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Dr. Katz Will See You Now...Again

To celebrate the release of ''Dr. Katz Live'' — a new album featuring performances by B.J. Novak, Eugene Mirman, and Andy Kindler — ''Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist'' co-creator and star Jonathan Katz reflects on some of the comedians who got their break on his Comedy Central couch

H. Jon Benjamin
Before voicing Sterling Archer and Bob Belcher, Benjamin was Katz’s aimless son, Ben. ”Like Ben, I think Jon Benjamin was a slacker,” Katz says. ”Not that he wasn’t ambitious and talented, but he would take the path of least resistance. Jon and [costar] Laura [Silverman] were a couple. Then things started going south, and we used their misery to our own advantage.”

Ray Romano
Romano got animated a year before his sitcom debuted. ”Before Raymond, this was his biggest credit,” says Katz. ”We did stand-up in Las Vegas. He was staying at the Tropicana, and I was staying at a dumpy little motel off the Strip. They didn’t have keno, they just had a woman who’d say, ‘I’m thinking of a number between one and 10.”’

Louis C.K.
The Louie creator was in Dr. Katz’s second season. ”I talked to a woman who taught him in high school, and she claims she suggested that Louis get in touch with me,” says Katz. ”I have no memory of that, but I remember doing stand-up with him. He had a joke I really loved, which was how his grandfather made up the expression ‘Come here, big guy.”’