Stephen Tobolowsky
Stephen Tobolosky - Actor/Writer/Director

To the right of this page (or scroll to bottom for mobile apps) are upcoming events for 2017.  Most book-signing events include readings from my new book, stories, or interviews.  Check for details, and please join me!

Contact us if you have a performance proposal for your theatre -


In September 2011, in a maiden voyage, Stephen performed to benefit the High School Drama Program on Vashon Island, Washington. He and producer David Chen, presented three evenings in Cambridge, MA November 11-13 at the Brattle Theatre.

After a successful performance at the Neptune Theatre in Seattle on January 7, 2012, Stephen and David returned to Seattle for a near sell-out performance October 13, 2012 at the Moore Theatre.

Past Appearances, Book Signings and Readings:

Saturday, September 29, 2012, 3:00 pm - Second Ventura Comedy Festival
Ventura Harbor Comedy Club-The Tobolowsky Files Live
For more info and tickets see here.

Denver, CO, Oct. 1: Tattered Cover Bookstore.
More info here.

Austin, TX, Oct. 2: BookPeople.
More info here.

Dallas, TX, Oct. 3: Southern Methodist University, Umphrey Lee Center on the SMU Campus.
Plus USA Film Festival Event.
More info here.

Louisville, KY, Oct. 5: Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts.

West Hollywood, CA, Oct. 6: West Hollywood Public Library.
More info here.

The bookstore BookSoup will be on hand to sell books.
Seattle, October 13, 2012, Moore Theatre, 8:00 pm
Book Signings after the performance provided by University Books.

Austin, TX, Oct. 27: Texas Book Festival
Please check here for more info.

Fairfax, VA, Nov. 3: JCC Northern Virginia Jewish Book Festival.

Charleston, SC, Nov. 10: Charleston JCC, Jewish Book Fest.

Gloucester, MA, Nov. 12: Cape Ann Film Festival.
Books available for sale at the event, through Manchester by the Book.

Ottawa, Canada, Nov. 15: 2012 Ottawa International StoryTellers Festival.
Collected Works Bookstore was on hand to sell books.

Pasadena, CA, Dec. 1, 7:30-9:30 pm -
Jewish Book Festival, Pasadena Jewish Temple & Center.

West Hills, CA, Dec. 9, event #3, around 2 pm -
LimmudLA West Valley, Shomrei Torah Synagogue.

Los Angeles, CA, Dec. 10, 7:00 pm -
Book Soup, 8818 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90069
Talk, Q&A, Book Signing.

Portland, OR, Dec. 15, 7:30 pm -
Live Wire! Portland
Alberta Rose Theatre, Doors: 6:30, Show: 7:30

San Francisco, CA, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013 -
SF Sketchfest: San Francisco Comedy Festival, Jazz Club Yoshi's San Francisco, 8:00 pm.

San Francisco, CA, Monday, Jan. 28th, 6 pm -
Book Passage San Francisco, 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA 94111 for a story and book signing.

Seattle International Film Festival, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, 6:30 pm 

Dallas, TX, Feb. 11, 2013, 7:00 pm -
Dallas Museum of Art: Texas Bound I
Horchow Auditorium
Dallas Museum of Art
1717 North Harwood Street
Dallas, Texas 75201

East Brunswick, NJ, Feb. 15-18, 2013 -
LimmundNY, Hilton East Brunswick Hotel, 3 Tower Center Blvd, East Brunswick, NJ, 08816

New York, NY, Feb. 16, 2013 - ,
92nd Street Y Manhattan at the Tribecca venue.
Tobolowsky Files Stories and introducing a film (either True stories or Groundhog at the present) and signing Dangerous Animals Club.

Austin, TX, March 7, 2013 -
2013 Texas Hall of Fame Awards

West Hollywood, CA, March 10, 2013 -
WordTheatre event, more info here.

Monterey, CA, April 18, 2013
At the E.G. Conference

Los Angeles, CA September 12, 2013 -
Los Angeles Jewish Home, Executives: Breakfast - 7:00 am (in the morning!)
Presenting "Light of the First Day" story
Info and tickets here.

Minneapolis, MN October 10, 2013 - 7:30 pm
The UBS Forum at Minnesota Public Radio

Dublin, Ireland October 22, 2013 at The Factory
Talk and Class for The Factory Film Acting Students

Dublin, Ireland October 23, 2013
Talk with the Irish Film Directors Guild

Richmond, VA November 7, 2013 at 7:00 pm

Burbank, CA November 17, 2013 Flappers Comedy Club
Wendy Hammers' Tasty Words

Portland Live Wire! December 14, 2013
Alberta Rose Theatre

Los Angeles Dec. 18, 2013 8 pm
"Why Gingerbread?" with Atsuko Okatsuka, Jenny Yang, Clayton Farris and others
Echoes Under Sunset
1310 Glendale Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026

Auckland, New Zealand, December 27, 2013 8:30 pm at The Classic.  Old and NEW stories!

