Mark Katz

Mark Katz's career began in journalism: a news clerk in the Washington bureau of the New York Times. From there, politics: a special assistant to U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, then to the rapid response team of the Michael Dukakis presidential campaign of 1988. In the aftermath of that debacle, a brief career as an advertising copywriter at the Sawyer/Miller Group, Hal Riney & Partners/SF and McCann-Erickson/NY. From 1993-2000, he was a creative consultant to the Democratic National Committee who assisted then-President Bill Clinton with his annual series of humor speeches to the Washington Press Corps. Annual speeches included remarks at the White House Correspondents Association, the Gridiron Club, and the Alfalfa Club. Mark Katz as also written humorous speeches for, among others, then-Vice President Al Gore, James Wolfensohn of World Bank, Madeline Albright, Tom Freston, and Barbra Streisand.

Katz's humor essays have been published in Time Magazine, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, Washington Monthly, and he is an occasional op-ed contributor to The New York Times. He has also published two books (see below) including one on his experience as the in-house humorist of the Clinton White House from 1993 to 2000. During his book tour he appeared on NPR's Fresh Air, and the stage of the HBO Aspen Comedy Festival. He is also a frequent storyteller at The Moth, a popular storyteller's forum based in New York City.

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