Dan Oster, Curriculum Developer

Catalyst’s mission to educate through humor requires that our organization have at least one person on staff who can't go more than a few minutes without “doing a bit,” and that person is… Tim in accounting. Kidding, kidding! (Tim in accounting is only capable of producing QuickBooks-related humor.) That person is none other than Dan Oster, one of the key members of Catalyst’s small but spunky curriculum department. (Though, if we’re being honest, our curriculum department is not really that spunky.) Although Dan creates content for a test prep company, most of what he’s learned in life he’s picked up by accident. In fact, most of Dan’s knowledge comes from TV, especially the educational messages tacked onto the end of G.I. Joe episodes. (Dan is Catalyst’s resident expert on not talking to strangers or touching downed power lines.) Though he was far from an academic all-star in high school, Dan’s teachers generally found him very personable and he always returned his textbooks in near mint condition. A Los Angeles native, Dan managed to broaden his horizons for a few years by living in Amsterdam and performing improvisational and sketch comedy at the famous Boom Chicago theater, whose notable alumni include Seth Meyers (Saturday Night Live), Jordan Peele (Key & Peele), and Dan Oster (Catalyst Prep, LLC). Dan’s theater training led him to become a featured performer on the 2007 season of MADtv, where he polished his comedy skills and won the surest sign of fame: a Wikipedia page. When he’s not devising funny creative ways to teach students how to crack standardized tests, Dan spends his time honing his many stellar celebrity impressions, including Jeff Bridges, Garrison Keillor, John C. Reilly, Alan Rickman, and Morgan Freeman.

Why He Works for Catalyst

If he doesn’t, Jared will release “the photos.”

How the Universe Has Punished Him for Being a Freakishly Good Test-Taker

Like Steve Carell, Dan is only “comedy handsome” as opposed to traditionally handsome.

Favorite 80s Movie / Favorite Nobel Laureate

Back To The Future / Dr. Emmett “Doc” Brown (Nobel Prize in Time Travel, 1985)