Rose Surnow - WRITER


At six feet tall and one hundred pounds, Rose Surnow looked like a Jewish praying mantis in high school. With no chance of blending in, she was forced into comedy as a way to win friends and influence people.

In her 20’s, Rose was a stand-up comedian in New York, performing all over the city in bars, clubs and festivals. Soon realized her passion was more in writing comedy than performing it. Rose wrote humor essays for VICE, GQ, New York Magazine, and more. Her very first personal essay, I Gave a Handy at Jew Camp, about her experience at Birthright, went viral.

Rose lived her best Carrie Bradshaw life when she became a sex and dating writer for Cosmopolitan Magazine, where her assignments included covering “The Smallest Penis in Brooklyn Contest” and going on a date with her worst possible compatibility match on OK Cupid (which sounds like the set-up to a rom-com but just ended being a terrible date). Once Rose became a sought-after magazine writer, she finally gained the confidence to pursue her lifelong dream of writing for TV and film. She left a cute boyfriend, a magazine job, and a tiny New York apartment, and headed west.

After getting her MFA in Screenwriting from USC, Rose participated in a handful of TV writing fellowships including the Warner Bros. Workshop, the Sundance Episodic Lab and the Screenwriter’s Colony in Nantucket. She also worked at Buzzfeed creating viral sketch comedy videos including Perks of Dating a Jewish Girl (over 2 million views) and Dating a Younger Guy (1 million+ views). She then went on to write for the sketch show “10 Things with Jamie Lee” for TruTV, the Marvel cartoon “Tigra and Dazzler” for Hulu, and “Sexology with Shan Boodram” for Quibi (RIP). Currently, Rose writes on the FOX sitcom “Pivoting” starring Eliza Coupe and Ginnifer Goodwin.

Rose loves writing grounded, emotional comedies and dramedies about messy women trying to get their shit together. Go figure.