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Appearances – Where Can I See This Guy?

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.

Below is a calendar of upcoming  2015 performances and appearances scheduled and confirmed to date:

Appearances, Book Signings and Readings:

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.

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


Past appearances (bookstores may still have some stock signed by the author, so check if you are in the area!)

CANCELLED -London, England, December 5, 2015 at 7:15 pm
UK Jewish Comedy Festival

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 and here.

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

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
Seattle Theatre Group website.
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
More info here. (They misspelled my name.)

San Francisco, CA, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013 –
SF Sketchfest: San Francisco Comedy Festival, Jazz Club Yoshi’s San Francisco, 8:00 pm.
More info here and tickets here.

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.  For more information, here’s the Book Passage website.

Seattle International Film Festival, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, 6:30 pm –
See the SIFF website for information here.

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
Tickets and information here.

East Brunswick, NJ, Feb. 15-18, 2013 –
LimmundNY, Hilton East Brunswick Hotel, 3 Tower Center Blvd, East Brunswick, NJ, 08816
Registration and more info here.

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.
Details here.

Austin, TX, March 7, 2013 –
2013 Texas Hall of Fame Awards
Info and tickets will be available via

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
Book Club, details here.

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

Portland Live Wire! December 14, 2013
More info here.
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
tickets here.

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

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 (tickets $20 here.)
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
Details here
(and there is a nice write-up about it here.)

Los Angeles, CA April 13, 2014
Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, 1:20 pm
Please see here for information about the schedule and the Festival.

Austin, TX Friday, April 18, 2014
Paramount Theatre, 8 pm
Info and tickets here.

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.
Schedule here.  Registration here.

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, tickets on sale here.

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.
RSVP: [310] 564-2208
Information here.

  1. Juli permalink

    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.

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

      • Matt permalink

        Your voice is your passport.

      • Rich permalink

        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 permalink

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

  3. Brian Murray permalink

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

  4. Ireland / UK / Europe in the cards?

  5. ljm permalink

    what about the new Amazon commercial?

    • 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 permalink

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

  6. Rohan Joseph permalink

    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 permalink

    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 permalink

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

    • 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 permalink

        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 permalink

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

  11. Margarita permalink

    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 permalink

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

  13. Bernard permalink

    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….

    • 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 permalink

    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 permalink

    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 permalink


    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!

  17. Sarah permalink

    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!!

  18. Jessica permalink

    Waiting somewhat patiently for you to come to Chicago.

  19. diynotkelly permalink

    Hi Stephen, I’m a huge fan of the Tobolowsky Files. Are you going to be at the SIFF showing of Groundhog Day this Saturday in Seattle? Their website says so but I don’t see anything here. Are they really going to show the movie twice or is that a joke? I want to be there for your Q&A but I have a baby who may or may not go to bed for the babysitter, so I can’t stay out too late. Will it be right after (the first showing of) the movie?

    • I am on my way to Seattle! I think they are showing the movie twice as a joke. David Chen and I will do a Q and A. There will be other goofy goings on. I will also sign my book Dangerous animals Club and take photos with folks who want one. I think there will be festivities before each feature. You can come at the start and leave before the second feature. That is my understanding.

  20. Gregory Sadler permalink

    I just listened your story about the bakery and your dad. I shed a few tears. I need to find that broken scale.. :-). Thanks for sharing about your pops.. Gregory S.

  21. Deb permalink

    Just heard u on Michael Feldman this am. Hysterical as always – well often. We would love to see u at a book event but cannot find a 2013 schedule please tell me we miss our opportunity to do so!

    • Dear Deb I don’t think you have missed the tour because it keeps expanding. The appearances are here on the web site under “Appearances” i have Dallas, New Jersey, Manhattan, Austin, upcoming. In the spring I will be in Seattle. In the Summer I will be in England. Keep checking.

  22. Hi Steve,

    Do you have any details for England yet? I have to book holidays and flights, and the earlier the better! 🙂


  23. Jason permalink


    You have an exceptional podcast and a very touching manner in which you tell your stories. I have been listening since the third or fourth episode, always at work, and it never fails to choke me up at one point or another. When I listen to your podcast, it is always at work, and these moments of tenderness or quick bout of laughter have come to be known as my Tobolowsky time (probably because there are not many times in Kevin Smiths podcast that put you in an emotional choke hold). Which leads up to me asking, when will you ever visit South Florida… well, better yet, when will the Tobolowsky Files be visiting South Florida? Beautiful weather, plenty to do, and I am sure you would sell out whichever venue you book.

    Thank you for sharing such detailed and intimate stories of your life. Look forward to your upcoming episodes.


  24. Jessica K. Shimberg permalink

    Please help me … I was absolutely mesmerized by your stories and spiritual teachings (at least to my ear) as they poured out of my radio this afternoon, punctuated by Tracy Chapman singing “All you have is your soul”) I was in tears as you shared the moment that your mom felt “permission” to die and when your wife shared her decision to become Jewish and related it to the desire to become closer to a woman she so admired AND who was her mother-in-law (I hope Ruth became a part of her Hebrew name 🙂 … I have now spent over an hour on the internet and am still not certain how to share what I heard today with several people who I know would find deep meaning and spiritual significance in what I heard today – both your spoken words and the musical interludes … can you direct me to the best way to do that? I am a rabbinical student, university chaplain, ritual creatrix, and life-long learner. Thank you for sharing such poignant prose and helping to create another crack through which the light poured through this Shabbat.
    Gratitude and Blessings,

    • Dear Jessica
      They way I understand it – the station you heard the story on will play it on demand for the next two weeks. You can listen, get friends to listen, record it if you wish. It is playing all over the country on different staions at different times. Each station has two weeks of steaming it. First check on your stations web-site. You can google the name of the story The Alchemist. You listened to the PRI version. I did another version on the internet without the part about my wife. You want the PRI version. Thank you by the way for all your kind thoughts and words.

      • Jessica K. Shimberg permalink

        Thanks so much! Will get in touch with WCBE – Columbus, Ohio tomorrow. Looking forward to hearing more of your material. Kol Hakavod-All Honor on this amazing resource.

  25. Meredith permalink

    Wish you would come back to Vashon Island SOON! The lavender is in bloom. I forgot to tell a friend who went all the way to a storytellers deal near Dollywood! one year. She just must hear you! Know when you’ll be back on KUOW in Seattle? Very best to you for all you share so beautifully.

  26. Shonda permalink

    I just finished reading “The Dangerous Animals Club”. It was brilliant! You are a master storyteller and I was sorry to have to finish it. I wish I could read it for the first time again but it just doesn’t work that way. I downloaded “Cautionary Tales” on my Kindle tonight and look forward to reading it. I don’t often recommend book to my husband because he and I usually have different tastes but I raved about this one and I am sure he will love it too. I only have one more thing to say….PLEASE KEEP WRITING!!! I will read everything you write! Oh, and if you came up to me on the street and asked me who Stephen Tobolowsky was I would know exactly who you are! I am a movie buff and I love character actors…they are usually highly underrated.

  27. Danny Houlder permalink

    Thank you so much Stephen for your wonderful show at Edinburgh Fringe – it was the highlight of our festival…my long suffering wife had to listen to my Ned Ryerson impressions all the way back to Manchester!!

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