Annabelle Gurwitch

  • Actress and Comedian
  • New York Times Bestselling Author

Actress, activist and New York Times bestselling author Annabelle Gurwitch was a finalist for the Thurber Prize for American Humor following the release of her smash hit book, I See You Made an Effort: Compliments, Indignities and Survival Stories from the Edge of 50 (Blue Rider Press).  NPR Books has called it “A seriously funny collection of essays about teetering over the edge of 50…Gurwitch is squarely in Nora Ephron territory,” while The New York Times said, “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.” I See You Made an Effort is a New York Times bestseller, a New York Times “Book of Style” selection, and was named one of Kirkus Reviews’ "10 Books Guaranteed to Make You Laugh." Gurwitch’s latest comedic collection of short stories, Wherever You Go, There They Are (Penguin Publishing Group), will be released in April 2017. 

 
  

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A Sample of the Groups That Have Hosted Annabelle Gurwitch
  • Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte
  • Services for the Underserved
  • JCC Greenwich
  • The Jewish Federation of the San Gabriel Valley
  • Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA)
  • Los Angeles Bar Association
  • UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
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For three season, Annabelle Gurwitch trolled through other people's garbage as host of Wasted for the Planet Green Network, where she brought her irreverent wit and personality to the very serious discussion about the state of our environment. A passionate environmental activist, TIME featured her i ...

For three season, Annabelle Gurwitch trolled through other people's garbage as host of Wasted for the Planet Green Network, where she brought her irreverent wit and personality to the very serious discussion about the state of our environment. A passionate environmental activist, TIME featured her in their cover story "Ten 10 Ideas That Are Changing the World."

How I Learned to Love my Muffintop and Other Stories from the Edge of 50

O, The Oprah Magazine, calls Annabelle Gurwitch entertaining and slyly subversive and she covers both the hilarious and wonderful opportunities that face the women d'un certain age with her trademark wit and cultural commentary. Gurwitch tells stories included in her memoir, I See You Made an Effort ...

O, The Oprah Magazine, calls Annabelle Gurwitch "entertaining and slyly subversive" and she covers both the hilarious and wonderful opportunities that face the women d'un certain age with her trademark wit and cultural commentary. Gurwitch tells stories included in her memoir, I See You Made an Effort, that range from planning her future retirement in an elder hostel in Costa Rica to navigating the extensive anti-aging offerings in the department store beauty counter, negotiating acceptable behavior with her teenage son, to aiding in the assisted suicide of her best friend that Bill Maher says are "unexpected, imaginative... her observations just plain crack me up." “You'll wish Annabelle lived next door, laugh really hard & won't feel alone in your secret thoughts!” -Julia Sweeney.

One Jewish Girl's Journey from the Stage to the Page

Annabelle Gurwitch's unlikely career has taken her from performing Linda in Death of a Salesman at age thirteen at Temple Beth Shalom in Miami Beach (mercifully, no videotape exists of this performance) to her accidental career in comedy, including her numerous years hosting HBO's Not Necessarily th ...

Annabelle Gurwitch's unlikely career has taken her from performing Linda in Death of a Salesman at age thirteen at Temple Beth Shalom in Miami Beach (mercifully, no videotape exists of this performance) to her accidental career in comedy, including her numerous years hosting HBO's Not Necessarily the News and Dinner and a Movie on TBS, to her transformation into a New York Times bestselling author. Her work off-Broadway has earned her inclusion in the New York Times' Top Ten Performances of the Year. With her tenure at NPR and now with three books to her name, she is the ultimate re-inventor and she's a Jewish mother to boot. “Razor sharp wit, intelligent humor, heart, laughter and neshama!” — Rabbi Zoe Klein, Temple Isaiah, Los Angeles

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Actress, activist and New York Times bestselling author Annabelle Gurwitch’s most recent book is  I See You Made an Effort: Compliments, Indignities and Survival Stories from the Edge of 50 (Blue Rider Press).  NPR Books called it "A seriously funny collection of essays about teetering over the edge of 50…Gurwitch is squarely in Nora Ephron territory” while The New York Times says “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.” I See You Made an Effort is a New York Times Book of Style Selection, a Jewish Book Council Select for the 2014-2015 season, and was named one of Kirkus Reviews’ “10 Books Guaranteed to Make You Laugh.” She is currently adapting the book for television for the F/X Network.

Annabelle gained a loyal comedic following during her numerous years co-hosting the cult favorite, Dinner & a Movie on TBS and in her years as a regular commentator on NPR. Her work has been called, “hilarious” by The Washington Post, “laugh out loud” by People and “slyly subversive” by O Magazine. Her book, You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up, co-written with her Emmy Award winning husband, Jeff Kahn, is now a theatrical play in its third national tour. Her first book “Fired!” was also an acclaimed Showtime Comedy Special.

Annabelle’s many television appearances include: Real Time with Bill Maher, The Today Show, CBS This Morning, Dr. Oz Show, Queen Latifah Show, CNN, MSNBC, and The Oprah Winfrey Show, Dexter, Seinfeld, and Boston Legal.

She is a Jewish mother, a passionate environmentalist, a reluctant atheist and lives with her husband and son and a large collection of reusable water bottles in Los Angeles.

 

  • New York Times Bestselling Author
  • Thurber Prize Finalist for American Humor Writing 2015
  • Former Host of Dinner & a Movie, TBS
  • NPR commentator, New York Times, LA Times, New Yorker
  • Times Magazine's "Ten Ideas that are Changing the World"
  • New York Times Critic's Choice: Top Ten Performances of the Year in Theater
  • Two Jewish Book Council Tours
  • live appearances: The Moth, New York Comedy Festival, 92nd St Y, performing arts centers around the country
  • Latest engagements: Reason Rally on The National Mall 2016, Cancer Support Services of Pasadena, Rancho Mirage Writers' Fest 2017, Seattle TownHall 2017, Thurber House Residency 2017