Except for your deadbeat father.


Q:

Are there any dream "patients" that you wanted to have on the show, but it just never worked out?

A:

David Letterman.


Q:

I loved Dr. Katz so much that, prior to the DVD release, I used to drive around listening to bootlegged audio recordings of all of the episodes. I'm so happy to have it back. Whose idea was it to do the new audio version?

A:

That idea belongs to a guy named Bruce Smith.


Q:

Have you ever had someone not recognize who you were until they heard your voice and then independently asked if you're Dr. Katz?

A:

Happens occasionally. And sometimes I'm the one that brings it up.


Q:

Does the slightly squigglyness of your head cause any neurologic problems?

A:

I've been living with MS for 20 years, a disease of the central nervous system. And as the Associate Director of the Central Nervous System, I see no connection


Q:

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

A:

Vanilla. Why do you ask?


Q:

Is your body surrounded by shaky black lines?

A:

They've finally stopped shaking.


Q:

Your work, across the board, has entertained me and brought me joy my entire life! Thank you so very much!

Any up and coming projects we might not know about?

Also, your natural "funny"...What do you attribute it to? Goofy upbringing? Natural curiosity?

A:

A role in the web series K&A. A role in Steve Sweeney's movie.

I mostly attribute it to being small and getting picked on as a kid.


Q:

Was it difficult to get comedy central on board for such a relatively untested concept? How did Dr Katz happen? Had you been doing a live version in Boston before the show came together? It was really such a remarkable breath of fresh air in the 90s when it came out.

A:

HBO's enthusiasm helped bring Comedy Central into the fold.

Nope, animated show came first.


Q:

Hey Mr. Katz~! Wanted to tell you I'm a big fan (who isn't?) but I don't have any suuuuper relevant questions, except maybe...do you still enjoy playing table tennis? (also, I like that you call it table tennis instead of ping-pong. The mark of a true professional.)

I'm a writer too--I'm wondering what your favorite genre to work in is, if you ever write stuff totally crazy, just to experiment.

Also, low key--if you ever want a crazy, fresh talent: I'm available. (just for the record, that's a reaction gif, not some weird link to my contact info or anything.)

Thanks for reading!

A:

I do, but I don't play as well as I used to. I play it like air guitar.

I like drama, and somewhere in there I'll find comedy. But if I approach comedy head on, I may get lost.


Q:

Dr. Katz, why is your office phone line always busy?

A:

That's kind of like the chicken and the egg question. So I'm going to say the egg.


Q:

Absolutely loved Dr Katz, thanks for doing this. How do you think the internet has changed comedy, as a whole? Is it better or worse now than 10 yrs ago?

A:

Depends, Windows or Mac?