Tania Katan: She ain’t no Oprah


Tania Katan at Art Intersection April 15, 16 and 17th
Tania Katan is one of the funniest people I know. When you are privileged to spend a few hours with her you will laugh, no doubt about it, but the other magic is that you will feel like one of the most important people on the planet. Good listening skills are an art form Tania has in spades. No kidding.
So here’s a few excerpts from our conversation:

You are presenting a writing workshop at Art Intersection that focuses on laughter as a healing agent? What if your interested in taking the workshop but you don’t think you’re funny and worse, you don’t think you can write?
Mark Twain said, “Humor is tragedy plus time.” The fact that humor springs from a place of fear, discomfort and otherness and yet somehow allows us to feel less fear, discomfort and otherness feels like magic. Humor is magic. Who doesn’t like magic?

What can people coming to your lecture and or workshop expect to walk away with?
At some point during every workshop, I give all the participants gourmet cupcakes, which they are encouraged to eat while I personally roam around the room, giving each person a back-rub, unless they are uncomfortable with touch, in which case I just sing to them, something that makes them remember a happy time in their lives. Oh, and one lucky workshop participants always wins a car. I’m sorry, what was the question? OH…The only thing that people will walk away with is a sense that they have an opportunity to live their lives with more urgency, humor and love. But that’s all. Don’t expect an SUV. This ain’t Oprah.

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