Biography

Susie Essman has played the sassy Susie Greene for all eight seasons of the critically-acclaimed HBO comedy series, Curb Your Enthusiasm.  Her hilarious bouts of withering sarcasm and uninhibited insults have become her character’s trademark. 

The Los Angeles Times calls Susie, “The most lyrical purveyor of profanity on television.  She makes the entire cast of  “The Sopranos” look like rank amateurs.  It really is a gift.”  

The New York Times called Susie “one of the most vivid characters in the show, whose off-color tantrums have become an audience favorite the way Kramer's clumsy entrances once were”.

The New York Observer (which calls her “fantastic”) says “she's taken female cursing to longshoreman levels, pummeling her bumbling, barrel-bodied husband with potty-mouthed invectives like 'You fat fuck!'”. 

Susie’s streetwise vernacular is perfectly suited for her life in Manhattan where she has been a veteran of the world of stand up comedy for twenty-nine years.  She has appeared in her own half-hour HBO comedy special, made numerous appearances on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The View, and Crank Yankers, to name just a few of her many television credits.  She has also acted in numerous films, most recently costarring with John Travolta as the voice of Mittens the Cat in the Disney animated movie Bolt.  

Susie's book “What Would Susie Say – Bullshit Wisdom Wisdom About Love, Life and Comedy” is published by Simon & Schuster and is now available in paperback.

Susie divides her time between New York City and upstate New York where she lives with her husband, four step-children, and dog.

If you'd like to know what Susie's family is upto, follow these links:
Sister Nora Morrow, Musician and Composer

Brother Elliot Essman's Wine Pages
Nephew Thor Essman

Filmography

American Dad! (TV Series)
- Steve and Snot's Test-Tubular Adventure (2013) ... (voice)
- Moon Over Isla Island (2009) ... (voice)
Blue Bloods (TV Series)
- Front Page News (2013) ... Judge Clarice Karl

Putzel (2012) Gilda
Curb Your Enthusiasm (TV series) - Susie Greene (2000-2011)
– Larry vs. Michael J. Fox (2011) … Susie Greene
– Mister Softee (2011) … Susie Greene
– Car Periscope (2011) … Susie Greene
– The Bi-Sexual (2011) … Susie Greene
– The Hero (2011) … Susie Greene

Cop Out (2010) .... Laura
"Make My Day" (TV series) 
   - Bridal Beauty (2009)
Super Rhino (2009) (V) (voice) .... Mittens
Loving Leah (2009) (TV) .... Malka
Bolt (2008) (voice) .... Mittens
The Man
(2005) .... Lt. Rita Carbone 

Untitled Susie Essman Project (2005) (TV)
"Law & Order" .... Ms. Shapiro / ... (2 episodes, 1997-2004)
    - Everybody Loves Raimondo's (2004) TV episode .... Veronica Reynolds
    - Terminal (1997) TV episode .... Ms. Shapiro

"Crank Yankers" .... Helen Higgins (4 episodes, 2002-2003)
    - Episode #2.17 (2003) TV episode (voice) .... Helen Higgins
    - Episode #2.10 (2003) TV episode (voice) .... Helen Higgins
    - Episode #1.8 (2002) TV episode (voice) .... Helen Higgins
    - Episode #1.6 (2002) TV episode (voice) .... Helen Higgins

"Kim Possible" .... Sadie (1 episode, 2003)
    - Car Trouble (2003) TV episode (voice) .... Sadie

The Secret Lives of Dentists (2002) .... Nurse
"Law & Order: Criminal Intent" .... Ron Sherwood's Secretary (1 episode, 2002)
    - Badge (2002) TV episode .... Ron Sherwood's Secretary

"The King of Queens" .... Marcia (1 episode, 2002)
    - No Orleans (2002) TV episode .... Marcia

Keeping the Faith (2000) .... Ellen Friedman
The Siege (1998/I) .... Protest Speaker
Volcano (1997) .... Anita
"Ned and Stacey" .... Aunt Ceil (1 episode, 1995)
    - Thanksgiving Day Massacre (1995) TV episode .... Aunt Ceil

