Actress, author and activist, Annabelle Gurwitch gained a loyal comedic following on Dinner & a Movie on TBS (over 200 episodes). People Magazine calls her latest book You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up (Random House) co-written with her husband Emmy Award winning writer, Jeff Kahn “laugh out loud.” Gurwitch and Kahn adapted You Say Tomato into a theatrical production, originating the roles at Joe’s Pub, Carolines on Broadway and The New York Comedy Festival. The production is currently receiving its second national U.S. tour and heads to new cities in 2013.
Annabelle’s first book Fired! (Simon&Schuster) was deemed a “entertaining and slyly subversive” by Oprah Magazine, was a Book of Style pick in The New York Times, and #1 on the New York Post Hot List.” Her eponymous documentary Fired! has played everywhere from Showtime Network to The Labor Department on Capitol Hill. She’s been a columnist for The Nation Magazine, a contributing writer and commentator on Day to Day and All Things Considered on NPR targeting everything from politics to pop culture.
As a host, she most recently spent three years hosting the carbon foot printing series “WA$TED” for The Planet Green Network. She’s hosted shows for The Style Channel, Sci-Fi, The VH1, ABC, The Game Show Network, and was the anchor of the award winning satirical news series, “Not Necessarily the News” for two seasons on HBO.
Her acting credits include starring in The Geffen Playhouse world premiere of Donald Marguiles’ A Coney Island Christmas in the 2012 season. TV credits include over fifty guest starring roles including: “The Cleaner,” “Dexter,” “Medium,” “Boston Legal,” and “Seinfeld” Her films include: Shaggy Dog, Daddy Day Care and Melvin Goes to Dinner. Annabelle’s work the title role of Murray Mednick’s Joe and Betty garnered her place in The New York Times Top Ten Performances in Theatre of the Year 2002 and the Los Angeles Times Top Ten Performances of the Year, 2001.
Throughout her career, Annabelle has shared her pithy wit social on a variety of talk shows, including: Real Time with Bill Maher, Anderson Cooper Show, Joy Behar, The Today Show, The CBS Early Show, Showbiz Tonight, Fox and Friends, Red Eye, and OPRAH. Annabelle has written for Glamour, Marie Claire, Men’s Health, Los Angeles Times and More Magazine. Time Magazine featured Annabelle and her Fired! film in their cover story “Ten Ideas that are changing the world.”
Currently, Annabelle is writing a comedic memoir for Blue Rider imprint at Penguin, Spring 2014. She blogs for The Huffington Post, Felicity Huffman’s parenting web site What the Flicka.com, and hosts the web series, The Motherhood Do-Over for NickMom. Annabelle attended NYU, and volunteers her time for a variety of environmental NGO’s including National Wildlife Federation, The Skoll Foundation and Forest Ethics. Annabelle, her husband and teenage son reside in Los Angeles.