Are you familiar with Barstool Sports’ comedic podcast named ‘Pardon My Take’? If you are, then, you will know one of the two hosts of the podcast, Big Cat, whose real name is Dan Katz. He reportedly gained fame and fortune from anchoring the popular podcast which started airing in February 2016. Since then, he has recorded tremendous success in his career as a presenter as well as a writer.
This has earned him a lot of admiration over the years and Katz social media pages have witnessed an influx of followers as fans eagerly seek to connect with him. More so, his show pulls in up to 1.5 million listeners per episode which is quite impressive. As a result of his fame, fans have curious about details of the podcaster’s background, facts of his career success, and his romantic life as well.
Learn All About Dan Katz’s Background
The renowned media personality was born Daniel Katz on January 30, 1985, in Chicago, Illinois, in the United States of America. Although details of where he grew up have not been made available, we were able to learn that he had his high school education in Newton North High School in Newtonville, Massachusetts. This fact was found on the Newton North High School Alumni Page and from there, we can deduce that Dan Katz graduated from high school in 2003. Asides this, no other records are available to us on his education history. As such, we cannot tell where, when or even whether he went to college or not. However, in one of his jokes in an interview with GQ, he hinted on the fact his parents would have preferred him to be a doctor.
Like his educational history, no member of Dan’s family is known to the public. The seasoned presenter has managed to keep the identity of his parents as well as siblings (that is, if he has any) away from the prying eyes of the public. Nonetheless, we can attest to the fact that his mum and dad were able to provide him with a comfortable lifestyle during his formative years.
Dan Katz’s Outstanding Career As A Presenter
The sterling career Dan Katz is enjoying now was groomed from his early career days as a podcast anchor in 2016 for Ваrѕtооl Ѕроrtѕ where he was given the name ‘Big Cat’ by fans. He also became very popular for the podcast ‘Pardon My Take’ (PMT) which was launched in February 2016. The story has it that his co-host, PFT Commenter, was working with SB Nation at the time but then Dan Katz pulled him over to Barstool Sports via Twitter messages.
Katz and PFT Commenter coined the name ‘Pardon My Take’ from two ESPN programs which are Pardon The Interruption and First Take. Even their logo at the time was a smart blending of the logos for the two ESPN programs. Although they later changed the logo when ESPN sent a cease-and-desist letter to Barstool Sports concerning it. Dan Katz would later explain in an interview that they did that on purpose to attract media attention to their new brainchild, ‘Pardon My Take’.
Barely a month after it was launched, PMT was already number one on the U.S. iTunes Chart by March 2016. On March 3, 2016, it was #38 on the Canadian iTunes Chart. This paved the way for offers to come trooping in for Katz. That same year he anchored a vast number of podcasts and 5 of them where listed on the iTunes sports section with ‘Pardon My Take’ sitting at number 1.
It was also gathered that PMT became so popular that it recorded more than 1 million listeners per episode in the same year it was launched and the tech giant, Apple Inc. listed it among the 10 top podcasts of 2016. Dan Katz even got named among the top media presenters under 40 in 2017 for his work on ‘Pardon My Take’. The podcast also landed a 5-star average rating from thousands of ratings. In 2018, it was listed as the podcast with the most downloads that year.
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His Sterling Career Matches With His Impressive New Worth
The only source of earning linked to Dan Katz is his long-time career with Barstool Sports. Although we cannot tell when he started officially working with them, reports have it that he has been a Barstool contributor long before he created the Barstool Podcast show, ‘Pardon My Take’ with Eric Sollenberger (popularly known as PFT Commenter). As per his salary, reports have it that he makes about $175,000 for each episode of PMT.
At the moment, it has been estimated that the presenter’s net worth should be around $2 million. So it’s not surprising that he is living a very comfortable lifestyle given his buoyant financial status. It is also believed that he has a business which he runs, but that information has not been confirmed by Dan Katz yet.
Dan Katz Romantic Life Has Raised A Lot Of Questions From Fans
One hot topic among Dan Katz’s fans is whether he is single or romantically involved. In one case, it was even speculated by the media that Big Cat is a misogynist. It was believed he was having a media quarrel with the ESPN sportscaster Samantha Ponder (popularly known as Sam Ponder). That was in late 2017 when ESPN contracted Dan Katz and his Barstool partner, PFT Commenter, to host the show ‘Barstool Van Talk’ on ESPN2. Sam Ponder openly showed she wasn’t particularly happy with the choice of the duo, citing disparaging statements she claimed Katz had been making about her.
Although Katz denied the accusation by Sam Ponder, saying their disagreement was based on an article once written by Barstool founder David Portnoy, the speculation that Katz hated women still held sway in certain sections of the media and the public. So, some fans flocked to Dan Katz’s social media pages to vent their frustration on the matter.
It was during this period Katz made it clear to inquisitive fans that he had a girlfriend who was living with him but he did not disclose any detail about this girlfriend of his. Although some sources have it that the mystery girlfriend is a lady called, Chris Devine.