When actress, author, and activist Annabelle Gurwitch (Dinner and a Movie) isn't shrinking the ecological footprints of American families as the host of Wa$ted!, she's offering her unique brand of humor and perspective on politics, pop culture and the environment in her column for The Nation Magazine, on NPR, and on CNN Headline News. Annabelle speaks on sustainability and environmental activism at colleges and venues around the country and is the national spokesperson for the N.G.O. Forest Ethics' campaign to stop junk mail by calling for a national Do Not Mail Registry. (www.donotmail.org). She speaks on sustainability and environmental activism at colleges and venues around the country.
Annabelle's recent book and documentary film have brought humor and attention to employment in the U.S. Fired! Tales of the Canned, Canceled, Downsized and Dismissed (now in paperback), was deemed a "merry compendium of failure" by The Washington Post, and was #1 on The New York Post Hot List. The Fired! documentary, called "hilarious" by The Nation Magazine, and "entertaining and slyly subversive" by Oprah Magazine, is now available on DVD.
Besides her six-year stint on the cult favorite Dinner and a Movie for TBS, she's hosted shows on ABC, HBO, Sci- Fi, The Style Channel, The Game Show Network, and hearted everything under the sun on VH1's "I Love the..." series. Recent TV appearances include: Medium, State of Mind, The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman, Boston Legal, and her films include: Shaggy Dog and Melvin Goes to Dinner.
Annabelle attended NYU and lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Emmy-Award winning writer Jeff Kahn, and their ten year old son in a house lit (dimly) by CFLs. Her essays appear in two new anthologies, Note to Self (Simon Spotlight 1/2009) and Rejected (Villard,11/2008). Annabelle and her husband are currently at work on a comic memoir entitled, "You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up" (Crown, Spring 2010).On Wa$ted!, Annabelle is comically confrontational with "eco-terrorist" families, utilizing her sassy sense of style, and unabashed humor to teach viewers how to play their part in saving the planet one (ecologically smaller) footstep at a time.