Susie Essman plays the venomous Susie Greene in the critically-acclaimed HBO comedy series Curb Your Enthusiasm. Susie (Greene, not Essman) is the no-nonsense wife of Larry David's rotund, cheerful agent Jeff Greene (Jeff Garlin). Mrs. Greene will not suffer a fool or overlook the slightest slight; she invariably sees through every one of Larry and Jeff's lies and mischievous ploys and rips into them. These hilarious bouts of withering sarcasm and uninhibited insults have become her character's trademark and helped her to become one of the most popular players on the show.
Robert B. Weide, Executive producer (and director of half of the show's thirty episodes) says "What I love about the character Susie Greene is that no matter how much Larry thinks he's in control of a given situation, Susie just walks in and cuts him off at the knees. It's like "King Kong Versus Godzilla." Kong is a pretty formidable character, but once Godzilla shoots her laser fire breath at him, all he can do is recoil in agony. He's helpless against her wrath. She alone has the power to devastate him. It's a thing of beauty."
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 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 f*ck!'". 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-five 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.
And now Susie adds published author to her list of accomplishments. This fall her book "What Would Susie Say — Bullshit Wisdom Wisdom About Love, Life and Comedy" will be published by Simon & Schuster.
Susie divides her time between New York City and upstate New York where she lives with her husband, four step-children, and two dogs.