Santa Monica, CA, January 12, 2014 8 pm
“Funny Writers Reading Stories” with Paul Morrissey and Carlos Kotkin
Promenade Playhouse (Tickets here)
1404 3rd Street Promenade
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Los Angeles, CA
Jewish Healing Center January 27, 2014 7:30 pm
REFA'EINU Service, Temple Beth Am. Topic: The Healing Power of Storytelling
More info here.

San Francisco, CA Saturday, February 1, 2014 4 pm
SF Sketchfest 2014 (Day 10)
Eureka Theatre
215 Jackson Street
San Francisco, 94111

Santa Barbara, CA February 5, 2014 (event starts at 6:30 pm).
Story Reading at Granada Books
1224 State St., Santa Barbara, California 93101
(805) 845-1818
Here's their Facebook page.

Burbank, CA March 9, 2014
Flappers Comedy Club, 5 pm
Wendy Hammers' Tasty Words

Woodstock, NY April 5, 2014
Woodstock Writers Festival, 8 pm

Los Angeles, CA April 13, 2014
Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, 1:20 pm

Austin, TX Friday, April 18, 2014
Paramount Theatre, 8 pm

Seattle, WA Saturday, May 3, 2014
The live show for the Kickstarter movie; tickets on sale here.

Santa Monica, Sunday, August 24, 2014, 7 pm
Westside Comedy Club
Info and tickets here.

North Hollywood, CA, Sunday, October 19, 2014, 5 pm.
Benefit Gala for the Road Theatre!
Information here:
Stephen will present "Conference Hour" from The Dangerous Animals Club as part of the program, a few tickets remaining.

North Hollywood, CA, Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 7 pm.
Second Annual Lit Crawl LA (venue: Po§ch)
More info here and here.
Stephen will present a NEW STORY from his new book now in progress.

Santa Barbara, CA, Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 6 pm.
No Indoor Voices Writing Salon
at the Oreana Winery, books provided by The Book Den.
Check The Book Den Facebook Page for more info.

Malibu, CA, November 23, 2014, 4 pm- Tales By the Sea
Malibu West Swimming Club, 30756 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu 90265
New Story, 8 minutes. With other story-tellers Kai and Sara Woods Decker, Maggie Westland, Nolan Pearson, Ellaraino, Barbara G. Wong, Barra Grant, and Riua Akinshegun.
Further inquiries contact Ann Buxie: or call 310-457-2385.

San Francisco, CA, February 2, 2015, 8 pm- San Francisco SketchFest
Groundhog Day Screening at the Roxie Theater with stories from Groundhog Day.
Information here.

Malibu, CA, March 8, 2015, 4:00 pm - Tales By the Sea
Malibu West Swimming Club, 30756 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu 90265
Story themes: Animals I Have Known.  List of all performers to come.
Further inquiries contact Ann Buxie: or call 310-457-2385.

Irvine, CA, April 11, 2015:  Literary Orange
Irvine Marriot, 1:20 - 2:00 pm, Autographs 2:00-2:30 pm.

Dallas, TX, April 22 and April 25, 2015
USA Film Festival Events: info here and here. (at Angelika Film Center)
Wednesday, April 22, 7 pm - Gallows Road Discussion and Salute to Ernie Hudson
Saturday, April 25, 4:30 pm Screening of Guys and Girls Can't Be Friends
Saturday, April 25, 7:30 pm - Host of Shorts Showcase program with Tribute to Margo Martindale

Boston, MA, April 26, 2015
Special Screening of The Primary Instinct.
David Chen and Stephen will attend.

Seattle, WA, May 29 and 30, 2015
Seattle International Film Festival
Two screenings of The Primary Instinct.
David Chen and Stephen will attend.
Information here.

Edinburgh, Scotland, August 18-31, 2015
The Tobolowsky Files Live
Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Cabaret Bar

Malibu, CA, September 20, 2015, 4:00 pm - Tales By the Sea
Malibu West Swimming Club, 30756 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu 90265
Story themes: Misunderstandings.  Also presenting: Tracy Newman, Sam Davis and Riua Akinshegun, Jack Patterson, Susie Duff, Carlos Kotkin, Barbara H. Clark , Doug Cox, Vicki Juditz and Ellen Switkes, and Mike Lambert.
Further inquiries contact Ann Buxie: or call 310-457-2385.
Nice article here.

