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BARRY KATZ

Producer, Podcast Host, Talent Manager

Barry Katz is an Emmy and Grammy nominated tv-film-record producer,
podcast host, and talent manager who is universally known for helping launch
the careers of some of the most extraordinary comedy artists in the business—
including Dave Chappelle, Nick Swardson, Louie CK, Felipe Esparza, Bill Burr,
Frank Caliendo, Marc Maron, Whitney Cummings, Bill Bellamy, Anthony Clark,
Wanda Sykes, Jim Gaffigan, Dane Cook, Jeffrey Ross, and SNL stars
Darrell Hammond, Jay Mohr, Melissa Villasenor, Jim Breuer, and Tracy Morgan.
Throughout his career, Katz has sold 37 out of 38 stand-up comedy specials
he produced and has brokered over 100 television development deals,
created 3 tv shows, and executive produced over 50 different specials,
documentaries, reality shows, and scripted series including NBC’s “Whitney,”
FOX’s “Action,” HBO’s “Tourgasm,” Showtime’s “Nick Cannon: Mr. Showbiz,”
History Channel’s “Houdini: Unlocking the Mystery,” TBS’s “Frank TV,”
Comedy Central’s “Christopher Titus: Neverlution,” the syndicated
Bellamy/Tim Meadows/Jon Lovitz/Vivica Fox sitcom “Mr. Box Office,”
and 7 seasons of the Emmy-nominated NBC series “Last Comic Standing.”

Katz started his involvement in the film business when he helped Chappelle and
Neal Brennan (who eventually went on to create “Chappelle’s Show”)
sell the cult classic “Half Baked” to Universal Studios and went on to produce
several films after that, including “Employee of the Month” (starring
Jessica Simpson and Cook), “Good Luck Chuck” (starring Jessica Alba),
“My Best Friend’s Girl” (starring Kate Hudson and Alec Baldwin), I Killed JFK
(about the only living person in history to admit to killing Kennedy), and
most recently “Misery Loves Comedy” (starring Tom Hanks, Amy Schumer,
and Larry David). In the recording world, he has produced multiple gold, platinum,
and double platinum albums, while becoming the only manager/producer to
debut a comedy album in the top 5 of Billboards national charts–twice.
Additionally, Katz was one of the driving forces behind the sale of the
Emmy nominated Roasts to Comedy Central, which have become
their biggest franchise, as well as the launch of Comedy Dynamics,
which is one of the largest independent comedy production
and distribution companies in the world.