Comic Heather Pasternak, a graduate of Gerry Katzman’s stand-up comedy class, makes her debut on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. “It’s so hard to get comfortable with failure as a part of success,” she says. Photo: courtesy Gerry Katzman

The guru who’s changing stand-up comedy from the dog eat dog of open-mic nights to a culture of caring

  • Comedy instructor Gerry Katzman aims to change the culture of the Los Angeles comedy scene into one of kindness and inclusiveness
  • His students, such as Heather Pasternak – who has appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert – are starting to make an impression
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Comic Heather Pasternak, a graduate of Gerry Katzman’s stand-up comedy class, makes her debut on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. “It’s so hard to get comfortable with failure as a part of success,” she says. Photo: courtesy Gerry Katzman
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