Santa Monica, CA, September 24, 2015, 7:30 pm
Wendy Hammers' Tasty Words, with Monica Piper, Lyena Strelkoff, Carlos Kotkin, Michelle Joyner, Dennis Danzinger, and Dylan Brody. Musical guest Rena Strober.
Go here for more info and tickets.

North Hollywood, CA, Septenber 29, 2015, 7:30 pm
"Faces in the Stars" with Stephen Tobolowsky: An evening of storytelling in the Adat Ari El Sukkah.
Please go here for complete information.

Keene, NY, October 14-19, 2015 - CANCELLED
Dartbrook Writers Retreat
Please go here for complete information to date.

Hot Springs, Arkansas, Friday, October 9, 2015, 7 pm.
Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival screening of The Primary Instinct and Q&A following.
Information here.

Hollywood, CA, Tuesday, October 20, 2015, 7:30 pm
The Los Angeles Film School, 6363 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028
Screening (and Q&A with Stephen and David Chen) of their film The Primary Instinct.
Info here.

Burbank, CA, Wednesday, October 28, 2015, 7-9 pm
INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF FILM & TELEVISION, Burbank campus at 635 S. San Fernando Blvd., between Alameda and Verdugo.
OPEN HOUSE event, accessible to IAFT students, graduates and the public—at no charge.

Aberdeen, SD, Sep 22, 2016
Screening of The Primary Instinct and a Q&A with Stephen after.
Also, evening of Sep 23, 7 pm - more stories with Stephen.
Info here.

Seattle, WA, Oct 20, 2016
Town Hall Seattle, 7:30 pm
A Live Episode of ‘The Tobolowsky Files’ with David Chen!
Info here.


  1. Juli on January 21, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Please tell me, are you the voiceover actor for the discover card commercials? If not, it sounds like you. Thanks, can’t find the info anywhere.

    • Stephen Tobolowsky on January 23, 2012 at 8:38 am

      Dear Jull
      Yes, I have done the voice on some Discover commercials. It has been a lot of fun working with them.

      • Matt on February 2, 2012 at 10:03 pm

        Your voice is your passport.

      • Rich on February 4, 2012 at 9:19 am

        I noticed the same thing, when you said ” Ned the Head ” in one of the more recent Discover voice overs.

        GD namedrop, classic.

        And you kill on Californication.

  2. tcbrla on February 19, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    Recognize your voice anywhere and your podcast is just perfect. Thanks!

  3. Brian Murray on August 13, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    Just saw the Discover commercial. If Tobo voiced all commercials, I might actually watch them.

  4. Paulo on September 29, 2012 at 8:29 am

    Ireland / UK / Europe in the cards?

  5. ljm on October 1, 2012 at 8:10 am

    what about the new Amazon commercial?

    • Stephanie Kimberly on October 12, 2012 at 5:53 pm

      I am really anxious to know if the new Amazon Kindle Fire HD Commercial is Stephen Tobolowsky as well. I think it’s Stephen, my husband says it’s not. I can’t find the information anywhere and it’s making me crazy!

    • Laura on October 14, 2012 at 6:15 am

      I want to know this one, too! My husband and I keep arguing about it.

  6. Rohan Joseph on October 1, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Will there be an opening act of any kind or will you be starting promptly at 8 PM for the show in Seattle on Oct. 13th? I have tickets to an event earlier that day and that will help me know if I can make it in time to see your performance. Thanks

  7. James Dawson on October 4, 2012 at 10:40 am

    It was great seeing you again after all these years. Have followed your post-Oak Cliff career closely. Congratulations on a wonderful, entertaining book. Brought back many memories of the areas and places where I also grew up. Hope to see you again soon.

  8. Barbara Ingram on October 5, 2012 at 9:58 am

    Do we bring our own book for signing, or purchase there (Seattle)?! See ya there!

    • Stephen Tobolowsky on October 5, 2012 at 12:36 pm

      There will be books for sale (via Barnes and Noble I believe), or if you already have one, you can bring that too and I will be happy to sign!

      • Barbara Ingram on October 6, 2012 at 12:59 pm

        Thanky, thanky! Now the dilemma – print book or audio book?! Ur DAC podcast, and book, reminds me of adventures with salamanders and garter snakes in SE MN…and the snakes escaping in the garage. Although I now know they couldn’t climb rafters, nor would they want to – I never played in that garage again!

  9. Danamyte on October 6, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Yes, curious about the voice of the Discover Card 5% cash back commercial. Sounds like Jim Parsons to me but apparently it’s you…true?

