Tess Rafferty

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Tess Rafferty
Tess Rafferty on set
Tess Rafferty on set
OccupationWriter, comedian, actress
Alma materEmerson College
Notable works"Aftermath 2016"
Recipes for Disaster

Tess Rafferty is an American writer, comedian, and actress. The author of the 2012 culinary memoir, Recipes for Disaster, Rafferty has written for television shows including @midnight, and networks such as MTV and Comedy Central. From 2005 until 2012, she was the supervising producer for The Soup and the show's only female writer. She frequently appeared on The Soup as herself, Posh Spice, a Succubus, a “guidette” from Jersey Shore and The Dancing Maxi Pad.[1][2][3]


Tess Rafferty grew up in Wilmington, Delaware. She attended Emerson College, and as a student performed in Boston comedy clubs. She studied acting and art history and earned her degree in 1997. Following her graduation she moved to Los Angeles, where she began writing for television and performed as a stand up comedian and storyteller.[4][5]

In 2012, her culinary memoir, Recipes for Disaster, was released by St. Martin's Press. In a review of the book, Kirkus Reviews wrote: "What distinguishes this author from others is (Rafferty's) insatiable appetite for wine, her indomitable spirit in the face of catastrophe, her resolute desire to please everyone and her offbeat sense of humor."[6][7]

In November 2016, two days after the presidential election, Rafferty wrote a "hard hitting" statement about the election of Donald Trump.[8] The piece was filmed by director Steve Cohen and edited by Aaron Barrocas. An edited version of Rafferty's performance was shared by Occupy Democrats on November 18; in five days, it received nearly 22 million views.[9][10]


  1. ^ Baum, Gary (November 26, 2012). "'RECIPES FOR DISASTER' AUTHOR TESS RAFFERTY TAKES THR'S TASTE TEST". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 19 November 2016.
  2. ^ McNary, Dave (October 7, 2011). "Soup Scribe tests :'Water'". Variety. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  3. ^ Minh-Lee, Anh. "The Funny Side of Life". Anthology (Spring 2012).
  4. ^ Zaino, Nick (May 24, 2010). "The BC Q&A: Tess Rafferty, Emerson grad and Soup writer". Boston Comedy Blog. Retrieved 19 November 2016.
  5. ^ Garcia, Rene S. (March 23, 2011). "Interview: Tess Rafferty". Working Author. Retrieved 19 November 2016.
  6. ^ Kirkus Staff (October 30, 2012). "Recipes for Disaster". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  7. ^ Staff (October 24, 2012). "Q&A: Tess Rafferty Talks New Cookbook". LA Confidential. Retrieved 19 November 2016.
  8. ^ Markgraf, Diandra (January 16, 2017). "Laughing after the flood: Comedian Tess Rafferty lightens the mood". Arizona Daily Sun. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  9. ^ Velez, Denise Oliver (November 17, 2016). "Aftermath 2016: Tess Rafferty's hard-hitting statement on the election of Trump". Daily Kos. Retrieved 19 November 2016.
  10. ^ Rafferty, Tess. "What Everyone Who Voted for Trump Needs to Hear". Occupy Democrats. Retrieved 22 November 2016.

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