Annabelle Gurwitch, bestselling author, comedic actress and activist, is working on a new collection of essays titled You’re Leaving When? It’s about what she’s calling “midcentury motherhood.” That’s when you’re old enough to know the good cancers from the bad ones while you’re still ministering to the needs of your offspring and preparing for their likely return to the nest.
A prolific writer, she takes a hilarious look at her family in Wherever You Go, There They Are: Stories About My Family You Might Relate To. Her book, I See You Made an Effort: Compliments, Indignities, and Survival Stories From the Edge of 50, hit The New York Times’ bestseller list and was named a Thurber Prize finalist. She also has penned You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up (co-authored with Jeff Kahn) and Fired!, which was turned into a Showtime comedy special.
Her byline frequently appears in national outlets, including 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 others. Just recently, her poignant essay about her son, “Back to School With Narrow Escapes and a Mother’s Love” appeared in The New York Times, and The Los Angeles Times featured her essay, “They Were Homeless. I Took Them In. Would You?”
Annabelle gained a loyal following during her stint co-hosting the fan favorite Dinner and a Movie on TBS and years as a regular commentator on NPR. She was the news anchor on HBO’s Not Necessarily the News and 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. She adapted her books I See You Made an Effort and You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up for the stage, both received numerous national tours, and she regularly appears at performing arts centers around the country.
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.
Annabelle is on the faculty of The School of the New York Times and is a frequent speaker at book fests, writers’ conferences and The Moth. She’s been invited to perform at The Moth’s “Nightfall” in Brooklyn Oct. 25-26.
She’ll be premiering a new solo show, If You Lived with Me You’d Be Home by Now, based on her recent LA Times op-ed, at the Uncommon Voices series in Brooklyn on Nov. 19. That performance is being recorded by PBS to be aired in the spring of 2020.