  10. Richiee Sirota on October 8, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    If you do a book reading / signing within 120 miles of Atlanta . . . I will be first in line

  11. Margarita on October 8, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    Hi Stephen! Just heard your new podcast mini-sode. In it you said you would be coming to San Francisco, but it’s not on the list above (yet?). My boyfriend and I would love to see you as we are huge fans of the podcast. We’re wishing you luck on your press tour!

  12. John on October 10, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Any chance of coming to Chicago? My wife would probably buy you an Italian beef.

  13. Bernard on October 14, 2012 at 12:20 am

    Been home about an hour after the Seattle show. What a wonderful evening. Thanks, Stephen!! Best of luck to you and all involved as the book tour continues….

    • Stephen Tobolowsky on October 14, 2012 at 4:59 pm

      Thank you. David and I had a great time. Doing the live shows aren’t easy but the audiences in Seattle are a good reason to continue.

  14. Connie on November 13, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    Are you coming to GA with your book tour? I am about 45 minutes south of Atlanta and would love to be first in line!

  15. Alicia on November 13, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    I’d like to take my dad to see your show but we live in Vancouver, BC. Will you be doing another show in Seattle soon?

  16. Cat on December 1, 2012 at 8:59 pm


    I missed your Seattle appearance but this has given me a great excuse to attend the Live Wire show in Portland on 12/15. I am wondering if signed copies of your book will be available at the show? If not I will order one through the web site.

    Happy holidays to you and your family!

    • Stephen Tobolowsky on December 2, 2012 at 7:48 am

      Dear Cat
      I am under the impression copies of the book will be there. If not I will bring a few to sign…

  17. Sarah on December 3, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    Hi Stephen,
    Trying to find more information for this Sunday’s appearance at the Shomrei Torah Synagogue. Can you point me in the right direction? I’d love to come by and hear you speak!!

    • Stephen Tobolowsky on December 4, 2012 at 7:57 am

      Dear Sarah
      I will be part of a panel on writing, acting, music, Judaism and creativity. The panel is at 5PM followed by music and lighting Hanukkah lights afterwards. Here is the website for events that day.

  18. Jessica on December 29, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Waiting somewhat patiently for you to come to Chicago.

  19. Jason on March 31, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    Hey Tobo~

    Loved your recent appearance on The Dana Gould Hour. Will your tour dates on the calendar to the right be updated? I’m wondering if you’ll be coming to the Portland, OR area anytime in the near future, and if so where and will I be able/have to buy tickets? Love the inspirational work you do.

    • Stephen Tobolowsky on March 31, 2017 at 4:16 pm

      Dear Jason
      The short answer is Yes. I have a couple venues in Portland that are likely. Long answer is I don’t know when. I will try to get there before I have to start shooting at the end of May. If not it will have to be in June. More later.

  20. Andrew on April 10, 2017 at 1:04 am

    Hi Stephen,
    Been an avid listener of the podcast since the beginning.
    Am constantly surprised by how blown away I am by your stories and the lessons and inspirations you draw from these.
    I gave my wife some of your podcasts to listen to and she said to me – no, ‘I hear his voice and immediately think of Ned Ryerson in Groundhog Day, and can’t hear beyond that.’
    Perhaps that’s part of my constant amazement. Maybe it’s the characters you’ve played getting mixed up with the person you are.
    But, just wanted to say thanks for your wisdom and the beauty and poignance of your stories.
    Gotta go and get the books now.
    Andrew (from Australia – P.S. would love to see you in Australia too.)

  21. PatrickRus on June 10, 2017 at 5:11 pm
    • Stephen Tobolowsky on July 27, 2017 at 7:25 am

      Patrick, my books have tons of them – but – are you asking for examples of things in my life that confirm my faith in God? or faith in myself? or faith in man? I am not trying to play with words but I tend to think of faith as different from belief. Belief is a set of ideas we hold to as “true.” “Faith” I see as a unit of time – how long can I hold on to this belief? What evidence do I have I that this belief is true. Many people “believe” they can be an actor. After many disappointments they lose “faith.”

      I have seen the unexplainable, the good, and the miraculous in my life. That confirms my belief in God. I continue to have faith. I “feel” the presence of God constantly. I see wisdom as a gift from God.
      Faith in myself? I have continued to work hard at what I love. So I still have faith in what I am doing.
      Faith in man? You lost me.

  22. Bill Bingham on June 30, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    It was terrific to see you last week at SHARKIES.
    I’m putting links to all my teachers and schools on my website. May I link to your page?
    Bill Bingham

    • Stephen Tobolowsky on July 27, 2017 at 7:11 am

      Please do!!!

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