Annabelle Gurwitch is an actress, activist, and New York Times Bestselling author. Her most recent book is the essay collection, Wherever You Go, There They Are: stories about my family you might relate to. Her other books are I See You Made an Effort (a New York Times bestseller and Thurber Prize finalist); You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up (coauthored with Jeff Kahn), and Fired! also a Showtime Comedy Special. Gurwitch gained a loyal following during her stint cohosting the fan favorite Dinner & a Movie on TBS and years as a regular commentator on NPR. She’s written for the New Yorker, the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, McSweeney's, Lenny Letter, Real Simple, Marie Claire, The Nation.com, Salon,The Hollywood Reporter, Time.com, and many other publications. Gurwitch was the news anchor on HBO's Not Necessarily the News, hosted three seasons of WA$TED on The Planet Green network.
Her acting credits include: Better Things, Seinfeld, Boston Legal, Dexter, The Shaggy Dog, Daddy Day Care and Melvin Goes to Dinner. A veteran of many lauded and even more misguided theatrical productions, including The World Premiere of Donald Margulies' A Coney Island Christmas at The Geffen Playhouse, the West Coast Premiere of Go Back to Where You Are by David Greenspan at The Odyssey, the West Coast premier of Women in Jeopardy at EST Santa Barbara ,the twentieth anniversary production of Uncommon Women and Others at Second Stage, and her performance in the title role of Joe and Betty Off-Broadway and in Los Angeles earned her a place in Top Ten Performances of the Year in The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times.
Annabelle's many media appearances include Real Time with Bill Maher, PBS NewsHour, The Today Show, CBS Early Show, Oprah, CNN, MSBNC, Anderson Cooper Show, Joy Behar Show, Wanda Sykes Show, Dr. Oz, and numerous radio programs including All Things Considered, Marketplace, Dinner Party Download, Unfictional, Ask Me Another and The Moth on NPR.
Annabelle has performed with The Moth Mainstage, New York Comedy Festival, Joe's Pub, Caroline's on Broadway, 92ndSt Y, and performing arts centers around the country. She is a frequent speakers at book fests, writers conferences, and has interviewed authors including Richard Dawkins, Carina Chocano, Alan Zweible, Faith Salie, John Cryer, Alan Cummings, PJ O'Rourke, Graeme Simsion. Annabelle is a Jewish mother, an relucant atheist and an ardent enviromentalist. She's empty nesting in Los Angeles.