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ANNABELLE GURWITCH (Writer) first gained a wide comedic following during her years co-hosting "Dinner & a Movie" on TBS. Annabelle turned her experience of being canned by Woody Allen into the Off-Broadway play, touring show, book and documentary film Fired. Her film premiered on Showtime and has been screened everywhere from The South by Southwest Film Festival to The Department of Labor. She's been a regular commentator on NPR and a humor columnist for TheNationMagazine.com.Annabelle has appeared on Oprah, The Today Show, Fox and Friends, CNN, MSNBC, The CBS Early Show and Talk of The Nation on NPR. She's been profiled in major print outlets including The Washington Post, Psychology Today, More, Chicago Tribune, Denver Post, InStyle, The New York Times, The JTA, USA Today and People. Time magazine cited Annabelle in their cover story "10 Ideas that are Changing the World" for Fired! She has hosted television shows on ABC, VHI, Style and HBO. Acting credits include "Medium," "Boston Legal," "Seinfeld" and films Shaggy Dog, Melvin Goes to Dinner and Daddy Day Care. Her work Off-Broadway garnered her a place in The New York Times Top Ten Performances in Theatre, 2002. Her essays have appeared in The L.A. Times, Child, The Jewish Journal, Glamour and two anthologies: Note to Self and Rejected! She hosts "WA$TED"! On The Planet Green Network. This is her second book and second marriage.
JEFF KAHN (Writer) is a writer/performer who began his career on MTV's "The Ben Stiller Show." A few years later, he won an Emmy award for writing on FOX's "The Ben Stiller Show," it was a moment so unexpected and shocking that he literally cried. Jeff has written on several other shows including, "Later with Greg Kinnear" "Austin Stories" and "Dilbert." His essays can be read online at FreshYarn.com and in his wife's terrific and very funny book, Fired! He also has written and produced numerous television pilots, in particular, a spin-off of "All American Girl" starring Margaret Cho. He can be seen on HBO reruns of "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Entourage" and "The Larry Sanders Show," and has been seen in films including , Tropic Thunder, 40-Year-Old Virgin, and The Cable Guy. Online, Jeff is featured on the show, "The Writer's Room." This is his first book and first marriage.
Annabelle an Jeff live in Los Angeles with their 13 year old son, Ezra, and their eighteen-year old cat, Stinky.
Darren Katz (Original Director) is currently Resident Director for The Lion Kingon Broadway. Recent directing credits include I Got Sick Then I Got Betterat New York Theatre Workshop (co-directed with James
Lapine), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (2nd National Tour), Happy Sunshine Kung Fu Flower(The Zipper Factory), and the development of original shows at Pace University and NYU/Strasberg Studios. He is directing and developing numerous new theater pieces, including Sunrise At Hyde Parkby Tom Wilson Weinberg and Peggy Stafford; Sexurity by Yuval Boim (Joyce Soho); The Birthday Boyby Wes Webb; and The Wasp Womanby Phillip Chernyak and Blake Hackler (NYTE).
Patrick Walsh (Director) Theater-- Director: Hangar Theatre - Macbeth, The Empty Ocean, The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon; Chautauqua Theatre Company - The Brothers Size; Victory Gardens - Push Comes To Shove; Rubicon Theatre Project - Lucy Dreaming; Theatre Building Chicago - Fifth of July, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest; Bailiwick Repertory Theatre - Two Spoons, Haram Iran; Mad Hatter Theatre Productions - Chicken Bone Beach; Props Theatre - Closer; Trail's End Theater - Into the Woods, A Midsummer Night's Dream. As Assistant Director: Guthrie Theatre Goodman Theatre; Dallas Theatre Center; Steppenwolf Theatre Company; Chautauqua Theater Company, and Next Theatre. Patrick is a member of the 2009 Lincoln Center Directors Lab; the Recipient of an SDC Foundation Observership, as well as a Chautauqua Theater Company Directing Fellowship, and a Drama League Directing Fellowship.
DAVID KOTELES (Additional Material) has had plays produced on the east and west coasts, including his award-winning, GLAAD-nominated comedy Bald Diva!: the Ionesco Parody Your Mother Warned You About. Bald Diva! was later published in NYTE's anthology Playing with Canons: Explosive New Works from Great Literature by America's Indie Playwrights. And it was listed on numerous end-of-the-year ("Best of the Season") lists for best play of 2004. David's enjoyed numerous New York productions, workshops and readings of his work at such places as Ensemble Studio Theatre, Manhattan Class Company, The Rattlestick, Alice's Fourth Floor, Primary Stages, The Perry Street Playhouse, Manhattan Theatre Source, Clemente Soto Velez, the Fresh Fruit Festival, the Homogenius Festival, Cherry Picking, the Red Room, and the Westbank Café. A graduate of the Columbia University School of the Arts, David has studied playwriting with Theresa Rebeck, Anne Bogart, Eduardo Machado, Leslie Ayvazian, Frank Pugliese, and Kelly Stuart. He was also honored with the Richard Rodgers Scholarship and a Howard Stein Fellowship while at Columbia. David graduated summa cum laude from Queens College, where he was made Phi Beta Kappa and earned the John Golden Award for Playwriting. He has also written several (as of yet unproduced) film scripts and TV pilots, and David was a finalist for the Writer's Lab at the Sundance Film Festival. He's a staff writer on the webisode sitcom, Ernie's Girls. And he currently lives in Los Angeles, where he is desperately trying to be a Hollywood sell-out.