"Hardcore TV" .... Sports Lady (2 episodes, 1994)
    - Episode #1.7 (1994) TV episode .... Sports Lady
    - Episode #1.6 (1994) TV episode .... Sports Lady

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991) .... Soho Woman
"Baby Boom" .... Charlotte Elkman (10 episodes, 1988-1989)
    - X-y-l-o-p-h-o-n-e (1989) TV episode .... Charlotte Elkman
    - When It Rains (1989) TV episode .... Charlotte Elkman
    - One Wednesday (1989) TV episode .... Charlotte Elkman
    - Christmas '88 (1988) TV episode .... Charlotte Elkman
    - The He-Man Woman's Hater Club (1988) TV episode .... Charlotte Elkman
      (5 more)

"Kate & Allie" (1 episode, 1989)
    - The Hockey Team (1989) TV episode (as Sussie Essman)

Punchline (1988) .... Lilah's Hairdresser
'Crocodile' Dundee II (1988) .... Tour Guide

 

As Herself:

The Last Laugh (documentary) (2015)
The Business of Comedy (Documentary) 2013
The View (TV Series) 2006-2013
Herself - Co-Host / Herself / Herself - Guest Co-Host
- Episode #16.219 (2013) ... Herself
- Episode dated 23 July 2010 (2010) ... Herself - Guest Co-Host
- Episode dated 26 July 2007 (2007) ... Herself - Co-Host
- Episode dated 8 November 2006 (2006) ... Herself - Co-Host

Four Courses with J.B. Smoove (TV Series) 2013
Inside Comedy (TV Series) 2013
- Susie Essman/Carol Burnett (2013) ... Herself
Gotham Comedy Live (TV Series) 2013
Host
- Susie Essman (2013) ... Herself - Host

The Wendy Williams Show (TV Series) 2010-2013
Herself / Herself - Guest
- Episode dated 21 February 2013 (2013) ... Herself - Guest
- Episode dated 26 September 2011 (2011) ... Herself (voice)
- Episode dated 14 December 2010 (2010) ... Herself

Match Game (TV Series) 2012-2013
Guest Panelist
- Tanning (2013) ... Guest Panelist
- Spider (2013) ... Guest Panelist
- Spring (2012) ... Guest Panelist
- Poker (2012) ... Guest Panelist
- Mixed (2012) ... Guest Panelist

Celebrity Ghost Stories (TV Series) 2013
- Patricia Velasquez/Susie Essman/Elya Baskin (2013) ... Herself
Joy Behar's Comics with Benefits (TV Movie) 2012
Hollywood Icons and Innovators (TV Series) 2011
- Episode #1.2 (2011) ... Herself
The Talk (TV series) (2011) Guest
– Episode dated 21 October 2011 (2011) … Herself - Guest
– Episode dated 20 October 2011 (2011) … Herself - Guest
– Episode dated 19 October 2011 (2011) … Herself - Guest
– Episode dated 18 October 2011 (2011) … Herself - Guest
– Episode dated 17 October 2011 (2011) … Herself - Guest

