Susan Essman (born May 31, 1955) is an American stand-up comedian, actress, writer and television producer, best known for her role as Susie Greene on Curb Your Enthusiasm, Bobbi Wexler on Broad City, and the voice of Mittens in Bolt.
|Birth name||Susan Essman|
|Born||May 31, 1955|
The Bronx, New York City, New York, United States
|Medium||Film, television, stand-up|
|Spouse||Jim Harder (2008–present)|
|Notable works and roles||Curb Your Enthusiasm, Bolt|
Essman was born in The Bronx, New York City, and was raised in the New York City suburb of Mount Vernon. Her father, Leonard Essman, was an internist who died in 2001. Her mother, Zora (née Pressman), taught Russian at Sarah Lawrence College. Essman is Jewish; her grandparents emigrated from Russia and Poland. She received her bachelor's degree from SUNY Purchase College.
Essman has been traveling and appearing at clubs throughout the country for more than two decades. She was a guest on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson on January 5, 1989. Her first half-hour special appeared on Comedy Central in 1992. As much of her comedy draws from her ethnic background, she has been featured in such documentaries as, Heroes of Jewish Comedy and A History of Jewish Comedy.
Essman began her acting career with small parts in two 1988 films – Crocodile Dundee II and Punchline – but is best known for her role as Susie Greene, the wife of Jeff Greene (portrayed by Jeff Garlin), on the HBO comedy series Curb Your Enthusiasm. Essman told The New York Times that, by the show's third season, she could not "walk down the street anymore without people stopping her and begging her to say [her character's catchphrase] 'You fat fuck'". In 2007, Slate named Essman's character one of the best on television, and a reason the publication looked forward to the return of the show.
She also provided the voice of Helen Higgins on the Comedy Central series Crank Yankers; she was an occasional correspondent on the first season of the network's The Daily Show. She appeared on Comedy Central's Roast of Bob Saget on August 17, 2008 and provided the voice of "Mittens" (the cat) in the Disney animated film, Bolt, and reprised the role in the 2009 short Super Rhino. She also made an appearance on the Regis Philbin version of Million Dollar Password.
Essman is a pescatarian—"Not a moral thing," she explains, but "aesthetic"; chicken "grosses me out"—and "lives on sushi". She married Jim Harder, a commercial real estate broker, in September 2008. She owns a Shih Tzu named Sumo.
|1991||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze||Soho Woman|
|1997||What's Your Sign?||Carla|
|2000||Keeping the Faith||Ellen Friedman|
|2005||The Man||Lt. Rita Carbone|
|1988–89||Baby Boom||Charlotte Elkman||Main role|
|1991||True Colors||Mrs. Wampler||"Strange Bedfellows"|
|1992||True Colors||Jewel||"Art Attack"|
|1995||Ned and Stacey||Aunt Ceil||"Thanksgiving Day Massacre"|
|1997||Law & Order||Ms. Shapiro||"Terminal"|
|2000–present||Curb Your Enthusiasm||Susie Greene||Guest role (seasons 1–7), main role (season 8-)|
|2002||The King of Queens||Marcia||"No Orleans"|
|2002–03||Crank Yankers||Helen Higgins (voice)||Regular role|
|2003||Kim Possible||Sadie (voice)||"Car Trouble"|
|2004||Law & Order||Veronica Reynolds||"Everybody Loves Raimondo's"|
|2006||Dora the Explorer||Queen Bee||"Dora's First Trip"|
|2009||Loving Leah||Malka||TV film|
|2009–present||American Dad!||Mrs. Lonstein (voice)||Recurring role|
|2012||Adventure Time||Barb (voice)||"Web Weirdos"|
|2013||Blue Bloods||Judge Clarice Karl||"Front Page News"|
|2015||Weird Loners||Evelyn Goldfarb||"Weird Pilot", "Weird Dance"|
|2015–2019||Broad City||Bobbi Wexler||Recurring role (seasons 2 - 5)|
|2015–2018||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Arlene Heller||Recurring role (seasons 16–17, 19)|
|2016–present||Those Who Can't||Leslie Brohn||Recurring role|
|2017||The Goldbergs||Edie Robb||"So Swayze It's Crazy"|
|2019||Bless This Mess||Donna||Recurring role|
- New York Times, March 5, 2003: "Eating Hollywood Style, With Thin Air on the Side".
- Westbrook, Caroline (October 7, 2007). "Susie Essman interview". www.somethingjewish.co.uk. Retrieved June 23, 2010.
Both my parents are Jewish...
- by CINDY SHER on October 04, 2012 (October 4, 2012). "JUF News | Veteran comics Susie Essman and Richard Lewis to bring the laughs to JUF's Vanguard Nov. 5". Juf.org. Retrieved January 11, 2017.
- Slate, Lapidos, Juliet. November 23, 2003: "Oh, How We've Missed You! The Best Characters on Television"
- Wadler, Joyce (October 7, 2009). "At Home With Susie Essman". The New York Times. Retrieved October 31, 2009.
- SEPT. 13, 2008 (September 13, 2008). "Essman, Harder Marry". Nytimes.com. Retrieved January 11, 2017.
- Famous Shih Tzu Dogs – Celebrities Who Own a Shih Tzu allshihtzu.com