One of Hollywood's Most Well-Known Character Actors
Few people know his name, but just about everyone recognizes his face. Impossibly, Stephen Tobolowsky is both a Hollywood outsider and an insider. He is a screenwriter, playwright and director, has been nominated for a Tony for Best Performance by a Featured Actor, co-wrote the film True Stories with Talking Heads frontman David Byrne, and he wrote and directed Two Idiots in Hollywood, based on his play. He is also the subject and star of the mesmerizing cult hit documentary Stephen Tobolowsky's Birthday Party, which was named the Best Comedy and Best Documentary at the Los Angeles HD Film Festival.
Stephen Tobolowsky's Birthday Party Revisited
Stephen Tobolowsky is a cult phenomenon like no other. In talks that are funny yet touching and mesmerizing yet relatable, he shares poignant life stories, not just from the sets of his movies, but from his eventful life. Whether he's being kicked in a piranha tank by one of Hollywood's biggest stars, being held at gunpoint in a grocery store, learning the true meaning of courage from an unlikely young man, meeting old friends under new circumstances or being mistakenly chosen as one of L.A.'s "coolest people," Tobolowsky's true subject is how we interact with one another. His emphatic and crisply-told stories--all of them true!--form a moving picture of life in America.
The Dangerous Animals Club
The Dangerous Animals Club is a beguiling series of stories that woven together form the story of a man in the middle of his life reflecting on life’s many mysteries. Parents raise children and then pass on, a girlfriend embarks on a theatrical career with Stephen and then breaks his heart, animals—dangerous and docile—come and go, toes are smashed and necks break, and children are born. Small incidents are later revealed as momentous turning points. Woven through these tales are lessons in quantum physics, Jewish mysticism, and stagecraft. Told in a unique voice and with a spiritual inquisitiveness, these tales have charmed live audiences and podcast listeners—and will charm a whole new audience on the page.