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Jonathan Katz: Professional Comedian

January 23rd, 2010

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Jonathan Katz, star of Comedy Central’s Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist and host of “Hey, We’re Back” took a moment to answer a few of Cartoon Hangover’s questions about his career and his animated short “Death Row Diet.”

Cartoon Hangover: What drew you to comedy initially?

Jonathan Katz: I had no other skills. I tried to tune pianos and I was a flop. I had a band and we were moderately successful. On a good night we made 600 dollars. We never had a good night.

CH: Who was good to you and gave you a lot of encouragement when you first started as a stand up comedian?

JK: Dom Irrera, his ex-wife, Lisa Mende, in her own odd way. Silver Friedman, the owner of the NY Improv. My wife. My wife again. Carol Siskind, a comedian who taught me the trick where you right something down. Carol Leifer, a wonderful comedian, Rita Rudner, Paula Poundstone, but [Read more…]

Mike Salva: Professional Animator

January 23rd, 2010

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Mike Salva, animator of “Max the Hero” and this week’s Cartoon Hangover ‘toon “Death Row Diet” gives us some background on his work with comedy and capital punishment.

Cartoon Hangover: How did you become so involved with comedy? I mean, as adorable as animated tragedy is…

Mike Salva: I blame it on nine years of Catholic school. Laughter of any kind was discouraged. And I was there when the nuns weren’t allowed to hit the students anymore, so they started punishing the children with mental cruelty. And by golly, those nuns got to be pretty darn good at it!

CH: Why did you approach Jonathan Katz about animating “Death Row Diet”?

MS: I was a big fan of Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist. Jonathan had watched a cartoon I had made called “Max the Hero” and we had talked about Jon doing a voice in a future cartoon of mine, but I didn’t have a particular project in mind. [Read more…]

Dinosaurs! Angels! Music!

January 19th, 2010

You like music? Animation? DINOSAURS?! Then it stands to reason that you will love this weeks animated music video. Thanks for casting your nominations for Channel Frederator and Cartoon Hangover at the Streamys! You’ve proven time and again that Frederator fans are the best fans of all the fans!

“Raindrops Keep Falling on the Dead”, by Alex De Campi: Flash animated music video for the group Flipiron.

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WARNING: Channel Frederator is rated EXPLICIT. Man, 2010 is so *bleepin’* awesome! Oops. Sorry. Some content on CF is pretty grown up. If you’re under 18, get your parent’s permission prior to viewing.

-Bailee DesRocher

Let There Be Toons

February 12th, 2009

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Nextbook is an intriguing website about Jewish culture. They have a great podcast series, an online magazine…and now…a cartoon! God&Co is a series of modern takes on classic bible stories featuring the voices of comics including Jonathan Katz (of Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist) as God. (It has that Tom Snyder Squigglevision feel, without the squiggle.)

The illustrator is Mike Herrod. Animation by Ed Mundy. Created, written and directed by Stephen and Joel Levinson.

There have been four episodes so far; click below to watch them:

Bound for Glory

Let My People Grow

Getting There is Half the Fun (Warning: Rudeness and bleeped profanity when Moses is insulted at a Friar’s Club-style Roast.)

Not If You Were the Last Panda on Earth (Warning: Animal Nookie!)

After the Jump: A bonus. Stephen Levinson (half of the funny-brother duo) was also the producer and editor of a brisket-splitting parody of The New York Times “Weekender” commercials (made for 92ndY/Tribeca) Featuring big deal stars like Paul Rudd and ex-members of The State. [Read more…]