2011 Anderson (TV series)
– Pet Extravaganza (2011) … Herself
The Wendy Williams Show (TV series) (2010-2011)
     – Episode dated 26 September 2011 (2011) … Herself
     – Episode dated 14 December 2010 (2010) … Herself
The View (TV series) 2006-2010 
    - Co-Host / Herself - Guest Co-Host
    – Episode dated 23 July 2010 (2010) … Herself - Guest Co-Host
    – Episode dated 26 July 2007 (2007) … Herself - Co-Host
    – Episode dated 8 November 2006 (2006) … Herself - Co-Host 
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (TV series) 2009-2010 
    – Episode #1.282 (2010) … Herself
    – Episode #1.162 (2009) … Herself  
Curb: The Discussion (TV series) 2010
    Herself - Host 46 episodes
    – AAMCO … Herself - Host
    – Affirmative Action … Herself - Host
    – Beloved Aunt … Herself - Host
    – Ben's Birthday Party … Herself - Host
    – Denise Handicapped … Herself - Host 
25 Things You Didn't Know About Curb Your Enthusiasm (TV documentary) 2010
Tavis Smiley (TV series) 2009
    – Episode dated 5 November 2009 (2009) … Herself
Chelsea Lately (TV series) 2009
    – Episode dated 2 November 2009 (2009) … Herself
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien (TV series) 2009
    – Episode #1.93 (2009) … Herself
The Bonnie Hunt Show (TV series) 2009
    – Episode dated 29 October 2009 (2009) … Herself
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (TV series) 1996-2009
    Herself / Herself - Correspondent
    – Episode dated 26 October 2009 (2009) … Herself
    – Episode dated 25 September 1996 (1996) … Herself - Correspondent
T4 Movie Special: Bolt (2009) (TV)
"Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America" (2 episodes, 2009)
    - Never Give a Sucker an Even Break: The Wiseguys (2009) TV episode
    - When I'm Bad I'm Better: The Groundbreakers (????) TV episode  Comedian

"The Hour" (1 episode, 2008)
... aka "CBC News: The Hour" (Canada: English title: long title)
    - Episode dated 19 November 2008 (2008) TV episode

"Paula's Party" (1 episode, 2008)
    - Episode dated 13 September 2008 (2008) TV episode

Comedy Central Roast of Bob Saget (2008) (TV)
"Million Dollar Password" (1 episode, 2008)
    - Episode #1.3 (2008) TV episode

"Late Night with Conan O'Brien" (3 episodes, 2004-2007)
    - Episode dated 30 October 2007 (2007) TV episode
    - Episode dated 1 November 2005 (2005) TV episode
    - Episode dated 28 May 2004 (2004) TV episode

"The View" - Co-Host (2 episodes, 2006-2007)
    - Episode dated 26 July 2007 (2007) TV episode - Co-Host
    - Episode dated 8 November 2006 (2006) TV episode - Co-Host

"8 Out of 10 Cats" (1 episode, 2007)
    - Episode #5.5 (2007) TV episode

The World's Greatest Comedy Characters (2007) (TV)
"Better Half" (2007) TV series -Host (unknown episodes)
Comic Relief 2006 (2006) (TV)
Legends: Rodney Dangerfield (2006) (TV)
Paws for Style (2006) (TV)
"Celebrity Poker Showdown" (1 episode, 2006)
    - Tournament 8, Game 1 (2006) TV episode

The Aristocrats (2005)
"The Smoking Gun TV" (3 episodes, 2004)
    - Year-end Special (2004) TV episode
    - Episode #2.2 (2004) TV episode
    - Episode #2.1 (2004) TV episode

Funny Already: A History of Jewish Comedy (2004) (TV)
"The Sharon Osbourne Show" (1 episode, 2004)
    - Episode dated 4 February 2004 (2004) TV episode

Comedy Central Presents: The Commies (2003) (TV)
"Heroes of Jewish Comedy" (2003) TV mini-series
Uncensored Comedy: That's Not Funny! (2003) (TV) -Narrator
Comedy Central Presents: The N.Y. Friars Club Roast of Chevy Chase (2002) (TV)
All Access Pass: The 15th Annual American Comedy Awards (2001) (TV)
Comedy Central Presents: The N.Y. Friars Club Roast of Jerry Stiller (1999) (TV)
"Comics on Delivery" (1997) TV series (unknown episodes)
"The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" - Correspondent (1 episode, 1996)
    - Episode dated 25 September 1996 (1996) TV episode - Correspondent

"Lauren Hutton and..." (1 episode, 1995)
    - Susie Essman (1995) TV episode

Girls' Night Out (1994) (TV) (1994)
"One Night Stand" (1 episode, 1992)
    - Episode dated 20 September 1992 (1992) TV episode