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FunnyWhileItLastedFilter: Dave Chappelle, Mitch Hedberg, Jim Gaffigan, Dave Attell and Jon Stewart were just a few of the comedians who tried the patience of Dr Katz: Professional Therapist between 1995-1999. His secretary Laura and son Ben also got the best of him at times.
posted by pruner (35 comments total) 17 users marked this as a favorite

 
Laura is voiced by Sarah Silverman's older sister.
posted by pruner at 12:08 AM on June 2, 2007


Don't forget that Peter Griffin met him once too.
posted by Effigy2000 at 12:10 AM on June 2, 2007


FYI, I created a playlist for this post (which all of the links play within), so you don't need to keep coming back to this page to view the videos.
posted by pruner at 12:16 AM on June 2, 2007


I live in the ocean!!
posted by rajbot at 12:32 AM on June 2, 2007


Don't forget that Peter Griffin met him once too.

He wishes.
posted by pruner at 1:16 AM on June 2, 2007


Funny WikiFact about "Dr." Jonathan Katz:

He is a close personal friend of renowned playwright David Mamet, with whom he attended Goddard College. Katz co-wrote "House of Games" and appeared in a small role in Mamet's 2000 film "State and Main." They used to travel around college to college hustling people over games of ping pong. Katz would let Mamet beat him. They would pretend to play for money then Mamet would say "If you want to play me, you have to beat my friend first." To keep the game moderately close, he would sometimes spot his opponents 15 points for a game up to 21 and during every point, recall a painful experience from his childhood.
posted by Poolio at 1:28 AM on June 2, 2007


Laura Silverman is sooper cute.
Someone go ask her if we can make out, please.
Ill even make out with her cartoon alter-ego, or a printout of it.
Either one is fine.
posted by Senor Cardgage at 2:06 AM on June 2, 2007


Now I have to go about the slow tedious task of forgetting this show ever existed. Again.
posted by Mr.Encyclopedia at 5:17 AM on June 2, 2007


Whatagreatshow.
posted by meh at 6:00 AM on June 2, 2007


Thanks for that, pruner.
posted by strawberryviagra at 6:20 AM on June 2, 2007


A few years ago a friend of mine graduated from Tufts U. and I went to the ceremony. Afterwards a man on one of those little motorized sit-down scooters came over and congratulated my friend and asked her if she knew his nephew who was graduating, how proud he was, etc. I said, "Did anyone ever tell you you look like Jonathan Katz?" "Um, yeah, that's me."

Nice guy.
posted by waitingtoderail at 6:58 AM on June 2, 2007


Nothing bad has ever come from squigglevision.
posted by absalom at 7:02 AM on June 2, 2007


Tom Snyder, inventor of Squigglevision is a friend. You may also know him for his educational software company (now owned by Scholastic) and his Soup2Nuts animation company (also now owned by Scholastic).
posted by ericb at 7:35 AM on June 2, 2007


I just (re)discovered that show on DVD. (I was 10-14 when it was first on.)

Fantastic.
posted by supercres at 7:49 AM on June 2, 2007


Just needed to say I miss this show. A lot.

Thanks for the clips.
posted by Bryan Behrenshausen at 7:50 AM on June 2, 2007


I remember seeing some of the old living legends on Dr. Katz too. Can't find a link of squigglevision for ya, but while I was lookin' I found this which is kinda squiggly. It's Jackie Mason squiggling on a treadmill. He's moving back and forth as he talks. Almost looks like he was drawn by squigglers.

"You ever see them say the same thing about your health two days in a row? How many times do you hear one thing and then the next day just the opposite? It's true with almost every food. Soon as they tell ya a food is good for ya, two weeks later it'll kill ya. Nothin is ever good for two weeks in a row. Sooner or later almost everything will kill ya. In this country it's not a question of staying healthy. It's a matter of picking out a sickness that you like."

Jackie Mason is a living legend, and a living miracle I mean he's ten years older than Superman. The same year Mason was born, Amelia Earhardt was the first woman to pilot a plane across the Atlantic. That's old. But he's still got it. Whatever it is he's got, I hope it's not contagious.

Here's some Laura & Dr. K action on the radio for ya. The audio is funny. "Hi Nibbles!" The video is disappointing, because it doesn't squiggle. And there's way too much of that "Hang In There Baby" cat poster.
posted by ZachsMind at 7:58 AM on June 2, 2007


Tom Snyder, inventor of Squigglevision is a friend. You may also know him for his educational software company (now owned by Scholastic) and his Soup2Nuts animation company (also now owned by Scholastic).

Y-you mean it's NOT the Tom Snyder from the Tomorrow Show?

(goes off to sulk)
posted by evilcolonel at 8:37 AM on June 2, 2007


I could never stand the SeizureVision. But are you sure Dr. Katz was a therapist?
posted by Eideteker at 10:01 AM on June 2, 2007


Oh MY GOD, I love this show. I managed to find all the episodes of a Torrent website a year ago. It was the proudest moment of my life.

(not really, but close!)
posted by Bageena at 10:09 AM on June 2, 2007


Mad did a parody about ten years ago: Dr Katz goes to South Park. One panel dealt with Mr. Hankey---"Uh yes, normally being treated like a piece of shit isn't good for one's self-esteem. But you ARE a piece of shit, Mr. Hankey....."
posted by brujita at 10:38 AM on June 2, 2007


Seen the Sarah Silverman show?
posted by acro at 11:53 AM on June 2, 2007


I miss that show. One of my favorite ones that I can recall is the one with Emo Phillips.
posted by champthom at 11:57 AM on June 2, 2007


acro, I [heart] you.
posted by Taargus Taargus at 2:52 PM on June 2, 2007


There's also an episode of Mr. Show with a Dr. Katz cameo at the end.
posted by JHarris at 3:06 PM on June 2, 2007


Looks like episode 1/4 is now offline :(
posted by acro at 3:48 PM on June 2, 2007


there are a bunch of episodes available here... but not 1/4.
posted by pruner at 4:30 PM on June 2, 2007


I loved that show so much! Thanks for the clips.
posted by Koko at 5:18 PM on June 2, 2007


a w e s o m e . Pruner. ++ alluc.org
posted by acro at 5:51 PM on June 2, 2007


I was more a fan of The Critic...
posted by Samizdata at 11:51 PM on June 2, 2007


Man, I love that show. Thanks pruner!
posted by malocchio at 11:55 AM on June 3, 2007


That was a great show! It was one of my mom's favorites when it was on.
posted by SisterHavana at 12:17 PM on June 3, 2007


I am actually VERY familiar with Soup2Nuts. Small internets.
posted by absalom at 7:34 PM on June 3, 2007


LOVED this show! so much so that i was compelled to sign onto the first and only internet petition of my life, on its behalf.

We ask that Rhino Video and Comedy Central release the beloved animated television series "Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist" to DVD format (in seasonal or complete collection box-sets). The show is currently available on VHS format only.

FUCK YEAH! anyway thanks for the links, i will now be diving in
posted by jcruelty at 1:05 AM on June 4, 2007


ps i know internet petitions are like jerking off into the wind, but there's so much crap that gets released on dvd... why does dr katz get no love?
posted by jcruelty at 1:07 AM on June 4, 2007


uh... i know nobody's reading this thread anymore, but postscript-- dr katz is now available on dvd. it must've been the internet petition wot done it.
posted by jcruelty at 1:34 PM on June 15, 2007


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