Amy Borkowsky is an American author and comedian. Based in New York City, she is known for the two-volume comedy CDs Amy’s Answering Machine: Messages from Mom, collections of actual messages from her overprotective mother. The CDs were launched in an interview with Matt Lauer on Today in 2000.
Media coverage for Amy’s Answering Machine includes airplay on hundreds of radio stations and on National Public Radio. Amy performs her comedy act and speaks at a variety of events across the United States. She is also the author of the Amy’s Answering Machine book.
In 2008 Borkowsky announced an attempt to raise $3 million so she could buy commercial airtime during the 2009 Super Bowl to advertise for a husband. She raised a grand total of only just over $6,200, which she donated to the United Way but still reached a mass audience, with two interviews on the Today show and appearances on Extra, Tyra Banks Show, Fox and Friends, Headline News News To Me, and WB Morning Show. She also appeared on programs in other countries such as Sunrise, in Australia, and on German TV.
Amy is also the creator of the Cellibacy project, a media event in which she gave up her cell phone for sixty days, and she is the author of Statements: True Tales of Life, Love, and Credit Card Bills, a collection of true stories she remembered when she looked back at the charges on ten years of American Express credit card bills. "Every purchase tells a story".
Prior to entering comedy, Borkoswky was executive vice-president of an advertising agency and has won many awards for advertisements that she has written including five Clios, three Lions at the Cannes festival, and an Emmy.[dubious ]