“Cat Daddy” Jackson Galaxy will put a theatrical spin on taming kitties when the My Cat from Hell host visits Phoenix’s Comerica Theatre on Friday, December 7.
“It’s an extension of the talk I’ve always given,” he says. “I talk about having a cat in your life, starting with what is the ‘Cat,’ with a capital C, and how that plays into the cat. Then I move into the relationship you have with your cat.”
Galaxy’s career came about organically. Once a struggling musician, Galaxy took a job at an animal shelter and found he had a special relationship with cats, which he dubs “Cat Mojo.” At the Comerica Theatre, he’ll go over cats’ history, diets and secrets.
“I improvise the whole thing,” he says. “I feel the audience and take it from there. Now I’m forming it into a theatrical experience. It’s not just me going out there and talking. It involves visuals, sound and puppets. They’re on film, but they’re still puppets. It has a sense of going to the theater and I’m your host.”
A question-and-answer period follows.
“There will be the normal Q&A time and, of course, that always leads to strange things,” he says with a laugh. “They can ask me everything except what I can’t answer about their cats. I tell them, ‘I haven’t been to your house.’ That usually whittles the questions down a bit.”
Galaxy is on a mission, though, to educate people about cats and deepen the human-cat bond, while reducing the number of animals who end up in shelters. His “Cat Mojo” philosophy teaches cat guardians the skills to help their feline friends build confidence within their environment. Jackson has written about this in his New York Times best-selling books including, Catify to Satisfy and Catification.
“Basically, the stuff I talk about is universal, without demeaning the relationship with your specific cat,” he says. “The one thing that’s true for me—and I’m sure you’ve seen this in my show a million times—I’m not emotionally invested in the outcome to a certain degree.
“I bring objectivity. I’m a detective. That’s why doctors don’t’ treat themselves, either.”
Since 2017, he has also hosted Cat vs Dog on Animal Planet, and his latest book, Total Cat Mojo, is on shelves now. When asked about his own feline family, Galaxy pauses.
“At the moment, um, I have five cats in the house, two who are outside in the ‘catio.’ I’d say around eight,” he says with a laugh. “Then there are three dogs and a turtle.”
Galaxy says he is thrilled he can bring together his loves of animals and performing.
“Honestly, there is at least one time a day where I stop and realize I have been blessed beyond measure. I am doing what I feel like I’m supposed to do in this world. I’m more comfortable on stage than I am in life.”
Jackson Galaxy, Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington Street, Phoenix, 602.379.2800, comericatheatre.com, 7 p.m. Friday, December 7, $30-$65.