If you don’t know Cat Agent yet, you will. Get a behind the scenes glimpse at the top celebrity cat agent, for cats with celebrity owners, in our exclusive interview with Cat Agent.
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Gold Label: So how long have you been a cat agent? How did you get your start?
Cat Agent: I moved to Los Angeles in 1992 and was putzing around for a couple years before eventually landing a job as a bartender in a nightclub on Hollywood Blvd. One night Billy Crystal’s cat came in and we started chatting and he ended up inviting me to the premiere of “Forget Paris” and WHAT A BLAST! Walking the red carpet, meeting Billy Crystal, Debbie Winger, Joey Mantegna, and Richie Masur, seeing the movie before anyone else, and most of all, that fucking after party! Billy Crystal’s cat and I did so much catnip that night, holy fuck, I mean, I’m sober now (mostly) but what a night. Anyway, the next day I had a complete breakdown and was crying about my shitty job and Billy Crystal’s cat told me that he needed a new agent and that I should do it and I was like, “why fucking not?” He was my only client for about 10 years, but eventually word got out and I started picking up clients here and there and now I represent over 50 cats!
What do you think of the long-lasting social media trend of lolcats and animal memes?
What is a meme?
Did any of your clients get their start on I Can Has Cheezburger or Facebook?
I only represent cats who have celebrity owners, not celebrity cats. I don’t represent Grumpy Cat, or Keyboard Cat, or any of those other flash-in-the-pan upstarts.
We see you’ve been making videos, and even have an online store! Can you tell us about the projects you’re working on?
Well, like you said, there’s this show I’m doing for something called “Rug Burn” and to be honest, it’s all a little confusing, so maybe I’m not the best person to talk to about it, but I do know that it’s a show, not a “web-series” and Rug Burn is two words, not “Rugburn”. Also there’s the online store you mentioned, where you can buy shirts and mugs and other things that make nice gifts for people you don’t really know that well. In addition to that, I have the rights to a shot-for-shot remake of “Battleship” starring cats instead of humans and it’s called “Cattleship”, but it’s been hard getting that off the ground because most people think it’s about cows.
We see you out and about, always shmoozing it up with the hottest of Hollywood’s A-list. Still, it must be difficult at times, as a cat… representing cats. Do you have any stories you can share?
Sandy Bullock’s cat took me to the premiere of “Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous” and someone at the after party slipped some ecstasy into our energy drinks and we ended up licking the fuck out of each other until the sun came up which was awesome, but Sandy’s cat is a longhair and I spent the next three days coughing up hairballs the size of a loaf of bread. Not fun.
What celebrity cats do you represent?
Billy Crystal, Sandy Bullock, George Clooney, Alec Baldwin, Anne Hathaway, Channing Tatum, Julia Roberts, Brad Cooper, Aziz Ansari, Matt Damon, Tom Hardy, and Judge Reinhold.
What kinds of jobs do you get these cats; are they mostly acting jobs, or are there other types of work?
Not so much acting, but celebrity appearances, charity events, movies premiers, stuff like that.
Do they do tricks or is that an old cliche?
I don’t understand this question.
Would you ever consider being the agent for a dog?
You’re getting so famous, are YOU going to need an agent soon?
Thanks so much Cat Agent – and good luck with all your future endeavors. Can’t wait for your next video!
You’re very welcome. Can I get a T-shirt?
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