ANNABELLE GURWITCH is an actress, activist, and author of five books including The New York Times bestseller and Thurber Prize finalist I See You Made an Effort. She’s written for The New Yorker, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, LA Magazine and Hadassah amongst other publications.


Gurwitch was the longtime cohost of Dinner & a Movie on TBS and a regular commentator on NPR. She's performed on the Moth Mainstage, at Carolines on Broadway, and at arts centers around the country. Her acting credits include: Seinfeld, Murphy Brown, Boston Legal and Dexter and once in while she returns to acting like playing a rabbi on Better Things on FX or a therapist for an FBI agent in Michael Bay’s upcoming Ambulance.


She's been featured in Time Magazine’s annual “10 Ideas That are Changing the World” issue; her Los Angeles Times op-ed (included in her latest collection of essays) about hosting a housing insecure couple in her home was recognized with a 2020 Los Angeles Press Club excellence in journalism award. she's been profiled everywhere from New York Times, Prevention, NPR and apperances include Oprah, Real Time, CBS Early Morning, The Today Show and PBS Newshour.


Gurwitch thought she'd be empty nesting by now; instead, she lives in Los Angeles with her cat and child—a college graduate of the COVID class of 2020.

She co-hosts the Tiny Victories podcast on the Maximum Fun Podcast Network, which Vulture called a “bright spot of light and laughter in 2020.”

Annabelle is currently adapting You're Leaving When? for HBO.


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LA Times Interview: Divorce, quarantine, Stage 4 cancer? Annabelle Gurwitch has to laugh

Morning Edition NPR: Annabelle Gurwitch's maelstrom

My Gretchen Rubin interview is up!

Zibby Owens website interview: Mom's Don't Have Time to Read Books

"You're Leaving When" is a GMA pick

The Unspeakable Podcast: You too can go broke in middle age!



Picture Imperfect:  Interview with Filmmaker Nicole Holofcenter for Los Angeles Magazine

Annabelle tells a story for The Moth.

We're a tribal species, even though many people experience their family as a hostage situation.





Vulture writes about Tiny Victories

Vulture Review!

Interview on the loneliness of the gig economy and excerpt "What Price Sisterhood Now" from Wherever You Go


Bustle Magazine's 11 Family Memoirs if you loved The Glass Castle

Annabelle is the VIP guest on Ask Me Another on NPR

Don't Treat Me Like Family

Wherever is a May Book pick in O Magazine

"A Vivacious, Hilarious, and madcap memoir"

Listen to a sneak peak of Annabelle's new book.

"You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up is laugh out loud funny!"

“A seriously funny collection of essays… the book, infused throughout with sharp wit, is hilarious. Moving, juicy… Gurwitch is squarely in Nora Ephron territory” —Heller McAlpin, NPR Books

Mandolit del Barco interviews Annabelle on ATC

Books so funny you're guaranteed to laugh.

"Wry and Hilarious New Show from Acclaimed Jewish Humorist

I See You Made an Effort" theatrical review


"Erma Bombeck meets Dorothy Parker in this topical and often laugh-out-loud funny take on our modern malaise."

"Annabelle Gurwitch is a funny woman...At the center of the book is a serious question: How are we supposed to age? She convincingly argues that there is no longer a template."

-- Judith Newman, The New York Times

WSJ: Thurber Prize for American Humor Announces First All Female Trio of Finalists

NPR: Breaking Down a Barrier with Thurber Nomination

"Funny & Relatable -Annabelle Gurwitch Succeeds with her I SEE YOU MADE AN EFFORT"

Annabelle and her Fired! Documentary featured in Time Magazine's 10 Ideas that are Changing the Word

Annabelle Gurwitch on the Side Effects of Turning 50 (Q&A)

TAKE TWO: The Brood

Actor and new empty-nester Annabelle Gurwitch talks with Alex Cohen about the modern state of the empty nest.

A Bolder Woman’s Comedic Take on Aging, Jasmine Elist, Book Jacket interview, Los Angeles Times

©2017-2021 by Annabelle Gurwitch. 


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