Susie Essman

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.

Susie Essman
Essman at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival premiere of Whatever Works.
Birth nameSusan Essman
Born (1955-05-31) May 31, 1955
The Bronx, New York City, New York, United States
MediumFilm, television, stand-up
Years active1988–present
Jim Harder (m. 2008)
Notable works and rolesCurb Your Enthusiasm, Bolt

Early life

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.[1] Essman is Jewish; her grandparents emigrated from Russia and Poland.[2][3] She received her bachelor's degree from SUNY Purchase College.



Essman has been traveling and appearing at clubs throughout the country for more than three 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 made her U.K. standup comedy debut at the Corn Exchange at the Newbury Comedy Festival in July 2007. While in England, she appeared on the British television show 8 Out of 10 Cats.

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'".[1] 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.[4]

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's book, What Would Susie Say: Bullshit Wisdom About Love, Life and Comedy, was published in October 2009 by Simon & Schuster.[5]

Personal life

Essman is a pescatarian—"Not a moral thing," she explains, but "aesthetic"; chicken "grosses me out"—and "lives on sushi".[1] She married Jim Harder, a commercial real estate broker, in September 2008.[6] She owns a Shih Tzu named Sumo.[7]



Year Title Role Notes
1991 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze Soho Woman
1997 Volcano Anita
1997 What's Your Sign? Carla
2000 Keeping the Faith Ellen Friedman
2005 The Man Lt. Rita Carbone
2008 Bolt Mittens (voice)
2010 Cop Out Laura
2012 Putzel Gilda
2017 Band Aid Shirley


Year Title Role Notes
1988–1989 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"
2002–2003 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


  1. New York Times, March 5, 2003: "Eating Hollywood Style, With Thin Air on the Side".
  2. Westbrook, Caroline (October 7, 2007). "Susie Essman interview". Retrieved June 23, 2010. Both my parents are Jewish...
  3. 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". Retrieved January 11, 2017.
  4. Slate, Lapidos, Juliet. November 23, 2003: "Oh, How We've Missed You! The Best Characters on Television"
  5. Wadler, Joyce (October 7, 2009). "At Home With Susie Essman". The New York Times. Retrieved October 31, 2009.
  6. SEPT. 13, 2008 (September 13, 2008). "Essman, Harder Marry". Retrieved January 11, 2017.
  7. Famous Shih Tzu Dogs – Celebrities Who Own a Shih Tzu
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